Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Konark

Sun Temple

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...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

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...

Top ChoiceHindu 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...

Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Lingaraj Mandir

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,...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

Top ChoiceHindu 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...

Top ChoiceArchaeological 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...

Top ChoiceArchaeological 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...

Top ChoiceMarket in Rayagada

Chatikona Market

The weekly Chatikona market takes place at Bissamcuttack (about 40km north) and is mostly attended by the Dongria Kondh and Desia Kondh villagers from the surrounding Niayamgiri Hills. It's mainly a produce...

Top ChoiceMarket in Around Koraput

Onkadelli Market

Onkadelli is a particularly popular tribal produce market, with Bonda, Mali, Kondh and Paraja people attending to buy and sell fruit, vegetables, dried fish, condiments, utensils, objects of daily life as well as...

Bird Sanctuary in Chilika Lake

Nalabana Island

Many of Chilika Lake's million-plus migratory birds — including grey-legged geese, herons, cranes and pink flamingos — spend the winter months (November to mid-January) within the bird sanctuary on Nalabana...

Historic Site in Bhubaneswar

Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves

Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves

Six kilometres west of the city centre are two hills riddled with rock-cut shelters. Khandagiri is topped with a fine temple. Many of the caves are ornately carved and thought to have been chiselled out for Jain...

Nature Reserve in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Satkosia Tiger Sanctuary

Made up of the Satkosia and Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuaries, this 964-sq-km forested tiger reserve, 125km northwest of Bhubaneswar, is straddled by a breathtaking gorge, cut by the mighty Mahanadi River, and is...

Buddhist Monument in Around Bhubaneswar

Dhauli

In about 260 BC, 11 of of Ashoka’s 14 famous edicts were carved onto a rock at Dhauli, 8km south of Bhubaneswar. Above the edicts, the earliest Buddhist sculpture in Odisha – a carved elephant representing Buddha...

Hindu Temple in Koraput

Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Temple, whose whitewashed sikhara (temple spire) overlooks Koraput town, is well worth visiting. The courtyard around the sikhara contains numerous colourful statues of the wide-eyed Jagannath, the...

Hindu Monument in Around Bhubaneswar

Chausath Yogini

Hidden among rice fields 15km south of Bhubaneswar, this small but serene 9th-century open-roofed temple is dedicated to yoginis (female tantric mystics) and is one of only four in India. No larger than a village...

Zoo in Around Bhubaneswar

Nandankanan Zoological Park

Famous for its white tigers, Odisha's premier zoological park was founded in 1960 and is known to run India's best captive-breeding program for the big cats. Spread over 4 sq km, the zoo also houses Asiatic...

Wildlife Reserve in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

In northeastern Odisha, 40km west of Sambalpur, the 347-sq-km Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a good spot for wildlife-spotting. It comprises the Barapahad Hills, covered with dry deciduous forest, and the vast...

Museum in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Odisha State Maritime Museum

This excellent museum, overlooking the Mahanadi River, focuses on Odisha's centuries-old maritime history of boat-building and trade (particularly with Bali, Indonesia). The displays walk you through the...

Beach in Puri

Model Beach

Puri is no palm-fringed paradise – the beach is wide, shelves quickly with a nasty shore break and is shadeless. But Model Beach, part of a sustainable, community-run beach-tourism initiative, offers a 700m...