One of Orissa's oldest cities (Abhinaba Baranasi Kataka of
medieval times), Cuttack is a bustling
commercial centre, situated on the delta formed by the
Mahanadi and Kathjori rivers.
The legendary engineering skills of the ancient Oriyans are not only featured in their wonderful temples but also can be seen in the 11th century AD stone embankments on the Kathjori river.
The ruins of the Barabati fort, on the bank of the Mahanadi, evoke memories of bygone days, while the fort's location is home to a modern stadium, which rings with the sounds of sports events and cultural programmes today. The venerated shrine of Katak Chandi, the presiding deity of the city, is situated at a strolling distance from the fort area.
The Qadam-i-Rasool has the unusual element of being venerated by both Muslims and Hindus. The shrine has a high compound wall and towers at each corner. There are three mosques within, which are located elegant domes and a Nawabat Khana (music gallery) built in the 18th century AD. The central dome structure has the footprints of Prophet Mohammad imprinted on a circular stone.
Visit the Paramahansanth Temple of Shiva on a holy day. The temple on the outskirts of the town is famous for its water hole ('Ananta Garva'), which floods the sanctum sanctorum on holy occasions.
Banki, 52-km from Cuttack, has the shrine of Goddess Charchika on the bank of the Mahanadi. The eight-armed deity of Chamunda is worshipped here according to tantric rites.
Situated on the riverbank is Bhattarika, 108-km from Cuttack. It is a beautiful picnic spot with the shrine of Goddess Bhattarika.
Chandikhol is a perfect picnic spot with its thickly wooded hills and sylvan spring that flows perennially through its green glades. It lies about 40-km north of Cuttack. At Mahavinayak, 5-km away, there is a shrine of the five godheads on one lingam. Ganpati is much revered here.
The picturesque Chhatia, 30-km from Cuttack, has several shrines and the remains of an ancient fort.
With the Saranda Mountain in the west and river Mahanadi in the south, the Ansupa Lake is a haven for migratory birds in winter. The lake offers facilities for boating and fishing and is 70-km from Cuttack.
Naraja, another scenic spot on the bank of the Mahanadi, boasts of many Buddhist images. It is 15-km from Cuttack.
Niali village, 47-km from Cuttack, is known for its Shrines and Archaeological Sculpture Shed. Madhab, a nearby village is an enchanting picnic spot on the bank of the river Prachi, also famous for the shrine of Radha-Madhab.
Set amidst the green forests of Mahagiri Hills, Ashokajhar beckons the adventurers. It is 90-km from Cuttack, but the motorable road ends at Sukinda. One may trek the remaining 10-km or hire an auto rickshaw.
A small but beautiful island in Mahanadi, Dhavaleswar enchants all with the spell of the river. The Shiva temple, perched on a hillock, is approachable by flights of stemp, one from the north and other one from the south. As a religious centre, Dhavaleswar throngs with religious activities throughout the year. It is 37-km by road from Cuttack and 4-km through water.
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest airport is situated at Bhubaneswar .
One can catch direct trains from Bhubaneswar, Puri , Calcutta , Delhi , Hyderabad and Chennai.
Cuttack is 29-km from Bhubaneswar by road The National Highway No. 5 passes through the city.
WHERE TO STAY
OTDC's Panthanivas, Buxi Bazar, Cuttack
Hotel Shri Jagannath
Cuttack also offers excellent shopping facilities. Handicrafts and textiles, both in silk and cotton brought from the Cuttack region and elsewhere in Orissa are available in the state emporia. But Cuttack is best known for its excellent silver filigree work, which is fashioned into exquisite jewellery, utensils and decorative items.
FOR MORE TRAVEL INFORMATION
Tourist Office, Arunodaya Market Building, Link Road, Cuttack,
Tourist Counter, Cuttack Railway Station,
Anusupa Lake: 70-km
Niali Village: 47-km
Bhubaneswar : 29-km