Today post breakfast, check out from your hotel and proceed for Cuttack. Enroute visit Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri.
Lalitgiri : It lies between the valley of two rivers Birupa and Chitrotpala. Also known as Naltigiri amongst the locals, Lalitgiri is the oldest of the Buddhist Diamond Triangle triad as they are referred to in Odisha. The monastery built in the 1st Century AD is the oldest known Buddhist monastery in the state.
Ratnagiri : The most famous and comparatively well excavated site amongst the triad of the Buddhist Diamond Triangle, Ratnagiri captured the imagination of historians and archeologist alike during its excavation, between 1975-1983.According to Prof Thomas Donaldson of Cleveland University, who has written many books on art and history of Odisha and India, Ratnagiri was a rival to Nalanda as a site of Buddhist learning and according to him some of the Tibetan texts even regard that the Mahayana and Tantrayana sect of Buddhism originated from Ratnagiri. Reach Cuttack by late evening. Overnight at Hotel in Cuttack.