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Road Trips to Visit Historical Places in Odisha

Odisha, previously called as Orissa is a state in Eastern India that is rich in heritage and culture. From forts to temples, palaces to caves, there are so many things to explore and so many things to do in Odisha for a history aficionado. You can actually take a car and visit the various heritage sites in Odisha and unfold the pages of history. Here are some of the places suggested to you.

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10 Best Historical Places to Visit in Odisha

11. Sun Temple, Konark

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Sun Temple, Konark is one of the famous monuments in Odisha. Built in the shape of a giant chariot, the temple is dedicated to Sun God. While you are here, you can also visit the archeological museum located inside the temple complex. The temple is believed to be more than 2,000 years old. However, it is well-maintained and you can still admire the architecture and sculptures. There is an entry fee to be paid to enter the temple.

  • Timing: 6 am to 8 pm
  • Best time to visit: October to March

2. Sri Jagannath Puri Temple, Puri

Sri Jagannath Puri Temple, Puri

Puri is majorly known for Sri Jagannath Puri Temple. It was King Indradyumna who built the famous temple in the 11th century. It is one of the historical places in Odisha which is frequented by millions of devotees as well as tourists all round the year. While you are in the temple, you can also see the beautiful and unique Oriya architecture. You can also try visiting the temple during Ratha Yatra.

  • Timing: 5.30 am to 10 pm
  • Best time to visit: September to March, June for Ratha Yatra

3. Dhauli, Bhubaneswar

If you have interest in history, you surely know the importance of Dhauli and its past. Dhauli is the place where Kalinga War took place in the 3rd century BC between Kalinga kingdom and the Mauryan Empire led by Great Ashoka. It was one of the most intense wars in the history of the country. The war also changed Mauryan King Ashoka, after which he took Buddhism. You will also be able to see several edicts of King Ashoka in this city. The other attractions that are witnessed by the tourists here are Peace Pagoda, Sadharma vihar monastery, rock cut caves, etc. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Odisha.

  • Timing: The opening and closing time for each attraction varies
  • Best time to visit: July to February

4. Barabati Fort, Cuttack

Barabati Fort, Cuttack

Located at a distance of 8 km from Cuttack, Barabati Fort dates back to 11th century. It was built by Ganga dynasty. It is a nine storeyed palace and was constructed with fortification as a protection from the attacks of the enemies. The carved gates of the fort add beauty to it. You can also have wonderful view of the entire city of Cuttack from this fort. The fort is spread across an area of 102 acres.

  • Timing: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Best time to visit: October to March

5. Khandagiri Caves

Khandagiri Caves

Khandagiri Caves are manmade caves which were built in the 2nd century. The figures and inscriptions in the caves are something to witness. These caves were dug during the period of Mahameghavahana Dynasty, King Kharavela. The Jain and Buddhist monks used to meditate in these caves.

  • Timing: 24X7
  • Best time to visit: October to March

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6. Chausath Yogini Temple

Chausath Yogini Temple

Chausath Yogini Temple is located at a very close proximity to Khandagiri Caves, and was constructed by Queen Hiradevi of Bramha Dynasty in the 9th Century. The main deity worshipped here is Goddess Kali; however, 56 idols of yoginis are placed in each cavity.

  • Timing: 24X7
  • Best time to visit: October to March

7. Brahmeshwara Temple

Brahmeshwara Temple

Just like Chausath Yogini Temple, Brahmeshwara Temple is also located near Khanddagiri Caves. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple was built in the 11th century. The temple is known for the unique sculptures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Lakshmi in their fierce forms carved on the walls.

  • Timing: 24X7
  • Best time to visit: October to March

8. Ananta Vasudeva Temple

Ananta Vasudeva Temple

Ananta Vasudeva Temple was built in the 13th century during the era of the king Bhanudeva. The idols of Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra are worshipped in this temple. The architecture resembles Lingaraj Temple but the sculptures are more in Vaishnavite style.

  • Timing: 6.30 am to 7 pm
  • Best time to visit: October to March

9. Lingaraja Temple


Lingaraja Temple is million years old and is famous for its architecture and carvings. There are several small temples within this temple which are dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses.

  • Timing: 6 am to 9 pm
  • Best time to visit: October to March

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10. Rajarani Temple

Rajrani Temple

Rajarani Temple is one of the oldest temples in Odisha, which was constructed in the 11th century. You will be able to see a lot of sculptures which depict various events of Hindi mythology, including the wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. You have to pay Rs 15 as entry fee to explore this temple.

  • Timing: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Best time to visit: October to March

The best time to travel to Odisha is during the winters, i.e. October to March, as you can enjoy a pleasant and favourable weather during this time. And to make your trip even easier, you can opt for self drive cars in Odisha by Revv. This will save your time and energy and will be actually very lighter on your pocket.

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