PLACES TO VISIT IN CUTTACK
Being one of the oldest and second largest city of the state Odisha. Cuttack is known for been backed with the top notch facilities for tourists. Referred to as the commercial centre known for its trade activities, the city is renowned for its internationally acclaimed silver filigree artwork, thin silver wires that were transformed exquisitely and beautifully into utensils, jewellery and many other decorative items. Cuttack and Bhubaneswar are known to be twin cities of the state and the prime attractions there are as mentioned in below.
Banki Charchika: One of the oldest Shakta places and counted among eight shrines of Odisha, the temple is located at the South of Mahanadi River. The best time to visit there is in between October to March. The presiding deity here is the eight armed goddess Chamunda, also famously been referred to as Maa Charchika Devi. She is wearing a garland of human skulls, seating on a prostate human body, displaying shula, khadga, katari and varadamudra in her four right hands and her four left hands represent blood cup, severed head, damru and with a left out finger, the whole hand is soaked in blood.
Bhattarika: Being another ancient Hindu Goddess temple dedicated to the goddess of power and shakti, Maa Bhattarika, it is notable and worthy places to be in Cuttack, Odisha. Located on the banks of Mahanadi River, tourists come by in large numbers every year here. There are tales that the temple is located at a pretty decent and holy spot where Goddess Durga gave her powers to Parasuram while he was praying to her and faced defeat from Saharasjuna.
Dhabaleswar: Situated at an exotic and serene island of Lord Dhabaleswar, the temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and is at an about 27 km distance from the Cuttack city. The temple is embellished fully with stone carvings, dating back to 10th and 11th century, and the calmness and lovely ambience around inspires everyone to get and feel that spiritual feeling and all. The functions that were held here at a large scale and people came by from all around to attend these include Shivaratri, Dola purnima, Pausha purnima, Kartika purnima, etc.
Deojhar: The waterfall here is among one of the catchy and worthy sites of Odisha and is about at a distance of 130 kms from Cuttack city. Popular for its natural beauty and ambience, the place is also counted among one of the best picnic spots of the state to spend gala time with loved ones. At the top of waterfall, there is a cave famously known as Badedidhar where saints were supposed to live. Popular for its natural beauty and charm, the best time to visit here is in between October to March.
Maa Dhakulei Pitha: A famous scenic and religious place to visit to, the temple is located adjacent to Kuakhai River and Puri Main Canal where it is known that water flows perennially all throughout the year. There is also a much known Jain museum alongside the temple, constructed way back by the Jain devotees. The Maa Dhakulei temple is renowned for fireworks that usually were held during the Dola Purnima and is worth visiting.
Naraj: Being an amazing spot situated on the outskirts of the city Cuttack, the place was once referred to a popular space of Buddhist learning and culture. The archaeologist excavations that were held during past revealed the presence of many small and big sized Buddhist images and also, it is a famous picnicking destination as well. About 14 km away from Cuttack, the spot is easily approachable and accessible.
Niali Madhab: Being acknowledged as a famous and worth visiting religious centre, the spot is known for the shrine of Radha Madhab. Located on the banks of sacred river Prachi, the place is about at a distance of 42 km from Cuttack. Dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, the temple has pancharatha design and blessed with a rich architecture and erotic carvings in traditional Kalinga style.
Ansupa: The famous Ansupa Lake is among one of the largest fresh water and sweet lakes of Odisha and is located in Banki in Cuttack spread in a large area of 141 hectare land, surrounded by Saranda hills and a lot more scenery and beauty. The horseshoe shaped lake is small but indeed extremely beautiful and eye catching and even holds a prominent position in the tourist map of Odisha.
Nemalo: It is the famous place of the state, reckoned as the Samadhi of Achyutananda, known among one of the five panchasakas who basically set forth the bhakti cult in Odisha. The person Achyutananda is also popular for his great and prescient depictions written by him, also popular as Malika. It is located on the banks of River Chitrotapala.
Barabati Fort: A well known and worth to visit fort in Cuttack, Odisha, it has a carved gateway and is at an approximate distance of 8 km from the city. Built back in 14th century during Ganga dynasty, the fort‘s architecture is exquisite and provides a spectacular and amazing view to tourists coming from all around. Letting others be aware and check out the beauty of the modern Cuttack city, the fortification of the monument was done to prevent attacks from enemies. Popular for bringing up the charm to and around the city, the fort actually reveals the glorious history of the place as well.
Marine Museum: Cuttack which is known to have the largest river of the state, Mahanadi was the prime seat well acknowledged for a large array of maritime activities since Colonial era. Located on the banks of Mahanadi River, the Marine Museum was basically on the site of ancient Maritime Engineering Workshop that was founded by British way back in 1869. The Museum has around 13 galleries, representing vessels, maritime traditions, boats and many other artefacts belonging from ancient age to the ones used in colonial era.
Deer Park: A perfect place for all nature lovers, the deer park is situated in the Madhusudhan Nagar in Cuttack, Odisha. Here, lots of deer keep on running and moving around demanding less maintenance and indeed, it is a kid friendly place to be. Feel free to visit here and enjoy the sightseeing.
Nearest Airport: Biju Patnaik International Airport (25km)
Nearest Railway Station: Cuttack Railway Station (1.5km)
Nearest Bus Stand: : OSRTC Bus Stand, Cuttack