A lot of architectural wonders and heritage sites at Odisha offer breathtaking views and a wholesome experience to the tourists visiting the state. The beaches in Odisha (Orissa) with some or other unique feature of their own are the best loved beaches being yet unspoiled. The Puri Beach Festival therefore attracts lots of tourists from all over the world.
Travellers can find a host of amazing Tourist Places in Odisha, ranging from religious sites to natural wonders. Odisha is the perfect destination to quest your thirst for wanderlust. Also, renowned for its religious significance, the state is a popular pilgrimage destination.
Let us read about the major tourist attractions worth visiting while touring Odisha.
Konark Sun Temple, Konark
One of the most stunning monuments of religious significance, a true masterpiece of architecture proudly stands in the form of Sun Temple at Konark. The temple is around 65 kms from the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The best time for travellers visiting the temple is from October to March.
Jagannath Temple, Puri
Belonging to the 11th century and enjoying the honour of being one of the 'Char Dhams', the pilgrimage that every Hindu devotee intend to visit. A large number of tourists visit the temple every year during the Rath Yatra held at the temple premises.
The lake is recognized as one of the most important wetlands in the world because it is home to a phenomenal variety of birds. Chilika Lake offers travellers a spectacular display of its colourful avian charms in a thousand different hues presented by over 160 species in the peak season between November and February. Some of the birds found during these months are ospreys, golden plovers, sand pipers, flamingos, pelicans, shovellers, gulls, include migratory ones flying great distances from Iran, Central Asia and Siberia.
Fine white sands, roar of the breakers rolling in from the Bay of Bengal and countless devotees flocking the place for a purification dip are the synonyms to the Puri Beach. The beach has continued to be a sacred venue for an endless number of pilgrims coming to pay homage to Lord Jagannath. The beach at Puri offers a unique opportunity to witness the striking sunrise and sunset on the same beach. Often crowded with holiday makers bathing in the afternoon, the beach is an ideal place for travellers, and has a row of hotels, food stalls for travellers to choose.
Bhitarkanika National Park
The National Park is located in the Kendrapara district of Odisha and is home to endangered Salt Water Crocodile and many other species of flora and fauna. The sanctuary is the second largest mangrove ecosystem in India. A large number of water birds like Asian Open Bill, Cormorants, Darters, every year from June to October. The park becomes a paradise for bird lovers during these months.
Raghurajpur Handicrafts Village
With a picturesque green setting amongst tropical trees on the bank of the Bhargavi River, Raghurajpur is not only an attractive Indian village but one where every household is involved in a form of handicrafts. Travellers can wander around, check out the beautiful painted murals on the houses, chat to the friendly artisans and see them in action, and ofcourse shop! Visitors can go there on a day trip from Puri, which is around 15 km.