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Chilika Lake
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Things to do in Orissa

The beautiful state of Orissa renowned for its religious hubs and wildlife sanctuaries offers you with an endless list of things to do here. Take a trip to Bhubaneshwar and Puri for their temples. Visit the Sun Temple at Konark for its sculptures and ancient architecture, the Chilka Lake and the beaches along the coastline of Orissa for scenic beauty.

Nature and wildlife lovers can visit the Simlipal National Park for its wildlife and tiger reserve, Nandankanan Zoo for the rare white tiger, and the Bhitarkanika National Park for its birdlife. Watch out for the sulphur springs at Atri, Taptapani, Deulajhari, and Tarabalo for their medicinal value.

Go shopping for the famous Tarkasi work, the patachitra folk paintings, and other traditional goods. The handlooms and textiles of the state, including Ikat, Bomkai and Sambalpuri designs on tussar silk, are also a potential buy.

A tourist has many options for outdoor activities. One may go angling, kayaking and canoeing, surfing, trekking, or just go swimming or strolling along the serene beaches of Orissa. The Rath Yatra at Puri, the Dance Festival at Konark, the Puri Beach Festival, and the Chariot Festival form the major festivals of Orissa.

Sightseeing in Orissa

The state of Orissa has much to offer in terms of sightseeing and activities.

Shopping in Orissa

The markets and places to shop in the towns and cities of Orissa, all stock textiles and saris that the state is known for.

Activities in Orissa

If you are looking for some adventure and outdoor activities while in Orissa, there's enough to choose from.

Festivals & Events in Orissa

The greatest event in the state is the Rath Yatra at Puri. Other festivals of Orissa that draw crowds are the Dance Festival at Konark, the Puri Beach Festival, the Chariot Festival at Lingaraj Temple (Bhubaneshwar) on Ashokastami, Magha Saptami, the festival dedicated to Surya the Sun God in Konark and the Adivasi Mela, the Tribal Fair at Bhubaneshwar with dance and folk art performances as its highlights.

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