Hidden in the suburbs of the state capital are around five hundred temples with unique architecture and elaborate sculptures. Check out the majestic Lingaraj Mandir.
2 Udaigiri and Khandagiri
Among Odisha’s premier historical sites, these 2000-year-old sandstone caves, once occupied by Jain monks, feature some fascinating carvings and friezes.
3 Olive Ridley turtles
Endangered Olive Ridley turtles journey to Gahirmatha beach for one night in February or March to lay their eggs – an unforgettable scene.
With one of India’s holiest temples and a laidback traveller scene, Puri is an essential stop-off for pilgrims and backpackers alike.
5 Rath Yatra
Pilgrims flock to Puri to celebrate Lord Jagannath during the frenetic midsummer “Car Festival”.
Dating back to the thirteenth century, this elegant Hindu temple sits astride a huge stone chariot and is decorated by some extraordinary erotic carvings.