The state of Odisha is positioned as the Soul of Incredible India. But what exactly makes it the soul of this diverse nation? Odisha is a gorgeous state full of natural beauty, its water bodies, hills, nature, and even its people, come together to form a feast for travel enthusiasts. If you have been wanting to immerse yourself in a different side of India, this is here you must go to.
The state of Odisha is home to some of nature’s finest wonders. On one hand you have the mesmerising Chilika Lake, on the other there are the beaches. Odisha is also home to some dramatic waterfalls that are a must-visit. At Similipal National Park you will get to see the state’s widely known wildlife, while the Olive Ridley beach is yet another example of its diverse wildlife.
The state is home to the world famous Shri Jagannath Temple in Puri, besides other great religious attractions. In Konark there is the age-old Sun Temple, while in Jeerango you have the largest Buddhist temple in Eastern India, called, Padmasambhava Mahavihara Monastery. In Bhubaneshwar you will find yourself the spectacular Lingaraja Temple that had opened in 1000 AD.
Odisha’s beaches are stunning. You can never have enough of them, whether it is the popular Puri, or the offbeat Gopalpur. Then there is the spectacular Chandrabhaga Beach that is close to the Konark Temple. It is the first beach in India to get the Blue Flag certification, which is a tag for being an environmental friendly, and clean beach.
Song of the soil
One of the best things about visiting Odisha is exploring its tribal cultures. The state is home to the Santal, Bonda, Bhumia, Kondh tribes, and more. Each tribe has its own folk art, folk dance, music, and more. This is really as diverse as it can get, it is an example of the country’s widely known diverse cultures.