7 lesser known destinations in Odisha
This coastal state has much more to offer than you can think
Formerly known as Orissa, Odisha is a heritage and culturally enriching state situated in East India. From beaches to biosphere reserves and temples to museums, it is a must-visit destination. However, most of us go to the famous spots of this coastal state, but we bring you the list of places that are less explored than Bhubaneswar, Puri or Konark:
One of the less popular tourist destinations of Odisha, Bargarh is home to amazing century-old temples and apart from that, the surrounding scenic beauty makes it worth a visit. In fact, the GandhamadanParvat, which finds a mention in the Ramayana, is located here. Also visit the ChalDhar Waterfall and Pampanga Hills once you go there. The best time to visit is anytime between October to March.
A haven for nature lovers, Jeypore offers spellbinding views of rocky outcrops and the picturesque waterfalls, and lush green biosphere reserves will keep you hooked for long. Deomali, the highest peak of the state, is located close to Jeypore. You can also visit the Duduma Falls, JagannathSagar, and other key attractions of this place.
This place is situated by the bank of Karo River in Keonjhar and is surrounded by luxuriant forests, which certainly offers a break from the city crowd. Next time if you get a chance to visit Barbil, certainly go to Hawa Mahal, MurgaMahadev Waterfalls, and temples of Hanuman & Shiva.
Paradip or Paradeep, as we all know, is the famous sea port of India. Located at the confluence of Bay of Bengal and Mahanadi, the city has some amazing beaches with mesmerizing views of the surroundings. Go to Paradip anytime between October to February for that perfect break.
One of the largest cities of Odisha, Rourkela is known for the steel plant and associated industrial growth. But you cannot miss the vintage temples, parks, dams, and waterfalls in the city.
Sambalpur is famous for natural splendor and cultural sites apart from being one of the important tourist places in Odisha. From numerous waterfalls and plush green forests, this place has everything for tourists. Do not miss the Hirakud Dam, Huma, Samaleswari Temple, Vikramkhol, and Debrigarh and Ushakothi wildlife sanctuaries
Looking for a sea resort? This place is the best among all the places to visit in Odisha. Famous for its seafood, the town of Chandipur is quite peaceful.
Which ones have you explored yet?