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Odisha Tour- Epitome of rich Indian culture and heritage 

Situated in the eastern part of India, Odisha is the place where you can see beaches, temples, historical monuments, and lakes. Earlier known as Orissa, this place is the meeting point of history, nature, and culture. 

There are many historical events linked to this place in the past. Odisha is one of the most stunning places to visit with your friends and family. If you are a true travel junkie, Odisha must form a part of your travel destination’s list. Let us have a glance at some of the most beautiful places of Odisha, time to visit this place, and much more. 

Places to visit in Odisha

Odisha has alluring places to be discovered once in your lifetime. If you have decided to visit this state, do not forget to visit some special places such as: 

1. Puri

Puri is considered as one of the places of Char Dhams in India. The gigantic Jagannath Temple is located in Puri. You can enjoy watching many scenic spots in this place. It is also home to many historical sights and religious places. The most popular tourist attraction of India, the Sun Temple of Konark is one of the best places to visit in Puri. Apart from that, you can also see other tourist places such as Chilika Lake, Puri Beach and so on. 

2. Barbil

Barbil is famous for large storehouses of manganese and iron. Situated on the banks of the Karo River, Barbil is encircled with greenery and nature spots. It is also famous for adventure activities such as nature walks, swimming, and others. This city is illuminated with colorful lights during festivals like Ganesh Puja, Durga Puja, Vishwakarma Puja, Guru Nanak Day, and so on. You can enjoy the mesmerizing views of the sunset at Kiruburu on Kanjhari dam. 

3. Daringbadi

Surrounded by coffee gardens and pine trees, Daringbadi is a nice hill station for family trips. Deep valleys with thick dense forests make Daringbadi one of the most popular destinations of Odisha. You can visit Kotagarh Sanctuary, Daringbadiwaterfall, Hill Park view, and so on. Moreover, you can see black pepper plantations and turmeric gardens in this hill station. 

4. Cuttack 

A place with interesting history, Cuttack is blessed with many lakes, temples, and forts. It is the second biggest city in Odisha. You will be thrilled to watch the enthralling landscapes of Cuttack. This city has many rivers such as Mahanadi, Kathajodi, Birupa, and Kuakhai. You will also find many forts and ancient temples in Cuttack. These temples and forts have been constructed during the 10th century.

5. Bhubaneshwar

Do you know that Bhubaneshwar is the land of temples? Yes, it has more than 700 beautiful temples. All these temples date back to old historical times. Bhubaneshwar is visited by thousands of devotees every year. It also has many zoos and Zoological Park. Some of the best tourist attractions of the city include Parasurameshwara Temple, Lingaraj Temple, Nandankanan Zoological Park, and Rajarani Temple. It has some beautiful museums that showcase arts and historical items. 

6. Sambalpur

Located near River Mahanadi, Sambalpur is a symbol of the freedom struggle. It was once ruled by Koshalas and then taken over by dynasties such as Marathas, Sarbapriya, and Somvanshiya. It has rich topography and landscapes that will refresh your mind. This district has many temples, wildlife sanctuaries, and forts. 

Things to do in Odisha

Odisha is one of the most wonderful places in India. You can do many interesting things while traveling to this state. Some of the most beautiful things to do in Odisha are:

  • Bird-watching neat Lake Chilika

If you want to make your morning beautiful with birds chirping, visit Lake Chilika. Spread to a large area of 1100 sq. km, Chilika Lake is the biggest coastal lagoon of India. You can watch many sweet and colorful birds near this lake. It is also home to cute dolphins. You can watch some of the exotic birds near this lake. 

  • Buy some Oriya stuff 

You cannot go home without buying some pretty things of Odisha. Pipli is your shopping destination for buying handicrafts and embroidery items. Special items of Odisha include wall hangings, bags, garden umbrellas, lamps, and wallets. 

  • Sunset view at Chandipur beach 

Plan a nice evening at Chandipur Beach with your family members to capture sunset views. Located in the Balasore district, Chandipur beach is the perfect spot for couples and friends. 

  • A tour to tribal villages 

Odisha has several tribes that follow different traditions and rituals. You can witness the fascinating culture and traditions of tribes by visiting their villages. Some of the popular tribes of Odisha are Didayi, Dongarias, and Bondo. They have attractive traditions and cultures. 

  • Visit Ratnagiri

Located in the Jajpur district of Odisha, Ratnagiri was once famous for its Buddhist monastery. There were many religious sites in Ratnagiri but today all you see are ruins. Even if you can see only ruins of historical sites, this place still offers a spiritual touch. 

  • Raghurajpur tour 

Raghurajpur is the place where you can explore the original and real culture of Odisha. You can find many artistic items in this place with intrinsic designs and details. Some of the best items to purchase from markets of Raghurajpur are mural paintings, Sodhi work, terracotta, palm leaf inscriptions, wood carvings, and so on. 

Best time and weather to visit Odisha

If you want to explore the enchanting beauty of Odisha, pick the winter season for the Odisha tour. You can visit this state between October and March. The main reason to choose this time is that you can enjoy the clear blue sky. It is the best time for adventure seekers to do outdoor activities such as sightseeing, bird watching, and nature walks. 

Another popular festival to watch is the Konark Dance festival that takes place in February. Monsoons are heavy in Odisha starting from July to September. Avoid planning a trip to Odisha in monsoons as it might involve the risk of landslides in some parts of the state. 

Summer is hot from April to June. It does not give comfort to sightseeing, nature walks, and other outdoor activities. 

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Odisha offers a perfect combination of beaches, temples, forts, and lakes. You can plan a trip to Odisha with your loved ones at reasonable rates now by choosing Shahtour. It offers some of the best deals on Odisha tour packages. 

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