Nestled in the lap of nature and blessed with blissful wonders, the eastern Indian state of Odisha is a visual delight for every tourist. Often called the ‘Soul of India’, Odisha is one of the most culturally rich and vibrant states of India. Every year tourists visit the state to see the majestic Jagannath Temple in Puri. But there are many other places in the state other than Puri that are unexplored. Beautiful places in Odisha have something to offer to every travel junkie. The enchanting charm of the state can’t be described in words but only can be explored by tourists who have a deep love for nature. Be it summer or winter, the culturally enriching state has a long list of tourist attractions to cater to the need of visitors all through the year. Lakes, waterfalls, biosphere reserves, hot springs, sun-kissed sea beaches, temples, and museums are some of the tourist places that make the state a must-visit destination. Odisha is indeed a paradise and there is a lot to explore until you fall in love with Odisha. However, there are many places in the state which are still largely unexplored by tourists.
We have listed down some of these places which remain undiscovered but have a lot to offer to every traveler
Daringibadi Hill Station
Popularly known as the Kashmir of Odisha, Daringbadi is the only place in the state which experiences snowfall during winter. Gifted with natural resources, it is a must-see place for pine trees, coffee plantations, and serene valleys along with hill-view parks, botanical gardens, waterfall, and emu farming. Echoing valleys and wonderful meadows make Daringbadi a summer retreat for nature lovers. Located in Kandhamal district, this place is accessible by rail and road as well.
Raghurajpur Artist Village
A short drive of just 10 km from Puri, you will land in a village that will take you back to the portals of history. You will feel like stepping into a virtual art gallery that will give you a visual glimpse of artisans making paintings on palm leaves. And, in this village, every house is a museum and every person is an artist. They do ‘pattachitra’ painting, an art form that dates back to the 4th century. A heritage village and a silent tourist attraction. Raghurajpur is 55 km from the state capital Bhubaneshwar.
Leaning Temple of Huma
The Huma Temple, also known as the ‘leaning temple of Huma’, is a famous temple situated 23 km away from Sambalpur city on the banks of River Mahanadi. Dedicated to Baba Bimleshwar (Lord Shiva), the temple was built in 1670, by King Bailar Singh, who was the fifth king of the Chauhan Dynasty of Sambalpur. A strange thing about this temple is that it does not stand upright but is tilted more towards one side. Furthermore, every item within the temple complex is also skewed which is a must seen for every tourist.
Debrigarh is an unexplored destination full of wildlife and scenic beauty. Spread over a sprawling area near the Hirakud dam in Sambalpur, this sanctuary is rich with flora and fauna. The place is famous for waterfalls and streams that flow gently along hillsides. Besides, it is also a known fact that freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai had taken refuge in the dense forests of Debrigarh to launch guerrilla warfare against the British regime.
Located in Balasore district, at a distance of some 10 kilometers from Digha, Talasari beach has a vast stretch of green paddy fields, numerous rivers, blue hills, and extensive beaches. The beach with its tall coconut trees, palm trees, and casuarina make for a beautiful sight. Talasari is one of the less exploited beaches of Odisha. The calm ambiance, unique receding waters, and tropical weather all year round make it a popular destination for adventure seekers and those looking for solitude.
Chausathi Yogini Temple
Located on the banks of Bhargavi River, this Chausath Yogini Temple in Hirapur is one of the unexplored places to visit in Bhubaneswar. This is the only active temple among all the four Chausath Yogini temples in the country. There are 64 statues of yoginis in the temple. Some of them are depicted as wearing various ornaments, while some are portrayed as huntresses with bows and arrows.
This is the destination for you if you are in search of peace and tranquility. Surrounded by a picturesque landscape, tropical forest, gurgling rivers, and exquisite mountain slopes, Chandragiri's monuments are still miles away from civilization. It is the 'mini Tibet' of Odisha. When you visit the monastery, you can find the traditional Tibetan Buddhist colorful prayer flags to welcome you. The Tibetan refugees that have settled here call this divine abode, Phuntsokling, which translates to - Land of Happiness and Plenty.
One of the highest waterfalls in India, Duduma Waterfall is 175 meters high, formed by the sacred Machkund river in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh., the aboriginal ‘Bonda’ tribals live near the waterfalls. It has two sub-waterfalls one on the Odisha side and the other on the Andhra Pradesh side. Located amid picturesque surroundings, it is one of the most unexplored tourist places in Odisha.