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Situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, the tropical state of Orissa is famed for its superb temples, it's sandy beaches, it's rice crafts and it's immense natural beauty.
Time to go: September to March

Capital of Orissa, known as the 'Temple Town' as it has some of the finest temples built in Orissan style, such as - Lingaraj, Rajarani, Mukteswar, Brahmeswar and Parasurameswar temples. Bhubaneswar is well connected by air, rail and road.

:: Dhauli (10 km) - At the top of the hill is a dazzling white peace pagoda built by Japanese.
:: Khandagiri & Udaigiri Caves (8km) - chiseled out for Jain ascetics in the 1st century B.C.
:: Nandan Kanan (25 km) - see white tiger, famous for lion and tiger safari parks.


Lingaraj Temple

PURI (60 km from Bhubaneshwar)
The magnificent seaside resort of Puri is one of the four 'dhams' (holiest Hindu pilgrimage places in India). The famous Jagannath Temple, built in 12th century AD, attracts millions of devotees especially during the Rath Festival, one of India's greatest annual events takes place on June or July.


Jagannath Temple

Well connected by motorable roads to Puri (35 kms) and Bhubaneswar (65 kms). It has Sun Temple, built in 13th century BC, declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Don't forget to see Nabagraha Temple, Archaelogical Museum and beautiful Chandrabhaga Beach. Visit Konark in December to watch Konark Dance Festival held every year in the premises of the Sun Temple.


Konark Temple

Gopalpur is a delightful, peaceful little seaside resort. The beach is attractive and there is very little to do but laze around and go for walks - a great place to chill out. The nearest railhead is Berhampur (16 km), which is on the main Kolkata-Chennai line. The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar 186 km away.

West of Gopalpur, 60 kms away is Taptapani, noted for its sulphur springs.


South-West of Puri, Asia's largest lagoon, is dotted with islands and is noted for the many migratory birds which flock to the nesting sanctuary in winter.
There are commercial boat trips available to the main bird sanctuary and for dolphin viewing. Kayaks / launches can be hired from OTDC Panthanivas hotels at Barkul, Rambha and Satapoda.
Inside the lake there is a small island with Kalijai Temple.


Chilka Lake

Nearest Airport is Bhubaneshwar
Nearest Railhead is Bhadrak

Located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, between Paradip and Chandipur, is the Bhitar Kanika wildlife sanctuary, renowned for protecting the nesting habitat of more than one million Ridley marine turtles. The sanctuary is home to more than 170 species of resident and migratory birds. Another interesting feature of the sanctuary is the mangroves - out of 70 species of mangrove found in the world 62 are present in Bhitar Kanika. Best time to visit is October to May.