Odisha (formerly Orissa) is a state on the eastern side of India. For most parts of India as well as the world, Odisha is known for few things like the Jagannath Temple Puri & the Rath Yatra, then somewhat for the sambalpuri dress material & sarees, handicraft items like Pipili Chandua, native cuisines like Pitha, Sweets like Rasa Gola & Chena Poda etc. However, Odisha should have been immensely popular for the natural & beautiful places to visit in Orissa.
The state treasures some of the world’s finest hills & mountains, waterfalls, jungles, sanctuaries, beaches, historical places, cultural places, temples, Buddhist places, lakes, rivers & roads. Phew. For a state with so much to see, its beauties are still somewhat hidden from the eyes of the world. Almost every non Odia I have talked to, knows little or none about Odisha, it’s rich heritage and most of all, the tourist places in Odisha. All the travel blogs I follow, none of them emphasize on the tourist attractions in Odisha like they should.
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And I am going to find out why. As they say, if you want to do something properly do it yourself. So I start my Trip Rovers journeys with exploration of my own state. I hope Travelers & Rovers from India and the world find these pages on my Blog and are inspired to visit these places. Incredible Odisha, right?
My travel wishlist has been based on this Website which has done a fine job of listing Odisha tourist places district wise. Do comment if some of these places to visit in Orissa makes it into your list as well.
Tourist Places in Odisha
Here is the Odisha (Orissa) Tourist Places List that also constitutes my bucket list. These include places to visit, things to do and delicacies to eat in Odisha. This list will keep on updating as I visit more & more places in the state.
BHUBANESWAR- The State Capital & Temple City of India
(Also includes places in the district of Khordha)
Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa
Atri Hot Water Spring
Nandankanan Zoologycal park & Sactuary
Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary
Botanical Garden adjacent to NandanKanan
Khandagiri – Udaygiri Hills
Tens of other Temples around Bhubaneswar
PURI- The Home of Lord Jagannath
Sea Beach at Puri
Puri Jagannath Temple
Konark Sun Temple
Beleswara – Temple & Hidden Beach
Chilika – Asia’s Largest Brackish Water Lake
CUTTACK – The Marketplace of Odisha
Chandikhol & MahaBinayak
Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Udayagiri
ROURKELA – The Steel City of Odisha
PHEW! There are just too many tourist places in Odisha! Resuming….
BARIPADA – Home for the best Mutton in Odisha
Shimilipal Tiger Reserve & Sanctuary
JEYPORE – Explore Tribal Odisha
Taptapani Hot Water Springs
So many places to visit in Orissa! Wonder if I could finish it.
Deulajhari Hot Springs & Shiva temple
Banarpal tourist base
Rengali Dam & reservoir
Kanika Antique Palace
Vitarakanika Wildlife Sanctuary
Dangamal Crocodile Project
Gahiramatha Sea Turtle Breeding ground
Must watch Events in Odisha
Rath Yatra – Cart Festifal or Puri
Chhau Dance in Baripada
Must Have Foods & Delicacies in Odisha
Chena Poda, Khira Gaja, Rasa Gola, Malpua, Kheeri, Rasabali, Chuda Kadamba, Chuda Ghasa
Enduri, Kakara, Poda, Chitau, chakuli, Manda
Cuisines & Odia Recipes
Pakhala, Mutton Kassa, Dalma, Bodi Chura, Baigan Bharta, Aalu Bharta, Kankada Tarkari (Crab curry), Chingudi Rai, Shukhua, Besara, santula, Alu Potala Rasa, Chatu Rai, Kadali Manja rai, Kosala saga bodi bhaja
Okay, this much for the tourist places in Odisha, beautiful places to visit in Orissa & delicacies to eat in Odisha, for now.