Top things to do in Odisha

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Konark

Sun Temple

Conceived as the cosmic chariot of the sun god Surya, this massive, breathtakingly splendid temple was constructed in the mid-13th century, probably by Odishan king Narashimhadev I to celebrate his military victory …
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

Three rivers flow out to sea at Bhitarkanika, forming a tidal maze of muddy creeks and mangroves. This is India’s second-largest mangrove region, and most of the 672-sq-km delta that forms this wonderful sanctuary i…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Puri

Jagannath Mandir

This mighty temple is home to Jagannath (Lord of the Universe), an incarnation of Vishnu. Built in its present form in 1198, the temple – closed to non-Hindus – is surrounded by two walls, its 58m-high flag-draped s…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Lingaraj Mandir

The 54m-high Lingaraj Mandir dedicated to Shiva dates from 1090 to 1104 — though some parts are more than 1400 years old — and is surrounded by several smaller temples and shrines. The granite block within, represen…
Top Choice Museum in Bhubaneswar

Museum of Tribal Arts & Artefacts

This superb museum is a must for visitors interested in Odisha's 62 tribes or considering a visit to the state's tribal areas. Complete with interactive elements such as augmented reality glasses, its galleries disp…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Mukteswar Mandir

This small but beautiful 10th-century structure is one of the most ornate temples in Bhubaneswar; you'll see reproductions of it on posters across Odisha. Intricate carvings show a mixture of Buddhist, Jain and Hind…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Pusphagiri Ruins

Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri is the most interesting and extensive among the three Pusphagiri sites. Two large monasteries flourished here from the 5th to 13th centuries. Noteworthy are an exquisitely carved doorway inside the first m…
Top Choice Odishan in Bhubaneswar

Kanika

Located at the Mayfair Lagoon hotel, tiny Kanika does a fabulous job with regional Odishan recipes, particularly excelling with local seafood. Specialities include kankada yarkari (crab curry); slow-cooked, spiced p…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Pusphagiri Ruins

Udayagiri

Udayagiri's two monastery complexes were active between the 10th and 12th centuries AD. At the first one, there’s a large pyramidal brick stupa with a seated Buddha image on each of the four sides. Beyond, a large B…
Top Choice Odishan in Puri

Wildgrass Restaurant

Grab yourself a table at this tranquil restaurant, either in one of the thatched pavilions or the AC dining room, and tuck into excellent house specialities served by super-courteous waiters. The tandoori pomfret is…