1 Bhubaneswar

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.

4 Puri

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”.

6 Konark

Dating back to the thirteenth century, this elegant Hindu temple sits astride a huge stone chariot and is decorated by some extraordinary erotic carvings.

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