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Orissa Tourism



Orissa lies quietly at the eastern corner of India, along the coast of the Bay of Bengal. The ancient history of India still lingers in its temples, chaityas and stupas. With a rich heritage of 2 thousand years old, the state boasts of a glorious past dating back to Mauryan dynasty. Since then the state has witnessed the many upheavals of Indian history. Today Orissa is a fast developing state of Indian Union

With the ancient monuments, virgin beaches, serpentine rivers, mighty waterfalls the state promises you a veritable wonderland as you travel to Orissa.

A travel to Orissa would take you to the land of one of the goriest battles (the war of Kalinga) of Indian history, which led to the transformation of Ashoka the conqueror into the greatest benevolent monarch of the world.

Travel to Orissa to visit Konark where the ancient Indian architecture culminated to the construction of wonderful Sun temple and many other temples in Bhubaneswar and Puri. You may choose to let your hair own in Chandipur or Gopalpur on sea, or spot a white tiger in Nandankanan. A travel to Orissa would offer you all.

Demographics
LocationEastern India along the coast of the Bay of Bengal
Jharkhand on the northWest
Bengal on the north-east
Bay of Bengal on the east
Andhra Pradesh on the south
Chhattisgarh on the west
LatitudeBetween 17°49' and 22°34' North
LongitudeBetween 81°27' and 87°29' East
Area155,707Sqkms
ClimateSummer - warm
Winter - cold
Max Temperature40°C
Min Temperature12°C
Average Annual Rainfall150 cm
Capital Bhubaneswar
Population31,512,070
LanguagesOriya, Bengali, Hindi, English etc
ReligionHinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity
Best Time to VisitNovember to March
ClothingSummer - Cottons
Winter - Cottons or light woolens


How to Reach Orissa

Visited by Indian and International tourists alike, how to reach Orissa is a very commonly asked question. However, the convenient location of the State of Orissa eases out all the queries regarding how to reach Orissa. Tourists who are bogged down with the question of how to reach Orissa has all the three options of road, rail and air.

All the tourists who want to save time and are wondering about how to reach Orissa in the minimum amount of time should take direct flights to the capital city of Bhubaneshwar. The Bhubaneshwar Airport is well connected with all the other states of India. There are a number of public and private Airlines that connect Bhubaneshwar with the important Indian cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Raipur, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Mumbai and Chennai.

A rail journey to Orissa is both comfortable and scenically beautiful. The Bhubaneshwar railway station in the capital city is the most important railway station in Orissa. The service of important trains, like the Rajdhani, Konarak Express, Coromondal Express etc solve the confusion of many regarding how to reach Orissa. There are some other railway stations in Orissa in the Districts of Ganjam Khurda, Koraput, Rayagada, Naupada-Gunupur.

The location of Orissa on the National Highways automatically answers many questions regarding how to reach Orissa. Most parts of Orissa has a well connected road network which makes road travel to Orissa easy and also a great option. National Highways number 5, 6, 23, 42 and 43 runs through the State of Orissa and there are regular bus services that follow these routes.

By Air

The idea of reaching Orissa by air is complimented by the presence of the Bhubaneshwar Airport in the capital city. This well equipped Airport of Orissa is well connected with the different parts of Orissa and has regular flights to and from the Indian cities of Kolkata, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Mumbai, Delhi, Raipur etc.

There are a number of Airlines that have departure and terminal points at the Bhubaneshwar Airport.

Therefore, the tourists have the open option of choosing their favored Airlines while traveling to Orissa by air. The biggest attraction of a tour to Orissa, Puri, is located at distance of 56 Kilometers from the Bhubaneshwar Airport with which it is well connected by trains and buses.

By Rail

The best way of enjoying the beauty of the rustic India is by traveling to Orissa by rail. Administered by the South Eastern Railway Zone, a journey to Orissa by rail is comfortable and swift. There are a number of trains that connect Orissa with the different parts of India.

Bhubaneshwar is the capital city of Orissa and the Bhubaneshwar Railway station is the most important railhead in Orissa. This railway station in Orissa is served by trains like Rajdhani, Konarak Express, Coromondal Express etc which makes it very convenient to travel to Orissa by rail.

By Road

Extensive road networks criss cross the State of Orissa which makes reaching Orissa by road easy. A number of roadways and expressways run across the length and breath of the state and thus the best way to tour the state of Orissa is by road. Apart from traveling within the state, the presence of a number of National Highways make reaching Orissa by road a great option.

The capital city of Orissa Bhubaneshwar falls on the National Highway that connects the metro cities of Chennai and Kolkata and therefore those fond of long distance road travel can very conveniently reach Orissa by road. Besides, National Highway number 5, 6, 23, 42 and 43 run through the State which allows easy access of Orissa by road.

Shopping in Orissa

Shopping in Orissa must include the handicrafts and handlooms. A rich aesthetic sense and craftsmanship is deeply rooted in the tradition of Orissa, which reflects in their handicrafts and handlooms.

Throughout it s history, Orissa has nurtured a heritage of several religions. All of them have left deep impact in the Oriyan tradition of crafts. At the same time, a strong tribal element ran side by side.

The most popular item for shopping in Orissa is definitely the exquisite handloom products of varied nature. Alongside, as you travel to the sea beaches, traditional seashell crafts would draw your attention. In tribal areas, metal crafts come across as the most important item.

There are various options for shopping in Orissa. One can shop in the main cities like Bhubaneswar and Puri. The government run emporia are located all over the state, while private shops are available virtually anywhere. Numerous roadside stalls are erected by the locals with a variegated assortment of articles.You may choose to give them a shot for good bargain.

Last Updated on : 20/09/2013