Known for being a home to iron and manganese ore in India, Barbil is a small semi-urban town of Orissa. Located in the Keonjhar district, Barbil quietly sits on the banks on river Karo. While being of the monetary value for generating huge amount of revenues for both state government and central government, the city of Barbil along with its vicinity is richly blessed cultural heritage too. The Keonjhar district is known for rocks dating back about 38000 years ago and has been of major attraction by the geologists and the archaeological surveyors around the globe. Here is a list of top five places which are a must visit when in Barbil.
Lying on the eastern peninsular region of India, Orissa is a state that shares about 450 km of the Indian coastline. Sharing its coastal front with the Bay of Bengal, Orissa is home to some of the most brilliant beaches on the east coast of the country. The silver sand, the crystalline blue skies and the calm waters make the beaches here laid back and relaxing. Lined up with an array of the coconut and the palm trees make the beaches splendid. Here is a list of top 10 beaches in Orissa.
“Adorned by red silk trees and sparkling waterfalls; the best is when the Mynah calls”
Similipal National Park derives its name from the red silk trees which seem to adorn this forested land lying in the Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. The scenic beauty of the landscape is further enhanced by the charming waterfalls like Joranda and Barehipani. It was originally set us a private hunting ground for the royal family of Mayurbhanj, but later it acquired the status of a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger. It was also included in the list of Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve which includes two other parks as well. Spread across a huge area of 2750 sq km and lying at an elevation of 553 m above sea level, the park boasts of its tiger and elephant population. A great variety of avifauna also visits the Similipal National Park.
Known for its rich iron ore deposits and the home to one of the largest steel plants in India, The Steel Authority of India and is surrounded with picturesque hills and enchanting rivers. What is today an urban township, was once covered with dense forests and was later developed due to the establishment of India’s first large scale steel plant. The town has recently been developed as a tourist spot, with several recreations of the other attractions in India. Here’s the list of the best attractions in Rourkela.
Located at the Bay of Bengal, Puri is an ancient temple town and is also known by its alternative name Jagannath Puri, referencing the Jagannath Temple located in the city. The name of the city is mentioned in the ancient Hindu texts of the Puranas as one of the 7 holy cities in India and is a part of the Char Dham Pilgrimage. Puri is also famous for its lakes, rivers and beaches and is best visited during winters. The city is rich in culture and heritage from its history dating since the 3rd century BC. Puri is famous for its temples, festivities and cultural festivals. Let’s discuss about the best places one can visit in the holy town of Puri.
The name Konark, literally means the Sun, and refers to the famous 13th century Sun Temple. The town is located near the Bay of Bengal and is known for its various ancient temples and monuments. Konark was also one of the few places in India to experience a total solar eclipse, it is also one of the must-visit places in Orissa. The place is again best visited during the months between October and January when the weather is the most pleasant and cool. Here’s the list of the best places one can visit in Konark.
The former capital of the Indian state of Orissa, Cuttack is nicknamed as ‘The Millennium City’ and ‘Silver City’ of India. The name Cuttack literally means a Fort and refers to the ancient citadel of Barabati, around which, the town of Cuttack is situated. The best time to visit Cuttack is during the winters (October to January) as the summers can be brutally hot and humid. The city is the most colorful during the festivals of Diwali and Dussehra and is growing as a new industrial hub. Let’s talk about the best places you can visit in the city of Cuttack.
The Capital of the Indian State of Orissa, Bhubaneshwar is an ancient city which has been mentioned in the Mahabharata to be under the Chedi Kingdom under King Sisupala. The Ruins of Sisupalgarh were also excavated near Bhubaneswar which is believed to predate the Mauryan Empire and Kalinga. Bhubaneshwar was the capital of the Kalinga Dynasty with its history that goes beyond 2000 years in the past. The city was one of the 3 cities designed by the German Architect Otto Königsberger along with Chandigarh and Jamshedpur and was one of the first planned cities in Modern India. Here’s the list of the best places you can visit in Bhubaneshwar.
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.