The historical state of Orissa is situated amidst beautiful lush green mountains of the Eastern Ghats. This historical land is bounded by the states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Orissa is blessed its palm-fringed beaches, shimmering lakes, serpentine rivers, mighty waterfalls, forest-clad blue hills of Eastern Ghats, which are home to rich flora and fauna that impress and lure tourists from all over the world. Orissa is famous for its fairs festivals, stone carving, silver filigree, applique work, exquisite handicrafts, and beautiful textiles. Dotted with numerous architecturally celebrated temples, sacred shrines, and historical monuments, Orissa is considered India’s one of the most hidden splendid cultural landscapes.
Orissa, the land of quintessential charm is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in India. Tourism in Orissa is a major industry that has shown phenomenal growth in the past few years.
Orissa Tourism department has recognized the importance of tourism in economic growth, and has accordingly, undertaken several measures. These include development of infrastructure, and preservation and restoration of historical monuments, promotion of various tourist spots, and development of entertainment leisure centers in the from of amusement parks, theme parks, multiplexes, water sports complexes, golf courses, bowling alleys and other sports related facilities.
The new colorful logo of Orissa tourism positions Orissa as a vibrant tourist destination which is scenic, sublime and, serene. Various fairs and festivals such as 'Ekamra Utsav' at Bhubneshwar, 'Sreekhetra Utsav' at Puri, and 'Konark Festival' at Konark are organized by Orissa Tourism to exhibit tourism and cultural potential of the state.
The ideal time to visit Orissa is from October to March owing to its salubrious weather conditions.
Nandankanan Zoological Park, Orissa State Museum, Chilika Lake, Puri Beach, Konark Sun Temple, Jagannath Temple, Barabati Fort, Qadam-I-Rasool, Lingaraj Temple, Puri Rath Yatra, Mukteswara Temple, Udaigiri & Khandagiri Caves are the major tourist attractions in Orissa. Bhubneshwar, Konark, Puri, Ratnagiri, Dhavaleshwar , Gopalpur on Sea, and Chilka Lake are some of the popular travel destinations in Orissa.
By Air : There is just one airport in Orrisa, which is located at the capital city, Bhubneshwar. All major low cost carriers and full service airlines operate regular flights to and from the city. Bhubneshwar is well connected to New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Raipur, Varanasi, Mumbai, and Chennai.
By Rail : Bhubneshwar is the most convenient and important railway station in Orissa. An excellent train network connects Bhubneshwar to Calcutta, Puri, Madras, Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Tirupati and Trivandrum. Apart from Bhubneshwar Railway Station, there are numerous railheads in Orissa, which link all major cities and towns to Bhubneshwar and other important places with in and outside the state.
By Road : Orissa has a wide network of roads that connects well to the rest of the country by National highways and State highways. Bhubneshwar the capital city is well linked to all major cities with in Orissa and its neighboring states.