The former capital of the state of Odisha, Cuttack is also known as the Millennium City and Silver City of India. The name Cuttack literally means a fort, drawing its inspiration from the ancient citadel of Barabati. Cuttack is most famous for its stone revetment on the riverbanks, a great engineering marvel of the 11th-century and a reminder of the technological skill of Odisha. The newest attraction to the city is the sprawling modern cricket stadium near Barabati Fort. The stadium holds many test and one-day international cricket matches and has literally put Cuttack on the map.
Another im[ortant attraction is the Kataka Chandi Temple is also known as the Cuttack Temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu deity Chandika. The best time to visit the temple is during the festivals of Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Dussehra when it’s at its grandest.
If you’re into wildlife, remember to visit the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, spread across an area of 672 square kilometres. The sanctuary is famous for being home to endangered species such as the massive saltwater crocodile, white crocodile, Indian python, water monitor lizards, black ibis, spectacled cobra, olive ridley turtles and chital.
To appreciate more architecture, visit the Kadam Rasool Mosque, founded in the 18th-century. The mosque is an immensely sacred place for the Muslims across the country, especially because it houses the foot print of the Prophet Mohammed. It’s built in the Indo-Persian architectural style, and interestingly, is said to have been built by a Hindu King.
Also ay a visit to Netaji Birth Place Museum, the erstwhile ancestral home of the great freedom fighter, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The galleries which were once the living quarters of the Bose family now contain several photographs, antiquities and furniture used by them.
The nearest airport from Cuttack is Bhubaneswar, which is around 29km away. The city is also connected by road with cities like Bhubaneswar, Puri, and other important ones of the state.