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Stuck between West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, Orissa lies on the eastern coast of India with the waters of the Bay of Bengal swirling along its eastern and southeastern boundaries.

With an area of about 1,55,707 square kilometers, the state offers diverse habitats from lush green and hilly terrain to coastal plains and rolling river valleys, crises-crossed by the Brahmani, the Mahanadi and the Bansadhara rivers.

In its long history spanning several centuries, the region of modern Orissa is today one of the most popular, tourist destinations.

The Sun Temple of Konark, the temples of Bhubaneswar and Puri, the Jaggarnath Rath Yatra of Puri, the beaches of Konark, Puri and Gopalpur on the Sea, and the cave structures at Udaigiri and Ratnagiri are all, popular destinations among Indian, as well as, foreign tourists.

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