10 reasons why Odisha is India’s best emerging state for tourism

10 reasons why Odisha is India's best emerging state for tourism

10 reasons why Odisha is India’s best emerging state for tourism


  1. Jagannath Temple (Puri): Belonging to the 11th century and enjoying the honor of being one of the ‘char dhams’, the pilgrimage that every Hindu intend to visit; Jagannath Temple is the honor of Puri and Odisha (Orissa). The holy sight of Lord Jagannath, accompanied by Subhadra and Balabhadra raises loads of joy among the devotees. The two gods and the goddess of the temple are ornamented in accordance with the occasion and seasonal change. The structural design of the temple can be found to be in pyramid shape just 61 kilometers from Bhubaneshwar.



  1. Visit Konark Tample: One of the most stunning monuments of religious significance, a true masterpiece of architecture proudly stands in the form of Sun Temple at Konark. A culmination of Oriya architecture, the temple is a wonderful place as the language of stone defeats the human language here. Built in 13th century by King Narasimhadeva, the temple is designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twelve wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across heavens.



  1. Hirakud Dam and Sambalpuri dance: Hirakud Dam is built across the Mahanadi River, about 15 km from Sambalpur in the state of Odisha in India. Behind the dam extends a lake, Hirakud Reservoir, 55 km long. It is one of the first major multipurpose river valley projects started after India’s independence and Most of the community dances are connected with a function or the worship of a deity. Colorful folk dances are enjoyed by the people.



  1. Shop for Odiya Craft at Pipli. Don’t Leave Without It: When in Orissa, do not leave without buying the exquisite Oriya craft work- applique craft. Explore the Pipli village, just around 26 kilometers from Bhubaneshwar. Every family of the village engages in this unique craft. The bags, cushion covers and umbrellas are simply beautiful.


  1. Relish Authentic Chena Poda and Dalma: Want to sample authentic Odia cuisine? Head to Lewis Rd and visit the famous Dalma restaurant. Aloo baigan bharta, dalma (the restaurant’s speciality dhal dish), chenna poda (Orissa’s cottage-cheese dessert) are a must try.Traveller Jaydeep Chakraborty says: “Nice weather, co-operative local people, wonderful seafood, specially misti and fried sea fish, at the beach.


  1. Visit Daringbadi – Kashmir of Odisha: This place in Odisha experiences snowfall during winter. And yes, we are serious! Situated at a height of 915 m in Kandhmal district, Daringbadi is gifted with natural bounties like pine jungles, coffee gardens and beautiful valleys. It has thick rain forests with wild animals, and is an ideal summer resort.HolidayIQ traveller Nithish says, “It is called the Kashmir of Orissa as it is the only place which experiences snowfall during winter. ”When here, stay at Hotel Utopia


  1. Gahirmatha Beach – World’s Largest Nesting Ground for Olive Ridley Turtles: This beach separates the Bhitarkanika Mangroves from the Bay of Bengal and is regarded as the world’s largest nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles. The Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary sees over 7 lakh turtles that visit the beach every year during the nesting season.Traveller Sangram suggests Country Inn Suites By Carlson: “It is conveniently located at Paradip, where the sea beach is 5 minutes walkable distance. The markets are close by and Paradip Port is also a must visit.”


  1. Watch the Sea Disappear- Chandipur Beach of Orissa: Want to watching the sea vanish and then return? Yes, it’s true. It’s unusual. This hide and seek of water at Chandipur Beach is amusing.“A serene beach. During low tide you can walk almost 5 km inside the sea! Waves are not turbulent and very small. During high tide, the water travels up to the beach bank,”

puri beach

  1. Overnight Camp at Chilika: Tan under the tropical sun, gorge on succulent seafood and camp under the stars.Traveller Raghu Kc says, “Lake Chilika is one of largest salt-water bodies in Orissa. Every year thousands of birds migrate come here. Spot playful Irrawady dolphins. There are three entry points to Lake Chilika, is around 100 km from Bhubaneswar


  1. Dhauligiri, a hillside with another name as Dhauli located on the River Daya banks, is 8 km far from the south of Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa. You can find splendid Edicts of Ashoka embossed on a mass of rock in Dhauli, beside the way to the hill summit. It is believed that Dhauli hill was the battlefield of the Kalinga War. The marvelous Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda is also located here.

In the result of the bloodbath taken place in the Kalinga War, the water of the River Daya got red, making Ashoka understand the gloomiest side of a battle, turning him into the propagator of peace. Later, with his help, Dhauli became a major Buddhist centre, when he built several chaityas, stupas and pillars here.


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