Famous as the land of antiquities, monuments and handicrafts, the coastal district of Cuttack is also known as the granary of eastern Orissa
. It is hemmed by the districts of Puri
Cuttack has a population of over 2 million, about 90% of which is rural. It has a moderate climate.
Oriya, Hindi, and English are the commonly spoken languages. The area, traversed by many large rivers, is primarily agricultural. There are also numerous small-scale industries. Major industries are now coming up at Choudwar, Vyasnagar and Dhanamandal.
Important tourist attractions are
Barabati Fort, Qadam-I-Rasool, Ansupa,
Bhattarika, Dhabaleswar Island, Lalitgiri, Naraj, Choudwar, Niali-Madhav, and Paramahansanth Temple.