|Orissa is a land of temples and it is said that there are more number of temples in Orissa than the rest of the country put together.Orissa&39s temple architecture flamed into glorious consecration of the self to the godhead, in a heady display of extravagant expression through some of the most exotic delineation of religious architecture in the world. From the towering heights of the Lingaraj temple to the windswept ruins of Konark anchored in the white sands.... the marvels,... sheer extravaganza of poetry in the stone, stun the mind.... Orissa&39s temple architecture holds a magnetic appeal that lies in its indigenous glory.
SHREE JAGANNATH TEMPLE: Situated in the heart of Puri, it is a monument from the 12th century A.D with all the richness and plasticity of the Kalinga style of architecture.
THE SUN TEMPLE: Popularly known as &39The Black Pagoda&39 it is acrowning piece of Orissan architecture and sculpture.Orissan architecture has reached its zenith with the Sun temple at Konark.
LINGARAJ TEMPLE: It is one of the finest Shiva peetha in India and is named after the &39Ling&39 or the &39Phallic symbol enshrined in it.This temple is called a temple complex because almost 65 secondary temples cluster around the central structure.
Badaghagra: 10 kms. from Keonjhar on NH-6 towards Sambalpur, it is yet another small (200 ft. high) but exiting waterfall on the river Ghagara. It is one of the most popular picnic spots of Keonjhar district.
Duduma: A charming waterfalll on the river Machhakunda,70 kms. from Jeypore,a waterfall of 155mt high is also a place of pilgrimage and rare scenic beauty.
Harishankar: Is located on the southern side of Gandhamardhan hills in Balangir. The Harishankar dazzles with a series of bewitching waterfalls cascading on the hillslopes.
Gopalpur-on-sea: 18 kms south-east of Berhampur lies the quiet sea shore town of Gopalpur. It is popular sea-resort especially noted for its surg-swimming, sailing, sun-bathing and extensive sands.North-west of Gopalpur and 50 kms from Berhampur, amidst greens lies Taptapani, famous for its hot water sulphur spring. The water of the spring is channelised to a pond to facilitate bathing.
Balasore & Chandipur:Balasore, the district headquarters, once was an important maritime town in medieval times through the river Budhabalanga. 214 kms, north east of Bhubaneswar, Balasore is convenient base point for excursions to Chandikpur and Remuna. Balasore is also noted for its traditional handicrafts of lacquered toys, brass-works and stone carvings.16 kms east of Balasore is Chandipur one of the most pleasant beaches of the country. Here the sea, recedes five kilometres at low tide and then flows rhythmically after a regular interval every day. This play of the tide combined with bracing environs make the spot an excellent value.
NandanKanan Sanctuary: Amidst the lush green Chandaka forest along the banks of the Kanjia lake lies Nandankanan, a beautiful park that got its name from "Nandan Van" meaning the Garden of the Heaven. This famous zoological park which is at a distance of 20 kms from Bhubaneswar, was established in the year 1960 and has been declared as a sanctuary in the year 1979. The main attractions of this sanctuary is the white tiger safari , the first of its kind in the world, spread over an area of 12 hectares, a lion safari of 20 hectares and a natural trail of 37 hectares, the Botanical Garden which has many rare and endangered species of flora from different parts of the world, the 620 metre long Rope Way that transports the visitors across the lake to view the Botanical Garden, Boating facility in the Kanjia lake, Toy Train running on a circular track along the lake and the thickly vegetated tract, a Reptile Park and a Bird Sanctuary. It has worlds largest collection of White tigers and has the international reputation for successfully breeding black panthers , gharial crocodiles and White tigers, Asiatic LionSangai, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Penguin, Mouse Deer and many land and water Birds. . One can take the opportunity to behold the Kingly lions, Clouded leopards , European Bears , Himalayan Black Bear , Rosy Pelican , Grey Pelican, Indian Python , King Cobra, exquisite collection of birds, etc. in the Zoo. The zoo has also given a new lease of life to one of the rarest creatures of the world - the white Kanan. The Acquaria homes to a large variety of freshwater fish , a number of species of crocodiles , lizards, turtles and snakes .
Khalasuni Sanctuary : Khalasuni wildlife sanctuary is located in the Rairakhol sub-division of Sambalpur district. It is at a distance of 50kms from Sambalpur. It covers an area of 116 sq.kms. The Tiger, leopard, elephant, bison, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, wilddogs, rare varieties of birds and reptiles attract the tourists.
Debrigarh Sanctuary : With an area of 346.91 sq.kms. the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary is located in the Baragarh district. One can track important fauna like tiger, leopard, hyena, bison, sambar, spotted deer, chousingha, resident and migratory birds, monitor lizard, chameleon etc. in this sanctuary.