The State of Orissa is located in the east coast of India. It is one of the most beautiful states in India. With its golden sandy beaches, magnificent wild life, green valleys, lush green forests, aborigine style of living of more than 62 tribal communities and is comparatively a land unexplored by the western travellers. Odissi is famous dance of Orissa. Konarak's stupendous Sun Temple is the crowning glory of Orissa and is one of the wonders of ancient India.
|Area||1,55,707 sq km|
|Languages Spoken||Oriya, English|
|Best Time to visit||October to March|
Orissa was known as Kalinga in ancient period and as Utkal for a period in the early 20th century. Orissa was originally inhabited by the aboriginal tribes, the Buiyas and Gonds. Before 1912 it was a part of Bengal and till 1936 it became a part of Bihar. In 1936 Orissa was made into a separate province by the state's merger order (Governor's provinces) of 1949. Orissa has the largest variety of tribal communities in India. These have contributed a great deal in making rich the history and heritage of Orissa.
There is a good road network in the state connecting it with the other parts of the country as well as different places within the state.
By AIR :
Bhubaneswar is the only civil airport in the state connected to different parts of the country through regular flights.
There is an extensive railway network that connects different parts of the state to the other parts of the country. Bhubaneswar and Puri are the major railheads for the state.
Bhubaneswar, Puri, Baripada, Phulbani, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Cuttack, Konark, Dhenkanal