Coming to Orissa
The best time to visit Orissa is between October and March when climatic condictions are very pleasant and conducive to travel. This is also the time when many festivals take place in the state and when millions of migratory birds make their way from the north to nest in the lakes and forests of Orissa.
Orissa is attractive all your round, barring occasional high temperatures in the months of May, June, July, and a few weeks of rains during the monsoons - which has its own charme. The climate in Orissa is generally much to the advantage of visitors.
The history of Orissa goes back more than three thousand years. Orissa used to belong to the kingdom of Kalinga. Kalinga had control over most of the sea routes located in the Bay of Bengal through which it conducted its trade.
In 261 BC, a major war was fought in Orissa when the Kalinga nation went into battle against Emperor Ashoka’s troops. The battle was particularly fierce, and it led to Emperor Ashoka embracing the idea of a completely non-violent lifestyle. He later became responsible for spreading Buddhism throughout Asia.
Orissa is located on the east coast of India. It is a little over sixty thousand square miles in size and has a population of around 30 million people. The state can loosely divided into three regions; the coastal plains, the middle mountainous area, and the plateaus.
Although the main language spoken in Orissa is Oriya, there are eleven other spoken languages. Orissa is home to three main religions, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Orissa is rich in temples, handicrafts, carvings, dance and other art. One of the most famous dance forms of India is the Odissi dance style. Several dance festivals such as the Konarak dance festival feature Odissi dance performances.
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