Odisha may well be India’s most underrated destination! There are few places in India that remind you of India’s rich culture and heritage. Odisha is one of them. Home to some stunning temples, beaches and museums, Odisha can be a delight for travelers who like slightly offbeat destinations. Not only is Odisha a window to India’s historic past, it is also a great state to explore India’s wildlife, natural beauty and architectural brilliance. December is one of the best months to visit Odisha thanks to the pleasant weather and events happening around this time. (ALSO SEE 9 best places to visit in India during December) Here are some major tourist attractions that will tempt you to visit Odisha in December: Also Read - Amid Tensions With China, PM Speaks to Bangladesh's Sheikh Hasina And UAE's Bin Zayed
One of Odisha’s most popular tourist attractions, Jagannath temple is known for its marvelous architecture. With one main temple surrounded by thirty other temples, Jagannath temple complex is a great place to visit for those interested in Indian architectural history and cultural heritage. Also Read - As COVID-19 Cases Cross 214-mark With 5 Deaths, Himachal Pradesh Extends Lockdown Till June 30
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Konark Sun temple
Perhaps Odisha’s most popular strcuture, Konark Sun temple is a 13th century temple renowned for its splendid architecture and history. The temple complex is built like the sun gods towering chariot drawn by seven horses on 12 wheels. It is a UNESCO site and a must-visit while in Odisha. During December, the crowds are limited which means you have enough time to spend observing the details of this architectural marvel.
Spread across 2200 sq. km., Chilika is a brakish water lakepopular for its migratory birds. It is home to several threatened species of animals and plants. Its scenic beauty and natural flora and fauna make it worth a visit for all nature lovers.
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Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary
December is a great time to visit India’s oldest bird sanctuary and Odisha’s wildlife hub – Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary. From salt water crocodiles to kingfishers, pythons, wild boars, jungle fowls and hynenas, Bhitarkanika has several species of birds and animals. It is truly a delight for wildlife enthusiasts.
International Sand Art Festival
From December 1 to December 5, Odisha’s Tourism Department will host the International Sand Art Festival at Chandrabagha beach which is just 3 km from Konark. With free entry for spectators, the sand festival sees various skillful artists who create stunning sand sculptures as well as stone, bronze and wood creations.
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