Ratnagiri : Located in the Birupa river valley in the district of Jajpur, Ratnagiri is a renowned Buddhist centre. You can find several tourist places in Ratnagiri comprises its wealthy Buddhist antiquities at the small hill near the village of Ratnagiri. With a large-scale excavation, two large monasteries, a big stupa, Buddhist shrines, sculptures and a large number of votive stupas have been unearthed. Sacred Relic Casket are preserved at the Odisha State Museum in Ratnagiri.
The history of Ratnagiri dates back to 6th Century AD and relates with the Gupta Dynasty, as the excavations has revealed. The excavation of a huge monastery at Ratnagiri has revealed that it is related to the Mahayana sect, and the kings like Ashoka and other of the Gupta dynasty spread Buddhism in the region. You can see here many other clues of Buddhist origin, like the Monastery, Stupas, Chaityas, among others. Ratnagiri is also considered to be a great place of learning for the Budhism of Tantric cult, known as Vajrayana. The Tibetan Buddhist texts hint that Kalchakrayana also blossomed significantly in this place. Some of the notable Ratnagiri attractions are accounted below:
Udayagiri : In the Jajpur district, Udayagiri has recorded its significance in Buddhism after recent excavations revealing the ancient name of the monastery as Madhavapura Mahavihara. A brick monastery with a number of Buddhist sculptures has also been unearthed by an excavation.
Lalitgiri: Lalitgiri, also known as Naltigiri, is the 1st century Buddhist complex in Orissa, having numerous superb sculptures of that age – like significant stupas and monasteries (viharas). Sacred Relic Casket preserved at the Odisha State Museum in Ratnagiri were excavated from Lalitgiri.
Dhauligiri or Dhauli : Lying 8 km from Bhuabneswar, Dauli looks down on the plains that that tells the history of the great Indian king Ashoka who turned to non-violation, adapting Buddhism, after having a bloodbath in Kalinga. The major attractions of Dhauli Hills is Kalinga-the Asoka War Memorial (Shanti Stupa or Black Pagoda) which was built jointly in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangh and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh. Other attractions you can find here is the Rock Edicts of Asoka at Dhauligiri.
Langudi : Langudi Hills, low hills about 90 km from the Mahanadi delta in Jajpur and Cuttack districts in Odisha, is the spot for Kesa Stupa and several other Ashokan stupas.
Tarapur : Tarapur, located in East Indian state of Orissa, possesses three stupas (edicts) set up by King Asoka. The sculptures have been recently explored during Tarapur excavation. The excavation has answered the identification of ‘Kesa Stupa’ and the donation of ‘Bhikhu Tapusa’ for making Tarapur Stupa.
Deuli : The twin hills, known as Deuli Hills, hold the biggest range of rock cut caves concentrated here. The ruins of a marvelous stupa and several laterite blocks, bricks, brickbats and pottery are found atop the Deuli hill. The ancient staircase leading the stupa can be viewed from the eastern side.
Kayama : You can find an elephant shaped rock cut at the Kayama Hill. The name of one of Ashoka’s brothers – ‘Tisa’ is inscribed on a rock cut bench, north of the Kayama elephant. This firmly indicates a close relation of Ashoka’s brother Tisa with Kalinga.
Radhanagar : An ancient royal city Radhanagar, a well-designed city, bears mud rampart just like other ancient cities in India. As per a number of inscriptions found during recent Radhanagar excavation and other corroborative evidences say Radhanagar was the capital city of ‘Tosali’, Kalinga’s royal headquarters during Asokan period.
Paradeep : A major seaport town in Jagatsinghpur District, Paradeep or Paradip, 46 km from Ratnagiri, has a lot in tourist point of view. Tourists have scope for many adventure and leisure activities in the port town. Paradeep’s port is the key port in Orissa, and is among the largest ports on India's east coast.
Cuttack : The former seat and the largest city of Orissa, Cuttack, 49 km from Ratnagiri, revolves around its Barabati Fort. The large list of attractions of this destination includes numerous religious places including Katak Chandi Temple, Gada Chandi Temple, Gada Gadia Temple, Bhattarika Temple, Dhabaleswar Temple, Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple and the oldest temple of Paramahansanatha, as well as a holy historical Sikh Shrine The Gurdwara Daatan Sahib and some mosques like Qadam-E-Rasool, Juma Masjid and Shahi Mosque.
Bhubaneshwar : The capital city of Orissa, Bhubaneshwar, 85 km from Ratnagiri, is also referred as the Temple City as it houses numerous ancient temples including the renowned medieval period Lingaraj Temple, the Lord Shiva Temple, the 7th century Parshurameshwar Temple, the Rajarani Temple and the 10th century Mukteshwar Temples.
Puri : The sacred town of Puri, 107 km from Ratnagiri, is known for housing inner peace and material comfort at the same place. The holy town is visited by millions of devotees during Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath whose famous 11th century temple is situated here. Other famous spots in Puri are its sea beach, Chilika Lake and Pipli.
Konark : The small town located in the Puri District is well known for its 13th century Konark Sun Temple that is also known as Black Pagoda. Presenting the finest example of the marvelous architecture of that age, this World Heritage Site – the Konark Temple – was built of the black granite by King Narasimhadeva-I (1236 AD - 1264 AD) of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.
Gopalpur : Gopalpur Beach, lying near Berhampur in the Ganjam District, lies around 15 km drive from the nearest City Berhampur that is the commercial centre of southern Orissa. Also known as Gopalpur on Sea, the place has a lot of scope for eco tourism as it is enclosed by coconut groves, casuarinas and gentle sand dunes, and is isolated for miles.
Raurkela : Lying in the Sundargarh District at the core of a rich mineral belt, Raurkela, 235 km from Ratnagiri, possesses a number of religious places where a host of devotees make a visit, each year. Enclosed by numerous hills and rivers, the destination is located in the northwest tip of the state.
Barhampur : Lying in the eastern coastline of Ganjam District, Berhampur or Brahmapur, 217 km from Ratnagiri, is a one of the must see nearby Ratnagiri Tourist Places known for its silk, temples and culture. Also known as the ‘The Silk City’, Berhampur has got new fame as the ‘The Dance City’ after the Prince Dance Group and Harihar Das got huge praise for their performances in India's Got Talent, a television series.