Odisha or Orissa is an Indian state located on the eastern coast of the subcontinent, by the Bay of Bengal. The state was known as Kalinga in the ancient times and was invaded by the famous Emperor Ashoka in 261 BCE of the Mauryan Dynasty. Orissa was established on 1 April 1936, as a province in British India with Cuttack as its capital. The state has numerous fair reasons to beguile travelers. Some of the most famous forefronts of Orissa tourism places are
famous for its religious places of attraction, Odisha is home to one of the four sanctum places of pilgrimage for Hindus, Puri. Famous for the Jagannath Puri temple, the city is visited by numerous travelers and pilgrims. Bhubaneswar is another famous city of Odisha that is dotted of numerous temples such as Lingaraj Temple.
Art & Handicraft
The art and handicraft of Orissa is truly unsurpassed and embraces the ancient adeptness of the artisans of this landmass. Stone carvings arts, painting arts, palm leaf etching arts, wood carving arts, wooden painting arts, appliqué arts, pottery arts, dhokra or metal casting arts are some of the famous artwork of the Orissan artisans.
Lalitgiri-Ratnagiri-Udayagiri altogether forms the famous Buddhist circuit area in Odisha. These three sites have been the source of numerous excavations that have brought forth some of the most ancient sculptures and items of Buddhist Origin. The famous Archeological museum Ratnagiri houses numerous excavation items that explain the historic legacy of the land.
The state of Odisha is the abode of numerous wildlife creatures that are preserved in its natural parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Some of the most famous wildlife destinations in Orissa are Simplipal National Park, Bhitarkanika National Park, Nandankanan Zoological National Park, Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary, Satkosia Basipalli Wildlife Sanctuary, Chilka Wildlife Sanctuary, Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhitarkanika Mangroves , Badrama Wildlife Sanctuary , Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary, Ambapani Wildlife Sanctuary , Belghar Wildlife Sanctuary , Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuar, Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary , Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary , Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary , Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary, Lakhari Valley Sanctuary , Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary , Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary, Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary , Padamtala Wildlife Sanctuary and so on.
The state of Odisha is also home to some of the most splendid palm and casuarinas fringed beaches. These beaches are ideal spot where you can enjoy various water sport and playful activities. Some of the famous beaches of Odisha are Puri Sea Beach, Baliharachandi Beach, Balighai Beach, Aryapalli Beach and Chandipur Beach.