Situated in Odisha with the Bay of Bengal on its east, Kendrapara is a city that offers both scenic beauty and great temples. A mix of picturesque beauty and a temple at every nook and corner, this city is sure to be a great place to visit for everyone. With the various festivals and occasions they celebrate, Kendrapara is a lively and fun-filled place. The car festival or Rath Yatra, which happens every year in either June or July, is the perfect time to soak in the culture of the city. Gajalaxmi Puja, which is celebrated for a stretch of seven days, is one of the biggest festivals of this city.
Along with its natural beauty and places of worship, Kendrapara is also historically significant and runs back in time to when the British ruled India. A visit to Kendrapara to discover all it has in store is sure to be a remarkable one.
The presiding deity of Kendrapara is Sri Sri Baladev Jew and hence the Sri Baladev Jew Temple is a must-visit while in this city. The city has many other temples like the Maa Pandarasheela Temple, Laxmi Mandir, Khilai Chandi Mandir and Baba Gobind Das Chatta Matta, to name a few.
Apart from temples Kendrapara has many tourists’ spots like the Batighar, which was the first lighthouse installed on the Eastern Coast of India. False Point Port was the first modern port of the Orissa Coastline and is often flocked by tourists. Hukitola, which is close to the False Point Port, was constructed on the Jumboo Island by the British and still holds a colonial charm. Kanika Palace, a massive palace built by the King of Kanika, and the ancient Aul Palace that spreads over 40 acres of land, are also worth visiting.
The Chitara Kanika wildlife sanctuary in Kendrapara is world famous for natural crocodile breeding. Here you’ll see a variety of animals like boars, deers, monkeys, king cobras, etc.
Kudanagari, Badakotha, Dharma Port and Aui Kothi are other tourist destinations in Kendrapara.
Getting around the city shouldn’t be a problem as auto-rickshaws, taxis and buses are easily available. Tourists can even choose to move around on foot with no trouble at all.
On a daily basis there are approximately 47 flights that operate at Biju Patnaik Airport.Air India and IndiGo are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
By road Kendrapara is surrounded by Jagatsinghapur, Jajapur, Cuttack which are 23.29 km, 24.15 km, 36.07 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.