94-km from Cuttack, Orissa
Places of Interest :
Kendrapara & Jhankad
Temple of Lord Baladeva & Car Festival
Bhitarkanika National Park
Paradeep, a major seaport of India for trade activities with a fine sea beach, is an enjoyable tourist resort 94-km from Cuttack. Important pilgrim centre Kendrapara is 65-km from Cuttack. Known as 'Tulasi Kshetra' it is famous for the temple of Lord Baladeva.
A grand car festival is held here annually which draws a mammoth crowd. Also situated 60-km from Cuttack, Jhankad houses the shrine of Goddess Sarala and the place is associated with poet Sarala Das, the first epic poet of Orissa.
Enjoying The Wilds
Exciting moment can also be had at the Bhitarkanika National Park. Sprawled over 367 square kilometres, it has a variety of animals in its mangrove forests criss-crossed by rivers and creeks.
Known for crocodiles, sea turtles on the Gahirmatha beach and water monitor lizards, it has rare white crocodiles. It is also a Park for deer and migratory birds. One can also see 10th-11th century temples, sculptures, mud-forts and pottery.
A major port of Orissa, Paradeep also boasts of a fine beach where visitors can easily spend a couple of hours soaking in the sun or frolicking in the lovely blue waters.
How To Get There
By Air: - Nearest Airport is Bhubaneswar, 125 kms. away.
By Rail: - Connected with Cuttack, 94 kms. away.
By Road:- NH-5A links Paradeep to the 3 major tourist towns of Udayagiri, Lalitagiri and Ratnagiri, all within a 100 kms. Radius. The drive along the coastal belt is fascinating.
WHERE TO STAY
Paradeep Port Trust's Nehru Bungalow
Madhuban Guest House