Top things to do in Southeastern 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 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 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…
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 cha…
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 Island, …
Sweets in Puri

Puri Cheesecake

Bikram Sahoo and his six brothers have been churning out the unique Odishan delight known as chhena poda (‘burnt cheese’) — a cross between a cheesecake and a flan — for more than 45 years from their sweetshop in Pu…
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 stretch …
Multicuisine in Puri

Peace Restaurant

A Puri stalwart that relocated to a quieter location off the main road, the Peace is a pleasant budget option. It does nice work with Western breakfasts and pasta dishes, but excels at simple local thalis and seafoo…
Museum in Konark

Archaeological Museum

This museum contains many impressive sculptures and carvings found during excavations of the Sun Temple.
Indian in Puri

Two States

This excellent restaurant inside the Mayfair Heritage hotel specialises in two cuisines: Odishan and Bengali. Seafood is the star here and all items on the succinct menu are well executed. Try the prawn cutlet or th…