Odisha is one of India’s most culturally diverse and lively states. Tourists go to the state every year to witness the magnificent Jagannath Temple in Puri. However, other from Puri, there are many more unknown areas in the state. Every travel enthusiast can find something to enjoy in these gorgeous sites in Odisha.
Barehipani Waterfall: The Simlipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district is home to Barehipani Falls, a two-tiered waterfall. It is one of Odisha’s tallest waterfalls. This is the place to go if you like adventure and enjoy the rush of water and the sound of water falling on stones. These magnificent falls are created by a cascade that comes from the river Budhabalanga and descends from the heights of the Simlipal mountains. Without it, a trip to Simlipal would be incomplete.
Chandipur Beach: The ‘Vanishing Sea’ phenomenon has made the Chandipur shoreline famous all over the world. Every day, the sea disappears by almost 5 to 6 kilometers during low tide and then reappears at high tide.
Chandragiri: If you’re looking for peace and tranquillity, this is the place to go. Chandragiri’s monuments are still miles distant from civilization, surrounded by scenic terrain, tropical vegetation, babbling rivers, and exquisite mountain slopes. It is Odisha’s “Little Tibet”. When you arrive at the monastery, you will be greeted with traditional Tibetan Buddhist colorful prayer flags. The Land of Happiness and Plenty is what the Tibetan refugees who have landed there name it.
Debrigarh: For all you explorers out there, Debrigarh is the ideal spot. This is the place to go if you want to see the wild in all of its beauty. This wildlife sanctuary, which is spread across a large area near the Hirakund dam in Sambalpur, is rich in flora and animals. The sanctuary is also notable for the waterfalls that can be seen on the slopes.
Pir Jahania Beach: This beach is great for long walks on sandy beaches and enjoying the gorgeous sunset, away from the rush and bustle of the city. Another unique feature of this location is that it is home to Pir Jahania’s famous shrine, thus the name. The temple is not affiliated with any religion, and anybody can visit and get blessings.
Raghurajpur Artist Village: You will arrive at a village that will transport you back to the doors of history after a short trip of about 10 kilometers from Puri. You’ll feel as if you’ve walked into a virtual art gallery, with craftsmen creating masterpieces on palm leaves before your eyes. Every house in this community is a museum, and everyone is an artist. They paint in the style of “pattachitra”, which goes back to the 4th century.
Tensa Hill: Tensa is a tiny hill station surrounded by lush greenery and deep woods. Tensa is 110 kilometers from Rourkela and is at an elevation of 3700 meters above sea level. This location offers a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and evergreen forest due to its high elevation.
These are some of the tourist destinations that are less well-known. It’s past time for people to take notice of Odisha’s natural wonders. So, tourists, what are you waiting for? Now is the time to start packing!