The beatific Indian coastal state of Odisha is an amazing place to visit anytime of the year. However there is a spellbinding beauty and charm to it which gets even more enhanced during winter time. There are several reasons for this including lovely weather and several captivating events which is why Odisha should be your choice for a winter holiday destination.
The amazing winter time weather
Odisha is absolutely heavenly during the winters with the balmy sun a great companion whether you are exploring the temples of Bhubaneswar or the beaches of Gopalpur. In Puri, the sea breezes caress you gently as you walk on its golden beaches.
Olive Ridley Nesting
Olive Ridley turtles come to nest in huge numbers to the coast of Odisha during the winters. This is a stunning sight to behold not just for wildlife enthusiasts but also for any traveller. The major nesting sites for Olive Ridley turtles in Odisha are Gahirmatha and Gopalpur-on-Sea.
Winter Festivals and upcoming Events in Odisha
There are several captivating winter festivals that take place in Odisha. The Konark Dance Festival is held every year in December in Konark in the beautiful backdrop of the Sun Temple. Classical dance forms like Odissi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Mohiniattam are celebrated. The International Sand Art Festival at Chandrabhaga Beach will showcase sand sculptures by noted artists with world famous Odia sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik as brand ambassador of the event. The Mukteswar Dance Festival in January will present a chance to witness some marvellous Odissi dance performances in Bhubaneswar. The Rajarani Music Festival will be held in Bhubaneswar in January and will be an excellent opportunity to catch some of the best proponents of Indian Classical Music in action. Mystic Kalinga – an inspiring international poetry festival will be held in Bhubaneswar in December as well. The exciting Odisha Men’s Hockey World League will also happen in December in Bhubaneswar and sports enthusiasts can look forward to some amazing matches.
These are just of the reasons why you should head to Odisha this winter to have yourself a truly memorable vacation, the memories from which will be reminisced over fondly for a long time.
Where to Stay
Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneswar (A spectacular luxury resort set amidst verdant greenery and a lovely lagoon. It offers plush accommodation and the best restaurants in town)
Mayfair Waves, Puri (A chic boutique resort located right on the popular Puri Beach offering excellent views and luxury accommodation)
Mayfair Heritage, Puri (A lovely luxury beach resort with spellbinding views of the Bay of Bengal in the sacred seaside pilgrimage town of Puri)
Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, Gopalpur-on-Sea. (A stunning seaside resort set in gorgeously serene environs in the quiet and quaint beach town of Gopalpur-on-Sea)