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What You Should Know More About Orissa

  • Travel advice:

    • You can reach Odisha by rail, and air. Carry casual clothes when you travel here and avoid wearing skimpy or tight fitted clothes.

    • Wear ethnic or traditional clothes when you visit temples in Odisha.

    • Carry bottled water, sunscreen, emergency travel kit, torch lights, and travel documents along with you.

    • When taking a boating tour, use a licensed boat.

    • Before entering any national park or reserve, always take a permit for entry.

    • Maintain silence when taking wildlife tours inside the sanctuaries and wear clothes that blend with the foliage in the forest. Do not wear perfume or bright coloured clothes.

    • Do not beckon the attention of wild animals by making sounds. View them from a safe distance.

    • Adhere to all the rules when you visit parks, reserves, sanctuaries, and temples.

    • Do not get into any discussions inside the temple. Maintain peace and let the devotees pray in peace.

    • Do not use plastic or polythene bags inside the reserve or parks. Do not carry food inside the parks.

    • Do not venture out in the night, and avoid visiting isolated places.

    • Do not carry meat or meat products when visiting parks, and taking wildlife tours.

  • Drinking laws

    You must be 21 years or above of age to purchase and drink alcohol. Do not drink in public or religious places. Do not carry alcohol bottles on streets or take them inside parks or reserves.


  • Our Recommendations: What You Can’t Afford To Miss?

    Beaches and lakes

    There are three beaches that you can visit in Odisha. You can visit the Chandipur beach thas a sea side resort and a breathtaking view. Its coastline has Casuarina trees and creepers. You can stay at this beach and take a beach walking trail. Puri beach has white sand and is the coastline of the sacred Puri Jagannath temple. This beach has sand sculptures, food stalls, and kiosks, where you can relish the street food. You can visit this beach at the dawn and take a stroll here. You can also visit the Gopalpur on Sea which is a town that has coconut grooves and sand dunes.

    Kanija is a fresh water lake in Khurda district. You can take a look at many migratory birds at the Hirakud reservoir. At the foothills of Saranda hills is lake Anushpa that is in the horseshoe shape. You can get a view of flora and fauna, and wild animals at the Chilika Lake and enjoy the nature walks at this lake.


    Temple tours

    Tourists visit Odisha for pilgrimage. You can visit the Puri Jagannath temple, which is one of the most sacred temples in India. It is an 11th century temple located in Puri. You can visit the Sun temple at Konark, also known as the Konark temple. It is 65 kilometres away from Bhubaneswar. There are more than 500 temples in Bhubaneswar alone. The Parasuramesvara and Vaital Deul are one of the oldest temples built in the 10-11th century. The Muktesvara temple is also one of the popular temples in Bhubaneswar. The Brahmeswara Temple in the capital city is an 11th century temple.

    National parks and wildlife

    You can visit the Bhitarkanika National Park in Cuttack, take a walk in the mango groves, and witness from amongst more than 200 species of migratory birds, salt water crocodiles, and other animals. This park has estuaries, rivers, forests, and backwaters. The Simlipal National Park is a home to tigers, wild elephants, and gaurs. You can also spot porcupine, sambar, bison, leopard, flying squirrel, and more wild animals. In Bhubaneshwar, you can visit the Nandankanan Zoological Park and Satkosia Tiger Reserve.


    Other places to see

    In Cuttack, You can visit the Barabati Fort, Odisha Maritime Museum, and Dhabaleswar Island. In Sambalpur, you can visit the Hirakud Dam, Hatibari, Cattle Island, Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary, Badarama Wildlife Sanctuary, and Samaleswari Temple. In Puri you can visit the Daya River and Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary. You can visit the Badaghagra Falls, Pitamahal Dam, Khandadhar Falls, and Vaishno Devi Temple in Rourkela. In Konark you can visit the sun temple and the Archaeological Site Museum. Visit the Uliburu Reserved Forest, Murga Mahadev Waterfalls, and Uliburu Reserved Forest in Barbil. Visit the Gupteshwar Caves, Duduma Falls, and Kolab Botanical Gardens in Jeypore. Take a boat safari and visit the marine aquarium in Paradeep, which is located at the confluence of Mahanadi River.


    Pilgrimage and nature walks

    There are rivers, lakes, dams, and umpteen temples that you can visit in different cities in Odisha. Odisha has one of the oldest temples with stunning architectures. You can get a glimpse of nature and wild life when you visit wildlife sanctuaries that are spread across the state.


    Arts and culture

    You can visit Odisha during festivals and get an insight into the rituals and tradition of the folk and tribal sects in Odisha. You can also visit state museums and art galleries that have artifats, sculptures from ancient historical eras. This is not a place for partying or having a night-life. There are not too many options for water sports or adventure activities either. You can only enjoy sightseeing the natural beauty at most of these places.


  • Recommended Reads For The Destination

    Website

    Orissa Tourism

    Forum

    Rough Guides

    Books

    People of India Odisha by K.S. Singh


  • When is the best time to visit Orissa?

    Orissa has a tropical climate with scorching summers and intolerably cold winters. The best time to visit Orissa is from October to February when the weather is warm, dry and pleasant. It is foggy and green during these months and excellent for enjoying the sea shores and beaches along with wildlife. If you want to witness the Jagannath Temple-Chariot Festival or Rath Yatra then June-July are the best months although the temperatures goes as high as 46 degrees during summers.

