Tripura is a land of high hills, hillocks and interspersed
with river valleys. It is a very rich state in terms of
beautiful scenery, virgin forests and lush valleys,
exquisite craft traditions and a colorful
cultural-historical heritage. Folk dances of Tripura speak
of its rich cultural heritage.
Legends speak of the existence of Tripura as a political
entity from the days of the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. The
temples reflect the religious preference of a long
established Hindu dynasty. The name of the State has
originated from "Tripura Sundari" - the presiding deity of
the land. Apart from this traditional view, it is believed
that originally the land was known as "Tuipra" meaning a
land adjoining the water. It is a fact that in days of yore
the boundaries of Tripura was extended up to the Bay of
Bengal when its rulers held sway from Garo hills to Arakan.
Tripura has several places of interest like Agartala,
Tripurasundari Temple (also known at Matabari), Water Palace
of Neermahal, Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, ancient Hindu
capital of Udaipur and the ancient pilgrimage centre of
Unakoti which is has numerous 8th century rock carvings.
Agartala, the picturesque capital of Tripura, with its
beautiful palaces, gardens, hills, temples and lakes are all
worth visiting. The main attractions in Agartala are State
Museum, Tribal Museum, Laxminarayan Temple, Uma Maheswar
Temple, Jagannath Temple, Benuban Bihar, Gedu Mian Mosque,
Malanch Niwas, Rabindra Kanan, Purbasha, Handicrafts
Designing Centre, Fourteen Goddess Temple, Portuguese church
etc. The famous Ujjayanta Palace which was built by Maharaja
Radhakishore Manikya in 1901 now houses the State Assembly.