Orissa is one of the most beautiful states of India, which is full of mesmerizing natural beauty. The people of this state are very hospitable and welcome the guests with open arms. The official language of Orissa is Oriya, which is spoken by the majority (84%) of the population. It is also one of the most prominent and one of the oldest languages of India. The other major languages spoken in the state are Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and Telugu. English language is spoken only by a few literate people in Orissa.
Oriya is a part of the Aryan family of languages and seems to be very closely associated with Assamese, Bengali and Maithili. There are a large number of variations in the way Oriya language is spoken. These variations consist of Baleswari (Balasore), Sambalpuri (Sambalpur and other western districts), Laria (Sambalpur), Bhatri (Koraput), Ganjami (Ganjam and Koraput), etc. There are also noticeable differences in the languages spoken by the people belonging to the hilly regions of north and south Orissa.