The oriya culture and architecture flourished during the era of Ganga and Keshari kings. It has glorious past.
Important places to visit in Orissa include Jagannath Temple, Chilka Lake, Lingaraja temple, Sun Temple Konark and Museums.
King Chodaganga had constructed this ancient temple in Puri in the 12th century. It is one of the best temples of Lord Vishnu in eastern India. The altitude of the conical tower is about 58 meters. The main deities in the temple include Balabhadra, Krishna and Subhadra. A pure vegetarian food Maha-prasada is offered to Lord Jagannatha. The priests offer 56 types of prasada everyday to Lord Jagannatha. The same prasada is offered to Goddess Bimala Devi. You can get mahaprasada during 3 to 5 PM everyday.
It is the biggest brackish water in Asia. The water area spreads from 906 sq km in the dry season to 1165 sq. km in the rainy season. It is situated in the coastal Orissa region. It spans from Rambha-Malud (Ganjan district) in the South to Bhusandpur (Puri district) in the North.
You can hire a boat to visit some of the islands such as Somolo, Kalijal and Nalabana. It provides shelter to extraordinary birds. You can enjoy a spectacular view of more than 160 species such as sand pipers, pelicans, flamingos, gulls golden plovers, ospreys and shovellers during November and February. Don’t miss to watch this birds’ paradise during your visit to Orissa.
Irrawady dolphins are another tourist attraction in the Chilka lake.
It is situated at Konark. King Narasimhadeva had constructed this temple in the 13th century. The temple is built in the shape of a chariot with twelve wheels and seven horses. The presiding deity is Lord Sun. It is situated at a distance of 35 km from Puri. Konark is formed with two words – Kona (corner) and Arka (Sun). It is believed that Lord Vishnu had placed his lotus at Konark to commemorate the victory over the demon Gyasur. European sailors called it as Black Pagoda.
How To Reach
The nearest airport is situated at Bhubaneswar. It is well connected with other parts of India through road and rail.