ODISHA

Lying along the eastern coast of India, Odisha is a verdant paradise of paddy fields and palm fringed silver beaches, temples, rivers, waterfalls and tribal people. Rich in natural resources, yet amongst the poorest of Indian states, Odisha’s major attractions are the temples of Bhubaneshwar and Puri, miles of the cleanest silver beaches and the magnificent Sun Temple of Konark.

Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Konark together make an opportune and appropriate triangle for tourists to Orissa. Nandan Kannan, a zoological park and habitat of the rare white tiger, Chilka Lake renowned for its visiting population of migratory birds, the Dhauli Buddhist temple, Udaigiri-Khandgiri ancient caves, Ratnagiri-Lalitgiri images and caves, Duduma waterfall, the Gopalpur sea beach and the Hirakud Dam make Orissa a treasure trove of India’s religious, cultural and natural heritage, a veritable delight for the eyes.

Capital: Bhubaneswar

Best Time of Visit:

  1. The best time to visit Orissa is between November and May when all the festivals take place.
  2. Luckily this period also coincides with the coolest weather the year round.

Min Days Required: 5 days

Places of Interest: 

  1. Bhubaneswar – Rajarani Temple, Nandankanan Zoological Park, Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves , Dhauli
  2. Puri – Jagannath Temple, Puri Beach, Chilika Lake, Daya River, Vimala Temple
  3. Konark
  4. Raurkela- Khandadhar Falls, Barehipani Falls, Joranda Falls, Laxmi Narayan Mandi

Climate:

  1. The climate is usually temperate leaning towards warm and humid. In May, the hottest time of the year, average temperatures range from 27° to 38° C while the average winter (December) temperatures range from 16° to 28º C. Unfortunately, winter is also the time of the year prone to cyclones.
  2. The annual rainfall is about 150 cm with most rain falling in the north and over the Eastern Ghats.
  3. The pre monsoon showers in the month of April cause extensive damage to the crops before the monsoons arrive by mid-June, when it really rains in this coastal state with southwest trade winds lashing the region.

Things to carry:

  1. If you are planning to visit the place during summers, then it is advisable that you take along lightweight cotton clothing.
  2. During this time, the sun is quite harsh and the temperature soars. So, make sure to carry sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, etc with you.
  3. However, if you are planning your Orissa tour during winter time, then it is better to pack some warm garments. Though the winters are hardly freezing-cold in the state

How to get there:

Road:

  1. Scheduled buses to Calcutta and to Visakhapatnam in neighboring Andhra Pradesh arrive at regular intervals.
  2. Driving oneself can be fraught with adventure, not always a happy experience as roadside facilities are lacking.
  3. In a bus, the breakdown is the driver’s headache, not yours. If you do decide to rent a car though, the good news is that self-drive cars are not available and so, you get a driver who can then be chauffeur, companion and guide as well.

Air:

  1. The sole airport in the state is at Bhubaneshwar. It caters to domestic flights alone. There are frequent flights from Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad, linking Orissa to the other parts of India.

Rail:

  1. Bhubaneshwar and Behrampore are the two railheads in the state that are connected by trains to all the other metro cities of India like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.