9 Days & 8 Nights
Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park are known as the “Mini-Amazon” of India. Lying on the coast of Bay of Bengal, it is the second-largest Mangrove ecosystem of our country after Sundarbans. Dangamal Nature Camp, Habalikhati and Gupti Nature Camps are located inside Bhitarkanika with luxurious accommodations and different choices of cuisine and delicacies. The world’s largest congregation of Salt Water Crocodiles are seen in the creeks of Bhitarkanika. Sighting of Crocodiles, Spotted Deers, Wild pigs and thousands of colorful birds including winter migrants from central-Asia and Europe is very common here. Eco-tourists can see lakhs of water birds visiting Bagagahana - heronery near Suajore creek from the month of August to October every year. More than 10 species of Herons are seen nesting on thousands of trees. Most of the Birds are Asian Open Bill, Black Ibis, Cormorants, and Darters, etc. View of Bottle-Nose Dolphin’s, Irrawadi Dolphin’s and Finless Porpoise Dolphin’s from different beaches of Bhitarkanika is worth watching. Popular beaches of Bhitarakanika are Habalikhati Beach, Gahirmatha and Pentha Beach. It is also the land of streams, creeks, rivers, and estuaries.
On arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport/Railway Station, our vehicle will pick up then transfer to the hotel. After refreshed half-day sightseeing famous city temples including RAJA RANI TEMPLE: is another marvel to the temple city of India. This temple is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The temple is called as Rajarani due to the use of a particular type of sandstone in the construction of the structure bearing the name as Rajarani. LINGARAJ TEMPLE: As the name suggests this temple is the biggest temple of Lord Shiva who is worshipped here. Pilgrims across the globe come to visit this holy temple. KHANDARIGI & UDAYAGIRI CAVE: The rocks of the Khandagiri & Udaygiri hills were carved & tunneled to create this multi-storied ancient apartment residence for Jain monks. They were the work of the first known Odishan ruler, king Kharavela & probably begun in the first century BC. NANDANKANAN ZOOLOGICAL PARK: Every year, this place is attracting near about two millions of visitors. This is also the home for 1660 animals that belongs to 166 different species. Here, you can also see some of the endangered species like India crocodilians, Asiatic lions, lion-tailed Macaque, several birds, mouse deer, Nilgiri Langur, reptiles, fishes and Indian pangolin. Nandankanan is a must-see place in Odisha and has great importance from the tourism perspective. Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
The morning after breakfast drive for Bhitarakanika National Park, Bhubaneswar to Bhitarakanika national park distance 145kms. Bhitarakanika is a hot-spot of biodiversity. It's home to the largest population of giant salt water crocodiles in India. Also home to more than 215 species of avifauna including amazing eight varieties of Kingfishers. It is the second-largest viable Mangrove Eco-System in India Harbours more than 70 species of Mangrove and its associates. Gahirmatha is known to be one of the largest rookeries for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
The morning after breakfast drive for Similipal National Park, Bhubaneswar to Similipal Distance 152kms. It’s the Similipal National Park which is also famous as a tiger reserve is located in the Mayurbhanja district of Odisha. It is also a part of Similipal Kuldiah Hadgarh Elephant Reserve that is also known as Mayurbhanja Elephant Reserve. For this reserve, there are 3 protected areas added like Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Similipal Tiger Reserve as well as Kuldiah Wildlife Sanctuary. Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
The morning after breakfast drive for Tikarpara Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhubaneswar to Tikarpara Wildlife Sanctuary distance 157kms. This sanctuary has become the home for different animals like crocodiles, Gharial, snakes, and turtles. In order to breed and preserve the Gharial, there is also a preservation center located here. Back to Bhubaneswar Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
The morning after breakfast drive for Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhubaneswar to Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary distance 127kms. It’s the Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary which is best known for its deciduous forest. In this forest, the wildlife appears to be very rich. From tigers to leopards and from spotted deer to nilgai, Sambar, sloth bear as well as the wild dog; you can really find a wide range of animals here. This sanctuary is also a home for many different types of migratory birds as well as reptilian species such as mugger crocodile, Gharial, turtles, and both poisonous as well as nonpoisonous snakes. In order to protect and to expand the number of Gharial crocodile, a Gharial Research & Conservation Unit is also located at this place. This unit has also become a distinctive feature of Satkosai Wildlife Sanctuary. Back to Bhubaneswar Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
The morning after breakfast drive for Daringbadi Kashmir of Orissa, Bhubaneswar to Daringbadi Kashmir of Orissa distance 215 km. It’s the highland area of Daringbadi where this amazing place is located. It is called the Kashmir of Odisha. This place is located at a height of 915m above sea level. This is the single most location in this state where you can experience the snowfall during the wintertime. During this time, the temperature can go several degrees below the frozen point. From the state capital Bhubaneswar, this place is located at a distance of 215 km. for Daringbadi; you can get regular bus services from the state capital. It’s the closest railway station for Daring Badi is located at Berhampur which is 120 km away. Overnight stay at Daringbadi.
The morning after breakfast drive to Puri en-route visit: DHAULI: Peace Pagoda is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimages in India. It is the same place where Emperor Ashoka after the great Kalinga war renounced the war and embraced Buddhism. PIPILI: Village Pipili famous all over the world for its appliqué work. Pipili most well known for its handicraft is near to Puri. KONARK SUN TEMPLE – It’s a (UNESCO world heritage sites) the temple of Sun God was constructed in the 13th century. It has been in ruins for centuries but until the early 1900’s it was simply an interesting ruin of impressive size. Then the debris and sand were cleared from around the temple base and the sheer magnitude of its architect’s imagination was revealed. The entire temple was conceived as a chariot for the Sun God, Surya. Around the base of the temple, there are 24 gigantic, carved stone wheels, seven mighty horses haul at the temple and the immense structure is covered with carvings, sculptures, figures. If the temple was completed it would have soared to 70 meters high. Three images of Surya still stand and are designed to catch the sun at dawn, at noon and at sunset. In the evening visit to Jagannath Temple. Enjoy Puri Evening Life. Overnight stay at Puri.
After leisurely breakfast proceed to Chilika Lake- Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon which attracts one million migrate birds. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals. The Lake is an ecosystem with large fishery resources. It sustains more than 150,000 fisherfolk living in 132 villages on the shore and islands. After a trip of Satapada Island for the famous Irrawadi Dolphin & other birds. Visit Raghurajpur Artisan village where absolutely crafted handicrafts, pattachitra(Tussar paintings, palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, wooden, cow dung and papier-mache toys, and masks an art form dates back to 5BC) made of pure organic stuff are made in each family. Return to Puri resort/Hotel. Spent leisure time at the golden beach of Puri. Overnight stay at Puri.
Morning after breakfast checkout and proceed to Sakhigopal temple. Back to Bhubaneswar to board the flight/train for onward journey.