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Highlights of the Less Travelled Indian State of Odisha

Odisha (earlier known as Orissa) is a less travelled state in India. In fact, most people assume that it’s a part of the North-East Indian states, but that’s not so. I think that the reason for this confusion could be the fact that Odisha is blessed with as much natural beauty as the North-East.

The state is located very near to the Bay of Bengal and adjacent to the state of West Bengal. It is a land of wonder, marvels, mystery, mysticism, faith and so much more. People often overlook it, but that’s a grave mistake because Odisha can offer you a lot. Here are the top 6 places in the state that will keep you enthralled.

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Temples in Tamil Naidu. Photo by Karl Rock.

The Most Amazing Temples in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has 33,000 temples to be precise. It comes as no shock because it is a land of high religious significance and spirituality. It also has a rich cultural history as mentioned in the Sangam literature (South Indian’s ancient literature). All of these features have allowed Tamil Nadu to build some of the most astonishing temples.

Some of these temples even date back to the 1st century while some are even mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures. The state’s temples are famous globally and if you are planning a temple visit to Tamil Nadu, here are the top six that you cannot miss.

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View across Tamil Naidu. Photo by Karl Rock.

Top 5 Things To See and Do in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is the southernmost state of India. Tamil Nadu is bordered by the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, resulting in beautiful beaches. More than ten rivers flow within this state making it one of the most fertile lands in the country. Concerning scenic beauty, Tamil Nadu is on par with states like Karnataka. With the Nilgiri and Anamalai Hills towering over the state, it looks nothing less than impressive. It also shares a maritime border with Sri Lanka.

Regarding historical structure, Tamil Nadu is blessed. The state is mentioned in epics like Ramayana. There are 33,000 temples here, built in the impressive Dravidian architectural style. Also, Archaeological Survey of India has found that settlements in Tamil Nadu were one of the oldest in the Indian Peninsula. Tamil Nadu was rich in art and cultural forms since time immemorial. Evidence of their culture is found in their text belonging to that era: Sangam Literature.

With all that being said, there is definitely a lot to see in Tamil Nadu. But if you’re in a hurry, I’m going to list down five places in this state that you should visit.

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Hampi. Photo by Karl Rock.

Must-See Sights in the Ancient City of Hampi

Hampi is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, mysterious and historically rich places in India. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and protected under the Archaeological Survey of India, this beautiful city is attracting thousands of tourists from all over the globe.

Hampi is a small and enchanting ruined city in Karnataka. Situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra, this place is a history buff’s paradise. Before I start off with the major attractions of this ruined land, it’s important that you learn about Hampi’s history: a journey from unimaginable wealth to destruction. Check it out in The History Behind the Ancient City of Hampi.

You can easily reach Hampi via public transportation like a bus. It’s readily available, and there is absolutely no hassle to reach here. You can also visit Hampi and many other South Indian states by the luxury train, Golden Chariot. Read all about it in Take a Ride on the 5 Most Luxurious Trains in India. October to February is the best time to explore Hampi due to the pleasant weather.

Now if you’ve decided to visit, here are some of the major sights to see in Hampi that you cannot miss.

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Jain Temple, Gujarat

Top 5 Places You Cannot Miss in Gujarat

Gujarat is India’s westernmost state. Gujarat has a vibrant culture that’s fascinating to observe. Situated next to the Arabian Sea, Gujarat is blessed with beautiful landscapes. You might not find as much greenery here as you would in the Southern states yet Gujarat as a state takes a lot of effort to keep their land green.

It is a non-alcoholic state because this was the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation. As such, consumption, manufacturing or selling of alcohol within the state is prohibited. The people of Gujarat are a friendly lot. They usually live in joint families and festivals are celebrated with a lot of grandeur here.

Given all of that, there are some incredible places to visit in Gujarat. I’ve compiled the top 5 that you cannot miss.

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