Top 5 Best Places to Visit in Odisha

Odisha offers all- from festivals, fairs to arts and handicrafts, temples, wildlife sanctuaries and the natural beauty and of course, everyone knows the state capital Bhubaneswar which is also known as the "Temple City of India". The highest point in the state is Deomali at 1672 meters and some other peaks are Sinkaram (1620 meters) and Yendrika (1582 meters). The beaches, hill ranges, the architectural work and the heritage sites in Odisha give a breathtaking experience and a trip to eastern India without a visit to this place would be an incomplete one. The travelers can check for some of the best places to visit in Odisha.

Jagannath Temple Puri-Jagannath Temple is the honor of Puri and Odisha (Orissa). Here you have four entrance gates, named as Singhadwara, Ashwadwara, Hathidwara, and Vyaghradwara referred to the lion, horse, elephant, and tiger. You will find the design of the temple in a pyramid shape. The holy sight of Lord Jagannath, along with by Subhadra and Balabhadra takes you to another divine land. The best to notice is that as per the occasion and season, the god and goddess are ornamented. This is being the largest temple in the state has dozens of structures and blocks. The wheel on top of the temple is made up of made of an alloy of eight metals and is called the Nila Chakra (Blue Wheel), and each day a different flag is tied upon. The temple hosts the annual PuriRathYatra (grand procession the Gods and goddess) in the month of June or July, so you can plan your visit to be a part of this divine feeling.

Konark Sun Temple- the sun temple at Konark will leave you speechless. The architecture here speaks all. The design of the temple is the shape of a chariot with seven horses and twelve wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya. If you are at Bhubaneswar, this temple is around 65 km. Since decades, Sun god is like the supreme lord of the universe and this temple has become one of the famous Odisha tourist spots. You can visit several shrines around like Rameswar, Chitreswara, Utpaleswar, Charchika, and Chitreswari.

Bhitarkanika National Park- when you are talking about wildlife sanctuaries of Asia, then Bhitarkanika National Park cannot be missed upon. There are more than 215 species of birds including the winter birds from Europe and Asia, varieties of animal species, mangrove forests, creeks, and rivers. I had a stay at Toshali Ratnagiri resort here and had a good relaxation time.

Chilika Lake- amongst all the Odisha famous places, Chilika Lake offers you an enchanting view of nature and a variety of birds namely white-bellied sea eagles, sandpipers, flamingos; golden plovers etc. Other than the birds, the shores of the lake are home to golden jackals, blackbuck, and hyenas. So for all the nature lovers, it is like a good treat. Boating is also available so you can enjoy the beauty of the lake. Each morning, you can see hundreds of fishing boats get set to sail. Believe me; you will surely have a great time.

Puri Beach- you can plan to visit in November to enjoy the annual beach festival. You can have your life’s best view of sunrise and the sunset on the same beach. The local fishermen are easily reachable to take you in their boats to watch the sunset. The shores of the beach have eating joints and shops which can be enjoyed upon. A clean and relaxed atmosphere is experienced at the beach. From the sun temple, it is just at a distance of 35 km, so, you can plan accordingly. This would be your memorable experience for sure.