At the end of the day, what makes a sojourn memorable is how much the place stands out in your heart as unique. India has tourist havens that offer a myriad of experiences, and Odisha shines as a bright beacon for being bohemian. It has a beautiful beach that’s perfect for hanging out, it has temples that will satisfy the devotional yearnings of a priest, and it has incredible sea views. Now, we will walk through the 7 best Odisha points of interest. These are the top places to visit in Odisha, India.
1. Puri Beach
For pretty much 100% of Indian millennials, the word “Odisha” automatically referred to the legendary Puri Beach while growing up. True to reputation, no trip to Odisha is complete without spending at least a few evenings on hired plastic chairs by the sea, looking at bright lights from the umpteen stalls around, talking and eating with loved ones while the sea breeze is busy fairly blowing you all over the place. Learn more about tourist places in and around Puri.
2. The Jagannath Temple
This is the reason Orissa originally became famous. A temple set in the heart of town, its walls have supremely fine architectural work, and grand statues of the gods Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra at the core of the temple. It is the core of the famous Rath Yatra processions of Orissa. The ‘thakurs’ here, people who perform your worship for you, are a captivating lot.
3. The Konark Sun Temple
This is a traveller wonder that continues to fascinate in spite of, or perhaps because of, its obscure origins. Some say, with research to show for it, that Narasimadev of the Eastern Ganga dynasty built it. Since then, it has been worshiped, attacked, plundered, and had a host of things done to it. It has received hallowed entry into prestige lists like UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the 7 Wonders of India. Start planning your trip to Konark.
4. Chilika Lake
Another body of water to look at during your Odisha stay is the exotic Chilika, or Chilka Lake. Blue-green and beautiful, it is a body of brackish lagoon spread over three separate districts. It is one of the biggest of its kind in the world and remains a tourist destination through many years now. It boasts of secondary tourist attractions as well, like a huge assortment of birds in the opulent eponymous bird sanctuary, or the nearby Nalaban island.
Gopalpur is something that will appear to you as a place out an 80s children’s book written about India. It’s a pretty, small town, but bustling with tourists now, thanks to its discovery. It used to be a port, now no longer in use, and the jetty is what draws visitors to this place. Besides being a third water-related-destination, it has innovative activities in store: water sports like scuba diving. Also, it has beach festivals to feature, adding a very Goa-like vibe to the place and its all.
Known as the industrial capital of Odisha, this place is one you might have read of in Geography textbooks when young as contributing to national industry through its steel plant. Rourkela is an urban oasis in largely suburban Odisha, and it has prominent schools, a stadium and extensive transportation networking available. It is the birthplace of the likes of Mira Nair and Lazarus Barla. It has recreational parks and shopping centres for tourists.
This is another city with a nickname: “the Silk City”. It is famous for its silk weaves, garments and products. It also has quality educational, transport and media facilities, but for the tourist it has in store temples like the Kedareswar Temple and Thakurani Temple, and the Tata Benz Square.
Odisha is one of the best places India can offer to a tourist, and its combination of the hip and cultural, groovy beaches and holy temples is the factor that works. To max out your vacation here, it would be ideal to visit these worthy places in Odisha, and feel the satisfaction when you tick one item after the other off the list.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This travel guide was written by Rohit Agarwal. Rohit is a blogger at TransIndiaTravels.com. He writes about travel to and within India and has a strong passion for his country that he loves to share with his readers.