  • How to reach Orissa?

    By Air: The Biju Patnaik Airport at Bhubaneswar connects Orissa to all the major cities of India. Flights from most of the popular Airlines fly between Biju Patnaik Airport and cities including Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam and Raipur.

     

    By Train: Located in the capital city of Odisha, the Bhubaneswar Railway Station is the major rail head of odisha. It is served by major train networks that connects it to other parts of Odisha and other cities in the country. Famous train like Rajdhani, Konark Express and Coromandal Express serves the station.

     

    By Road: Several buses ply from neighboring states to Odisha. It can be easily accessed by National Highway number 5,6, 23, 42 and 43.

  • What are the things to do in Orissa?

    Here is a list of things to do in Odisha.

    Visit Dhauli Giri Hills

    Swim in Solitude at the Puri Beach

    Witness a fascinating wildlife at Nandankanan Zoological Park

    Take a tour of the World Heritage Site of Konark Sun Temple.

    Explore Udayagiri Caves, one of the oldest cave temples in India.

    Go birding and dolphin watching at Chilika Lake.

    Shop local Applique craft at pipli village.

    Seek blessings at Jagannath Temple.

    Explore the ancient Jain caves in Khandagiri.

    Take a peaceful stroll along Chandrabhaga Beach.

  • What is the local food of Orissa? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The traditional food of Odisha are the Oriya dishes which includes delicacies like Pakhala, Khechidi, Palau, Kanika and Ghee Rice. Here is a list of best places to taste this food.

     

    Bara of Dhenkanal

    Rasgulla at Salepur

    Kora Khai at Bhubaneswar

     

    Dahibara Aloodum at Cuttack

    Badi at Keonjhar

    Mudhi-Mansa at Baripada

    Khaja at Puri

    Chhena Jhili at Nimapara

    Chenna Poda at Nayagarh

    Rasabali at Kendrapara

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Orissa?

    Public transport in odisha is largely supplied by Auto. There are private and Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) buses available across various routes.  OSRTC has now introduced AC bus services in Puri and Bhubaneshwar that are efficient, comfortable and economical. The Dream Team Sahara or DTS also ply between Puri and Bhubaneshwar on a regular basis.

  • What is the local language in Orissa and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    The local language of Odisha is Oriya. Here are some of the common phrases in Oriya

     

    Hello- (namascara)

    (sunibe?)

    (h??)

     

    Good morning- (suprabhata)

    Good night- (shubharaatra)

    Thank you- (dhanyabaad)

    (tumbhangku dhanyabaad)

    Do you Speak English? - (?pa?a inr?j? kuhanti ki)

    Excuse me- (kyam? karibe) - to get past

    (kyam? karantu) - to get attention

    What is your name?- Tumoro Naamo

  • Which are the best shopping places in Orissa and what are they famous for?

    The myriad art and craft of Odisha are available in abundance in the local streets and markets. Here is a list of places in Orissa to help you while you go on a shopping spree.

     

    • Pipli, Puri famous for Applique art and craft
    • Orissa State Handloom cooperative, Rajpath, Bhubaneshwar famous for fine applique work and ikkat fabric.
    • Raghurajpur, Puri Famous For Pattachitra, the traditional, cloth-based scroll paintings.
    • Patachitra Centre, Puri famous for Patachitra and palm leaf paintings
    • Choudhary Bazaar, Cuttack famous for unique silver filigree works (Tarakasi), woven textiles and local food joints.
    • Surajpur chowk, Chandipur famous for odisha arts and crafts.
    • Naya Sarak or Balu Bazar, Cuttack famous for jewellery carved out by the filigree artists.
    • Rajpath Road, Bhubaneswar famous for its epic architecture and local food.

  • Which are the best camping sites in Orissa?

    Here is a list of some of the best camping sites in Odisha

     

    Chilika Lake

    Chhotkei Nature Camp, Purunakote

    Kalahandi Area, Koratpur

    Balangir and Nawapara Area

    Kandhamal, (Phulbani)

    Sambalpur Area

    Keonjhar- Mayurbhanj

    Sundargarh

    Puri-Jagatsinghpur

    Khurda District, Bhubaneshwar

  • Which are some famous beaches in Orissa?

    Odisha is home to abundant of mesmerising shorelines which calls for a beautiful beach holiday. Have a look at this list of Famous Beaches in Odisha.

     

    • Chandipur Beach, Chandipur
    • Bhitarkanika Beach, Kendrapara district
    • Chandrabhaga Beach, Konark
    • Puri Beach, Puri
    • Gopalpur Beach, Ganjam District
    • Balighai Beach, Beldal
    • Rushikulya Beach, Ganjam District
    • Aryapalli Beach, Berhampur
    • Balaramgadi Beach, Puri
    • Konark Beach, Konark

  • Which are famous wildlife sanctuaries in Orissa?

    Odisha is rich in a variety of flora and fauna and the host of wildlife sanctuaries in Odisha is a nature lover’s delight. Here is a list of some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Odisha.

     

    Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary

    Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary

    Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary

    Simlipal National Park

    Satkosia Tiger Reserve

    Bhitarkanika National Park

    Ushakothi (Badrama) Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary

    Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    Nandankanan Zoological Park

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