Cuttack the erstwhile capital of the state is more than a thousand years old and often referred as the Millennium city.
The word Cuttack literally means military cantonment in Sanskrit. The ruins of Barabati Fort reminds us of its past as a military base and seat of administration for the Kings of Kalinga.
The city played a significant role in shaping the history of present day Odisha.
During the horrific famine of 1866, Cuttack was made the hub of inland waterways and irrigation projects for the Bengal province by the British Empire. The waterways and boat building workshop, the only one of its kind then was set up in Cuttack has since been renovated and opened to public as Odisha State Maritime Museum in 2013.
Cuttack is famous world over for its famous silver filigree work. The craft is showcased in the city’s famed tableaux of Goddess Durga during the Durga puja. The shops dotted around Nayasadak in the city is where the master silver craftsmen ply their trade.
Because of its proximity to Bhubaneswar (22KM), Cuttack and Bhubaneswar are often referred to as the twin cities.