Once home to the tribes of Odra, who worshipped the Sun God, Odisha today is known for its ancient architectural masterpieces. The state is home to 62 tribal villages which form microcultural hubs and also has 600 odd temples only in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. Odisha surely will exceed ones expectations.
Odisha is a state which is opening up its doors into adventure tourism, in tune to the changing trends in travelling. The India Surf Festival which is hosted at the Ramchandi Beach here has been grabbing the attention of its visitors for the last few years. Have a look at some of the interesting things to do in the state of Odisha which would indeed throw light on some revelations.
1. Watch Dolphins At Chilika Lake
Located about 48 km from the beach at Puri, the Chilika Lake lies in the silent town of Satapada. The lake grabs the attention of visitors here as the lake flows into the sea, possibly due to which one can spot Dolphins here apart from catching a sight of various migratory birds such as gadwall, northern pintail, etc.
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2. Go To The Lesser Known And Pristine Chandrabhaga Beach
The beach of Chandrabhaga is located at a distance of 37 km from Puri and lies at a very close proximity to the much famed temple at Konark. A large number of people visit this sea shore on the 7th day of Magha as per the Hindu calendar, to offer their prayers to the Sun God. The beach also attracts a large number of photography enthusiasts.
3. Catch The India Surf Festival At Ramchandi Beach
The festival was kick-started in the year 2012 by a group of surfing enthusiasts, who wanted to transform the silent East Coast to the hub of surfers. Since then every year the festival is organised at the beach of Ramchandi near Konark.
4. Visit Rushikulya for Olive Ridley Turtles
The mouth of the Rushikulya river is home to the largest nest ground of the olive ridley sea turtles. Travellers and photographers reach this quite spot during the nesting season as the little ones start their move towards the sea.
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5. Go for A Boat Ride Through Bhitarkanika
Bhitarkanika National Park is for the wildlife enthusiasts who head to Odisha. The park is spread across a wide area of 672 sq km around the Bhitarkanika Mangroves and one can explore the park through a boat ride and spot some species like the Salt Water Crocodile, Water Monitor Lizard and King Cobra along with many more species.
6. Head To The Hide And Seek Beach Of Chandipur
Chandipur Beach is yet another one of the lesser-known beaches of the East Coast in Odisha. With the sea water receding approximately 5 km during low tide and advancing to the shore during high tide everyday, the Chandipur Beach offers a truly unique and captivating sight. The beach is located at a very close proximity to other places of interest such as Remuna, Panchalingeswar, Aradi and Chandaneswar.
7. Visit The Village Of Raghurajpur
The village of Raghurajpur is renowned for its resident artisans who have mastered the art of Pattachitra, which are miniature paintings done on cloth and palm leaves. The families in this small village are dedicated to the ancient craft and produce not only beautiful paintings but also paper weights, side tables, papier mache, etc.
8. Explore The caves of Khandagiri
The caves of Khandagiri are one of the finest examples of India's ancient rock-cut architecture. These caves were carved out as residential blocks for Jain monks during the rule of King Kharavela. The Jain temples at Bhubaneshwar are located an hours travel away; these structures form an excellent example to know more about the ancient architecture of the country.