47 Best Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

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Did you know that Bhubaneswar is home to over 500 temples? Yes. You heard it right. The meaning of Bhubaneswar itself translates to 'The Lord of the Universe'. But there's more to the Temple City than just the religious reference. You will be amazed to see the city’s captivating landscapes, lively culture, calm atmosphere, mouth-watering cuisine and rich wildlife. In this blog, we have covered 47 best places to visit in Bhubaneswar. Make sure to read till the end. 

 

47 places to visit in Bhubaneswar Odisha

Here are our top recommendations in Bhubaneswar. The places are categorised into

  • Temples and religious sites
  • Caves and historical sites
  • Natural attractions and parks
  • Museums and cultural centres
  • Wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves
  • Science and educational centres
  • Dams and reservoirs
  • Entertainment and recreation

 

Temples and Religious Sites

#1 Rajarani Temple

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Also known as the ‘Love Temple’, the Rajarani temple has sensual carvings of men, women and couples. Constructed between 11th and 12th century, this temple doesn’t belong to any specific sect of Hinduism. However, the carvings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on the walls state hint at the temple’s union with Shaivism. It is one of the top places to visit in Bhubaneswar for couples

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6.30 AM to 7 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Adults- 15 INR; Children below 15 years- Nil; Foreigners- 200 INR

Address: Rajarani Colony, Rajarani Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: Every year, in February, the Odisha Tourism Department conducts a 3-day music festival at the Rajarani Temple. It is one of the best things to do in Bhubaneswar.

 

#2 Lingaraj Temple

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Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lingaraj temple was constructed in the 7th century by King Jajati Keshari. It is believed that the Linga here which is 8 feet in diameter and 8 inches tall has appeared naturally (swayambhu). The temple also has a dedicated space to Goddess Bhagwati. Also, only Hindus can enter the temple, while non-Hindus can marvel at the Odisha style of architecture from the outside. It is one of the must-visit places to visit in Bhubaneswar Odisha for Shiva Bhakts. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6 AM to 12.30 PM; 3.30 PM to 9 PM.

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Lingaraj Temple Rd, Lingaraj Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: The temple is famous for its Maha Shivratri celebrations, during which more than 2 lakh devotees flock to see Lord Shiva. 

 

#3 Mukteswara Temple

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Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mukteswara Temple was constructed in the 10th century in the Odisha & Kalinga style of architecture. This temple was believed to have been the centre of Tantric initiation because of the plenty of carvings of skeletal ascetics in various meditation and teaching poses. The carvings and sculptures of the temple also depict Panchatantra stories. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6.30 AM to 7.30 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Old Town, Kedar Gouri Vihar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751019

Highlights: The temple is built of red sandstone and what makes it special is the beautifully carved torana, also known as the “Arched Gateway of Dreams”.

 

#4 ISKCON Temple

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Constructed in 1991, ISKCON Temple is one of the most-loved places to visit in Bhubaneswar because of the speciality that is the “Krishna-Balarama” temple. It is also considered the alternative to Puri’s Lord Jagannath Temple since only Indians can enter the latter. While, at ISKCON, both Indians and foreigners visit and pray. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 4 AM to 12 PM; 2 PM to 7.30 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Near Krishna Plaza, IRC Village, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751015

Highlights: You will be able to find the deities of Lord Krishna, Balram, Radha, Jagannath, Gauara and Subhadra, propagating the Sanskirtana Movement. 

 

#5 Parasurameswara Temple

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Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Parasurameswara Temple is one of the oldest existing temples in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The temple has over a thousand Lingas and is said to be the first temple to have the Jagamohana (entrance hall) to the sanctum. You will also be captured by the detailed intriguing carvings and sculptures on the walls. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6.30 AM to 1.30 PM; 3.30 PM to 7.30 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Kedar Gouri Vihar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: In July, Parasumastami, a major festival is conducted, where the festival image of Lingaraja, Chandrashekhara is taken to the temple and a feast is arranged.

 

#6 Ram Mandir

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Lord Ram, Lord Lakshman and Goddess Sita grace with all their glory at the Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar. The marble idols of Hanuman and other gods are also present. You will be mesmerised by the temple’s architecture, which attracts a large number of visitors. Ram Mandir easily tops the list of one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar Odisha. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 5.30 AM to 12 PM; 4.30 PM to 9.30 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: 1, Madhusudan Marg, Ekamra Vihar, UNIT- 9, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751001

Highlights: The temple will be in full Josh during the Ram Navami, Vivaha Panchami, Janmashtami, Dussehra, Shivratri, and Pana Sankranti. 

