Tourism in Odisha is one of the main contributors to the Economy of Odisha, India, with a 500 km (310 mi) long coastline, mountains, lakes, natural biodiversity and rivers. Odisha is one of the major tourism sectors of India, with various tourists' attractions, ranging from wildlife reserves, beaches, temples, monuments, the arts and festivals. Other than wildlife reserves, beaches, temples, monuments, the arts and festivals, the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation, a Public Sector Undertaking of Government of Odisha, is also developing tourism sector of Odisha and India.

Monuments

Temples

The major temples of Odisha are present in Ekamra Kshetra or the temple city of mayank.

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Some other temples in the state includes,

Buddhist monuments

Jain monuments

Forts

Flora and fauna

Main article: Flora and fauna of Odisha

Lakes

Chilika Lake
Chilika Lake

Waterfalls

Hot springs

Wildlife

Sunset at Bhitarkanika National Park Lake
White tiger in Nandankanan Zoological Park

Odisha is a remarkable place as it is the home to the royal Bengal tiger, consisting of many sanctuaries and natural scenic spots.

Beaches

View of Puri Beach
View of Puri Beach

Odisha has a long coastline of 500 km. Notable beaches on this coastline include:

Sanctuaries

Scenic spots

Islands

Eco-tourism provides a degree of alternate employment to the local community and generates environmental awareness, among local residents as well as visitors, about the conservation and sensible use of the lake's natural resources. Notable locations within the lake are:

Satpada

Museums

Odisha Tourism Development Corporation

The Odisha Tourism Development Corporation promotes tourism in the state and operate some of the existing tourist bungalows and transportation fleets in commercial line. OTDC's tourist bungalows are called panthanivas. Odisha Forest Development Corporation manages eco-tourism destinations in the state.

Locations of panthanivas

Gallery

Outline of tourism in India

References

  1. ^ Sutaria, Dipani (2007). "Irrawaddy Dolphins - India" (PDF). Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  2. ^ Chilika Development Authority. "Eco Tourism". Archived from the original on February 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-31.