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Puri, Temples and Timelessness

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If the lotus-eaters of Greek mythology were alive today, they would certainly have approved of this part of East India.

It has places that can make your usually-rushed life slip into an almost-abnormal tranquility.

Think phenomenally-blue sea with roasted sand, a coastal drive flanked by whispering casuarinas and bottlebrush trees, monolithic stone temples, sculptures frozen intime and shy flat-nosed Irrawady dolphins rolling lazily in a lagoon. Pun and close-by Konark and Satapada invite you to languor.

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