 

#7 Brahmeshwara Temple

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Built-in the traditional Kalinga architectural style, Brameshwara Temple is known for its artistic sculptures. You can spot the carvings of birds, animals, and deities on the temple's exterior walls. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 5 AM to 9 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Near Tankapani Rd, Siba Nagar, Brahmeswarpatna, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: You shouldn’t miss the carvings of Nataraja playing the veena above a bull and sensual female figures decked with jewellery. 

 

#8 Ananta Vasudev Temple

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Dedicated to Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, Ananta Vasudev Temple was built in the 13th century by Queen Chandrika Devi. It has a resemblance to Lingaraj Temple. The temple has a sanctum of the complete murtis of Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra, which is a treat to witness. It is one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar for Lord Krishna devotees. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6 AM to 8 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Gouri Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: The temple is known for its prasad called abhda, a Satvik food cooked in an earthen pot.

 

#9 Bhaskareswara Temple

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You should not miss the largest Shiv Lingam of Bhubaneswar, measuring 9ft tall and 12.5ft in circumference, at the Bhaskareswara Temple. This temple was believed to be built during the Mauryan period. The locals believe that the Lingam is still growing day by day. The temple stands in the middle of a grassland, creating a pleasant ambience for the visitors. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6 AM to 10 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Tankapani Rd, Badagada Brit Colony, Pandav Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751018

Highlights: On Maha Saptami, the festival image of Lingaraja, Chandrashekhara is taken to the temple and a feast is arranged.

 

#10 Chausath Yogini Temple

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Also known as Mahamaya Temple, Chausath Yogini Temple, is located near the charming River Narmada. Built between the 8th and 9th centuries AD, the temple is dedicated to the yoginis, the auspicious goddess-like figures. The shrine doesn’t have a roof, apparently because, the yoginis have the power of flight and the roofless attribution, keeps them pleasing. It is one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar for mythological lovers.

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6 AM to 6 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Balianta, Hirapur, Odisha 752100

Highlights: All the 64 yoginis at the temple have unique hairstyles and facial expressions.

 

#11 Vaital Deul Temple

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Also known as Baitala Temple, the Vaital Deul Temple was constructed in the 8th century. Dedicated to the Goddess Chamunda and her three Shaktis-  Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshmi, and Mahakali, the temple is one of the oldest in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The temple is also known for its gore sculpture. For instance, there’s one where Chamunda with a garland of skulls sits on a corpse. She holds an arrow pointing to the neck of the demon. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 8 AM to 6 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Barhadanda Road, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: There’s a carving of Lord Ardhanareshwar, a form of Shiva where he is half-man and half-woman in one of the temple walls.

 

#12 Kedar Gauri Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, the Kedar Gauri Temple is a complex with two separate temples for the two gods mentioned. It is said that Lord Shiva along with his wife, Goddess Parvati came here from Varanasi. It is one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar, known for its religious significance. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6.30 AM to 8 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Near Bindu Sagar Pond, Kedar Gouri Vihar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: There’s a theory that a King named Lalatendu Kesari built this temple seeing the dedication of two lovers, Kedar and Gauri. Kedar was killed by a tiger and hearing his loss, Gauri jumped into the pond to death.

This place is visited by lovers across the city for their faith towards history. 

 

#13 Meghesvar Temple

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Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Meghesvar Temple is said to have been built by the instructions of Swapnesvara, the brother-in-law of the Ganga King Rajaraja. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 4 AM to 8 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Megheshwar Colony Rd, Pandav Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751018

Highlights: Meghesvar Temple along with Mukteswar Temple are the only two temples with sculpted arches.

 

#14 Chitrakarini Temple

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Dedicated to Goddess Chitakarini, who grace as Goddess Saraswati, this temple was constructed in the 13th century AD. The same ruler who is believed to have built the Sun Temple at Konark is said to have built this monument too, making it one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6 AM to 9 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Near Badhai Banka Chhak, Rath Road, Old Town, Kedar Lane, Lingaraj Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: The Nagara style of temple architecture with its compelling carvings will leave you in awe.

