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Orissa is a state in the eastern coast of the Republic of India. It is the eleventh most populated state and the ninth largest state in India. Orissa was previously known as Kalinga and the language spoken is Oriya. Its capital city is Bhubaneswar. The states bordering Orissa are Paschim Banga, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

The Bay of Bengal touches coastal Orissa and the rivers Baitarani, Mahanadi and Brahmani empty into it. The western and northern parts of the state are occupied by the Chhota Nagpur plateau. Deomali, which lies in the state, is the highest peak in the Eastern Ghats.

Orissa is dotted with temples and sites of historic relevance and has 480 kilometers of coastline. Odissi is a popular dance form and has attained classical status in India.

Places to Look Out For

Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Orissa and is a place of economic and religious importance in the area. It is known as the “Temple City” of India. Bhubaneswar, Konark and Puri complete the “Golden Triangle”, and are one of the most visited destinations in India.

Puri houses the Jagannath Temple, which is visited by scores of visitors throughout the year. The Rath Yatra or the Car festival is attended by nearly 6-7 lakh of visitors every year. The temple is one of the largest in India and has an area of 4, 20,000 sq. feet. It is one of the “Char Dham”, referred to the four pilgrimage places in India which are revered by the Hindus. The beach at Puri draws visitors from across the globe and is a beautiful sight. Seafood is a delight.

You can visit the Chilika Lake, which is the second largest coastal lake in India and the largest in India. A boat ride on the lake is captivating and the presence of dolphins makes it much better. Chilika also is house to a bird sanctuary, which forms an integral part of the eco-tourism. The Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves validate the impact of Buddhism in this region during the 13th century.

The Bhitara Kanika National Park, the Similipal National Park and the Ghariyal Sanctuary are one of the most visited destinations by eco tourists. Nandan Kanan and Chandaka are famous wildlife sanctuaries. Chandipur Beach, Ramachandi Beach, Paradeep Beach, Astarang Beach are some of the beaches in Orissa. The Hirakud Dam at Cuttack is the largest earthen dam in India.

How to Reach

Major cities in Orissa are well connected to all the metropolitan cities in India through air, road and railways. Bhubaneswar is located near Puri and Konark, and hence serves as a major base for all incoming tourists. The Biju Patnaik International Airport has flights to Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and many other cities on a regular basis.

Connectivity from Europe, USA and South-East Asia

The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Kolkata connects cities like Frankfurt, Singapore, Kunming and Bangkok. The Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi is the nearest location to Orissa for tourists from Chicago, New York, Amsterdam, London, Paris Tokyo, Zurich and many more cities.




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