Odisha (Orissa) is immensely wealthy state at its flora and fauna. The emergence of a big range of flora and fauna of Odisha(Orissa) is the answer of the diverse topography of the state. A great degree of endemism in their character is recorded due to the natural milieu they live in, showing a great extent of biodiversity.
Its vegetation and wildlife in the coastal area is completely different from that in the plateaus and plains as the back water lagoons – including Chilka, the largest coastal lake of India – have a very significant impact on the region’s ecological and biological balance. A variety of resident birds stay around the islands covering the lakes, while an assortment of migratory birds find no better place than Orissa’s forests.
About 38% of Orissa’s total land comes under forest cover. The state possesses about 7,000 species of flora which include the 120 species of Orchids and 63 species of Mangroves. The forests of the state house plenty of Teak and Bamboo trees.
Odisha (Orissa) wildlife is very diverse. As the flora of Odisha, large variety of wildlife can be observed in state’s forests. They are home to a range of distinctive animals – including Royal Bengal Tigers, Asiatic Elephants, Leopards, Lion Tailed Macaque, Giant Squirrel, Indian Pangolin, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chowsinghas, Flying Cat and Wild Dogs, as well as Cobra, Python and Gharial etc.
This wide variety of flora and fauna of Orissa serves as one of the major reasons behind tourists’ immense interest in visiting the beautiful state. The main attractions for them in this regard are Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha. The Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary and Simlipal National Park are quite popular among them.
However, the main attraction for them is the religious aspect of the state. The 12th century Jagannath Puri temple, situated in Orissa’s religious city Puri, is the foremost epicenter for the festival of the Rath Yatra in Puri. The Puri Yatra has always been popular among tourists due to its religious connotation.
The Rath Yatra Puri or Chariot festival, one of the much-awaited Hindu festivals, honors the Lord Jagannath’s visit along with his siblings – Lord Balbhadra and Deity Shubhadra – to the temple of Queen Gundicha. As many as three new splendid chariots are created for the elegant Rath Yatra Puri (the journey) of the Gods – Lord Jagannath and his siblings – every year.
Indian tour operators hold the Orissa Tour, round the year, in the country. Tourists from Indian and abroad enjoy various Orissa Tour Package available in the market. You have a chance to select the best package from the variety of tour packages available and need not to worry about the Orissa hotel booking.