Orissa is a storehouse of natural resources. The mineral content of the state is responsible for the thriving industries that have made this state their base. Bhubaneshwar is the most important city in Orissa while Rourkella, Cuttack, Balasore, are important industrial districts. Puri, Chandipore, Sambalpore, are important tourist places in Orissa. The many temples and monuments in Orissa tell of its rich cultural heritage. It is also one of the most important Cultural centers in India. Odissi dance is one of the most acclaimed classical dance forms in India. The temples serve as the natural venues for the performances.
Have a knack for appliqué work and handicraft items a Tour to Pipli is called forth. A Tour to Pipli can be taken from the scenic sea retreat of Puri as it lies in close proximity to this place. The village of Pipli is known for its exquisite appliqué items and you may chanced upon rows of shops exhibiting appliqué handbags, dress materials, cushion covers, pillow covers, and umbrellas.
This craft form in Pipli was encouraged by the nobles of Orissa. The village of Pipli was set up by the King of Puri who also engaged many of these craftsmen in the famous Jagannath temple of Puri.