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Orissa Travel Guide & Travel Infrmation

Orissa, also known as Odisha or Utkala, is a state situated on the eastern shorelines of India, beside the Bay of Bengal. The capital of the state is Bhubaneswar. Previously, the province was known as Kalinga. The contemporary state was set up in the form of a territory during the British Raj. Orissa is the ninth biggest state in terms of area in India. The city of Cuttack served as the capital of the province for more than 800 years till April 13, 1948 once Bhubaneswar took over as the new capital of the state.

Geographical location of Orissa
The state of Orissa stretches from 17.49° to 22.34° North latitudes and 81.27° to 87.29° East longitudes. Orissa shares its boundaries with the state of West Bengal in the east and north-east, Chhattisgarh in the west and north-west, Jharkhand in the north, and Andhra Pradesh in the south.

Some interesting facts and figures about Orissa
Area: 155,820 km2 (60,160 sq miles).
Elevation: Ranging from 153-1,068 meters.
Climate: During summer in Orissa, the maximum temperature ranges between 35-40°C and the minimum temperature is 12-14°C. The maximum temperature during winter is around 25°C and the minimum temperature frequently drops to 3-4°C.
Rainfall: The average yearly rainfall is around 150 cm
Largest city: Bhubaneswar
Capital city: Bhubaneswar
Population: 41,947,358 (2011)
Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
Languages Spoken: English, Oriya, Hindi and Kosli.
Best season to visit: From October to March.

State symbols
Animal: Sambar Deer
Bird: Indian Roller
Tree: Ashwatha
Flower: Ashoka

The state of Orissa can be split into four distinct regions and they are West Odisha, Coastal Odisha, Central Odisha, and South Odisha. The shoreline of Orissa is quite extensive (around 480 km). There are many temples in Orissa and all of them were constructed in the Indo Aryan Nagara architectural pattern and the aspects characterize this particular territory in India. People come to visit the Jagannath Temple (Puri), Lingaraj Temple (Bhubaneswar), and Sun Temple (Konark) in large numbers. The seashores, meandering rivers, sparkling lakes, roaring waterfalls, and Eastern Ghats Mountain Range make Orissa truly special. The rock-cut sculptures, exotic handicrafts, textiles and applique work are quite popular among tourists. This is the state where you will find a blend of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain traditions. The most famous tourist attractions in the state of Orissa are as follows: Read More....
By Air: There are 16 helipads and 17 airstrips in the state. Bhubaneswar houses the Biju Patnaik International Airport, the principal airport of Odisha and it is being made bigger for housing commercial airliners with two aisles. The Government of Orissa in the month of August 2012, declared intentions for building five greenfield airports at Paradip, Rayagada, Angul, Dhamra, as well as Kalinganagar in an endeavor for promoting inter-state and intra-state public air travel. At present, airfields are here in the following locations: Read More....
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