 

Caves and Historical Sites

#15 Udayagiri Caves

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One of the twin caves of Bhubaneswar is the Udayagiri Caves. With 18 existing caves, it stands tall with historically significant ancient sculptures and reliefs. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 8 AM to 5 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Adults- 15 INR; Children below 15 years- Free

Address: 7Q7M+2V7, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751030

Highlights: You should not miss caves 1 (Rani Gumpha), 10 (Ganesha Gumpha) and 14 (Hati Gumpha) since they are popular for their carvings and embellishments.

 

#16 Khandagiri Caves

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The second of the twin caves is the Khandagiri Caves. It has 15 caves which were renovated during the Somavamshi dynasty. Some caves are still unnamed and seem so simple with minimal sculptures and reliefs. From Khandagiri Caves, you can get splendid views of Bhubaneswar City. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 8 AM to 5 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Adults- 15 INR; Children below 15 years- Free

Address: 7Q7M+2V7, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751030

Highlights: You should not miss the caves 3, which have carvings of figures of women, elephants, athletes, and geese carrying flowers. 

Both Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves are one of the adventure places to visit in Bhubaneswar with friends

 

#17 Dhauli Shanti Stupa

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Also known as Peace Pagoda, Shanti Stupa of Dhauligiri marks the end of the great Kalinga War. When King Ashoka adopted the path of peace and took up Buddhism, he laid the foundation of the Dhauli Shanti Stupa. In one of the carvings, you can see him placing his sword of war in front of the Lord Buddha, meaning that he had given up the idea of war and embraced joy, peace, tranquillity and contentment. It is one of the must-visit places to visit in Bhubaneswar

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6.30 AM to 6.30 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: No entry fees; 

For the Light & Sound show they charge 25 INR per person

Address: Dhauli, Dhauli Santi Stup, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: In February, you shouldn't miss the ‘Kalinga Dhauli Mahotsav’, a 3-day festival that includes classical music, dance and martial arts dance forms from renowned artists. 

 

#18 Ashokan Rock Edict

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Located near the Dhauli Shanti Stupa, you can find the “Ashokan Rock Edicts”. It is a monument worth visiting since it has inscriptions, carvings, and sculptures of post-war life principles as conceptualised by King Ashoka. The edicts date back to 260 BC, thus making it a place of historical significance.  

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 10 AM to 5 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: No entry fees; 

Address: Dhauli Rd, Dhauli, Odisha 752104

Highlights: An unusual edict of an elephant emerging from a rock is a sight not to miss. One half of the bouldering comprises the front of an elephant and the other half comprises the wordings.

It is also the best picnic spot in Bhubaneswar.

 

#19 Sisupalgarh

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When in Bhubaneswar, you should not miss the archaeological site that dates back to the 7th century BC- Sisupalgarh, also known as the ‘Capital of Kalinga’. Sisupalgarh is the lost city and was designed and built in a square shape with defensive walls on all sides. The remains will leave you wondering how well-planned and thoughtful the architecture was. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- Open 24 hours

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: No entry fees 

Address: Sisupalgarh, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: It is one of the largest and best-preserved ancient fortifications in India.

It is one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar for architecture lovers. 

 

Natural Attractions and Parks

#20 Nandankanan Zoological Park

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It is one of the very first zoos opened in India. There are a total of 3004 species, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians at Nandankanan Zoological Park. It is a haven for animal lovers because it is where the first White tiger safari in India was established. Now there are four safaris- tiger, lion, bear and other herbivores in the natural surroundings. There is an option to adopt an animal too. 

Timings: 7.30 AM to 5.30 PM- Closed on Mondays

Time Spent: 2 to 3 hours

Entry Fee: Adults- 50 INR; Children below 12 years- 10 INR (For safaris, the charges are extra)

Address: Nandankanan Rd, Near Police Station, Barang, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 754005

Highlights: The zoo has a toy train, ropeway, and boating attractions. You can also visit the botanical garden and the butterfly garden located within the premises.  Every Sunday, the zoo organises the ‘Nandankanan Bird Walk’, where you can spot different birds and bond with nature.

It is one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar for animal & nature lovers. 

