Tropical Odisha is one of India's less frequented states, as it's predominantly rural and "off the beaten track". However, tourist interest in Odisha unique combination of attractions is growing. Odisha also offers picturesque national parks and wildlife (although Simlipal National Park is unfortunately closed indefinitely), and great shopping. Silver jewelry is a specialty, along with an endearing array of specialized handicrafts.


Casuarina trees, sand dunes, and a tide that receeds out for miles all make Chandipur Beach special. This little known beach is the place to come if you want a tranquil beach getaway. Of course, if you're looking for crystal clear water and golden sand, there are better beaches in India. However, this one is unique! It's also very safe. Chandipur Beach is readily accessible by train from Bhubaneshwar, and also Kolkata in West Bengal.


Designed to be a huge chariot for the Sun God Surya, the intricately carved Sun Temple was constructed in the 13th century. It stands 30 meters high on 12 massive wheels. Erotic carvings similar to those on the Khajuraho temples are a renowned feature.The Sun Temple can be visited on a day trip from either Puri or Bhubaneshwar. However, it's worthwhile seeing the temple in the late afternoon, after the day trippers have departed, and staying a night in Konark. You'll appreciate the more peaceful atmosphere. The temple is open from sunrise until sunset.


There are more than 60 tribal communities in Odisha. These ancient people with mystical ancient ways dwell in Odisha remote, deep forests and hilly interiors. Most of them are in the southwest part of the state. Visiting the tribes can be a fascinating experience, but you'll need to go on an organized tour. Some tribal areas are quite inaccessible and require permits, and language is also a barrier.


Puri is located on the beach, but don't go there expecting a beach paradise. You'll need to head far away from the center to find an unpolluted patch of sand. Instead, Puri's appeal lies in its holiness. The imposing Jagannath Temple is only open to Hindus, but the roof of the Raghunandan Library opposite offers decent views.The Rath Yatra festival, which takes place in July/August each year. It's the only occasion when non-Hindus can get to see the temple deities.

Vaital DeulTemple

One of the oldest temples (late 8th century), Vaital Deul Temple’s striking feature is the shape of its sanctuary tower. The semi-cylindrical shape of its roof--a leading example of khakhara order of temples--bears an affinity to the Dravidian gopuram of the South India temples.