Odisha, earlier known as Orissa, home to many different tribes of the country have been given differentÂ names over the years and has a rich history attached to it. The land has lots to offer in terms of touristÂ destinations. Here are some of the top places that you must visit when you are in Odisha.
The capital city of Odisha, this city is a unique blend of modern day structuresÂ and ancient architecture. It is believed that there were more than 2000 temples in this city atÂ one point in history. While there arenâ€™t many left now, you should definitely pay a visit to theÂ Lingaraja temple, Mukteswar temple, Parasurameswara temple. There is also Satkosia tigerÂ reserve, udayagiri caves, Dhauli hill, Ekamra kanan (botanical garden), planetarium, zoologicalÂ park and more to visit.
The birth place of Netaji, this city was initially the capital of the state and still retainsÂ the title of being the business centre for the state. The city is completely covered with ancientÂ monuments and picturesque attractions for tourists to spend their time here. The stoneÂ revetment in Cuttack gives you an insight into the engineering technology of our ancestors.Â There are also other attractions like Barabati Fort, Ansupa lake, Maritime museum, MahanadiÂ Barrage, Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary and so on.
A place known for the various wildlife reserves, Sambalpur has not just rich naturalÂ beauty but is equally a place rich in culture. With breathtaking waterfalls and lush green forests,Â the city houses some of the main wildlife sanctuaries of the nation like Ushakothi, Debrigarh,Â Khalasuni and Badarama. The city is also houses the famous Hirakud dam on Mahanadi. DuringÂ summer, one can see remnants of submerged temples when the water recedes below the level.Â There is also Cattle island, a land inhibited purely by wild cattle, devoid of human existence,Â which one can visit through the river.
If you are a religious person, then you should definitely visit the Sun temple and theÂ Jagannath temple in Puri. Even if you are not religious, these temples hold some of the ancientÂ architectural wonders of our country, a true feast to the eyes. Apart from these two famousÂ temples, there are many more which makes Puri a land of festivities all year round. Puri also hasÂ the beautiful beaches to keep you enchanted. There is also the Chilika Lake, largest brackishÂ water lagoon in Asia, along with the wildlife sanctuary. Pipili is another place to visit if you wantÂ to try buying some handicrafts.
This second largest city of the state is also home for some of the largest steel plants ofÂ the country. The waterfalls in the city, Joranda, Barehipani, Badaghagra and Khandadhar, leaveÂ you breathless with their mesmerizing beauty while the Vedavyas and Vaishno devi templesÂ guide you spiritually. There are also places like Mandira Dam, Pitamahal dam and other touristÂ destinations to keep you occupied.
Apart from the above, there is also Konark, Jeypore, Paradeep and more locations in Odisha to makeÂ your holiday in Odisha memorable.