Best of Orissa: A Ten Day Itinerary

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17th Jul 2013

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves

Photo of Orissa, India by Vartika Sharma

Mukteshwar Temple

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Udayagiri cave

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Shri Jagannath Temple,Puri.

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Chandipur beach during low tide

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Chilika Lake,boating.

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Chilika Lake

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Konark dance festival

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Rath Utsav,Puri

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Located in eastern India, the state of Odisha has a long coastline to its East, thanks to the Bay of Bengal. With West Bengal to its North, Chattisgarh to its West and Andhra Pradesh to its South, Orissa is one of the largest states in India. Known for its deep history and geographical location, Odisha is a traveler's dream destination. With azure waters and golden beaches, Puri is your spot if you want to bathe all day in the tropical Indian sun amidst a crowd of sublime beach sand.

In addition, rich traditions, pristine cultures and friendly people add more spark to the popularity of Odisha tourism. The best time to visit Odisha because of the world-famous Chariot Festival (Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra or Rath Yatra in Puri) is the months of June and July.

Fall in love with the timeless treasures of India, with the Trident, Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Odhisa, known as the temple town due to its many temples. Lingaraj Temple is believed to be the oldest and largest temple of Bhubaneshwar. The temple of Lingaraja is highly revered by the followers of Hinduism. Mukteshwar temple, is also one of the most prominent temples of Bhubaneswar. These temples are very well maintained and one can cherish the Odhisa-style of architecture here. 

With the sea water receding approximately five kilometers during low tide and advancing to the shore during high tide every day, the Chandipur Beach at Odhisa offers a truly unique and captivating sight. The Sun Temple at Konark qualifies as one of the most impressive man-made monuments anywhere in the world. An awe-inspiring and wondrous structure of stone, the Sun Temple of Konark is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya. Even today, despite it being in a state of ruin, the temple is a breathtaking sight. Puri is one of the four dhams or holiest Hiindu pilgrimage places in India. Chilika is a HUGE and lovely, clean lake with a lot of bird life.

Odisha, one of the most beautiful Indian States, has been for religious and spiritual significance for that the state is explored by thousands of devotees across the world every year. Being a home to temples, wildlife sanctuaries, long-stretched coastlines, rich flora and fauna and above all a home to ancient yet amazing traditions and culture, Odisha takes you to another stage of spirituality, divinity and devotion. Needless to say, it is one of the most beautiful states in India to explore. There is a lot to explore in this state. So, don't waste your time, pack your bags now to enjoy you Odisha Tours.

Day 1

Widely known as the "Temple City of India," Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage center. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. The new Bhubaneswar with its modern buildings and extensive infrastructure perfectly complements its historic surroundings. With facilities to cater to every type of visitor, Bhubaneswar makes an ideal destination.

My first stop was the great Lingaraja, which soars above the city of Bhubaneswar, dominating its landscape. Unlike most of the other important temples in Bhubaneswar, the Lingaraja is in active worship, and entrance to the temple compound is prohibited to non-Hindus. My second stop was the small and elegant Mukteswara temple is often referred to as the "miniature gem of Orissan architecture". The 'torana' (arched gateway) of the Mukteswara deserves special attention. Its extraordinarily beautiful sculpture includes elaborate scrolls, graceful female figures, monkeys, peacocks, and a wealth of delicate and lovely decorative detail. Another remarkable place in Bhubaneswar is the Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves. As you approach the site, Khandagiri, with its 15 caves will be on the left. Udaygiri will be on the right. These are rock-cut shelters located six km from the city. Some of them have intricate artwork carved into the walls.

Photo of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
Photo of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
Photo of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
Photo of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
Day 3

The calm beach at Chandipur is surely one among many of the finest beaches of the country. Chandipur, also known as the town of the silvery moon is an important tourist destination in the Balasore district of Odisha. Known for its wonderful beaches, pristine charm and scenic beauty, Chandipur is a tourist's delight offering natural and spiritual beauty in all its glory. Chandipur beaches offer an unforgettable experience. Away from the hustle and bustle of regular tourist hangouts, Chandipur offers a perfect holiday getaway for people seeking solitude and isolation, making it one of the most beautiful coastal towns of east India.

Photo of Chandipur, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
Day 5

Konark is situated in the Puri district of the Indian state Orissa. Apart from Taj Mahal, if there is another monument that symbolizes India it is the majestic Sun Temple at Konark. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage. This temple made Konark one of the most visited towns in Orissa. The temple is dedicated to Sun God. The Temple is in the form of a Chariot with wheels on the sides of the platform on which the temple stands. The walls of Sun temple have carvings both inside and outside. Do travel to Konark to see it in all its splendor.

Photo of Konark, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
Photo of Konark, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
Day 6

Puri is a district in Odisha. It is also known as Jagannath Puri after the Jagannath Temple. It is a holy city of the Hindus as a part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. It is considered that a pilgrimage of the temples of India is not complete without making the journey to Puri. Puri also has one of the best beaches for swimming in India and is also a popular beach resort, positioned in a unique place so that both sunset and sunrise can be viewed from the beach. Major attractions nearby Puri include the Chilka Lake, renowned as the biggest inland salt-water lagoon, Puri beach, Gundicha Ghar, Jagannath Temple, the Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary.

Photo of Puri, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
Photo of Puri, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
Day 9

Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the World. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals. The lake is an ecosystem with large fishery resources. Comprising of an evergreen range of hillocks and a wide expanse of clean blue water dotted with a host of islands with romantic names. Chilika is a place to remember and cherish as a holiday spot.

Photo of Chilika Lake, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
Photo of Chilika Lake, Odisha, India by Vartika Sharma
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Wonderful tourist places on Odisha. I am going to visit Odisha this January with my Family and we will stay in Bhubaneswar 2-3 days. With the help of my friend I contacted The HHI Bhubaneswar for staying. After we visit near Bhubaneswar we will go for west Odisha.
Sat 01 06 18, 02:39 · Reply · Report
this is a fabulous post there is some other sites which an give the same facilities like odishatravels.com/
Wed 01 18 17, 02:38 · Reply · Report
I wished to see what all you covered in 10 days...but was little dissented not to find many places...Since I belong to Odisha wanted to see how u covered my beautiful state in 10 days...share your exp...
Thu 11 26 15, 08:12 · Reply · Report
Hey the trip sounds amazing! Did you go on your own? I am planning to go there in December. Any tips for planning, travelling between cities and places to stay are much appreciated :)
Sat 10 24 15, 02:55 · Reply · Report