Odisha (Formerly Orissa) is filled with interesting destinations and just deciding on what to do and where to go can often be a daunting task. In order to help you in planning your trip, we have compiled a list of possible destinations with a small list of nearby places which you could visit while there. This collection is by no means exhaustive, and your tour operator, in India or at your city, can help you in arranging your trip.
BHUBANESWAR- The State Capital, is a perfect blend of the past and present. It is dotted with ancient temples and monuments, while also offering the very best in accommodation and entertainment. It is one of the preferred bases for tourists wanting a quick glimpse of Odisha (Formerly Orissa).
While at Bhubaneswar, you could also visit:
Dhauli, Sisupalgarh, Hirapur, Atri, Nandankanan
PURI- The Abode of Lord Jagannath, is also famous for its beautiful beach. It attracts both pilgrims and pleasure seekers alike, and it is not surprising that some of the now permanent residents of the enchanting town were originally visitors who decided to stay back!
While at Puri, you could also visit:
Balighai, Brahmagiri, Satyabadi, Baliharachandi, Raghurajpur, Satapada
KONARK - Famous for the Sun Temple, this small hamlet plays host to a huge number of visitors who are spell bound by both the size of the temple as well as the delicacy of the erotic sculpture. The beautiful Chandrabhaga beach is an added bonus to visitors to help them relax after the awe inspiring tour of the temple.
While at Konark, you could visit:
Kuruma, Chaurasi, Ramachandi, Astranga.
CHILIKA- Asia's Largest Brackish Water Lake, is famous for the wide variety of birds that come here during winter. It is also home to the Irrawady Dolphins that make every trip into the lake memorable.
While at Chilika, you could visit:
Narayani, Nirmaljhara, Banpur.
CUTTACK - The Millennium City
Ansupa, Bhattarika, Chhatia, Chandikhol, Choudwar, Dhabaleswar, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Naraj, Niali-Madhava, Paradeep, Patharajpur, Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Udayagiri
ROURKELA - The Steel City of Odisha (Formerly Orissa)
Vedavyas, Junagarh, Rajgangpur, Pitamahal, Ushakothi, Mandira Dam, Khandadhar, Darjeeng, Ghogar
BARIPADA - Home of the famous Chhau Dance
JEYPORE - The base for exploring Tribal Odisha (Formerly Orissa)
Bagra, Papadahandi, Nandapur, Sunabeda, Duduma, Gupteswar, Hatipathar, Minna Jhola
Karlapat, Junagarh, Phurli Jharan
Chandipur, Panchalingeswar, Chandaneswar, Balaramagadi, Chandbali, Aradi, Dhamra, Raibania
Gopalpur, Aryapalli, Taptapani, Mahendragiri, Taratarini
Harishankar, Ranipur-Jharial, Patnagarh, Sonepur
Balaskumpa, Padmatala, Puruna Katak, Charisambhu, Chakapad, Putudi, Dalringibadi, Balghar, Boudh
Kapilas, Joranda, Saptasajya, Tikarpada
Sitabinji, Khandadhar, Sanghagara, Badghagera, Gonasika, Murga Mahadeva
Hirakud Dam, Ushakothi, Chiplima, Nrusinhamnath, Huma, Vikramkhol, Pradhanpat
The Mayurbhanj district of Odisha (Formerly Orissa) is the home of one of the most important National Parks not only of Odisha (Formerly Orissa), but also in the country. Spread over an area of 2,750 sq. kms., the park was specially chosen by Project Tiger for continuing the onerous task of conserving the country's depleting tiger population. This tiger reserve has over 95 Royal Bengal Tigers within its lavish bounds. Leopards, elephants, mugger crocodiles and numerous reptiles abound here. Over 230 species of birds people the forest and waterways in the park.