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 belongs 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, but you can spot its 58m-hig…
Top Choice Odishan in Puri

Wildgrass Restaurant

At delightful, tranquil Wildgrass, grab a table at one of the thatched pavilions dotted around the lush garden and tuck into excellent local and regional specialities categorised by their origins (Odishan, Chilikan …
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 (November to mid-January) within the bird sanctuary on Nalabana Island, coming …
Sweets in Puri

Puri Cheesecake

Bikram Sahoo and his six brothers have been churning out this 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 …
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…
Religious Site in Puri

Swargdwar

These hallowed cremation grounds are the end stop of choice for eastern India’s Hindu population and beyond – some 40 bodies are cremated here daily. You can watch or walk among the open-air ceremonies as long as yo…
North Indian in Puri

Grand

This large, pure-veg locals’ favourite offers plenty of off-menu dishes, so even if you don’t see the bhindi chatpati (okra), gobi Hyderabadi (cauliflower), or kadhai veg (creamy curried vegies) on the menu, ask for…
Chinese in Puri

Chung Wah

Inside the Lee Garden Hotel, this place certainly has the look of a classic Chinese restaurant: dark-wood booths, lattice screens, lots of red and gold and dragon imagery. The food, courtesy of Chinese transplants f…
Hindu Site in Puri

Markandeya Tank

This bathing place, where Vishnu is said to have resided as a neem tree, is particularly interesting in the mornings, when locals come here for their daily ablutions. For some it's a matter of personal hygiene, whil…