Cuttack is the second largest city in Odisha and is the centre of all commercial activities.
Updated: December 12, 2018
The cultural capital of Orissa, Cuttack is a commercial city with plenty of impressive tourist attractions. Cuttack is the second largest city in Odisha and is the centre of all commercial activities.
Cuttack is always buzzing with cultural activities and plays host to a variety of festivals like the Baliyatra. This festival commemorates the ancient trade links the countries like Java, Bali and Sumatra and the Kite Festival which is held in the month of January.
The main attraction of Cuttak are Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Barabati Fort, Dhabaleswar, Paradeep Beach, Paradeep Port and many more.
Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of its kind in Asia and is home to one of the rarest species of flora and fauna. It is spread over an area of 650 sq. kms and has rich marine vegetation, salt tolerant varieties of trees and plants, rivers and creeks. The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary attracts myriad of migrant species like the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Asian Open Bill, Black Ibis, Egrets, Darters and many other species from Central-Asia and Europe.
Various other animals like Indian Python, King Cobra, and Rhesus Monkey etc are home to this sanctuary.
The Barbati Fort in Cuttack in Oddisa is a well known fort with carved gateway which was built in 14th century during the Ganga dynasty. The fort is situated on the river Mahanadi and is about 8km away from the city.
The fort is situated at such a calculated place that it provides a beautiful and spectacular view of the modern Cuttack city. It brings charm to the city and depicts its glorious history. The monument was built with fortification to protect from enemy attacks. In present days a nearby Barbati stadium is build for cultural and various sports events. There is also a temple dedicated to Katak Chandi.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Dhabaleswar temple is located 37 km away from the main city. It lies on a river island in the River Mahanadi and serves as a popular weekend getaway for the people of Cuttack and other nearby towns.
Located at a distance of 125 kms from Paradeep and 94 kms from Cuttack, Paradeep is one of the most serene and tranquil beaches of Odisha. Boasting of golden shimmering sands, indigo blue waters and lined with huge rock boulders, the beach is not only a prominent tourist spot but also a major sea port of the country.
A lot of tourist comes here to laze and sunbathe in the long stretch of golden sands or just for frolicking in the aqua blue waters of the sea. The dash of rocks at the side offers an amazing marine drive and make for an ideal day-out destination.
Paradeep Port has become a very important international sea port of the country owing as it receives several direct foreign investments which was built in the year 1960.