Tourists flock to the several attractions which are found in the state of Orissa. While the historic Jagnnath Temple of Puri is the main draw, the 12th century Lingraja Temple at the capital city of Bhubaneshwar and the beaches of Puri are irresistible attractions. The ambience of Dhawlagiri and Udaygiri is a grim reminder of the mayhem caused by the famous Kalinga war which caused the Ashoka the great to turn to non-violence.
The state of Orissa has an abundance of natural resources, including one of the biggest oil reserves in the world.
Nature has also blessed the state of Orissa with diverse landscapes, from long stretches of prisitine beaches to open plains, towering mountains, tracts of Amazon rain forest and even a small desert.
The capital of Orissa, Bhubaneshwar is scenic, lively, green and clean, with a rich cultural life. A favourite excursion from Bhubaneshwar is a drive to the pilgrimage town of Puri, also known for its beaches.