Excursions - Bhubaneshwar

Cuttack: The former state capital is 35 km from Bhubaneswar. This 100-year old town is famous for its silver filigree work in intricate and exquisite designs. Further on, 105 km from Bhubaneswar, are the post-Gupta period Buddhist monuments and sculptures on the three hills of Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri and Udaygiri.

Paradeep : Situated about 94 km from Cuttack and 110 km from Bhubaneswar, Paradeep offers evergreen forests, a huge estuary of the Mahanadi with islands and creeks, a good marine drive and a very good beach, It is gaining in popularity as a tourist spot.

Konark: With its famous Sun Temple is 70 km from Bhubaneswar. Konark also has an Archaeological Museum with some rare specimens of Konark art.

Ramachandi: 7 km from Konark, on the confluence of the Kushabhadra River and the sea. The temple of the Goddess Ramachandi stands on a high sand dune.

Puri: One of the most important Hindu 'Dhams', the abode of Lord Jagannath with its never-ending beaches, is 65 km from Bhubaneswar. On the way, 20 km from Bhubaneswar, is the artisan village of Pipli, famous for its extremely colorful applique work. Also on the way to Puri, a little off the main road, is the 'Artists Village' of Raghurajpur, the home of the revival of Orissa's 'patta chitra' painting. It is 14 km short of Puri.

Satpada: A two-and-half hours drive from Puri. Satpada is situated on the other side of Chilika Lake. It is literally the 'Land's End', as the road finishes here and there is nothing but the vast expanse of the Lake here on.

Chilika Lake: The largest brackish water lake in India, is 121 km from Bhubaneswar. Visitors can stay at Balugaon, Barkul or Rambha. Apart from its island-dotted scenic charms, the lake is home to hundreds of thousands of migratory birds in winter.

Atri: 40 km from Bhubaneswar, has hot sulphur-water springs, said to be an excellent cure for skin diseases. Atri also has the shrine of Atkeshwar.

Similipal: Is one of the largest National Parks of India and the home of several varieties of wildlife, including tigers and is 368 km from Bhubaneswar. Aside from being one of the 'Project Tiger' areas in the country, the park also has a Crocodile Research Project at Joshipur. There are a number of types of wild orchids in the Park.

Chandipur: On the sea , is 262 km from Bhubaneswar. A quiet seaside place, the special aspect of the place is that the sea recedes as much as 5 km at low-tide and one can walk on the sand for miles. It is the best base for excursions to Similipal and Khiching.

Taptapani: A sulphur spring, is 235 km from Bhubaneswar. The spring water is channeled into a pond for easier bathing. It is also piped into the bathrooms of the OTDC's Pantha Nivas.

TOURS:

Conducted sightseeing tours are available through the OTDC, hotels and private operators. The popular tours from Bhubaneswar are to Konark-Pipli-Puri and to Nandankanan Khandagiri and the Udaygiri Temples-Dhauli.

Orissa Bhubaneshwar