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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.

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    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.

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