4 Days & 3 Nights
Koraput District located in the backdrop of green valleys contemplating immaculate freshness was established on 1st April 1936. Decorated by forests, waterfalls, terraced valleys, and darting springs, the District draws the nature-loving people. The Koraput District lies at 17.4 degrees to 20.7 degrees North latitude and 81.24 degrees to 84.2 degrees east longitude. The District is bounded by Rayagada in the east, Bastar District of Chhattisgarh in the west and Nabarangpur District in the south. As far as the history of the District is concerned, the region of Koraput existed far back in the 3rd century BC when it belonged to the valiant and dreaded Atavika people. The region was ruled by several dynasties, like Satavahans, Ikshvakus, Nalas, Ganga kings and kings of Suryavanshi, who nominated the Koraput region before the arrival of British. Finally, the Koraput became a District in the year 1936. Koraput has earned a famous name on the tourist map of Odisha (Orissa). The scenic beauty of Koraput and its indigenous tribes make it an international tourist hub. There are many indigenous tribes still staying in the hill top. The most primitive tribes are Dunguri Kondh, colorful Bond Tribes, Gadaba Tribes who still live in the high hill and have retained their culture and traditions intact till today. Other tribes are Kutia, Paraja, Rana, Malli, and Dhuruva who live in remote villages and are still untouched from modernity.
Early morning arrival at Visakhapatnam station and board the local train at 6.35 am to Bheja station through picturesque Arakku valley. This spectacular train ride passes through various tunnels, mountains, beautiful valleys, waterfall and tribal hamlet. Upon arrival at Bheja station, meet our Desia Crew who will help you to transfer to Desia camp. Upon arrival, warm welcome to Desia project by the host with ritual. Post lunch walk to nearby harijan, paraja village and enjoy the sunset views at the gorgeous Duduma waterfall.
After breakfast, short drive to Nandapur to visit the weekly market for gadaba, mali tribes. Walk in and around the market and also to the villages. Enjoy the peaceful walk in the valley. Drive back to Desia and overnight stay. If desire buy the fruits and vegetables from the market and bring to Desia and learn preparation of local cuisine from the tribal cook. Overnight stay at Desia.
Today you will meet one of the most interesting tribes Of India who is called Bonda or Remo. Especially Bonda ladies adorn with ornaments and jewelleries in the upper body and looks very colourful while walk down from hilly trails to this weekly market. The bonda tribes carry their home made alcohol to sale in this market. You have the great opportunity to meet and interact with this community and if desire share a drink with them.
Also meet another interesting indigenous gadaba tribe. After a memorable time in the market, walk in and around the market. Drive back to Desia and enroute enjoy the picnic lunch besides the scenic machakund waterfall. Afternoon walk along the riverside and Evening enjoy the Dhemsa dance among the tribal community. Overnight stay at Desia.
Today you will hike to various tribal villages of Paraja, mali tribes which are nicely located amidst the beautiful valleys, water streams. Enjoy the Dhemsa dance in a village.
Morning check out and drive to Gupteswar to visit the cave shrine, colourful Dhuruba tribal market. Further proceed to Jagdalpur of Chhattisgarh state, afternoon enjoy the sunset views of the spectacular Chitrakoot waterfall. Enjoy the stay in a eco resort.
Visit the weekly market of bison horn Muria tribes and their interesting villages. Morning Visit the tribal museum which is a treasure of tribal antiquities. Overnight stay in the same resort.
Morning check out and proceed to Kotpad textile village which is famous for its natural dying. Further proceed to Koraput to visit the hilltop Jagannath temple and drop at the railway station to board the train for Bhubaneswar.