Top 10 places to visit in Odisha

Feb 29, 2024

By: Ayush Mehrotra

Konark Sun Temple

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Konark Sun Temple is an architectural marvel dedicated to the Sun God. The temple's intricate stone carvings and unique architecture make it a must-visit destination.

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Jagannath Temple, Puri

Located in the holy city of Puri, the Jagannath Temple is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites for Hindus. The temple, dedicated to Lord Jagannath, attracts devotees from all over the world, especially during the Rath Yatra festival.

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Bhubaneswar

Known as the "Temple City of India," Bhubaneswar is famous for its ancient temples, including the Lingaraja Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, and Rajarani Temple. The city also boasts of vibrant markets, museums, and parks.

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Chilika Lake

Asia's largest brackish water lagoon, Chilika Lake is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Visitors can enjoy boat rides, spot migratory birds, and explore the picturesque islands within the lake.

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Puri Beach

With its golden sands and serene ambiance, Puri Beach is a popular destination for beach lovers. Visitors can relax on the shore, indulge in water sports, or witness stunning sunrises and sunsets.

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Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves

These ancient rock-cut caves near Bhubaneswar date back to the 2nd century BCE. The caves feature intricate carvings, inscriptions, and Jain monastic cells, offering insights into Odisha's rich history.

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Nandankanan Zoological Park

Located near Bhubaneswar, Nandankanan Zoological Park is famous for its conservation efforts and the white tiger safari. Visitors can also explore the botanical garden and enjoy a cable car ride.

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Simlipal National Park

One of the largest national parks in India, Simlipal is a biodiversity hotspot known for its dense forests, waterfalls, and diverse wildlife, including tigers, elephants, and leopards.

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Raghurajpur

This heritage crafts village near Puri is renowned for its Pattachitra paintings, palm leaf engravings, and Gotipua dance performances. Visitors can interact with local artisans and purchase traditional handicrafts.

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Hirakud Dam

Located on the Mahanadi River near Sambalpur, Hirakud Dam is one of the longest dams in the world. The dam offers scenic views, boating facilities, and a museum showcasing the history of its construction.

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