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Geography

The Chota Nagpur plateau occupies the western and northern portions of the state; the coasts and the valleys of the Baitarani, Mahanadi and Brahmani rivers are fertile alluvial plains, which empty into the Bay of Bengal. These alluvial plains are home to intensive rice cultivation. A major nesting ground for the Olive Ridley sea turtles can be found in the Beaches of Orissa.

Although the Orissa's forest cover has been stripped lately, its still has vast expanses of unspoiled natural landscape that offer a protected yet natural habitat to the state’s incredible wildlife.

Climate

Orissa can be visited all round the year, but the ideal time, especially for visitors from colder climes, would be from October to March.

Reaching There

Orissa is well connected by air, rail and road to the rest of India.

The modern Biju Patnaik airport is being extended to receive wide bodied aircraft, and one may well see international charters landing here soon.