Bhubaneswar: Pleasant winter mornings and soothing evenings with a tint of cool breeze, make a perfect time for family outings and picnics in Odisha!
The twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have some pretty spots where you can spend a day off, at.
Jaydev Vatika: This is an enormous park at Khandagiri which apparently is one of the best picnic spots! Man-made waterfalls, fountains, stone carvings, and children’s park with swings make it an interesting spot for children. You can also visit the Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves nearby.
Deras Dam: This dam, about 15-20 km from Bhubaneswar, is situated in Chandaka and has a huge lake you can sit beside. Bamboo house and elephant sanctuary are the main attractions here.
Barunei: About 20 km from Odisha capital, Barunei is famous for Maa Barunei temple, the hot water spring at Atri, and Khurda Fort. A day trip to Barunei will definitely be one of your most memorable ones.
Foothills of Dhauligiri: Dhauligiri hills, en route Puri, is about 8 km from Bhubaneswar and a must visit for history lovers. Foothills of Dhauli is one amazing picnic spot. Shanti Stupa, Daya river, Bhaskerashwar temple, Shiva temple, and Dhauli garden are major attractions here.
Sikharchandi: Located in the hills near Chandaka Industrial Estate, this spot provides a lot of space for you to play, cook, and spend time at. You can also spend some time at Sikharchandi temple.
Botanical Garden: This beautiful garden not only offers you a place to unwind, but also allows you to learn about various types of plants. It has resorts and hotels inside as well if you decide on spending a night there. It lies adjacent to the Nandankanan Zoological Park.
Siddheshwar Temple: Located near Naraj Barrage, this Shiva temple is 17 km from Cuttack and one of the peaceful places where you can spend time with your family and friends.
Naraj Barrage: The newly built barrage on the Kathjodi river in Cuttack is a beautiful spot to spend your time. Sunsets can be best spotted here!
Pramod Udyan: This lush green public garden at Tangi in Cuttack is the perfect spot if you need some time out with nature.
Biju Patnaik Park: Located in CDA Sector 10, Cuttack, this is another serene place you can spend a day at.
These locations close to nature will definitely be a day away from the regular grind, allowing you some time to relax with your family and friends while enjoying the mellow sun rays of winter and the nip in the air.