Bali Yatra is a hugely popular fair held on the banks of Mahanadi River in the fort area of Cuttack city from where the traders of Orissa (sadhabas) undertook voyages, along the sea trade route to lands namely the islands of Bali, Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). On huge boats called Boita. To celebrate the glory of the ancient times, the people in Cuttack as well as in the rest of Orissa float small boats made of cork, colored paper and banana tree barks in the river and water tanks on Kartik Purnima (On Full day of November/December)The ritual of launching tiny paper boats lit by lamps placed within its hollow is known as
Boita Bandana. You too can marvel at the spectacle of thousand lamps afloat in the rivers and tanks on your tour of Festivals in Orissa with Tourism of Orissa tour packages. From Full moon day of month of Kartik (November/December) Baliyatra is celebrated by the side of Great River Mahanadi. Bali Yatra is attended by thousands of enthusiasts and is marked with fun and frolic at the riverbanks where countless shops selling food, clothes, curios and miscellaneous items and handicrafts like local made things and swings come up during the evening which gives colourful view and complete picture of Orissan culture.