Every state in India has a distinctly identifiable culture, history, and people. For example, Odisha has one of the longest coastlines along the Bay of Bengal and is also home to numerous historical and religious structures.
Unfortunately, not many people know about the hidden gems in Odisha. In our attempt to change that, we have compiled a list of six places in Odisha that you must visit. So let’s explore what this coastal state has in store for us.
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Baripada is a historical town first brought to mainstream attention in 1779 by Major James Rennell of the East India Company. The town is home to several ancient temples, most constructed between 500 and 1000 years ago. But there’s more to Baripada than its temples. For example, the Similipal Tiger Reserve is one of the most biodiverse regions of Odisha, and you can access this tiger reserve from Baripada.
The annual Rath Yatra festival is culturally significant all over Odisha. After Puri, Baripada has the second largest and oldest Rath Yatra procession, attracting thousands of devotees yearly. Baripada is truly a hidden gem in Odisha, from temples to natural landscapes to artifacts.
The Bay of Bengal is a strong and mighty sea. However, it does show its softer side in a few places, Chandipur being one of them. This 16-km long beach in the Balasore district of Odisha is unique in many ways. The sea is much calmer here compared to other beaches in Odisha, and during ebb, the water recedes by as much as 5 km.
Chandipur’s unique characteristics make it a destination for different marine life forms, the most famous being the horseshoe crab. The place has a strategic significance as well. Abdul Kalam Island in Chandipur has been a site for missile testing for several years.
If you want the perfect mix of modernity and tranquility, Chandipur should be on your bucket list.
As we all know, India is home to ancient art and handicraft. Every state and region in India has its distinct handicraft style. The most stunning handicrafts in Odisha come from a small village called Pipili. The history of the place goes back to the 12th century AD, but Pipili has recently seen a resurgence in popularity due to its depiction in popular culture.
Pipili is famous for its chandua applique and patchwork. It’s a style of decorating various items with bright patches, mirrors, and other decorative items. You can buy everything from bags to stuffed toys to lanterns at Pipili. Anyone who wants to get their hands on authentic Indian handicrafts can’t afford to miss out on Pipili.
4. Talasari Beach
Like Chandipur, Talasari Beach is a quiet and calm beach where the sea doesn’t demonstrate its might. It’s also one of Odisha’s cleanest and most unspoiled beaches since most tourists opt for the more popular beaches in Puri.
Talasari means a row of palm trees, and the serene beach overlooking the Subarnarekha river adds a different charm to Talasari. It’s also a paradise for seafood lovers as you can buy freshly caught fish from the fishermen and ask your hotel to prepare a dish of your choice.
If you’re not fond of the crowded beaches in other parts of Odisha, Talasari should be on your wishlist.
Known for its Silk Patta Sarees (traditional Indian garment for women), Brahmapur gives us a chance to witness another side of Odisha. Odisha is ideally located between South and north India. As a result, you will see northern and southern influences on the state. However, Brahmapur is distinctly south Indian in its culture, dialect, food, and history.
Asia’s largest seawater lake – the Chilika Lake – is accessible from Brahmapur. The temple of goddess Tara Tarini is one of the oldest temples in Odisha and bears a stark resemblance to South Indian temples. The food of Brahmapur is a fusion of Telegu and Odia cuisine that’ll open a new experience for your tastebuds.
Many tourists are unaware of this hidden gem in Odisha. Daringbadi is a hill station in Odisha, surrounded by waterfalls and pine forests. Also known as the Kashmir of Odisha, it’s surprising that a coastal state could have such a magnificent hilly region. Anyone who doesn’t like the humidity and heat of Odisha can find quiet respite at Daringbadi Nature Camp.
Daringbadi hosts a collection of tribal, nature, and wildlife tourism. You can explore the place on foot, trekking through the hills and forests, and coming across breathtaking sights. For anyone who thinks Odisha is all about beaches, Daringbadi is a must-visit place.