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extraordinary reasons to visit Odisha

Arts and crafts

Take home a bit of “Utkaliya Kala” with you

Utkala the name itself means – the land of excellence in art and craft. The art forms are visual manifestations of a rich cultural heritage of Odisha and reflect on a tradition which still lives in the creative imagination and skill of her craftsmen. Vibrant and utilitarian, the diverse arts and crafts of Odisha range from stone work, silver filigree, wood craft, appliqué work, brass and bell metal work, dhokra castings, pattachitra, paper mache to terracotta, tie & dye textile in cotton, tassar and silk to name a few.

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Raghurajpur, Handcrafted things never go out of style
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extraordinary reasons to visit Odisha

Beaches

Virginity like nowhere else

Blessed with a 480 km coastline, Odisha offers some of the most pristine sun-kissed beaches that you can set foot on in the country, washed by soothing waters and dotted with casuarina and mangrove forests. From the enigmatic Receding Beach at Chandipur, to the Puri – Konark Marine Drive brimming with divine calmness and the ethereal sights at the Olive Ridley nesting at Rushikulya, the beaches of Odisha will delight you beyond imagination.

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Puri Beach, Puri
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extraordinary reasons to visit Odisha

Ecotourism & Wildlife

Refresh your instincts in unadulterated wilderness

Odisha’s beautiful landscape houses nineteen Wildlife Sanctuaries, two National Parks including Simlipal which is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, two Tiger Reserves and numerous wetlands including Chilika Lake. The state’s wilderness is a revelation allowing you to reconnect with nature. 24 night-stay properties managed by local communities are the most outstanding testimony to the centrality of conservation efforts in ensuring shared prosperity.

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Gahirmatha, the Rookery of Olive Ridley sea Turtles
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Kalinga Architecture

Where spirituality with aesthetics resonate

What makes the Kalinga Architecture so distinctive and pleasing is its, structural details, plan, elevation and skillfully crafted figurines which adorn the outer walls of the monuments. Odisha’s temples and monuments were the hubs of the socio-cultural activities which shaped the state’s customs, beliefs and eternal art forms.

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Lingaraj Temple, The largest temple of lord Shiv in Odisha
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Ethnic Diversity

Delving deep to the roots

62 different tribes constituting 23% of the total population of Odisha, including primitive societies like Bonda, Gadaba, Kandha, Paraja, etc. offer deeply satisfying experiences of getting to know diverse peoples and their cultures. The state’s mystic southwestern region has several tribal villages and markets, with the key spots being Jeypore, Baligaon, Kunduli and Rayagada.

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Dhuruba Tribe, Koraput

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Sail against the wind, Conquer the hills, Pose with the smiling birds, or Hear the stories of the Stones; Odisha has a corner for all, especially You

  • Boating

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  • Bird Watching

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  • Photography

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  • Trekking

    Sweat it out through the pathless hillocks, the deep valleys, the mountainous...

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  • Folk Dance

    Feel the freedom of movements, the vibrancy of colors, the music of the local...

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  • Water Sports

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