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Top 10 Places To Visit In Orissa

Orissa, now known as Odisha, is an ancient land with a rich history. Monuments that reflect amazing architecture compete with the limitless beauty of the land to attract tourists from all parts of the world. The ancient temples are more than an association with religious beliefs; their architectural splendor reflects the skills possessed by the artisans of the land in the bygone era. Here are the top 10 attractions in Orissa.

1. Bhubaneswar

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Temple city of India – This is how Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa is famously called. The land, which is over 2500 years old, is a blend of ancient monuments and modern constructions. It is believed that Bhubaneswar had over 2000 temples in the past. Here are the top places to visit in Bhubaneswar.

  • Parasurameswara Temple
  • Mukteswar Temple
  • Lingaraja Temple
  • Odisha State Museum
  • Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts
  • Nandankanan Zoological Park
  • Ekamra Kanan
  • Udayagiri Caves
  • Dhauli Hill
  • Satkosia Tiger Reserve
  • Brahmeshwara Temple
  • Bindu Sarovara
  • Regional Museum of Natural History
  • Biju Patnaik Park
  • Kalinga Stadium
  • Pathani Samanta Planetarium
  • Ratnagiri Buddhist Excavation

2. Cuttack

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Former capital of Orissa and now its business capital, Cuttack, is also one of the ancient cities of the state. Ancient monuments apart, Cuttack has a wide range of tourist attractions as it is home to picturesque destinations and pilgrim centers. It is famous for handicrafts too. Here are the leading attractions in Cuttack.

  • Barabati Fort
  • Stone Revetment of Cuttack
  • Mahanadi Barrage
  • Netaji Birth Place Museum
  • Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Singanatha Temple
  • Dhabaleswar Island
  • Qadam-I-Rasool
  • Bhattarika Temple
  • Gurudwara Daatan Sahib
  • Odisha Maritime Museum
  • Ansupa Lake

3. Sambalpur

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Sambalpur, the land rich in culture and natural beauty, is one of the most important tourist destinations in Orissa. Gateway to western Orissa, the land has some of the best gifts of nature thanks to the lush forests and picturesque waterfalls. Given below are the top tourist places to visit in Sambalpur.

  • Hirakud Dam
  • Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cattle Island
  • Badarama Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chiplima
  • Huma
  • Pradhanpat
  • Vikramkhol
  • Bells Galore
  • Hatibari
  • Nrusimhanath
  • Samaleswari Temple

4. Puri

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For those with a particular religious faith, Puri might bring to mind the famous Jagannath Temple and the Sun Temple. For nature lovers, the beautiful beaches in the land may hold attraction. The vibrant land is famous for many festivals being a temple-rich place and it enjoys heavy footprints from all parts of the world. Here are the top attractions in Puri.

  • Jagannath Temple
  • Puri Beach
  • Swargadwar Beach
  • Chilika Lake
  • Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Daya River
  • Gundicha Ghar Temple
  • Raghurajpur
  • Atharnala Bridge
  • Pipili

5. Rourkela

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Rourkela, the second largest city in Orissa, is immediately recalled at the mention of steel plants. Home to largest steel plants in India, the place gives you an insight into its rich cultural past through some of its wonderful tourist destinations. Here are the top places to visit in Rourkela.

  • Vedavyas Temple
  • Green Park
  • Vaishno Devi Temple
  • Badaghagra Falls
  • Khandadhar Falls
  • Ushakothi
  • Darjeeng
  • Nehru Traffic Park
  • Ghogar
  • Mandira Dam
  • Pitamahal Dam
  • Barehipani Falls
  • Joranda Falls

6. Konark

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It is natural that your mind races to Sun Temple when you think of Konark. The 13th century temple stands tall in the minds of tourists in spite of the fact that it is now in ruins. Konark has a few other ancient temples on its land for both history lovers and religious minds. Here are the top attractions in Konark.

  • Sun Temple
  • Archaeological Site Museum
  • Ramachandi Temple
  • Ramchandi Beach
  • Kuruma
  • Astranga
  • Chandrabhaga Beach

7. Barbil

Located on Karo River banks and amidst lush green hills, Barbil has spectacular views to offer. It owns the credit of possessing the world’s 5th largest iron and manganese deposits. Keonjhar district, in which Barbil is situated, has a 38000 million year old rock, which is one of the oldest in the world. Given below are the top attractions in Barbil.

