This state of India is situated along the eastern coast which is at close quarters to Bay of Bengal. Orissa, which is officially pronounced as Odissa is the modern name assigned to the region which had been in remote past famous as “Kalinga”. Kalinga war finds the important place in India history which was fought between emperor of Magadh, the great Ashoka and feudal republic of Kalinga and is deemed to be the life turning event for Ashoka transforming him from an ambitious and invading king into a kind hearted saint. Orissa tourism offers all sorts of delights and charms to the tourists be it a religious trip, adventurous trip or a trip for knowledge hunt.
History of Orissa:
History of Orissa begins from the globally renowned Kalinga war that killed the ruthlessness embedded in the personality of the ambitious king of the time king Ashoka, who was driven by the lust to despoil the wealth of this state. But witnessing the volumes of bloodshed and horrendous magnitude of killings of humans that filled the otherwise callous heart of king Ashoka with the waves of remorse and he pronto took the oath to bid adieu to violence forever and embraced Buddhism giving up his policy of territorial expansion any further. In course of time, the region witnessed rise and fall of number of dynasties like kesari and ganga dynasties. The region also witnessed Muslim rein for a brief period to be replaced later on by the brave Marathas. Even Marathas had to flee from the scene with the advent of Britishers. Orissa was declared as state under Indian federal union, after India attains the independence.
Sightseeing in Orissa:
A trip to Orissa offers wide spectrum of tourist places and the list is very comprehensive. One has to be choosy and even may get confused regarding which area to explore during Orissa travel. Whatever may be the hunt of yours, you will find here a big and separate category for it. If you wish to play with the naughty and sudsy ripples and to romance with the moist wind sweeping from atop the sea beaches, then there are number of picturesque beaches in Orissa that have been the center of attraction drawing droves of tourist round the year and list includes the famous beaches like chandipur beach, balighai beach, puri beach, gopalpur on sea and the like. Among other prominent tourist places in Orissa are the Dhauli hills, the place where the historic Kalinga war had been fought, Berhampur, Rourkela city, chilka lake, udaygiri and khandagiri caves and many others.
Among religiously important tourist places to visit in Orissa are jagannath temple puri, konark sun temple, brahmeshwar temple, mukteshwar temple, parasurameshwar temple and many others. Aside from aforementioned touring spots, there are numerous nationals parks and sanctuaries dot the whole of region namely, Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandaka elephant reserve, Debrigarh wild life sanctuary, Simlipal national park and many others. Also, there is no dearth of museums that span the whole of state. Most famed museum in Orissa is the state museum of Orissa that is ancillary to the history department of Ravenshaw college. There are wide range of relics of past and the articles belonging to distinctive categories that have been treasured up in the museum and the long list includes the articles belonging to the categories like archeology, epigraphy, numismatics, armory, mining, geology, painting, anthropology, and manuscripts and many others.
For tourists in look out to experience the adrenaline rush there are several options and fun-packed activities to do in Orissa and the included in the long list are the activities like Angling, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, trekking and the like. Numerous articles can be included in the list as far shopping in Orissa is concerned and the list incorporates the articles like patta chitra, metal crafts, silver works, palm leaf painting, utensils made up of stones, ikkat saris and many others. While one can find plenteous amounts of hotels in Orissa in all ranges, in other cites their number is limited and they are not many.
Best time to visit Orissa:
November to may is the period that is considered to be the most ideal time to embark on Orissa tourism. This is the period that witnesses the celebrations of all the state festivals.