Bhubaneswar: Odisha is an ancient land with a rich history. Monuments that reflect amazing architecture compete with the limitless beauty of the land to attract tourists from all parts of the world. Along with its ancient temples, the state is also tremendously endowed with the unparalleled beauty of flora and rich fauna which are very unique to this part of the country. Thus, making it’s an astonishing and fascinating part of incredible India.
The Olive Ridley Sea Turtles have their largest nesting ground near the mouth of the Rushikulya River. Travellers and photographers go to this silent spot by the sea to spot the turtles during the nesting season when the baby turtles make a move towards the sea.
The beaches in Odisha are unlike others in India. Chandrabhaga Beach is at a distance of 37km from Puri and just 3km from Konark Temple. Pilgrims from the nearby towns and cities flock to this beach on the seventh day of Magha (according to the Hindu calendar) to offer their prayers to the sun god. This beach with a lighthouse is one of the best places to visit in Odisha, especially recommended for photography enthusiasts.
Satkosia Tiger sanctuary
To have some serene time in the lap of nature, visit Satkosia Tiger Sanctuary that is a forested tiger reserve situated 125 km away from Bhubaneswar. It is one of the best places to visit in Odisha and stretched over both sides of River Mahanadi. Travelers can have mesmerizing views of Satkosia during their stay at luxurious tent houses. You can go for a jungle trek amidst the lush greenery and wide landscape of this place. Satkosia is home to 38 species of mammals, Gharial, mugged crocodiles, elephants, leopards, and many other animals. Stargazing, birding and other adventure sports are top experiences for visitors of Satkosia Nature Camp.
Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is India’s second-largest Mangrove region and the best holiday place in Odisha where you can get to see many species of crocodiles and birds. The best way to travel this place is via boat and see long-snouted gharials, estuarine crocodile,s and squat muggers rolling in mud. This place is home to the highest number of King Cobras to be found all through India.
Chandipur Beach is another one of the lesser-known beaches of the East Coast in Odisha. The site can be reached by travelling to Baleshwar by road or rail. It is dangerous to visit the beach during the high tide, so plan your visit carefully. Devkund Waterfalls, Panchalinegeswar, and Khirachora are some of the other attractions near Chandipur Beach that together make it a great spot to spend a weekend.