ODISHA : Enriching. Enchanting. Enlightening

A land of rich history and culture, Odisha boasts of several beaches, monuments, temples, Buddhist sites and artistic heritage. It’s a perfect mélange of magnificent architectural wonders and pristine natural beauty. Jotted below are some of the reasons to visit this coastal state

Beaches

Experience solitude amidst the serenity of the golden sun kissed beaches of Odisha. Blessed with a 480 km coastline, the state offers some of the most untouched azure beaches that you can set foot on in the country. Dotted with casuarina and mangrove forests, here you can have a rejuvenating time amid the soothing waters. From the mystifying receding Beach at Chandipur, to the Puri – Konark Marine Drive soaked in calm divinity and the alluring sights at the Olive Ridley nesting at Rushikulya, the beaches of Odisha will surpass your expectations and charm you beyond imagination.

Forest & Wildlife

Enliven your trip with unadulterated wilderness at Odisha as its striking landscape is home to around nineteen wildlife sanctuaries, two national parks including a UNESCO biosphere reserve Simlipal, two tiger reserves and several wetlands including Chilika Lake. The coastal state’s wilderness is a beautiful revelation for many allowing them to reconnect with nature. The most incredible testimony to the centrality of conservation efforts in ensuring shared prosperity are the 24 night-stay properties managed by local communiti

Buddhist Sites

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city life along the river banks and serene surroundings, live remnants of Odisha’s glorious tryst with Buddhism.  The rich depository of the Buddhist history is reflected in Odisha’s Buddhist monuments and the influence of this religious belief can be found in the socio cultural life of the people. Some of the not-to-be-missed buddhist sites in Odisha are Dhauli Shanti Stupa or the Peace Pagoda, Jirang Monastery and Diamond Triangle of Odisha: Lalitgiri, Udaygiri and Ratnagiri.

Arts and crafts

In ancient and medival times Odisha was known as Utka which means a land of excellence in art and craft. The art forms of any state are a visual manifestation of its rich cultural heritage. It is the case with Odisha as well as its art and craft reflect on a tradition which the tourists can witness in the imagination and skill of the craftsmen visible in their various artworks. The vibrant and diverse arts and crafts of Odisha include stone work, silver filigree, wood craft, appliqué work, brass and bell metal work, dhokra castings, pattachitra, papermache to terracotta, tie & dye textile in cotton, tassar and silk.

 

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