Weekend Getaway – Bhubaneshwar
If you look forward to spending a weekend close to nature, head to the coastal town of Chilika. The Chilika Lake is a natural aviary, home to unseen varieties of migratory birds that visit in flocks of thousands. It is also a world-renowned wetland. Do check out the Kalijai Temple, situated on an island in the middle of the lake.
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 62km
Best time to visit: November to February
A visit to Konark would make you believe in time travel. The heritage of the city is well-preserved and kept alive in its architectural marvels. The Sun Temple at Konark is famous for its sculptural wealth. Other shrines, such as the Mayadevi temple,Vaishnavi temple, Barahi Temple at Chaurasi and the Kuruma Buddhist Monastery are also popular spots in Konark.
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 65km
Best time to visit: October to March
Daringbadi Hill Range
Does a weekend retreat in the mountains sound appealing to you? Odisha has its own hill station at Daringbadi in Kandhimal district. The hill range is named after a colonial administrator, Daring Saheb, who was in charge of the place. Besides having its own share of waterfalls, lakes, plantations and gardens, Daringbadi is a good choice if you’re looking for some quiet from the unceasing chaos of the city.
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 250km
Best time to visit: October-December (winter)
A holiday at the beach is the stuff of storybooks. If you can imagine yourself spending your weekend stretched out on the beach, Chandipur is the place for you. There are a number of beach resorts to stay at here. The local cuisine boasts a wide array of freshly prepared seafood dishes which are a must-try.
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 196km
Best time to visit: October-February