Top things to do in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

Three rivers flow out to sea at Bhitarkanika, forming a tidal maze of muddy creeks and mangroves. This is India’s second-largest mangrove region, and most of the 672-sq-km delta that forms this wonderful sanctuary i…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Pusphagiri Ruins


Ratnagiri is the most interesting and extensive among the three Pusphagiri sites. Two large monasteries flourished here from the 5th to 13th centuries. Noteworthy are an exquisitely carved doorway inside the first m…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Pusphagiri Ruins


Udayagiri's two monastery complexes were active between the 10th and 12th centuries AD. At the first one, there’s a large pyramidal brick stupa with a seated Buddha image on each of the four sides. Beyond, a large B…
Top Choice Fair in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Bali Yatra

A week of festivities commemorating past trading links with Indonesia. A huge fair is held on the river bank in Cuttack and you can shop for anything from cattle to fine textiles and silver filigree.
Nature Reserve in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Satkosia Tiger Sanctuary

Made up of the Satkosia and Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuaries, this 964-sq-km forested tiger reserve, 125km northwest of Bhubaneswar, is straddled by a breathtaking gorge, cut by the mighty Mahanadi River, and is one …
Wildlife Reserve in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

In northeastern Odisha, 40km west of Sambalpur, the 347-sq-km Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a good spot for wildlife-spotting. It comprises the Barapahad Hills, covered with dry deciduous forest, and the vast Hira…
Museum in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Odisha State Maritime Museum

This excellent museum, overlooking the Mahanadi River, focuses on Odisha's centuries-old maritime history of boat-building and trade (particularly with Bali, Indonesia). The displays walk you through the Kalingas' m…
Archaeological Site in Pusphagiri Ruins


Several monastery ruins (some dating back to 200 BC) consisting of brick foundations line a gentle incline on Lalitgiri hill. One is surrounded by several dozen small votive stupas. Next to a small museum housing so…
Wildlife Reserve in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Similipal National Park

The 2750-sq-km Similipal National Park is famous for its tigers, though sightings are relatively rare. Wild elephants on the other hand are far easier to spot. You'll need your own wheels to do a safari. Several lod…
Museum in Pusphagiri Ruins

Ratnagiri Museum

The four galleries at this fine museum tell the story of the Pusphagiri ruins. Two of them display beautifully preserved sculpture from all three Pusphagiri sites, while the other two galleries are devoted to terrac…