Puri, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Konark, Sambalpur, Chandipur and Baripada are some of the top places to visit in Odisha.
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Puri is 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.
The Rath Yatra(chariot festival) which takes place during the month of June-July is one of the world famous festival that should not be missed if you are planning to visit during this time.
The major attraction of Puri are Shree Jagannath Puri temple, Chilika lake, Puri beach, Gundicha Ghar and the very famous Sun temple of Konark.
Known as the temple city of India, Bhubaneswar has now become the center for commerce and business. Bhubaneshwar is an ancient city consist of beautiful historic temples which attract pilgrims and tourists from all over the country.
The name of the city literally means Lord of the Universe. It has a number of majestic temples built centuries ago which have still retained their original over all these years. The Lingaraj temple and the Parasurameswara temple are among those which are a must visit place. These temples attract tourists from all parts of the country.
The main attraction of this city are Lingaraj Temple, ISKCON temple, Hirakud dam, Raja Rani Temple, Bindu Sarovar, Orissa State museum, Brahmeshwara Temple, Tikarpada, Mukteswara Temple, Dhauli and many more.
Konark, in the state of Orissa is renowned world over for the Sun Temple, the Annual dance festival and its beautiful sandy beaches. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its marvelous architecture, dedicated to devotees of the Sun God. It is one of the most beautiful monuments of India.
The main attraction of Konark are Sun Temple, Chandrabhaga Beach, ASI Museum, Astaranga Beach and many more.
The cultural capital of Orissa, Cuttack is a commercial city with plenty of impressive tourist attractions. Cuttack is the second largest city in Orissa 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.
The main attraction of Cuttak are Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Barabati Fort, Dhabaleswar, Paradeep Beach, Paradeep Port and many more.
Gopalpur is located in the southern coastline of Odisha just 15 km from the city of Behrampur. One of the best beaches in the eastern coastline of the country, know for being an offbeat destination and a place for relaxation. The Gopalpur-on-sea is considered to be one of India's most beautiful beaches largely due to its remoteness, its peace and its offbeat crowd. The beaches are sparkling gold which along with the azure water of the Bay of Bengal providing a perfect place to relax and enjoy the nature.
The main attraction of Gopalpur are Gopalpur Beach, Ramha, Gopalpur lighthouse, Mayfair palm resort, Chilika Lake, Rushikulya Beach and many more.
Sambalpur is a Municipal Corporation and located in the western part of Odisha, and is one of the largest and oldest cities in the state. It is the headquarters of Northern Revenue Division, Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL) and one of the railway division from East Coast Railway zone. It is situated about 300 km west of the state capital Bhubaneswar, 550 km west of Kolkata in West Bengal and 278 km east of Raipur in Chhattisgarh. It is situated on the bank of the Mahanadi River.
The main attraction of Sambalpur are Hirakud Dam, Budharaja temple, Ghanteshwari Temple, Samaleswari temple, Leaning temple of huma, Shopping and many more.
Chandipur locally known as Chandipur-on-sea is a secluded seaside village of Baleshwar district. The unique specialty of this beach is the ebb tides that recede around 1 to 4 km during low tides and they tend to disappear rhythmically. This has a spectacular view of the rising sun and also of the sun drowning somewhere beyond waters providing feast to the eyes. When the water disappears, you can even take jeep ride towards the sea.
The main attraction of Chandipur are Chandipur beach, Similipal forest reserve, Nilagiri, Panchalingeshwar, Sajanagarh, Remuna and many more.
Baripada is a city, recognised by its beautiful culture and an essence of purity in nature that is situated a distance of 248km from Kolkata and 256km from Bhubaneshwar. Its Rath Yatra is considered the biggest and oldest after Puri and thus Baripada is also known as Dwitiya Srikhetra or Second Puri.
The main attraction of Baripada are Simlipal nature park, Jwala mukhi temple, Jagannath temple, Chandipur market, Palace of Mayur Bhanj, Baripada museum and many more.