Orissa, the former Kingdom of Kalinga is an all time tourist destination.
This tourist haven comes into limelight for its sparkling Rath Yatra
festival and Sun Temple in Konark. The State is dominated by the religious
and spiritual belief and is in fact the place, where one find answers to all
the queries of life
Dotted with infinite tourist spots, Orissa has some of its major
attractions, which depicts the Indian heritage
at its best.
A vacation by the seaside of Orissa is worthwhile. The
coastal belt of the state offers some shimmering sand, which presents a
surreal feeling to the tourist visiting here. No one can dare to miss a holy
bath in Puri and feast their eyes with the view of sunrise and sunset. Other
famous beaches of the State are Gopalpur on Sea, Chandipur and Konark.
The religious tour to Orissa does not concludes with a holy
dip in Puri. The main task lies in stepping towards the Jagannath Temple in
Puri, Lingaraja Temple and Mukteswara temple in Bhubaneshwar.
The 13th century Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa is
widely popular all across the world. Its massive structure and great
architectural work have the magical appeal to enthrall its observer in no
Orissa is an excellent tourist destination to
bird-watchers. The Asia's largest lagoon, Chilika Lake is home to a variety
of migratory birds and as such offers the colorful display of avian charm.
Besides, dolphins are often spotted off Sarpada Island, bounded by the
lagoons on three side.
The long beach front in Orissa offers an array of leisure activities like
shopping, eating, bathing and walking. The souvenir stalls, eating joints
and the many resort areas makes worth a visit.
Orissa Tourism Department, further, organizes a three day beach festival
Gopalpur on Sea and Puri, between the months from November to December. The
beach jazz up with the colorful dance and music programmes and heartily
welcomes visitors to take part in this lively event.
The gentle tides lapping the beaches of Orissa can be
explored with a boat-ride. A small backwater stretch near the Gopalpur on
Sea is ideal for this adventure water-sport. In winter season, when the sea
is not rough enthusiast can also look for catamaran rides.