TripRovers Chapter I – Tourist Places in Odisha (Orissa)

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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

Sisupalgarh

Hirapur

Atri Hot Water Spring

Nandankanan Zoologycal park & Sactuary

Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary

Kumar Khunti Reservoir

Botanical Garden adjacent to NandanKanan

Khandagiri – Udaygiri Hills

Lingaraj Temple

Rajarani Temple

Barunei Hills – A Hilltop Temple & Trekking Experience Near Bhubaneswar

Tens of other Temples around Bhubaneswar

PURI- The Home of Lord Jagannath

Sea Beach at Puri

Puri Jagannath Temple

Konark Sun Temple

Balighai

Brahmagiri

Beleswara – Temple & Hidden Beach

Satyabadi

Baliharachandi

Raghurajpur

Satapada

Kuruma

Chaurasi

Ramachandi

Astranga

Chilika – Asia’s Largest Brackish Water Lake

Narayani

Nirmaljhara

Banpur

CUTTACK – The Marketplace of Odisha

Ansupa Lake & Saranda Hills

Bhattarika

Choudwar

Naraj Dam

Niali-Madhava

Paradeep Dockyard

Patharajpur

Dhabaleswar Temple Cuttack

JAJPUR

Chhatia

Chandikhol & MahaBinayak

Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Udayagiri

ROURKELA – The Steel City of Odisha

Vedavyas

Junagarh

Rajgangpur

Pitamahal

Ushakothi

Mandira Dam

Khandadhar

Darjeeng

Ghogar

PHEW! There are just too many tourist places in Odisha! Resuming….

BARIPADA – Home for the best Mutton in Odisha

Khiching

Shimilipal Tiger Reserve & Sanctuary

JEYPORE – Explore Tribal Odisha

Bagra

Papadahandi

Nandapur

Sunabeda

Duduma

Gupteswar

Hatipathar

Minna Jhola

BHAWANIPATNA

Karlapat

Junagarh

Phurli Jharan

BALASORE

Chandipur

Panchalingeswar

Chandaneswar

Balaramagadi

Chandbali

Aradi

Dhamra

Raibania

BERHAMPUR

Gopalpur

Aryapalli

Taptapani Hot Water Springs

Mahendragiri

Taratarini

Chandragiri

BOLANGIR

Harishankar

Ranipur-Jharial

Patnagarh

Sonepur

PHULBANI

Balaskumpa

Padmatala

Puruna Katak

Charisambhu

Chakapad

Putudi

Dalringibadi

Balghar

Boudh

So many places to visit in Orissa! Wonder if I could finish it.

DHENKANAL

Kapilas

Joranda

Saptasajya

Tikarpada

KEONJHAR

Sitabinji

Khandadhar

Sanghagara

Badghagera

Gonasika

Murga Mahadeva

SAMBALPUR

Hirakud Dam

Ushakothi

Chiplima

Nrusinhamnath

Huma

Vikramkhol

Pradhanpat

ANUGUL

Bhimakund

Deulajhari Hot Springs & Shiva temple

Banarpal tourist base

Rengali Dam & reservoir

Samal

Khuludi Waterfall

KENDRAPADA

Baladevjew Temple

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

Sweets

Chena Poda, Khira Gaja, Rasa Gola, Malpua, Kheeri, Rasabali, Chuda Kadamba, Chuda Ghasa

Pitha

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.

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