 

#21 Biju Patnaik Park

Popularly known as ‘Forest Park’, Biju Patnaik Park is located in the middle of the city. Fondly addressed the most beautiful parks in the city by adults and children, it is the best place to spend quality time in the early mornings and evenings. The green lawns, plants, trees, flowers, climbers, and hedges, will leave you mesmerised. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 4 AM to 12 PM; 3 PM to 9 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: 7R5G+8RF, Forest Park, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751009

Highlights: The park has a floating mountain and musical fountain which makes it worth visiting.

 

#22 Ekamra Kanan

It is a botanical garden equipped with flora of different kinds. Ekamra Kanan also has a huge cactus garden and a medical garden which includes medicinal plants that act as a cure for various diseases. The park also offers boating in the lake, has a musical fountain and hosts beautiful flower shows in winter. With attractions like a play area for kids and lawns and exercise facilities for adults, Ekamra Kanan is one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 8 AM to 5 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Adults- 25 INR; Children- 10 INR

(Boating charges extra- differs based on two-seater and three-seater paddling options)

Address: RPRC Botanical Gardens, Bhubaneswar, Odisha · Pin- 751015

Highlights: The park has a floating mountain and musical fountain which makes it worth visiting.

 

#23 Jaydev Vatika

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If you have half a day in hand and looking for places to visit near Bhubaneswar, head to Jaydev Vatika, a mini jungle to be precise. It is one of the most famous natural attractions, with dense trees, green lawns, flowerbeds, and medicinal plants. It has artificial waterfalls, streams, fountains, ponds, picnic areas, playgrounds, green forests, etc. You can also spot Hanuman langur, squirrels, mongooses, monitor lizards, snakes and different kinds of birds. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 8 AM to 5 PM

Time Spent: 2 to 3 hours

Entry Fee: Adults- 40 INR; Children below 12 years- 20 INR

(Extra charges for picnic pindi with roof)

Address: NH-16 Byp Rd, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751030

Highlights: You can opt for trekking, picnics, birthday and pre-post-wedding shootings at the park. There are many attractions. It is one of the best things to do in Bhubaneswar.

 

#24 Gandhi Park

Dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the park is famous for its lawns and attractive decor. Gandhi Park is suitable for walking, jogging, or just simply sitting quietly in peace. The park also has attractions like fountains with lighting systems, making it one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 5 AM to 10 AM; 4 PM to 9 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Nil

Address:  XIMB Square, Nandan Kanan Rd, Near Janata Maidan, Jaydev Vihar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013

Highlights: You will be amazed to see the statue of ‘Father of the Nation’, in a praying position.

 

#25 Kharavela Park

The parks in Bhubaneswar have one thing in common- they are all well-maintained and have beautiful lawns. Adding to the list is- Kharavela Park. With beautiful pathways, jogging tracks and a seating area, it is loved by both adults and children.

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 4 AM to 8 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Shankar Rd, Shreekhetra Vihar, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751030

Did You know? The park got its name from King Kharavela of the Kalinga dynasty.

 

#26 Indira Gandhi Park

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This historic park has been established at the place where the late politician, Indira Gandhi delivered her final speech before being shot. The park is filled with lush green plants, wild date palms, sandalwood trees, kala jamun trees, and exotic flowers. Other attractions in the park include artificial waterfalls, a musical fountain, a play area for kids, a toy train, boating in the lake, and a rose garden. It is one of the places to visit in Bhubaneswar Odisha for history lovers. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 5 AM to 9 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Unit-2, Ashok Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751001

Highlights: There’s also a zoo inside the park with 6 varieties of mammals, 14 different kinds of birds and 4 varieties of reptiles.

 

#27 IMFA Park

It is also one of the parks in Bhubaneswar with a well-maintained lawn, beautiful flower beds, jogging trails, a seating area, a water fountain, etc. In addition to this, there is also a badminton court, tennis court, and a basketball court for kids and adults to play and relax.  

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 5 AM to 9 AM; 4 PM to 8.30 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Saheed Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751007

 

#28 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Park

Being one of the most popular and beautiful parks in Bhubaneswar, this park is dedicated to a significant freedom fighter, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. It is suitable for morning and evening walks, exercises, yoga and meditation. It is one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar for peace seekers. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 5 AM to 8 AM; 4 PM to 8 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Jagmohan Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751030

 

#29 Buddha Jayanti Park

If you are looking for a peaceful place with less crowd, you should head to Buddha Jayanti Park. There’s a lake and Buddha Stupa at the centre of the park, which makes it even more attractive.

