30 destinations to explore in Odisha
The ancient kingdom of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in 261 BCE resulting in the Kalinga War, coincides with the borders of modern-day Odisha.
Destinations in Odisha
Angul District is very much rich in its fairs and festivals, Ganesh Puja of Talcher is one of the most famous festivals celebrated in the District.
. The name Balangir is said to have been derived from Balaramgarh, a fort built here in the 16th Century by Balram Deo, the 19th Raja of Balangir and founder of Sambalpur kingdom.
Balasore is one of the coastal districts of Odisha. It lies in the northernmost part of the state. It was a part of the ancient Kalinga which later became a territory of Toshal or Utkal.
Bargarh District lies on the westernmost corner of Odisha.The District is surrounded by Chhatisgarh state on the north, Sambalpur District on the east, Balangir and Subarnapur on the south and Nuapada District on the west.
There are many historical places and monuments to visit in the Bhadrak District. Palia is famous for its Biranchi Narayan Temple. Sri Radha Madanmohan temple is one of the most visited temples of Bhadrak District.
A district in Odisha with a lot of historical significance.
Cuttack District is one of the oldest districts of Odisha. .The word Cuttack derives its name from the anglicized Sanskrit word Kataka, which has two meanings-one being military camp and the other being the seat of government, protected by the army.
Dhenkanal district is one of the centrally located districts in Odisha. Dhenkanal District is very much famous for its fairs and festivals. GajaLaxmi Puja is a very much popularly known festival to be celebrated in the District. A racing competition is held among the bullocks and prizes are awarded to the owners at the time of the festival.
The name Ganjam means the “Granary of the world”. Ganjam District has witnessed many historical events and monuments from its past. Jaugada fort stands as the symbol of all the historical heritage connected with the Rushikulya Valley civilisation.
The district, smallest in size among the 30 districts in Odisha.
Jajpur District was formed by ‘Jajati Keshari’, the Somavanshi King in the early 10th Century. The District takes its name from the headquarter town, Jajpur. The history of the Jajpur District from time immemorial is synonymous with the Biraja and Biraja Kshetra.
Jharsuguda is a popular tourist destination and its cultural heritage. There are several places like historical importance, waterfall, and picnic spots.
Kalahandi is a district of Odisha in India. Archaeological evidence of stone age and Iron Age human settlement has been recovered from the region.
The Kandhamal is bestowed with the beauty of nature. It has wildlife, scenic beauty, a healthy climate, and serpentine ghat roads for the tourists.
Kendrapara District is situated in the Central Coastal plain zone of Odisha. Epics unveil the fact that Lord Balram killed Kandrasura here. Then he married his daughter Tulasi and settled here. Since then the place is known as Kendrapara.
District Keonjhar is situated in the northern part of Orissa. It is neighboured by Mayurbhanj District, Balasore District and Bhadrak District to the east, Jajpur District to the south, Dhenkanal District, Anugul District and Sundargarh District to the west, and West Singhbhum District to the north.
Khordha is the most urbanized of all the districts of Odisha. Khordha is known for its brass utensils, cottage industries, railway coach manufacturing, and cable manufacturing unit.
Koraput District located in the backdrop of green valleys contemplating immaculate freshness. Decorated by forests, waterfalls, terraced valleys and darting springs, the District draws the nature-loving people.
Situated in the greeneries of south-western Orissa.
The District is located in the western part of Odisha. The boundaries of Nuapada extends in the north, west, and south to Raipur District of Chattishgarh and in the east to Bargarh, Balangir and Kalahandi districts of Odisha.
The district has been named after its headquarter town of Puri. The ancient name of this town was Charitra mentioned by the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang as Che-li-ta-lo.
Rayagada district is well known for its longest human history. It has long and glorious historical records evident by copper plates, rock inscriptions as well as different coins, which clearly indicate the region was the center of attraction in all ages.
Famous for its Sambalpuri Saree, the Sambalpur District is the western part of the state of Odisha. The District of Sambalpur has a history full of events including Indian freedom struggle representing the different sections of the society. Sambalpur is mentioned in the book of Ptomely as Sambalaka on the river Manada.
Subarnapur district has a significance in its prehistoric period. The discovery of a large number of stone tools and weapons from different places and the Rock Art of Puja Dunguri support this presumption. It is believed that a human settlement in this region, dating from 3rd century B.C. to 1st century AD.
Map of destinations in Odisha