Things to do in Odisha
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Adventure Activities Odisha
Odisha lures you with gorgeous beaches, stunning temples, rich flora and fauna, and spellbinding lakes and waterfalls. There are a plethora of things to do in Odisha which you can try while holidaying in this beautiful location. The state is dotted with tribal villages and around 600 temples. The state is open to travel and tourism and is very hospitable to its tourists. One can find a plethora of adventurous and outdoor activities to do in Odisha.
Odisha Things To Do
Explore Ramchandi Beach in Odisha which offers a plethora of watersports activities. The currents on the beach are perfect for surfing. Every year the surfing festival is held at Ramchandi Beach which is located near Konark. Surfers from across the world participate in surfing festivals and events. Scuba diving in Odisha can also be tried on Ramchandi Beach. Other watersports that can be tried are skateboarding, paddling, snorkeling, sailing, jet-skiing, and water scooters.
Dolphin Watching and Birding
Another famous Odisha points of interest are to go for dolphin watching and birding. Chilika Lake in Odisha is one of the largest water lagoons in Asia. The place where Chilika Lake meets the sea is a famous spot for dolphin watching. Go for boating and spot the friendliest marine animal. The place is also visited by a plethora of migratory birds. The place is a paradise for wildlife photographers and bird watchers. You will see the most endangered bird species near Chilika Lake.
Another famous thing to do in Odisha is to go boating and see the beautiful natural surroundings. Take a boat ride into the mangroves of Bhitarkanika National Park. The park is spread in an area of 672 square kilometers and it was only in 1998 that it was declared a national park. While boating you can see a saltwater crocodile, king cobra, and water monitor lizard. The place is a lot visited by nature lovers and wildlife photographers.
One of the most famous adventure activities in Odisha is to go for caving. There are many ancient Jain caves such as Khandgiri and Udaygiri. The places are a perfect example of fine rock-cut architecture. These caves were a residential place for Jain monks during the rule of King Kharavela. These caves are the point of interest for students of archeology and history.
Explore Tribal Villages
Odisha is home to more than 62 tribal villages and one of the most interesting and fascinating things to do in Odisha is to explore these tribal villages. The main occupation of people in these tribes is either farming or food gathering. The people have a vibrant, rich, and colorful culture and traditions despite being living below poverty line. These people have artistic skills such as ornaments making, body painting, wall paintings, and weaving. The most famous tribes in Odisha are Bondo, Kondhs, Didayi, Barogadaba, and Dongarias.
Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar
Nandankanan Zoological Park is located 20 km away from the main city of Bhubaneswar,Odisha. Spread across a sprawling area of 400 acres, Nandankanan Zoo offers a diverse range of wildlife that includes flora, fauna and mammals. Nandankanan is home to nearly 1580 animals, including 634 mammals, 812 birds and 134 reptiles. Na...
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Rides at Nicco Park in Bhubaneswar
Nicco Park in Bhubaneswar is an amusement park which was opened for the entertainment of the public in the year 1997. It is a fun-filled place with loads of adventure. From family rides, thrill rides and kids’ rides to water park and shows, Nicco Park is a power-packed place for all the fun and adventure. Let’s now have a l...
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Ocean World Water Park in Bhubaneswar
Situated 24.3 km away from the city of Bhubaneswar, the Ocean World Water Park is an amusement and water park that is your gateway to ultimate fun. It is your way to beat the heat in summers in Bhubaneswar. The place is ideal for both family visits and a visit with friends. The fact that makes this park all the more amazing...
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Shopping at Esplanade Mall in Bhubaneswar
Shopping is one of the greatest aspects of any travel itinerary. Everyone wants to get their hands on the things which are eccentric and which they will not find anywhere else. Esplanade One mall in Bhubaneswar is one of the best places to shop in the city. Spread in an area of more than 4.5 lakh retail space, the mall is t...
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Haritha's 2 days trip to OdishaHad a great time.. really enjoyed my whole trip.. travel coordinator pratiksha is just awesome..and our travel cab person shobith is a very cool and nicest person I've ever seen.. He Helped us to make our trip more memorable... thanx to them...
Chetansethi's 4 days trip to OdishaGreat experience with Mr shibshish.. A good human being and a trust worthy one. He has given everything whatever he has written in itenery..
Premprakash's 5 days trip to OdishaHotel are not good as compare to price and hotel Empire staff behaviour is also not good.
Kanav's 4 days trip to OdishaThe trip was well organised by the travel agent before the start of the trip and she politely customised the trip as per requirements and comfort level. 1. The hotels were quite good, especially stay at Toshali sands in puri was the highlight of this trip. 2. The taxi provided was comfortable but the driver was not well informed. 3. The travel agent was available throughout the trip and willingly responded to all the queries. Some of the major drawbacks are listed below : 1. The hotels were changed after the trip started which was unwanted and to the great discomfort of the travellers, they were repeatedly shifted to new place every morning. 2. There was no tour guide throughout the trip and my parents had to plan the trip on their own since the driver was not well informed. 3. The hotel room provided in Holiday Hotel in puri was standard even though a deluxe room was booked as per the itinerary. 4. Poor management and miscommunication by the travel agent with the hotel management regarding hotel rooms and complementary lunch/dinner led to lot of confusion and repeated intervention on my side. This should have been arranged in advance by the tour guide. The travel agent accepted their mistake and hope they provide better services hereafter.
Girish's 4 days trip to OdishaExcellent service provided by both Travel Triangle and Inde D Voyage. The car and driver provided were good. So, were the hotels booked. Overall, a very good experience. This is the 3rd time I have booked vacations with Travel Triangle.
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Mr's 3 days trip to OdishaWe came to Bhubaneshwar 5 hrs late due to train late. But driver Prasanna still Waiting for us. Driver Prasanna is very helpful in nature. Tour operator is attentive and helpful.
Shekhargp's 6 days trip to OdishaWe had a very good trip. Right from the time we got picked up from the airport till we got dropped back at the airport at the end of the trip, we had a very good experience with the hotels, travel, food, etc. Nandankanan, Konark, Lighthouse beach.
Nitish's 4 days trip to OdishaVery nice service provided by Himavat Destinations. Keep up the good work.
Amar's 3 days trip to OdishaCab ,driver & service of traval agent was good but but hotel is not appropriate as per our minimum requirment Mandir darshan
Tirumala's 4 days trip to OdishaTrip was amazing..full credit goes to the driver Naran and subhashish for the full support and follow-up...
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FAQ's of Odisha
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Some of the must visit places in Odisha are given below:
One should visit Odisha during the winter months from October to March. This is the best time in terms of weather but as it is the peak season you will see high hotel prices. Avoid visiting Odisha in the summer season, especially the months of May and June as it becomes very hot here.
Some of the must buy articles from Odisha are:
- Ikat Fabrics
- Wooden Crafts
- Chandua Tussar
- Stone sculptures
- Metal Wares
An ideal duration for a vacation in Odisha is around 4 to 5 days, which is the minimum number of days one should spend here. Maximum depends on the number of cities which one is willing to explore in Odisha. In a duration of 4 to 5 days, one will be able to cover all the important destinations.
Odisha is famous for its rich architecture, history and culture. The temples, museums and beaches in Odisha are attractive and very beautiful. The cultural vibe of the cities like Puri, Bhubaneshwar etc is very strong and will make you go spellbound.
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