  • Uliburu Reserved Forest
  • Thakurani Hills
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Murga Mahadev Waterfalls
  • Gonasika
  • Kendujhargarh
  • Hanuman Mandir
  • Shiva Mandir
  • Ghatgaon
  • Sanaghagara
  • Badaghagara
  • Khandadhar

8. Jeypore

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Jeypore is just the place to be if you would like to enjoy some of the best works of nature. This beautiful land is picturesquely set amidst hills. With scenic waterfalls and amazing natural parks, you are sure to love Jeypore, which has a rich history too. Here are the leading destinations in Jeypore.

  • Gupteshwar Caves
  • Sunabeda
  • Deomali
  • Duduma Falls
  • Hatipathar
  • Nandapur
  • Kolab Falls
  • Kolab Botanical Garden
  • Jagannath Sagar
  • Patroput
  • Minna Jhola

9. Bargarh

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Located on the western border of the state, the place was earlier a part of Sambalpur. Though limited in number, the tourist attractions gain value by the importance attached to it. Gandhamardan, one of the destinations here is associated with the period of Ramayana and it finds mention in the notes of Hieun Tsang, the famous Chinese traveler. Scenic, ancient Bargarh makes your visit memorable. Here are some tourist destinations to visit in Bargarh.

  • Kedarnath Temple
  • Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Gandhamardan
  • Nrusinghnath Temple
  • Nrusimhanath Waterfalls
  • Chaldhar Waterfall
  • Papaharini
  • Papanga Hill

10. Paradeep

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Location of Paradeep or Paradip, as it is also called, is in itself beautiful. In the confluence of river Mahanadi and Bay of Bengal, the land stuns you with its amazing views. Be it the sunrise or the sunset, you would not want to miss a moment of it. Here are the leading attractions in Paradeep.

  • Paradip Port
  • Gahirmatha Beach
  • Gahirmatha Sanctuary
  • Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Paradip Port
  • Light House
  • Udayagiri and Ratnagiri Caves
  • Boat Safari
  • Jhankad
  • Marine Aquarium
  • Baladeva Temple
  • Hanuman Temple
  • Jagannath Temple

Though Orissa has acquired a modern face to it, the land has retained its ancient charm. A visit to the place makes you feel a part of the world of the bygone era. You cannot possibly hope to cover all the tourist destinations in one go, but knowing more about them would ensure that you visit them during your subsequent tour to the land. So am I, looking for more of Orissa; every tourist spot you could suggest is welcome.

33 comments

  1. Odisha is the best place to visit.

  2. I am a designer from Sri Lanka who studied Textile Design in Mumbai long ago and have traveled a lot in India. I am very interested in doing a 7-10 day trip to Odisha but cannot find any tours / organizations doing Odisha travel. How can I get in touch with Travel organizers for low cost travel for 3-5 pax?. I have a trip plan to include B’neshwer, Puri,Pipli,Konark,Chilika Lake, Cuttack (Silver crafts)Sambalpur( iketh),-Jepore ( to see tribal people when they come to Jepore on market day. I am interested in their costume,crafts,etc while I would respect their identity & privacy)

    • Hi
      No need to search for any tour and travels come to bhubaneswar and hire a taxi he will take you the respective placed and on that spot you will find the guides in very nominal price.or just contact otdc they will help you.

    • I am from Jeypore. You simply need to take a train or bus from Bhubaneswar to reach here. Jeypore is an overnight journey from the capital. It is full of tribals and wonderful waterfalls. I am sure you will definitely love it. Plan anytime, but winter is the best time to travel.

  3. I just want a trip to Odisha as it will be wonderful!

  4. Hi Rohit, I am planning to visit Odisha from Jan 2 to the 10th. I would like to go to Bhubaneshwar, Puri, Knoark, Chilika, Paradip and Gahirmatha for the olive Ridleys, Also Bhitarkanika. Are all these possible in that time? Your suggestions? Thanks, Hema. PS I will be going to Arunachal and Assam for 1 week each before this. Any suggestions for those places also welcome! 🙂

  5. You can go to Bhubaneswar directly and from there you can find tourist bus to go to any place. Book your bus in indigo to Bhubaneswar airport (BBI).

  6. Berhampur should have been added as one of the top places to visit in Odisha. There is the unpolluted and serene Gopalpur and Sunapur sea beaches. The Taptapani hot water springs. The Ashokan rock edict at Jaugada. The temples of Tara Tarini, Bhairavi, Narayani, and Kanaka Durga (Athagada). Biranchi Narayan Temple at Buguda, dedicated to the Sun god, having beautiful wood carvings.

