Orissa Tour into the Temple Cities of India

Orissa Tour into the Temple Cities of India


1) Chilika Lake

Satapada located by the side of Chilika Lake, in the proximity of the mouth opening of Chilika lake to the sea offers boating and dolphin watching an opportunity to the visitors, simultaneously. Varieties of boats are available at Satapada with different capacity and these can be hired for the different duration for the dolphin watching trip in the lake.


2) Puri

The holy city of Puri has the Jagannath Dham, which is one of the four dhams for Hinduism and is famous worldwide for its annual Rath Yatra. Enroute Puri - Cuttack Road, tourist reaches Dhauligiri in the outskirts of the Bhubaneswar. Dhauligiri is an ancient Buddhist monument that King Ashoka built on the battleground of Kalinga. Thus it came to be known as the Peace Pagoda. Moving ahead makes one reach Pipili, a little town famous for producing appliques for ages. During the back trip from Puri, the last destination is Black Pagoda - Konark and Chandrabhaga Beach. The ancient Konark Sun temple has attracted tourists from across the world.


3) Bhubaneshwar

The capital and largest city of Odisha has numerous sightseeing destinations. Being India's first planned city, it is also one of the fastest-developing cities in India which could be visited for destinations like: -

Lingaraj Temple - This ancient temple built in the 7th century by the King Jajati Keshari, is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

ISKCON Temple, Vaital Deul Temple, Rajarani Temple, Parasurameswara Temple, Brahmeshwara Temple among various other temple sites. 

Hirakud Dam, Bindu Sarovara,  Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary, Museum of Tribal Arts & Artefacts, Nandankanan Zoological Park if you want to explore man-made wonders. 

Khandagiri Caves also known as Cuttack caves are artificial caves with great historical significance; built by Jain and Buddhist monks for praying and meditating in solitude.


4) Cuttack fort

Barabati Fort, constructed by the Ganga dynasty on the banks of River Mahanadi, is one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Cuttack. Spread over an area of 102 acres, the fort is now in ruins that was once a nine-storey palace. The best season to visit the fort is in winter.


5) Lingaraj Temple

One of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This famous landmark of Bhubaneswar is also one of the prominent tourist attractions in Odisha. An example of Kalinga architecture, this Deula style temple has four components; vimana (structure containing the sanctum), Jaganmohan (assembly hall), Nata Mandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings). Each component increases its predecessor in height.