Puri - Puri remains one of the most popular sea beaches in the country. 65 Km from the Capital Bhubaneswar it attracts tourist from all over the country and abroad. The long sandy beaches and the age-old Jagannath temple the small town offers a perfect combination of nature and religion. Puri remains as one of the holiest Hindu pilgrim centers of the country. The experience of strolling through the Puri beach is unique. The town has got its own charm which is everlasting. It is nearly impossible for a traveler to ignore Puri.
Konark Sun Temple - King Narasimhadeva of the great Ganga dynasty built this temple in the middle of 13th century. It took 12 years to finish this grand temple. It was started in the year 1243 and the work was completed in the year 1255. It remains a visual treat for the tourists. Konark sun temple is a Unesco World Heritage site and an example of architectural brilliance of highest level. The Konark Sun Temple is the most eminent example of Odisha’s medieval architecture. The temple is dedicated to the Sun God. It is 35 Km from Puri and usually takes an hour drive.
Chilika Lake – Situated in the eastern coast of the country, it is actually the largest Brackish water lagoon in the Asian continent. This huge vast lake is the home of a large number of migratory birds. The Chilika lagoon comprises few islands. This is a genuine marvel of nature and is famous for its unique and enriched biodiversity. A boat trip is always recommended as that gives you an unforgettable experience. Saatpada which is just 50 km from Puri is one of the boating points in Chilika. People who are interested to spot dolphin are advised to take a boat ride from Satapada. This is a day trip from Puri.
Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves - Udaygiri and Khandagiri are actually two adjutant hills and on those two hills, these beautifully carved caves are located. These caves reflect the significance of Rock art architecture of Jainism. It is impossible to visit all the caves as there is a total of 33 caves are located there. 18 caves are in Udaygiri and 15 caves are in Khandagiri. Few caves are strongly recommended such as the Rani Gumpha which is a double storied cave in Uday Giri hills along with Ganesha and Hathi Gumpha. Vyaghra cve in the udaygiri lines in also recommended. As far as Khandagiri is concerned there are some extraordinary caves are found and among them, Ananta gumpha, Navamuni Gumpha and Barabhuji cave are strongly advised to visit. Udaygiri and Khandagiri is close to the capital Bhubaneswar nd the distance is just 10 km.
Dhauligiri - One of the most prominent Buddhist pilgrimage centers in the country . Just 8-9 km from the capital city it is situated on the top pf dhauli hills and besides the daya river.. It is considered the place where the famous kalinga war took place. The great king Ashoka won that battle but the blood bath whioch resulted from the war made him feel extremely guilty and remorseful and the change of his heart was the subsequent incident which changed the direction of history in this part of the world. One can locate the edicts of Ashoka embossed on severl rocks here in dhauli.. This is a place of immense historical significance. There is a peace pagoda or shanty stupa was constructed at the top of the hills.
Nandankanan Zoological park - This zoo and botanical garden justify its name . One of the major attractions in Odisa and it is the home land of a white colored tiger which ttracts tourist from every corner of the country. It has also got the distinction of successfully breeding the endangered gharials . some unique animals and birds such as sloth bear and white backed vultures are spotted here.
The distance from puri is approximately 85 km.
Visiting hours – 7.30m -5.30pm ( April – Sep) 8am – 5pm ( October to march)
Chandipur Beach - The Chandipur beach is special because it observes a retreat of the sea everyday by several kilometers. the beach is merely 16 kms from the Balasore Railway Station on Howrah-Madras line of South Eastern Railways. This beach offers a boundless beauty.
Gopalpur on Sea – The lonely paradise in the state of Odisa. This is a remarkably beautiful bech.. This pristine beach is just 20 km from the beharampur station . We must mention that it is one of the cleanest beches in the state and an plce for serenity and tranquility.