Top ChoiceFair in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Bali Yatra

A week of festivities commemorating past trading links with Indonesia. A huge fair is held on the river bank in Cuttack and you can shop for anything from cattle to fine textiles and silver filigree.

Religious in Puri

Rath Yatra

Immense wooden chariots containing Lord Jagannath, brother Balbhadra and sister Subhadra are hauled from Jagannath Mandir to Gundicha Mandir, beside Puri’s main bus stand. The Ulta Rath Yatra (return trip of the...

Cultural in Odisha

Tribal Festival

An exposition of Odishan tribal dances and music. Contact Odisha Tourism (, as the location and exact dates change yearly.

Cultural in Bhubaneswar

Adivasi Mela

Bhubaneswar goes tribal for the annual Adivasi Mela festival, celebrating the art, dance and handicrafts of Odisha’s indigenous communities.

Dance in Konark

Konark Festival

Steeped in traditional music and dance, the Konark Festival takes place in an open-air auditorium with the gorgeous Sun Temple as a backdrop.

Cultural in Puri

Puri Beach Festival

A festival featuring song, dance, food and cultural activities, including installations on the beach by sand artists from across India.

Religious in Puri

Makar Mela

This Puri festival celebrates the entrance of the sun into the orbit of Capricorn. Surya, the sun god, is the attention of worship for thousands who bathe in the sea and offer prayers to the rising sun.

Religious in Bhubaneswar

Ashok Ashtami

Amid much celebrations, the idol of Lord Lingaraj is taken by chariot to the Rameswaram Temple for a four-day stay, and then brought back after a ritual bathing ceremony at the Bindu Sagar.

Religious in Bhubaneswar

Maha Shivaratri

Devotees fast and perform pujas (prayers or offerings) invoking Shiva throughout the night, then throng to witness the priest placing a sacred lamp on top of Lingaraj Mandir.

Religious in Konark

Magha Mela

Odisha's sun festival features pilgrims bathing en masse at Konark's Chandrabhaga beach before daybreak, and then worshipping the rising sun with prayers and invocations.