Odisha (earlier known as Orissa) is a state in East India renowned for being a beach getaway, a prime pilgrimage and a tribal heritage hub. Jagannath Temple at Puri is one of the holiest temples for Hindus and a prime pilgrimage. Konark Sun Temple (35 kms from Puri) is a 13th century architectural masterpiece and a UNESCO heritage site. Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Odisha is a popular access point for most destinations of Odisha and is renowned for its proximity to Buddhist heritage and Hindu temple heritage sites.
Bhitarkanika is a pristine mangrove forest 130 kms north east of Bhubaneshwar. Bhitarkanika is renowned for its crocodile population along with being a prime bird watching site for sighting wide ranging exotic birds. It is an offbeat ecotourism destination offering simple camp style stays and is best explored via a short mangrove forest trek and boat safaris.
Puri is a popular beach getaway 60 kms from Bhubaneshwar, visited for the Jagannath Temple, one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimages, its proximity to the Konark Temple (35 kms - UNESCO heritage site) and Chilika Lake (50 kms - second largest coastal lagoon in the world). Puri is renowned for its beach front hotels overlooking the Bay of Bengal and is a very popular ex-Kolkata beach getaway.
Bhubaneshwar is the capital of the state of Odisha and is a popular access point for visiting destinations across Odisha. Bhubaneshwar is home to an old city area that is visited for its 50+ ancient temples (dated 8th-13th century), some of them having erotic carvings on them. Linga Raja Temple here is the second most significant temple in Odisha (after Jagannath Puri) and is an attraction for pilgrim travellers. Bhubaneshwar lies in close proximity to Buddhist heritage sites of Dhauligiri Stupa and Udayagiri - Khandgiri caves. It is home to a tribal museum that is perhaps the best and most well preserved tribal museum in entire India and is worth a visit for every traveller.