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Orissa (Oriya), formally Odisha, is a state of India, located on the east coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal . Endowed with nature's bounty, a 482 km stretch of coastline with virgin beaches, serpentine rivers, mighty waterfalls, forest-clad blue hills of Eastern Ghats with rich wild life, Orissa is sprinkled with beautiful temples, historic monuments as well as pieces of modern engineering feat. The land, while retaining its pristine glory, also offers the visitors modern amenities.

Its lush green countryside and fertile plains, tiny hamlets fringed with palm, coconut trees and mango groves offer the charm of rural beauty while the urban pockets, the four cities in particular, with the brilliance of modern technology provide the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay.

This wonderful land of fascinating beauty boasts of colorful festivals round the year. Orissa is also the land of unique handicrafts and other excellent artifacts.

Orissa has a long tradition of art and architecture. The early monuments date back to the third century B.C. The remnant of an Ashokan pillar, turned into a Siva Lingam and enshrined in the Bhaskaresvara temple at Bhubaneswar and the lion capital of an Ashokan pillar, presently in the State Museum, speak volumes of Orissa's past glory. The Jagannath Temple of Puri, the Konark Sun Temple, the Lingaraj Temple, Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Dhauligiri of Bhubaneshwar, Ashoka's famous Rock Edict at Jaugada near Berhampur city and the Barabati Fort of Cuttack are important in the archaeological history of India.

The Naga and Yaksha images found in places around Bhubaneswar belong to the post-Kharavela era. The fortification of Sisupalgarh near Bhubaneswar is yet another monument of ancient Orissa.

Orissa is also known for her exquisite handicrafts. Silver filigree work of Cuttack, horn work of Cuttack and Parlakhemundi and the famous appliqué work of Pipili deserve special mention. Pattachitra, a form of folk painting of Orissa, is a unique craft. Brass and bell metal ware, particularly vases and candle stands, are beautiful and longlasting.

The blackstone bowls and plates of Nilagiri and Khiching and multi-coloured stone statues are other attractions. Silk and cotton handloom products, especially saris are simply bewitching. The Sambalpuri saris and Maniabandhi patas are matchless in their texture and designs.

What Type of Palces one can Visit in Odisha, India ?

Sea Beaches : Chandrabhaga beach, Gopalpur on Sea beach, Puri Beach, Chandipur
Forrest Adventure : Forest rest house stay in Similipaal Forest, Koraput Forest Reserve
Hill Stations : Daringbadi, Kapilash, Khandadhaar
Monuments : Konarak Sun Temple, Lord Jaganaath Temple Puri etc
Modren Marvel Structure : The Hirakund Dam
River Adventure : Boating at Ramchandi, Satpada, Mahanadi
Great Lake : Chilika Barkul, Rambha