to get there
Cuttack is 29 km from Bubaneswar by road and has direct trains from Bhubaneswar,
Puri, Calcutta, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai. The National Highway No.5 passes through the
Where to Stay
OTDCs Panthanivas, Buxi Bazar, Cuttack-753001
Tel : 621867/621916.
Tariff : Rs. 500-Rs. 225 for AC, non-AC and Deluxe Rooms.
May Stay the
Tourist Office, Arunodaya Market Building
Link Road, Cuttack.
Tel : 612225,
Gram : ORISSATOUR Tourist Counter, Cuttack
Tel : 610507.
One of Orissas oldest cities, this is the best place to shop at
in the state. It offers filigree and silverware, horn and brass work, and silk and cotton
The city has river Mahanadi in the north and river Kathajodi in the
south. The stone embankment protecting the river banks speak eloquently of the engineering
skills of the 11th century.
Those who are fascinated by history are drawn to the ruins of the
Barabati Fort. The fort was built by the Ganga dynasty on the bank of the Mahanadi. Nearby
is the shrine of Katak Chandi, the presiding deity of the city.
Qadam-I-Rasool in the centre of the city is sacred to the Hindus as
well as the Muslims. This 18th century shrine shelters the footprints of
Prophet Mohammad on a circular stone in its central mosque. It has two other beautiful
mosques and a music gallery.
Visit the Paramahansanath Temple of Shiva on a holy day. The temple on
the outskirts of the town is famous for its water hole (Ananta Garva), which floods the
sanctum sanctorium on holy occasions.
Banki, 92 km from Cuttack, has the shrine of Goddess Charchika on the
bank of the Mahanadi. The eight-armed deity of Chamunda is worshipped here according to
tantric rites. Also on the river bank is Bhattarika. 108 km from Cuttack. It is a
beautiful picnic spot with the shrine of Goddess Bhattarika. Another destination for
picnickers is Chandikhol, 43 km away from Cuttack, near the hills. Nearby is Mahavinayak,
a beautiful spot with a shrine of Shiva. It also draws the devotees of elephant-god
Ganapati. The picturesque Chhatia, 30 km from Cuttack, has several shrines and the remains
of an ancient fort.
With the Saranda mountain in the west and river Mahanadi in the south,
the Ansupa Lake is a haven for migratory birds in winter. The lake offers facilities for
boating and fishing. It is 70 km from Cuttack.
Naraja, another scenic spot on bank of the Mahanadi, boasts of many
Buddhist images. It is 15 km from Cuttack.
Niali Village, 47 km from Cuttack, is known for its shrines and
archaeological Sculpture Shed. Madhab, a nearby village, is an enchanting picnic spot on
the bank of river Prachi also famous for shrine of Radha-Madhab.
Set amidst the green forests of Mahagiri Hills, Ashokajhar beckons the
adventurers. It is 90 km from Cuttack, but the motorable road ends at Sukinda.
You may trek the remaining 10 km or hire an auto-rickshaw.
A scenic spot as well as a famous shaiva centre, Dhavaleswar, only 35
km by road, is a small island in Mahanadi. A Panthasala (Tel. 20264) provides
accommodation to the visiting tourists.