Best Tourist Places In Odisha

Odisha, also known as Orissa is a remarkable place with beautiful scenic spots, Beaches, Islands, Wildlife sanctuaries and more. Read this article and find more information about Best tourist places in Odisha.

Odisha – A remarkable place, abode to the royal Bengal Tiger, around 100 temples in various places, lots of wildlife sanctuaries, beaches on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, scenic spots, islands, and Hot Springs. Odisha has also come to known as Orissa in recent times. From the rich green rice fields of rice and pulses to the lagoons with brackish waters, we bring you the best of Orissa from a traveller's eye. First, the must visit places will be listed out and then the points of interest in the State of Odisha.
Best Travel Destinations in Odisha


Best place to visit in Bhubaneswar
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Bhubaneswar is the State capital and is famous for parks, temples, honeymoon, botanical gardens, and various other places.

Here is the list of various tourist places in Bhubaneswar

  • Parasurameswara Temple

  • Ekamra Kanan

  • Udayagiri Caves

  • Lingaraja Temple

  • Odisha State Museum

  • Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts

  • Dhauli Hill, Mukteswar Temple

You can also visit other famous spots like Nandankanan Zoological Park, Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Ratnagiri Buddhist Excavation, Regional Museum of Natural History, Brahmeshwara Temple, Bindu Sarovara, Kalinga Stadium, Biju Patnaik Park, Satkosia Tiger Reserve and some local places too.


Best place to visit in sambalpur
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Sambalpur is rich culturally as well as traditionally and is one of the best regions in Odisha to be explored. It is located in the Western part of the state and has a lot of waterfalls, stunning locations and wildlife sanctuaries which are spread across the region with lush green natural vegetation and exotic wildlife.

Here is the Best places to be visited in Sambalpur

  • Huma

  • Vikramkhol

  • Hatibari

  • Hirakud Dam

  • Cattle Island

  • Chiplima

  • Bells Galore

You can also visit other famous spots like Pradhanpat, Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary, Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary, Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Badarama Wildlife Sanctuary and Samaleshwari Temple.


Best place to visit in cuttack
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Earlier, Cuttack used to be the State Capital of Odisha. It has beautiful surroundings with lots of pilgrim centres and awesome picnic destinations and tourist spots.

Here is the Best tourist places to be visited in Cuttack

  • Barabati Fort

  • Singanatha Temple

  • Stone Revetment of Cuttack

  • Mahanadi Barrage

  • Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Bhattarika Temple

  • Dhabaleswar Island

You can also visit other famous tourist spots like Qadam-I-Rasool, Netaji Birth Place Museum, Odisha Maritime Museum, Ansupa Lake and Gurudwara Daatan Sahib.


Best places to visit puri
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Puri is famous for its temples, beaches, scenic splendour and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Odisha.

Here is the tourist places in puri odisha

  • Jagannath Temple

  • Puri Beach

  • Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Daya River, Swargadwar Beach

  • Gundicha Ghar Temple

  • Atharnala Bridge

  • Raghurajpur

You can also visit other famous spots like Chilika Lake and Pipili.


Best place to visit in konark
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It is famous for its beaches and temples which are very clean and are among the most visited ones in the nation.

Here is the Best places of tourist interest in Konark

  • Sun Temple

  • Kuruma

  • Astranga

  • Chandrabagha Beach

  • Ramchandi Beach

  • Ramachandi Temple

  • Archeological Site Museum

  • Konark Natya Mandap

Rourkela and Chilika Lake

Best places to visit rourkela
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Rourkela Steel plant has given the world famous reputation to the city of Rourkela. The city is very clean and green and apart from the steel plant.

Here is the big tourist attractions in Rourkela and Chilika

  • Green Park

  • Mandira Dam

  • Pitamahal Dam

  • Darjeeng

  • Ushakothi

  • Badaghagra Falls

  • Barehipani Falls

You can also visit other famous spots like Ghogar, Joranda Falls and Vedvyas Temple.


Barbil is located on the Karo river banks and is famous for its lush green surroundings and very big amounts of mineral resources of manganese, chromium and iron. Despite of its wealth in the natural resources, the area is still economically backwards.

Here are the Best places of tourist interest in Barbil

  • Thakurani Hills

  • Hawa Mahal

  • Uliburu Reserved Forest

  • Murga Mahadev Waterfalls

  • Sanaghagara

  • Shiva Mandir

  • Ghatgaon

You can also visit Kendujhargarh, Gonasika, Hanuman Mandir, Badaghagara, and Khandadhar is the other tourist spot in Barbil. Apart from these tourist places in Barbil,there is a very famous rock in the Kendujhar region which is around 38000 million years old and is the oldest one in the world.


Best place to visit jeypore
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Jeypore is famous for the historical monuments, waterfalls and shopping the famous Utkal apparels and items.
  • Gupteshwar Caves

  • Hatipathar

  • Deomali

  • Duduma Falls

  • Kolab Botanical Garden

  • Sunabeda

  • Patroput

  • Kolab Falls

Jagannath Sagar, and Minna Jhola are some of the best tourist places in Jeypore.


The lands of Paradip or Paradeep offer best scenic displays of Bay of Bengal and River Mahanadi. All the tourists visiting the area can explore the Gahirmatha Beach, Gahirmatha Sanctuary, Paradip Port, Light House, Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Boat Safari, Jhankad, Udayagiri and Ratnagiri Caves, Baladeva Temple, Hanuman Temple, Marine Aquarium and Jagannath Temple.

Best Travel Destinations in Odisha – Buddhist Monuments:

Buddhist monument
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  • Dhauli

  • Ratnagiri

  • Lalitgiri

  • Puphagiri

  • Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves

Top Travel Destinations in Orissa – Beaches:

Puri beach
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  • Chandipur Beach

  • Puri Beach

  • Gahirmatha Beach

  • Gopalpur Beach

  • Konark Beach

  • Chilika

  • Talasari Beach

Best Travel Destinations in Odisha – Waterfalls:

Water falls
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  • Badaghagara Waterfall

  • Joranda Falls

  • Khandadhar Falls

  • Kendujhar

  • Barehipani Falls

  • Khandadhar Falls

  • Devkund Waterfall

  • Sanaghagara Waterfall

  • Duduma Waterfalls

  • Koilighugar Waterfall

The Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Cuttack, Puri, Konark Rourkela, Barbil, Paradeep, Jeypore are the top tourist places in odisha. Now it's your time to choose from where to start and explore the places in Odisha. Good luck !!!

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