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 5 AM to 9 PM

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Budha Park Ave, Lumbini Vihar, Neeladri Vihar, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751021

 

#30 Chilika Lake

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Do you have a free day and are looking for places to visit near Bhubaneswar? Head to Chilika Lake Sanctuary, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It bags the title of the largest internal saltwater lake in Asia. Haven for bird watchers and nature lovers, this lake also has a few small islands, like Nalabana Island, Satapada, Honeymoon Island, Becan Island, Bird’s Island and Breakfast Island. You can travel in a boat to access these islands, making it one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar.  It also acts as a home to animals, like Blackbuck, Golden Jackals, Spotted Deers, and Hyenas. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 7.30 AM to 5 PM

Time Spent: 1 day

Entry Fee: For boating, there are packages starting from 800 INR.

Address: Palashpalli - Lingaraj Vihar Road, Pokhriput Road, Pallaspalli, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751020

Highlights: The dolphin point at Satapada is a major attraction, where you can spot Irrawaddy dolphins during your boat ride. It is one of the best things to do in Bhubaneswar

It is the best picnic spot in Bhubaneswar

 

#31 Bindu Sarovar

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Located to the north of the Lingaraj Temple, Bindu Sarovar is a sacred lake because according to legends it was created by Lord Shiva who brought water from all the holy places to quench the thirst of Goddess Parvati. It is one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar for couples

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 6 AM to 6 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Bindu Sagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Highlights: Locals believe that drinking water from Bindu Sarovar Lake will wash away all of their sins and help them get rid of diseases. 

 

#32 Ansupa Lake

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You should not miss the largest freshwater lake in Odisha, Ansupa Lake, formed by the Mahanadi River. Being in the list of the top places to visit in Bhubaneswar, the lake is known for its scenic beauty and rich biodiversity, it is also a haven for bird watchers since many migratory birds flock in during winter. There are facilities for boating in the lake too. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- Open 24 hours; Best time to visit: 3 PM to 6 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: 20 INR per person

Address: Ansupa Lake Rd, Saranda Garh, Odisha 754029.

Did you know? Since the lake looks like a horse’s shoe, it got its name Ansupa. 

 

#33 Deras Dam

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Located inside the Chandaka Dampara Elephant Sanctuary, Deras Dam is a small water reservoir, which acts as the main source of water for irrigation to the nearby areas. Known for its scenic views, a guided jungle safari can also be booked after getting permission from the forest department staff. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 10 AM to 5 PM

Time Spent: 2 to 3 hours

Entry Fee: 40 INR per person

Address: Deras Dam, Barapita, Odisha 752054

Highlights: Deras Dam offers some nice hiking trails and picnic options too

 

#34 Ramachandi Beach

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Named after the presiding deity, Goddess Ramachandi, this beach known for its pristine water, golden sand, tall palm trees, and calm ambience is one of the top places to visit in Bhubaneswar Odisha. You can visit the temple after spending some time at the beach. There’s also a wishing tree! 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- Open 24 hours; Best time to visit- 5 AM to 6 PM

Time Spent: 2 to 3 hours

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Ramachandi, Puri, Odisha 752111

Highlights: There are options for water sports, like motor boating, parasailing, jet-skiing, swimming, surfing, etc. It is one of the best things to do in Bhubaneswar.

 

Museums and Cultural Centers

#35 State Tribal Museum

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Priorly known as the ‘Museum of Tribal Arts and Artefacts’, the Odisha State Tribal Museum showcases the artefacts of the different tribals. By visiting this museum, you can get a clear understanding of the life of tribals, including arts, crafts, and skills, from their clothes, traditions, and jewellery to food style. 

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM- Closed on Mondays

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: 10 INR per person

Address: CRPF Colony, Gopabandhu Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751003

Highlights: You can explore the artefacts from the 62 tribal communities.

 

#36 Odisha State Museum

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If you want to get deep insights into the history of Odisha and the country itself, you should head to the Odisha State Museum. You will be mesmerised to see the rare and antique collection of artefacts, stone sculptures, numismatics, antiquities, bronze, copper items, etc. It tops the list of the finest places to visit in Bhubaneswar

Timings: 10.30 AM to 5.30 PM- Closed on Mondays & Saturdays

Time Spent: 1 hour

Entry Fee: Adults- 20 INR; Children below 10- 10 INR

Address: State Museum, Kalpana Square, BJB Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751014

Highlights: You should not miss the rich collection of ancient manuscripts in the museum. The other major attraction is the plant fossils that are probably over 200 million years old and a log that will be around 300 million years old.

