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Odisha

Puri

With a rich heritage of 2 thousand years old, the state boasts of a glorious past dating back to Mauryan dynasty. Located on the east coast, Odisha (Formerly Orissa) is also known as The Soul of India. Orissa is a mineral-rich state, associated with mining, steel and aluminum industries, and power generation.

Main Attractions

Puri
The city of Puri is known for its historic immemorial, sanctorum, architectural magnificence, balanced climate and divine significance. The destination is a seat of Lord of Universe, Jagannath. One of the major highlights of the city is Rath Yatra (Chariot festival), which is hosted every year in the city. Among well-known attractions in and around, Puri features Chilka Lake, a large inland salt-water lake, Puri Beach, Gundicha Ghar and the Childlike Wildlife Sanctuary.

Bhubaneshwar
The capital of Orissa, Bhubaneshwar means Lord of the Universe and is known for its architecture and temples. The history of the city can be divided into two phases, namely, ancient Bhubaneshwar and modern Bhubaneshwar. It is popularly known as temple city of India. Together with Puri and Konark, Bhubaneshwar forms the 'golden triangle'. The main attractions are Udayagiri and Khandagiri, Hirapur, Atri, Pipli.


Sun temple Konark

Konark
The name Konark has been derived from the words Kona and Arka, Kona meaning corner and Arka meaning the sun. Konark is known for Sun temple which was dedicated to the Sun God by Samba, Lord Krishna's son who was cured of leprosy by the god. The temple has been designed in the form of a chariot, pulled by 7 horses carrying the Sun god. This chariot stands on 24 wheels. The main attraction of this temple is the idol of Jagmohana.

Chilika
Is India’s largest coastal lagoon. In winter Chilika aflutters with thousands of indigenous and migratory birds of many varieties. Chilika Lake encloses many inhabited as well as uninhabited islands. Few prominent ones are Kalijai Island, Honeymoon Island, Breakfast Island, Birds Island. You can enjoy a boat ride and various other activities like fishing, bird watching and boating.


Chilika

Hotels in Orissa

Connectivity
Air: The sole airport in the state is at Bhubaneshwar.
Rail: Bhubaneshwar and Behrampore are the two railheads in the state.
Road: Orissa is very well connected to other parts of the country by road. One can easily get taxis and buses for traveling.



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