Odisha is one of the most popular state in India for its rich heritage, culture & ancient religious contributions. Odisha has more than 1000 temples which include 700 ancient Hindu temples, and the reason it has been named as the state of the temples. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized & gave the status of a World-heritage site to many places, including temples & villages.
Here are the top 10 tourist attractions to visit in Odisha at least once in your life:
Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Odisha is this sacred & auspicious place in India which is known for its ancient Hindu temples that date back to the 2nd century BCE built by many Hindu and Jain kings. The temples in the Bhubaneshwar are known for their unique architectural design, and many temples have been recognised by UNESCO as the World Heritage site.
Major tourist attractions: Lingaraj Temple, Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves, Nandankanan Zoological Park, etc.
Konark is a small town in the Puri district which is located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. The town represents the heritage of Odisha. Its temples are the main attraction for the tourists. The Chandrabhaga beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Odisha. Konark is also known as Sun temple museum, which showcases many artefacts extracted from the temple. That’s why this is one of the best places to visit in Odisha.
Major tourist attractions: Chandrabagha Beach, Konark Beach, etc.
3. Puri Beach
Puri Beach is situated 60 km in the South of the capital city, Bhubaneswar. Puri Beach is also known as the Golden Beach. It is one of the most popular & highly visited places that have received Blue Flag tag by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE) in 2020. It is not just a beach but also a great tourist destination with hundreds of hotels, making it an ideal & great place for tourists. The best time to visit there is winter, as it gets way too hot & humid in summers but warm & calming in winters.
4. Baripada city
Baripada is a city which is located in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. It is the cultural centre of the state & world renounced for its rich religious heritage and culture. You will be glad to know that the famous dance form, Chau dance is originally from Baripada. This is a great place for temple trips. Baripada is also known as the cultural centre of the state.
Major tourist attractions: Chandipur market, Baripada Museum, Palace of Mayurbhanj, Devagram, Sitakund Waterfall
Cuttack is the second-largest city in Odisha & is also known as the cultural capital of the state. When you visit to Cuttack itwill take you to the days of history. There are so many things to see like Ancient pilgrim centers, wildlife sanctuary, etc. You can also indulge into shopping of the local handicrafts.
Major tourist attractions: Barabati Fort, Netaji Birth Place Museum, etc.
6. Rourkela city
Rourkela is a metropolitan city located in the Northern area of Odisha. Rourkela is the third largest urban agglomeration in Odisha, known for having one of India’s largest steel plants. It is also known as the ‘steel city of Odisha’ & ‘Ispat Nagar’. Rourkela is an industrial city which was one of the first cities in India to become commercial. This was due to steel production by the Government.
Major tourist attractions: Mandira dam, Darjeeling park, Hanuman Vatika, Kansbahal dam, etc.
7. Chilika lake
Chilika Lake is Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon spread over the Khurda, Ganjam,& Puri districts of Odisha. The Chilika lake is connected to Chennai & Kolkata National Highway; although it is a beautiful place, you should beware of scammers who try to sell fake pearls and gems at high prices. Chilka Lake is also home to a large number of migratory birds making it an ideal destination for nature lovers.
Paradip, also written as Paradeep, is one of the oldest ports in Odisha. It is one of the most important & oldest seaports in the country, the historic Paradeep is located in the Jagatsinghpur District. Apart from the port, there are also many serene beaches in the town where you can spend some quality time with your family or friends.
Major tourist attractions: Paradip Port, Gahirmatha Beach, Bhitarkanina National Park, etc.
9. Sambalpur city
Sambalpur is the 5th largest city in Odisha. It is one of the ancient cities in India. Sambalpur is known for its world-famous textile work. This is a great place for those who want to stay close to nature. Adventure lovers also have much scope to enjoy trekking and walking through the trails.
Major tourist attractions: Deer Park, Hirakud Dam, Ushakothi wildlife sanctuaries, etc.
10. Nandankanan zoological park
Nandankanan zoological park was established in Bhubaneswar in 1960. It was opened for the public in 1979. In 2009 it became the first zoo in India to join the World Association of Zoos & Aquarium. It is a home for approximately 1660 individual animals, representing 166 species of birds, mammals & reptiles. People can even adopt an animal from this zoo, & the adoption fees start from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,00,000 depending on the species.