 

#37 Regional Museum of Natural History

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We don’t want you to miss out on this museum since it exhibits the rich botany, zoology, and geology of Odisha. The Regional Museum of Natural History aims to create environmental awareness for visiting students by having experiential resource centres such as the ‘Discovery Room’, ‘Activity Room’, etc. 

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM- Closed on Mondays

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Acharya Vihar, Near Planetarium, Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013

Highlights: The skeleton of the biggest Baleen whale in the country and that of the rhinos, elephants, and tigers are not to be missed!

 

#38 Raghurajpur Artist Village

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If you are looking for a one-day trip near Bhubaneswar, you should plan your visit to Raghurajpur Artist Village. Known for its Pattachitra art (a cloth-based scroll painting of mythological narratives and folktales), this heritage crafts village is the home of legendary artists and ancient art forms. It is one of the greatest places to visit in Bhubaneswar

Timings: It is a village. So, you can visit any time you want to. 

Time Spent: 2 to 3 hours- based on the time you spend purchasing

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Raghurajpur, Jagannathballava, Odisha 752012

Highlights: You cannot find any shops in Raghurajpur. The artists sell their products from their own houses. That’s why the village is named the ‘Crafts Village’. 

 

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Reserves

#39 Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary

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If you are an animal lover, here’s another one-day picnic place recommendation for you! Being one of the best places to visit near Bhubaneswar, Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary is home to plenty of exotic flora and fauna. Some species that you can spot here are tigers, pangolins, Indian pitta, red jungle fowl, langur, bison, leopards, etc. It is the best place for bird watching, too. This wildlife sanctuary also strives to protect various endangered crocodiles. It is one of the adventure places to visit in Bhubaneswar with friends

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 9 AM to 6 PM

Time Spent: 3 to 4 hours

Entry Fee: Free

Address: MWP2+32H, Odisha 759132

Highlights: Located on the banks of River Mahanati, you can also enjoy activities like motorboat rides, river rafting, fish angling, etc. There are also options for trekking and camping. (For recreational activities, charges are extra)

 

#40 Satkosia Tiger Reserve

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If you love adventures, Satkosia Tiger Reserve is a perfect place to spend your weekends. You can spot animals including wild boars, leopards, hyenas, sloth bears, jungle cats, deer, langurs, and elephants. Reptiles like Indian python, mugger crocodiles and gharials are also present, making it one of the desirable places to visit in Bhubaneswar

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 9 AM to 5 PM

Time Spent: 3 to 4 hours

Entry Fee: 40 INR per person

Address: Hakim Pada Udyan, Hakimapada, Angul, Odisha 759106

Highlights: You can go on a boat ride at the River Mahanadi. There is also an option for camping and jungle trekking. Star gazing alongside the river is a lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss. It is one of the best things to do in Bhubaneswar.

 

#41 Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary

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Another wildlife sanctuary where you can spot elephants casually is Chandaka Dampara. For bird watchers, it is a haven. Known for its different kinds of flora and fauna including, chital, barking deer, wild boar, rhesus monkey, pangolin, sloth bears, etc., this wildlife sanctuary should be on your visit list. It is the best picnic spot in Bhubaneswar

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 9 AM to 5 PM

Time Spent: 3 to 4 hours

Entry Fee: 40 INR per person

Address: 8PHM+H94, Khordha, Odisha 754012

Highlights: Recently the Chandaka Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary launched night safaris for wildlife enthusiasts.

It is one of the best places to visit near Bhubaneswar

 

Science and Educational Centers

#42 Regional Science Centre

If you want to learn about science in everyday life, you should head to the Regional Science Centre in Bhubaneswar. Various interactive science models, make science fun and interesting for both children and adults here. There are motion and mathematical galleries present at the centre too. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 9.30 AM to 6 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: 20 INR per person

Address: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Acharya Vihar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013

Highlights: In the prehistoric Life Park, the light and sound show of the animated dinosaur shouldn’t be missed. 

It is one of the apt places to visit in Bhubaneswar for children. 

