Monsoonal rains and cyclones from July to October can seriously affect transport and travel plans. Particularly devastating monsoonal disasters struck Odisha in 1999 and 2008, causing significant damage, loss of life and massive flooding.
Dangers & Annoyances
Mosquitoes in some parts of Odisha have a reputation for being dengue and malaria vectors. Arm yourself with repellent and cover up while traveling in forest areas.
The presence of armed insurgency means there can be skirmishes and flare-ups in the tribal regions of Odisha, particularly southwestern districts such as Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri. To avoid getting caught in tricky situations, it is best to travel to these districts with a reputed tour operator.
Odisha Tourism (www.odishatourism.gov.in) has a presence in most towns, with offices for information and tour/hotel bookings. Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (www.panthanivas.com), the commercial arm of Odisha Tourism, runs tours and hotels throughout the state.