These fascinating Buddhist ruins, the oldest of which date back to around 200 BC, are the remnants of one of India’s earliest mahaviharas (Buddhist monasteries that were effectively leading universities of their day). Pusphagiri Mahavihara had three campuses – Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitgiri – each built upon a small hilltop in the low-lying Langudi Hills.
The laid-back seaside village of Chandipur, which ambles down to the ocean through a short avenue of casuarina and palm trees, seems content as a declining underachiever, though it does attract lots of Bengali holidaymakers. The draw here is a huge 'vanishing sea' — the bay recedes an astonishing 4km at low tide — which features high on the bucket list of local tourists.
Satkosia Tiger Sanctuary
Comprising two adjoining wildlife sanctuaries (Satkosia and Baisipalli), this vast mountainous nature reserve, 125km northwest of Bhubaneswar, is made up of 964 sq km of fauna-filled wilderness. The main part of the reserve is off-limits to visitors to protect its wildlife. Boat rides on the Mahanadi River — once the park's main draw — were also on hold as of 2018.