21 Places to visit in Odisha | Tourist places in Odisha

Top tourist places to visit in Odisha

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Places to visit in Odisha:

1. Rayagada

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Rayagada is a district in Odisha with a rich history and a distinct culture which has, over the years, mingled with the local tribal culture. This district has many historical places to visit and is known for its cuisine, crafts and handmade products. 

2. Puri

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One of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus (Char-Dham), Puri is a beach city with its most famous attraction as the Jagannath temple and other attractions such as Chilka Lake, Konark sun temple etc.

3. Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar, the temple city of India, once known for its architecture and grand temples, is presently a thriving centre for commerce and business.

4. Konark

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Host to the famous Konark dance festival and the Sun temple, Konark is a beach town with considerable cultural importance.

5. Cuttack

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Referred to as the cultural capital of Orissa, Cuttack is a commercial city with plenty of impressive tourist attractions.

6. Baripada

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At a distance of 248km from Kolkata and 256km from Bhubaneshwar, Baripada is a city known for it's Rath Yatra, considered to be the biggest and oldest after Puri and thus Baripada is also known as Dwitiya Srikhetra (Second Puri).

7. Gopalpur

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In the southern coastline of Odisha just 15 km from the city of Behrampur is located a quaint, tiny town of Gopalpur, often said to be one of the best beaches in the eastern coastline of the country.

8. Chandipur

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Chandipur is a secluded seaside village of Baleshwar district stored safely on the coastline of Orissa. Chandipur is also locally known as Chandipur-on-sea.

9. Sambalpur

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Sambalpur also pronounced as ""Samalpur"" got its name from Devi Samaleswari, who is the main goddess of the region. The area is known for the world famous Hirakud Dam which is the main attraction for the tourists here.

10. Talasari Beach

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Located in Baleswar district of Odisha and at a distance of 10 Km from Digha, the Talasari beach is pristine, serene and has been bestowed with spectacular panorama.

11. Rourkela

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The largest steel city of Odisha, Rourkela is a commercial town with steel industry, however its natural positioning makes it an offbeat tourist location for people of nearby areas.

12. Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary

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While you are at Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary, you get a chance to caress the untainted form of nature, the luxuriant greenery leaves you soul enchanted and the existence of the wild animals around leaves your soul enthralled.

13. Berhampur

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Berhampur, also known as Brahmapur is known as the home of Lord Brahma and is usually known as the silk city- the city which is famous for the lustrous silk sarees in different colors and patterns.

14. Jeypore

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Jeypore is a large city in the state of Odisha and is famous for its fresh water lakes, waterfalls and valleys.

15. Dhauli

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Dhauli is a small town 8 Km away south of Bhubaneswar, located on the bank of river Daya and holds great significance for the followers of lord Buddha.

16. Chilika Lake

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Chilika Lake is the largest internal salt water lake in Asia, it is a paradise on earth for bird watchers and nature lovers. The pear-shaped lake is dotted with a few small islands and has fisheries and salt pans around its shore. The Chilika Lake also houses the most accommodating ecosystems in the world, which means that a wide assortment of flora and fauna can be spotted here. The lake offers a flamboyant display of a myriad of avian charms in all diverse hues and colours, ranging from the white-bellied sea eagles to flamingos, and from golden plovers to sandpiper

17. Hirakud Dam

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Constructed across the Mahanadi River in Sambalpur, Odisha the Hirakud Dam is hailed as the longest human-made dams in India. Astonishingly, it is over 56km long and is the top pick among the locals as well as tourists to enjoy a refreshing day out. This marvellous piece of architecture construction was built in the year 1956, and owing to its location is a fantastic spot to watch nature come alive in all its glory. One of the major attractions here is a drive-through road that you can take you 21km over the dam, admiring its ingeniousness and expertise. Another striking feature of the dam is, of course, the wide expanse of the view that it offers from the Gandhi and Nehru Minarets that are located towards the Northern Facade of the dam. It is also a fantastic site for birdwatching as it is surrounded by abundant water and trees on all sides.

18. Simlipal National Park

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Reflecting the natural beauty of an era gone by, Simlipal National Park is in a beautiful and scenic town in Odisha. Situated in Mayurbhanj, it once used to be a hunting ground for the rulers of the province. Simlipal is the largest wildlife sanctuary in India and is also considered as one of the principal tiger projects in India. The area is rich with dense forests, striking meadows, startling waterfalls and beautiful rivers. It is blessed with great bio-diversity and huge varieties of fauna that make it a great place to engage in wildlife sightseeing! Simlipal Reserve is home to more than 1000 varieties of plants. It has around 96 species of orchids that are endemic to the forest. Baripada is the nearest town to Simlipal and can be considered a gateway to the same.

19. Daringbadi

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You are in for a surprise if you thought that the state of Odisha was only famous for its beaches and temples. A hill station replete with pine trees, coffee gardens and splendid valleys lies peacefully at an elevation of 3000 feet waiting to be explored. Daringbadi often referred to as the “Kashmir of Odisha” is a perfect place to spend some time away from the hustle-bustle of the cosmopolitan world in quaint cottages amidst trees and valleys. The temperature which sometimes steeps down to the frozen point is perfect to beat the heat in summers and enjoy snow in winter. The place does not only have verdant and thick forests, but is also bountiful in flora and fauna. And the best part about this hill station is that you can visit this place throughout the year.

20. Khandagiri Caves

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Also known as Cuttack caves, Khandagiri Caves are artificial caves located in the state of Orissa which date back to 2nd century. This place is quite a sight to see with all the beautifully carved inscriptions and figures. This place holds a great historical significance. A large number of ancient temples with intricate carvings surround this place which have their own significance. If you want to relax and spend some quiet time amidst nature, a number of lush green parks are also located around Khandagiri Caves.

21. Nuakhai

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Nuakhai is an annual harvest festival in Odisha, celebrated to welcome the season's new rice. Celebrated a day after Ganesh Chaturthi, Nuakhai is the most auspicious and important social festival in Western Odisha and the neighbouring areas of Simdega in Jharkhand. It is celebrated throughout Odisha and will be held on September 3, 2019.