Tropical Orissa has much to offer the traveller. Temples abound, notably the Sun Temple at Konark; pilgrims flock to the seaside city of Puri; elephants and tigers inhabit the wildlife parks.
Most visitors to Orissa seek out ethnic tribes, ancient temples, or wide beaches with migrant turtles, although the state is best known for its sensuous dancers and sudden cyclones. Ancient seafarers from Orissa set up colonies in Burma and Java. Buddhism became the religion of the kingdom of Kalinga, as Orissa was called, soon after the faith was established. Buddhist universities flourished at Nrusinghanath and Ratnagiri, near Cuttack.