The Indian state of Odisha doesn’t really rank or register in a lot of people’s minds when they think of destinations in India. It isn’t the hottest in the tourist circuit of the country right now, but it should be. Odisha is home to a number of historic and natural treasures. From ancient temples and caves to dense jungles with rare wildlife and chilled out beaches, this state has it all. Take a look at these photos of the wonders that it has to offer. ALSO READ: Odisha hill stations that take your breath away
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People enjoying the sunset view in evening at Puri beach

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Ruined Buddhist monastery of Ratnagiri in the Brahmani and Birupa river valley

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Another part of the excavated ancient ruins of the Buddhist monastry of 800 AD

Ancient Ruined Buddhist Monestry of 800 AD at Ratnagiri



Udayagiri Caves, a partly natural and partly artificial series of caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar

Udayagiri Caves are partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar in Odisha

Boats by the coast of Gopalpur, where the annual Gopalpur Beach Festival is held

Boats at the Gopalpur seashore

The famed Konark Sun Temple, a 13th-century CE sun temple in Odisha

Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century CE Sun Temple at Konark in Odisha

A view of the Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa in Bhubaneswar

Rajarani Temple, an ancient Hindu temple built in 11th century with sand stones based on Kalinga Architecture

Rajarani Temple is an ancient Hindu temple built in 11th century. It was built with sand stones on Kalinga Architecture

A part of the ancient temple ruins of the Sun god at Konark

A part of the ancient temple of Sun god, currently under ruins at Konark, Odisha

A beautiful view of Mahanadi River in Hirakud of Odisha

beautiful view of Mahanadi river in Hirakud of Odisha

Odisha is often called the Goa of the East, but it really doesn’t have any comparison to any other state in the country. The state has certainly had its fair share of troubles, but it has remained strong and kept its spirit and its heritage alive. From the spiritual strength of the Jagannath Temple in Puri to the magnificent ancient ruins of the Konark Sun Temple, Odisha is full of heritage waiting to be explored. NOW READ: Best Winter Holiday Destinations in Odisha for 2017

There is the classical dance form of Odissi that Odisha has contributed to the world, the rock-cut caves of Udayagiri, the pristine white sands of Chandipur and Puri, the Oriya craftwork on display in Pipli and the incredible flora and fauna found in Simlipal National Park. So the next time you look for an Indian destination, head to Odisha.