Wedged between West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, Odisha (also known as Orissa), lies on the eastern coast of India with the waters of the Bay of Bengal swirling along its eastern and southeastern boundaries. The state offers diverse habitats from lush green and hilly terrain to coastal plains and rolling river valleys, criss-crossed by the Brahmani, the Mahanadi and the Bansadhara rivers. In its long history spanning several centuries, the region of modern Orissa is today one of the most popular destinations with tourists.
A favourite destination for adventurous travellers, Odisha (Orissa) rewards those who make the effort to stray off the beaten track with an intricate patchwork of archaeological wonders, fascinating tribal culture, and natural beauty, along with an old-fashioned sprinkling of sun and sand.
The forested hills of the southwest keep Adivasi (tribal) groups largely hidden from mainstream tourism, but it is still possible to visit their weekly markets and interact with villagers leading traditional lives. Forests elsewhere – both inland and along the coast – are home to some of Odisha’s wonderful nature reserves, where you might spy 6m-long crocs, rare dolphins, endangered sea turtles and thousands of nesting birds.
Odisha is filled with major attractions such as the temples of Bhubaneshwar and Puri, miles of clean beaches and the magnificent Sun Temple of Konark. Inhabited by tribal people, the not-so-developed state of Odisha must be visited to have the experience of the myriad wonders it has in store for everybody. Also known as the soul of India, Odisha is a place where you can relax on the beaches, visit the famous temples and explore the beauty and bounty of nature and wildlife. You can also find various monuments which gloriously stand to remind you of the history of the land. Odisha's art and culture, fairs and festivals, dances and music are a treat for the tourists who love to see colours and wish to enjoy life to the fullest.
Odisha, has food which is somewhat simple in taste and style and is similar to the cuisines of the areas around it with regard to its styles, elements, preparations and flavours. Rice, Coconut and Curd are the staple items of the platters here.
The festivals celebrated in Odisha have a blend of history, traditions and the rich culture. Some of the famous festivals of the state are- Kalinga Mahotsav celebrated to pay tribute to Kalinga, Chandan Yatra, Durga Puja, Konark Dance Festival calls together the eminent classical dancers from all over the country, Puri Rath Yatra and Puri Beach Festival.