With so many places to visit in Orissa, make sure that you have maximum time in hand for visiting this impressive state during your holidays in Orissa. Orissa is an Indian state situated on the east coast of India near the Bay Of Bengal. Orissa is the present name of Kalinga that was established by Ashoka. Modern Orissa was founded in 1936 as an Indian state. Cuttack was the capital till eighth centuries but on 13 April, 1948 Bhubaneswar was declared as the capital of Orissa state. Orissa’s official language is Oriya. Deomali is the upper point (1672 m) of Orissa state.
Hirakud Dam is the biggest dam in the world. Orissa has many famous tourist spots. Bhubaneswar, Konark and Puri are the Golden Triangle of East India. Puri for the Jagannath temple and for Rath Yatra, Bhubaneswar for Ashoka’s famous rock and Konark is for the Konark sun temple, Udaygiri cave, Khandagiri cave, Lingaraj temple etc.
Konark : –
Puri : –
Bhubaneswar : – Bhubaneswar is the capital of Orissa state and situated on eastern route. Bhubaneswar has the best temples, which attract the tourists in Orissa. Some of them are as follow – Mukteswar temple, Kedargauri temple, Siddheswar temple, Lingaraja temple, Yogini temple, Parasuramesvera temple and Rajarani temple. Udayagiri caves and Khandagiri caves, Handicraft museum, Nandankanan wild life sanctuary and Orissa state museum are also more attractive places to attract tourists.
Udaigiri cave and Khandagiri cave : –
Ratnagiri : – Ratnagiri is related to Buddhism and situated on a small hill that is surrounded by rivers. Udaigiri, along with Ratnagiri and Lalitagiri, forms the Buddhist Triangle in India. According to the archeological survey the place existed and flourished between the 7th – 12th Century.
Lingaraj Temple : –
Chilka Lake : –
Sisupalgarh : – Sisupalgarh is just two kilometers away from Lingaraj Temple of Bhubaneswar. There are some historical evidences to prove that the Orissian civilization is ancient.
Nandankanan National Park :- Nandankanan is a biological park. The animals live in their natural habitat. The zoo is divided from the botanical garden by a lake. Black Panthers, Lions, Tigers, Clouded leopards, Brown Bear, Black Bear, Grey Pelican, Gharials, Rosy Pelican, Crocodiles, King Cobra, Indian Python etc. are the attraction of zoo. Nandankanan is famous for white tigers. On other side botanical garden preserves different varieties of plants, flowers and fruits.
Bindusagar lake : The Bindusagar Lake is one of the popular tourist attractions of Bhubaneswar, Lying to the north of the Lingaraja Temple. In fact the lake has been gaining more and more popularity amongst the tourists as a picnic spot.
Rajarani temple of Bhubaneshwar :