Situated at the convergence of Mahanadi and Kathajodi Rivers, Cuttack, the second biggest city in Odisha is 27 km from the state capital Bhubaneshwar. The city still retains its medieval majesty when it served as the capital of Kalinga, the older name of Odisha, for almost a century. Cuttack literally means ‘the fort’ as it was established as a military cantonment by the Keshari dynasty.
Known as the ‘Millenium City’ of Odisha, Cuttack serves as an important commercial center. The annual Bali Yatra is the largest trade fair in India and the second largest in Asia. The people of Cuttack are followers of Goddess Durga and the Cuttack Chandi temple, where Goddess Chandi (an incarnation of goddess Durga) is the city’s presiding deity. Although the culture of the city revolves around Hindu practices, Cuttack also houses a large population of Muslims and Sikhs and their important shrines.
Apart from being a commercial and a pilgrim center, Cuttack serves as an excellent tourist destination. With exquisite monuments like Barabati fort, Stone Revetment among others, Cuttack leaves visitors spellbound with its medieval beauty. ALSO SEE Odisha hill stations that take your breath away
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN CUTTACK
There are several accommodation options in Cuttack. Most of the budget accommodations are located in Badambadi. Mid-range accommodation is available at Chaudhary Bazar. Dolamudai has a few high range hotels. Apart from hotels, there are several lodges and a few guest houses too. OTDC guest houses are also available.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN CUTTACK
There are quite a few restaurants in Cuttack that serve simple Indian meals. Most of them are situated near College Square. There aren’t too many fancy restaurants in the city. However, there are innumerable street stalls that serve dahibara, aludum, ghuguni and much more. Thunka Puri is a popular dish in Cuttack prepared during Bali Yatra. In-house restaurants serve Indian, Chinese, Continental and Italian cuisines.
BEST TIME TO VISIT CUTTACK
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