World Tourism Day: Pack Your Bags & Get Ready to Explore Incredible Odisha

If you are a travel enthusiast and plan a trip once in a while, this story is for you! The COVID-19 pandemic might have been a dampener to your plans this year, but not anymore.

It’s time to discover Odisha, India’s best-kept secret as the government opens up tourist attractions gradually.

To help you plan your trip, we have compiled a list of tourist places in Odisha which you can visit with your family and friends and enjoy the scenic, sublime and serene landscape. Needless to say, for those travelling within the state, it wouldn’t pinch your pockets much! You can thank us later.

Eco Retreat

Eco Retreat - World Tourism Day Odisha

Remember the 49-day Eco Retreat organised on the golden sands of Konark last year? This year, it is getting bigger and better.

One of the best ways to enjoy Odisha’s picturesque landscape and natural beauty is by taking a trip to the Eco Retreat organised by Odisha Tourism.

The Tourism department has planned to set up Eco Retreat camps at five locations this time including Konark. The new exotic locations are Satkosia, Bhitarkanika, Daringbadi and Hirakud.

Unlike last year, the Eco Retreat will be held for three months this time. It starts on December 1.

Visitors are expected to strictly follow COVID-19 guidelines during their stay.

Bhitarkanika National Park

World Tourism Day Odisha

If you haven’t been to Bhitarkanika National park yet, it really is time to pack your bags now and book your stay.

The National Park partially opens from October 1, only for visitors who have booked their stay at Dangamala nature camp.

Bhitarkanika was initially closed from May 1 to July 31 for the mating and nesting season of the crocodiles. The closure was further extended till September 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The visitors are expected to strictly follow the COVID-19 guidelines.

Konark Sun Temple

Konark Temple - World Tourism Day Odisha

This ASI monument is the shining example of Kalinga architecture. One of the most popular tourist attractions of eastern India, the Konark Sun Temple is must-visit for all travellers.

After remaining shut for five months due to the pandemic, the Sun Temple opened its doors for tourists from September.

A total of 2500 tourists are being allowed daily in two phases.

Visitors are expected to strictly follow the COVID-19 guidelines.

Nandankanan Zoological Park

Nandankanan Zoo

A visit to Bhubaneswar sans visiting Nandankanan zoological park is really an incomplete trip to the fascinating capital city. Watch out for different species of the animal kingdom as the zoo provides an environment close to their natural habitats.

The zoo usually has a footfall of 30 to 35 lakh people per year.

The Nandankanan Zoological Park is set to open from October with limited visitors entry.

Visitors are expected to strictly follow COVID-19 guidelines.

Khandigiri, Udaygiri, Lalitgiri


The Buddhist monuments of Khandigiri, Udaygiri and Lalitgiri are now open to the public. ASI sites like Raja Rani temple in Bhubaneswar have also opened for tourists.

The visitors are expected to strictly follow COVID-19 guidelines.


Puri Beach

Do we need to write about this? Well, for formality — this most popular tourist destination has been accorded with the ‘blue tag’ beach status. So, if you visit Puri now, get ready to experience a sprawling clean beach with basic amenities on the shore. Though the Jagannath Temple remains shut due to COVID-19, you can always take a trip to the holy city and witness the mega makeover of the area.

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