Attractions In cuttack
Attractions in Cuttack
The former capital of Odisha, Cuttack is the centre of the Odiya culture. If there is any place to get a glimpse of the
traditions and values of the people of the state and learn about their rich past, this is it. The map of Cuttack is dotted
with places that have immense religious and historical significance. Here is a list of all the marvellous places you can
explore with one of the Cuttack packages.
One of the last remaining citadels of the monarchs of Odisha, Barabati Fort is an exemplary fortress, showcasing the
impressive Odiya style of architecture. Various excavations have taken place in the area, and some remains of the pottery
items found here date back to the 13th century. Besides, numerous arrowheads, an iron cannon ball, erotic sculptures, and
images of Lord Ganesha and Lord Surya have also been revealed during these projects. This was once the home of the last
independent ruler of Odisha, Mukunda Deva, who reconstructed the defensive wall and a nine-storied palace. During that
period, the structure was often referred to as the palace of Mukunda Deva. The 102-acre monument houses several structures
like a mosque and a mazar of Hazrat Ali Bukhari.
Netaji Birth Place Museum
Not many people are aware of it, but Cuttack is the birthplace of the famous freedom fighter, Subhas Chandra Bose. This is
where he did his schooling before moving to Calcutta, today’s Kolkata, for higher studies. The house in which he spent his
early childhood has been converted into a museum, where people can learn about the leader and also pay homage to him.
Several rooms of the house have been turned into galleries that display how the early years of his life went. There are
countless images of him, and the building still has the furniture, which Bose’s family used while staying here.
Cuttack Chandi Temple
What people never miss to do on their Cuttack holiday is seek blessings of Goddess Chandi at the revered Chandi Temple.
There is an intriguing legend associated with the construction of the shrine. It says that the purohit of the king of the
area saw Goddess Chandi in his dream, who asked him to take her out of the land on which he used to graze his cattle. After
he had told this dream to the king, they started digging here and found loads of red sindoor, enough to fill 40 bullock
carts. Then emerged Goddess Chandi herself, and on the same piece of land, the shrine was built. It has immense spiritual
significance among the people of Cuttack, and when you are in town, do make it a point to spend some time here.
Kadam Rasul Mosque
Another place to seek solace in Cuttack, Kadam Rasul Mosque is spread over an area of 57 acres. Its history can be traced
back to the 18th century, when Shuja-ud-din Khan erected it. A symbol of the harmony between the people of different
religions, who live in Cuttack, it is one of the oldest shrines in the area. The circular stone housed within the shrine is
believed to have footmarks of the prophet. The entire complex, with its symmetry and octagonal shape of the main structure,
portrays the intricate Islamic architecture.
The Odisha State Maritime Museum
Giving a glimpse into the history of Cuttack is the Odisha State Maritime Museum, located on Jobra Road. The region has a
rich coastal past, and numerous ports and seaside forts were built here once. This museum gives a peek into the eventful
past; how the local rulers promoted trade with outsiders and defended themselves against invaders. One of its galleries
displays the various kinds of boats that the locals use or used in the past to navigate waterbodies. Short films are also
screened here to let people know about the maritime heritage of the state.
Many nature lovers coming to Cuttack also plan a trip to the 150000-acre Bhitarkanika National Park, about 140 km from the
city centre. Besides a large number of reptiles and mammals, the park also provides shelter to more than 170 species of
migratory and resident birds, making it a perfect destination for a birdwatcher.
With these many points of interest, Cuttack proves to be a great holiday destination for families or solo travellers.