This article has been penned to take the readers on a virtual Orissa tour and give them a brief on the top attractions and sightseeing landmarks of the state.
Orissa is a wonderful state in the eastern part of the country. In terms of tourism, Orissa may not be as popular as other states like Goa, Kerala or Kashmir. But it is still a region which stands out from the rest. It has a pleasant mix of attractions which range from the religious to natural beauty. If you are a tourist who wants to tread the less trodden path, then this state has some of the best things to offer to you.
Here are some of the top sightseeing places and attractions of Orissa:
1. Jagannath Puri Temple: Clearly, the biggest reason why people visit Orissa is to visit the temple of Jagannath Puri. It is one of the biggest temples in India and is a big draw for the Hindu pilgrims. The best time to visit this attraction is during the Rath Festival which takes place towards the second half of the month of August. However, it would be a time when the town gets fully crowded. So, if you are looking to escape the crowd, then you should visit the temple during the rest of the year.
2. Swargdwar Beach: Orissa also draws beach bums! The Swargdwar Beach at Puri is clearly the highlight of the state. Anyone who wants to spend some quiet time amidst the sandy shores of the Bay of Bengal would find comfort in the arms of this town. There are excellent high-star hotels and resorts. The food is quite good, though chiefly vegetarian, since the Puri Jagannath town is a highly religious region. The beach is famous for its sea shells and crabs. One can enjoy pony rides and some other sea sports. The sunset and the sunrise look really good from this part of the world.
3. Konark Sun Temple: Konark Sun Temple is a 13th century attraction which is known for its architecture as well as for its heritage appeal. It is designed in an immaculate manner and is shaped like a ‘rath’ or a chariot. The temple is located in the small town of Konark which is a little distance away from Puri and can be easily reached by a private car. The entire region is bathed in warm serenity and the temple also has some special carvings which border on the lines of erotica. They are reminiscent of the carvings of Khajuraho.
4. Chilika Lake: If you are a nature lover or a bird-watcher, then the best place in Orissa would be the Chilika Lake. It is counted amongst the most beautiful and photogenic lakes in India. Spreading over a thousand square km, this brackish lake is the largest which Asia has to offer. It goes without saying that this heartening piece of water-body is a big lure for all kinds of birds, including several migratory species. One can enjoy boat rides on the lake. And if you are lucky, then you may even spot a dolphin or two! Yes, Chilika Lake is home to some local dolphins.
To check the various attractions of Orissa, including the Jagannath Puri Temple, you are requested to seek puri tour packages from Hungry Bags, the best ally of a tourist when it comes to sightseeing at Puri Jagannath.
4 Top Attractions Of Orissa: Jagannath Puri & Other Places