is India's 10th largest state in area and 11th in population. It was
recognised as a separate province in 1936. It is bounded by West Bengal
on the north-east, Bihar on the north, Andhra Pradesh on the South-east,
Madhya Pradesh on the west and Bay of Bengal on the east.Orissa today is
kaleidoscope of past splendors and
contemporary expression. The Sun
Temple at Konark, north of Puri, is in itself reason enough for a trip
to India. Like the Taj Mahal at Agra or the Kailasa temple at Ellora,
Konark turns away adjective into a tired cliche. But Orissa has more.
Puri's famed shrine Lord Jagannath's temple is one of India's four
holiest places-"Chaar Dham" and many more Hindu and Jain temples,
magnificent beaches, wildlife, great traditional dances and music,
handicrafts, temple architecture and sculpture, the colorful hospitable
Places of Interest in Orissa:
Temple City (Over 500 temples), Museums.
- Chilka Lake-Island
dotted lake, Holiday resort, Boating, fishing, Bird life.
gateway to Tribal Territories, Fort, Muslim shrine.
with exquisite carvings, the 13th century Black pagoda, is one of the
marvels of India, Beaches, Archaeological Museum.
- Puri-One of
the most Holy places of pilgrimage in India, Temples, excellent
- Major Towns:
Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Raurkela, Sambalpur.