 

#43 Pathani Samanta Planetarium

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Founded to understand better about planets and galaxies, Pathani Samanta Planetarium is an exciting place for both children and adults. Named after the famous astronomer Mahamahopadhyaya Chandrasekhar Singh Harichandan Mohapatra Samanta popularly known as Pathani Samanta, it is where you can find yourself completely fascinated and immersed. 

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday- 2 PM to 6 PM; Closed on Mondays

Time Spent: 1 to 1.5 hours

Entry Fee: Adults- 30 INR; Children: 20 INR

Address: Acharya Vihar, Doordarshan Colony, Gajapati Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751015

Highlights: The immersive 360-degree view at the planetarium will amaze you! 

 

Dams and Reservoirs

#44 Hirakud Dam

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Ride to the longest earthen dam in the world, Hirakud Dam. Built across the Mahanadhi River, this dam helps control floods in the Mahanadhi delta region and is the biggest source of irrigation to the nearby areas. 

Timings: Anytime

Time Spent: 15 to 30 minutes

Entry Fee: Nil

Address: Hirakud Dam, Hirakud, Sambalpur District, Odisha, 768016

Highlights: Hirakud Reservoir has also been declared as the Ramsar site. 

It is one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar Odisha for nature lovers. 

 

Entertainment and Recreation

#45 Ocean World Water Park

If you are up for water thrills, you should head to Ocean World Water Park. The water slides, thrilling rides, refreshing pools and other attractions are sure to leave both children and adults in awe. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 10 AM to 5 PM

Time Spent: 3 to 4 hours

Entry Fee: Adults- 599 INR; Children- 499 INR 

(Includes water rides, park entry, locker & costume rent, restroom, parking and welcome drink & lunch)

Address: Kurangagsasan, Phulnakhara, Gangeswar, Odisha 754002

 

#46 Nicco Park

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If you like both land and water rides, you should go to Nicco Park, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. There are striking cars, moon rakers, caterpillars, pirate ships, twists and turns, water chutes, and a lot more rides to have fun. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 10 AM to 7 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: 

300 INR per person- includes- access to 13 rides

800 INR per person- includes- park fee, rides, and access to the water park. 

Address: Sachivalaya Marg, Unit 4, New AG Colony, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751022

It is one of the best places to visit in Bhubaneswar for adventure lovers. 

 

#47 Esplanade One

Finish your visit to Bhubaneswar with shopping in one of the largest malls in the country, Esplanade One. It is the perfect place to spend your day, shopping from big brands, relaxing at the gaming zone and eating good food at the food court. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday- 10 AM to 10 PM

Time Spent: 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee: Nil 

Address: Esplanade Mall, Rasulgarh Industrial St, Rasulgarh Industrial Estate, Industrial Area Estate, Rasulgarh, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751007

 

Conclusion

So, whether you're a history enthusiast, temple lover, a nature admirer, or a foodie, Bhubaneswar has something special for you. Don't miss out on exploring these 47 incredible places to visit in Bhubaneswar, that make the city truly unique. Happy travelling!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1). How can I spend a day in Bhubaneswar?

Start your day with a visit to the Lingaraj Temple, explore the ancient caves at Udayagiri and Khandagiri, enjoy a peaceful afternoon at the Nandankanan Zoological Park, and end with a stroll through the Ekamra Kanan Botanical Gardens.

2). Is Bhubaneswar worth visiting?

Absolutely! Bhubaneswar is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a fascinating destination for anyone interested in exploring India's heritage.

3). What is the famous food of Bhubaneswar?

Bhubaneswar is known for its delicious Odia cuisine, with specialities like Dalma (a lentil and vegetable stew), Pakhala Bhata (fermented rice), and mouth-watering sweets such as Rasagola and Chhena Poda.

4). What are the places to visit in Bhubaneswar with friends?

Visit ancient temples like Mukteswara Temple, explore the Odisha State Museum, enjoy a day at Nicco Park, and relax at the Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves for a fun-filled outing with friends.

5). What are the places to visit in Bhubaneswar for couples? 

Couples can enjoy the serene surroundings of Dhauli Giri, a peaceful boat ride at the Bindu Sarovar Lake, a romantic walk in the Ekamra Kanan Botanical Gardens, and an evening at the Rajarani Temple to appreciate its stunning architecture.

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