  7. Bhubaneswar directly and from there you can find tourist bus to go to any place. Book your bus in indigo to Bhubaneswar airport.

  8. thanks very informative i am from mysore and bringing students next month please tell us important places to be covered in 4 days.

  9. I don’t think Orissa has much to offer for tourism, apart from temples. No good hotels, resorts and nothing of international class.

    • Mr. dipankar kaul u r unfit for international heritage first visit and then judge. odisha is far better than ur thinking and ur class.

    • Kaul i think you are just biased if you cant appreciate the rich heritage culture and colorful traditions of Orissa.It is one of the most most peaceful states of India and living there is absolute bliss.
      I am not sure where you come from but atleast if you are a true blood Hindu you should also take note of the fact that our temples have survived 11 Islamic invasions and yet they are standing today.
      Narrow minded people like you do not deserve to be tourists at all.

      Proud to be Oriya!

    • Hey
      This is ujjala kumar from kandhamal you are welcome to daringibadi waterfall putudi mandasaru nature and more

    • You are wrong brother odisha have lot of stuffs to do and most important thing is there are lot of Luxurious hotels in odisha too.

    • Have you ever been to Odisha? I have been to all states of India (except Nagaland). Odisha is in no way backwards. Its definitely the city of temples but there are many scenic places as well. Be it wildlife sanctuary of Simplipal or Marine drive of Konark… or waterfalls in Sambalpur or Daringibadi.. or a jungle ride in Koraput.. or the amazing Chandipur beach.. If you have the zeal to roam about, you wouldn’t be searching for “hotels”. A simple camp would suffice. Also if you can’t appreciate someones culture better keep your mouth shut. Don’t be so naive.

  10. one place is missing from the list I guess. Chandipur its a unique beach one have ever visited .
    specialities of that beach is water recedes from 1 to 4 kilometers during the ebb tide.

  11. I think, you should have enlisted at least Gopalpur and Chandipur which are much more sought after tourist spots than, say, Paradip, Barbil etc.

  12. Odisha is a nice place for visit as well as for stay.

  13. I enjoyed very much by visiting Jeypore and Bhubaneswar. This region encompasses a lot of natural beauty.

  14. You should also list the following places: Gopalpur, Chandipur, Baripada, Ambika temle and Shimilipal.

  15. Manimoy Sengupta

    Posted Photos are excellent. Expected one of Barbil. Thank You Rohit.

  16. Jaynandan prasad

    Want to visit odhisa for 3 to 4 days…can any one suggest the itinerary to cover most of the places in the time.where to land first then make multiple trip or land at one place then continue the tour by staying on the way then return to puri or bhubaneahwar.

  17. Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary in kendrapara not in paradeep, Please provide valid info

  18. Alok Ranjan Pal

    Beautiful places like Daringibadi(Kandhamal) , Devkund(Maurbhanj) , Siali beach(Jagatsinghpur) etc.

  19. you should go bhitara kanika sanctuary at located in kendrapara district.

  20. Berhampur should have been added as one of the top places to visit in Odisha. There is the unpolluted and serene Gopalpur and Sunapur sea beaches. The Taptapani hot water springs. The Ashokan rock edict at Jaugada. The temples of Tara Tarini, Bhairavi, Narayani, and Kanaka Durga (Athagada). Biranchi Narayan Temple at Buguda, dedicated to the Sun god, having beautiful wood carvings.

    • The name of Berhampur now Brahmapur should have been included. The tourist places in and around Berhampur are next to those of Puri & Bhubaneswar. Unfortunately they are not included due to regionalism and step motherly attitude of some editor.

  21. I am planning to visit Orissa in December this year. Is there any lace with snow? I love the nature.. want to do hiking, camping and wild life.. any suggestions.

  22. Odisha is a most beautiful place in India.

  23. Dear sir
    I plan to visit puri end of Jan 2017 what it’s a best time to visit the puri and near places.

  24. I too wish to visit Odisha as I heard it’s full of beautiful nature and I am nature lover.

  25. Vitarakanika is not situated at Cuttack, it is situated at Kendrapara. At Kendrapara, there are so many places to visit like Vitarkanika, Baladevjiu temple etc..

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