Choudwar, the erstwhile capital of the Somakuli Keshari Kings of Orissa, is about 20 km from Cuttack
. The place is famous for the eight prominent Shiva pithas, now in ruins, established by the Keshari dynasty. In the great Indian epic of
, Choudwar was the capital of Virat, and
along with their wife
took refuge here during their exile.
Choudwar, a growing industrial area in Cuttack, is well connected with the city center by road. By boat, Choudwar is only 5 km from Cuttack.