11 Days & 10 Nights
Odisha is the land of myths and legends; exotic and unexplored. This tour explores these aspects in this state of India that is endorsed by its ancient people who continue to inhabit their dwelling places in remote areas in deep forests and hilly interiors to keep their tribal traditions alive. We begin this tour by visiting Bhubaneswar, the city of temples, whereas many as 1000 temples existed at one point in time. In the first part of our trip, we visit the rural part of Odisha to see the local tribes. Odisha has as many as 62 tribes that constitute an impressive 24 percent of the total population of the state. Their economy here is based on food gathering, hunting, and fishing, the activities that bind them to this forest region. The most primitive groups of Tribes which we see are Kutia Kondhs, Dongria Kondhs, and Bondas. Men and women come down from the mountains with different kinds of fruits and livestock to sell in the weekly. After visiting their villages we can also watch their interaction with other communities in these weekly markets. Bondas live in the remote hills and keep themselves isolated. They are normally seen only when they come to the local. Our visit must be timed to coincide with the weekly market day on Thursday. We also visit the spectacular temples of Jagannath at Puri and Sun Temple at Konark with very beautiful and intricate carvings. Later we reach Bhubaneswar from where we fly back in Kolkata, the city of joy which has a fascinating history that highlights its rich culture and literary flavors. The city survived even in the British era with a grace that can be seen even now. It’s a happening place where activities like fine arts, music, dance, theatre, and writing continue to flourish.
Puri – Bhubaneswar. Morning is free to relax on the beach. Afternoon drive back to Bhubaneswar to board the flight/train for onward journey.
Arrival at Bhubaneswar. Later visit Bhubaneswar Lingaraj Temple, holy Bindu Sarovar and Kedareshwar Temple. Overnight Hotel.
Bhubaneswar – Lalitgiri – Ratnagiri – Udayagiri – Bhubaneswar. Visit architectural heirloom of Lalitgiri, and Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves. Later return to the hotel in Bhubaneswar. Overnight Hotel.
Bhubaneswar – Gopalpur. This morning drive to Gopalpur. In the afternoon visit a gorgeous temple devoted to Lord Krishna in this dazzling town. The evening can be spent on the beach. Overnight Hotel.
Gopalpur – Rayagada. Drive to Rayagada. On way visit Langia Soura. Later visit Hathipathar, an elephant-shaped rock, and the attractive Kutia Kondh Tribe market. Overnight Hotel.
Rayagada.Full-day sightseeing program. Visit Minajhola and Manikeshwar Temple at Padampur; meet tribals. Overnight Hotel.
Rayagada – Jeypore. Drive to Jeypore and check-in. Later visit Kali and Neelkantheswara temples. Optional visit to Jeypore Fort. Overnight Hotel
Jeypore – Onukudelli – Jeypore. Visit Onukudelli and markets of Bonda, Gadaba and Didayee tribes. Return to Jeypore. Overnight Hotel.
Jeypore – Taptapani. Drive to Taptapani – a hot-water spring; en-route visit some of the other tribal communities. Later transfer to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day free. Overnight Hotel.
Taptapani – Chilka Lake – Puri (Saturday) Enjoy beautiful surrounding of Taptapani. Later drive to Puri; en-route visit typical South Odishan Villages, Chilka Lake. Overnight Hotel.
Excursion to Konark. Morning, visit Jagannath temple; afternoon excursion to Konark Sun Temple. Early evening drive back to Puri’s soothing beaches. Overnight Hotel.