Odisha one of the 29 states of India, located in the east of India. It is surrounded by the states of West Bengal to the north-east, Jharkhand to the north, Chhattisgarh to the west and north-west, Telangana to the south-west and Andhra Pradesh to the south. Odisha has 485 kilometres of coastline along the Bay of Bengal on its east, from Balasore to Ganjam.It is the 9th largest state by area, and the 11th largest by population. Odia (also known as Oriya) is the official and most widely spoken language, spoken by 33.2 million according to the 2001 Census The ancient kingdom of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in 261 BCE resulting in the Kalinga War, coincides with the modern day Odisha.The modern state of Orissa was established on 1 April 1936, as a province in British India and consisted predominantly of Oriya speaking regions. April 1 is celebrated as Odisha Day. The region is also known as Utkala and is mentioned in India's national anthem, "Jana Gana Mana". Cuttack was made the capital of the region by Anantavarman Chodaganga in c. 1135,after which the city was used as the capital by many rulers, through the British era until 1948 when Bhubaneswar replaced it as the capital.

Orissa is one of the most interesting states in East India. The State is predominantly rural but industrialisation is changing its face. Bhubaneshwar is the modern capital of Orissa. Orissa is known for the famous Sun Temple at Konark and Jagannath Temple in Puri. Although, Orissa is one of the least visited states of India, it is also easily accessible. Orissa lies just south of the Tropic of Cancer and is very warm throughout the year. The best season to visit Orissa is from October to March. Oriya, Hindi and English are the main languages which are spoken in Orissa.

General Information

Languages :   Oriya,Bengali,Hindi
Climate :   Summer: 49c
Winter: 16c to 5c
monsoon: July to October
Festivals :   Holi(Feb/march), Puri Car Festival(June/July), Diwali(Oct/Nov)

Places to See in Orissa


Located on Karo River banks and amidst lush green hills, Barbil views to offer. It owns the credit of possessing the world’s 5th largest iron and manganese deposits. Keonjhar district, in which Barbil is situated, has a 38000 million year old rock, which is one of the oldest in the world. Given below are the top attractions in Barbil.

  • Uliburu Reserved Forest
  • Thakurani Hills
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Murga Mahadev Waterfalls
  • Gonasika
  • Kendujhargarh
  • Hanuman Mandir
  • Shiva Mandir
  • Ghatgaon
  • Sanaghagara
  • Badaghagara
  • Khandadhar


Located on the western border of the state, the place was earlier a part of Sambalpur. Though limited in number, the tourist attractions gain value by the importance attached to it. Gandhamardan, one of the destinations here is associated with the period of Ramayana and it finds mention in the notes of Hieun Tsang, the famous Chinese traveler. Scenic, ancient Bargarh makes your visit memorable. Here are some tourist destinations to visit in Bargarh.

  • Kedarnath Temple
  • Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Gandhamardan
  • Nrusinghnath Temple
  • Nrusimhanath Waterfalls
  • Chaldhar Waterfall
  • Papaharini
  • Papanga Hill


mple city of India – This is howBhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa famously called. The land, which is over 2500 years old, is a blend of ancient monuments and modern constructions. It is believed that Bhubaneswar had over 2000 temples in the past. Here are the top places to visit in Bhubaneswar.

  • Parasurameswara Temple
  • Mukteswar Temple
  • Lingaraja Temple
  • Odisha State Museum
  • Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts
  • Nandankanan Zoological Park
  • Ekamra Kanan
  • Udayagiri Caves
  • Dhauli Hill
  • Satkosia Tiger Reserve
  • Brahmeshwara Temple
  • Bindu Sarovara
  • Regional Museum of Natural History
  • Biju Patnaik Park
  • Kalinga Stadium
  • Pathani Samanta Planetarium
  • Ratnagiri Buddhist Excavation


Former capital of Orissa and now its business capital, Cuttack, is also one the ancient cities of the state. Ancient monuments apart, Cuttack has a wide range of tourist attractions as it is home to picturesque destinations and pilgrim centers. It is famous for handicrafts too. Here are the leading attractions in Cuttack

  • Barabati Fort
  • Stone Revetment of Cuttack
  • Mahanadi Barrage
  • Netaji Birth Place Museum
  • Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Singanatha Temple
  • Dhabaleswar Island
  • Qadam-I-Rasool
  • Bhattarika Temple
  • Gurudwara Daatan Sahib
  • Odisha Maritime Museum
  • Ansupa Lake


Jeypore is just the place to be if you would like to enjoy some of the best works of nature. This beautiful land is picturesquely set amidst hills. With scenic waterfalls and amazing natural parks, you are sure to love Jeypore, which has a rich history too. Here are the leading destinations in Jeypore.

  • Gupteshwar Caves
  • Sunabeda
  • Deomali
  • Duduma Falls
  • Hatipathar
  • Nandapur
  • Kolab Falls
  • Kolab Botanical Garden
  • Jagannath Sagar
  • Patroput
  • Minna Jhola


It is natural that your mind races to Sun Temple when you think of Konark. The 13th century temple stands tall in the minds of tourists in spite of the fact that it is now in ruins. Konark has a few other ancient temples on its land for both history lovers and religious minds. Here are the top attractions in Konark.

  • Sun Temple
  • Archaeological Site Museum
  • Ramachandi Temple
  • Ramchandi Beach
  • Kuruma
  • Astranga
  • Chandrabhaga Beach


Location of Paradeep or Paradip, as it is also called, is in itself confluence of river Mahanadi and Bay of Bengal, the land stuns you with its amazing views. Be it the sunrise or the sunset, you would not want to miss a moment of it. Here are the leading attractions in Paradeep.

  • Paradip Port
  • Gahirmatha Beach
  • Gahirmatha Sanctuary
  • Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Paradip Port
  • Light House
  • Udayagiri and Ratnagiri Caves
  • Boat Safari
  • Jhankad
  • Marine Aquarium
  • Baladeva Temple
  • Hanuman Temple
  • Jagannath Temple


For those with a particular religious faith, Puri might bring to mind Jagannath Temple and the Sun Temple. For nature lovers, the beautiful beaches in the land may hold attraction. The vibrant land is famous for many festivals being a temple-rich place and it enjoys heavy footprints from all parts of the world. Here are the top attractions in Puri.

  • Jagannath Temple
  • Puri Beach
  • Swargadwar Beach
  • Chilika Lake
  • Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Daya River
  • Gundicha Ghar Temple
  • Raghurajpur
  • Atharnala Bridge
  • Pipili


Rourkela, the second largest city in Orissa, is immediately recalled at the mention of steel plants. Home to largest steel plants in India, the place gives you an insight into its rich cultural past through some of its wonderful tourist destinations. Here are the top places to visit in Rourkela.

  • Vedavyas Temple
  • Green Park
  • Vaishno Devi Temple
  • Badaghagra Falls
  • Khandadhar Falls
  • Ushakothi
  • Darjeeng
  • Nehru Traffic Park
  • Ghogar
  • Mandira Dam
  • Pitamahal Dam
  • Barehipani Falls
  • Joranda Falls


Sambalpur, the land rich in culture and natural beauty, is one of the most important tourist destinations in Orissa. Gateway to western Orissa, the land has some of the best gifts of nature thanks to the lush forests and picturesque waterfalls. Given below are the top tourist places to visit in Sambalpur.

  • Hirakud Dam
  • Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cattle Island
  • Badarama Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chiplima
  • Huma
  • Pradhanpat
  • Vikramkhol
  • Bells Galore
  • Hatibari
  • Nrusimhanath
  • Samaleswari Temple