General

Orissa is a wonderful land of fascinating beauty situated on the East coast along the Bay of Bengal and is endowed with nature’s bounty, a 482kms stretch of coastline encompassed by the forest clad blue hills of Eastern Ghats.
The history of Orissa, which acquired indelible fame and glory under its past names, Kalinga, Utkal or Odradesha dates back to very remote antiquity. The State was known, far and wide, for the heroic deeds and cultural upheavals, maritime trade and over-sea expansion of its people. It is now a locus of traditions, customs, ethnic and tribal groups that can be traced back to the stone ages. This unique and exotic state is the only one of its kind in India, and one of the few in the world.
In the sphere of religion and philosophy – Tribal and Aryan religions, Buddhism and Jainism, Islam and Christianity all have existed in history and they continue side by side even now as a testimony to the religious tolerance of the people of this land.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Bhubaneswar (Arrival)

Once you arrive at Bhubaneswar airport, you will get an assisted transfer to your hotel. Later full day visit of temples of Bhubaneswar mainly Parasurameswar Temple (7th Century AD.), Mukteswar Temple (10th Century AD.), Rajarani Temple (11th Century AD.) and Lingaraj Temple (11th Century AD), visit of tribal museum & Khandagiri, Udaygiri Jain caves of 2nd century BC. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2 Bhubaneswar – Ratnagiri – Dhenkanal (256km/6h36)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive towards Dhenkanal enroute visit Buddhist Monastery ruins, ancient stupas-chaityas, archeological excavation sites at Ratnagiri & Udayagiri, dating back from 2nd to 11th century. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3 Dhenkanal

In the morning after having breakfast, drive to visit Silk Ikkat weaving village at Nuapatna and Lost wax process (Dhokra casting village in Sadeibaruni. Post lunch visit Joranda temple and Monastery of Mahima cult monks. Late afternoon see their rituals (Arati, the evening prayer to setting son) by the Monks. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4 Dhenkanal – Puri (180km/4h55)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive towards Puri en route visiting Dhauli, 64 yogini temple at Hirapur and Pipli appliqué works village. Afternoon visit Puri Jagannath temple from the top of a rooftop infront of temple (As non-Hindus are not permitted inside the temple) Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5 Puri – Konark – Puri (81km/2h19)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive towards Konark sun temple, a world heritage site. Also visit the fishermen village near Konark. Late afternoon/Evening have a heritage walk in the narrow streets of Puri as well as visiting the activities around the Temple (total 4 kms 1,5 hrs walking), Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 6 Puri – Chilka – Gopalpur (183km/4h28)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive towards Gopalpur en route visiting Raghurajpur heritage artisan village. In Raghurajpur each and every house works on traditional Palm leaf engraving and Pattachira painting. Here also enjoy the traditional Gotipua Dance and have typical Odishan lunch in the village. Afternoon visit Chilka lake in a boat to watch migratory birds. Later drive to Gopalpur. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 7 Gopalpur – Rayagada (260km/6h27)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive towards Rayagada en route visiting Kumiti, Saura and desia kondh Tribal villages. Also visit of Sulfuric spring at Taptapani and weaving village. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 8 Rayagada – Kotgarh – Rayagada (175km/5h20)

In the morning after having breakfast, trek into different Kutia Kondh hamlets and their marker in Kotgarh. Visit a tribal school on the way back to Rayagada. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 9 Rayagada – Chatikona – Jeypore (207km/5h8)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive towards Chatikona Market to see Dongria Kondh tribe, different from others with their distinct hair dresses & jewelery. After lunch drive to Jeypore enroute visiting Boro Paraja and Desia Kondh tribal villages. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10 Jeypore – Onukudelli – Jeypore (150km/4h30)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive towards Onukudelli Market to see one of the most primitive tribe of the world, The Bondas & Gadabas. Afternoon have a typical tribal lunch in a small restaurant by tribal people. Later visit a village nearby with traditional welcome, enjoy their dance with a cup of tea with them. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 11 Jeypore – Kunduli – Jeypore (133km/3h53)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive to visit the largest tribal market at Kunduli of Mali, Paroja & Kondh Tribes. Later visit Jagannath temple and tribal museum in Koraput. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day12: Jeypore – Vizag (225km/5h51) (Depart)
In the morning after having breakfast, drive to Vizag (Vishakhapatnam) on the way visiting Simhachalam temple. At appropriate time transfer to Airport to connect flight for onward journey.

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Duration

11 nights & 12 days

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Bhubaneswar – Ratnagiri – Dhenkanal – Puri – Konark – Chilka – Gopalpur – Rayagada – Kotgarh – Chatikona – Jeypore – Onukudeli – Kunduli - Vizag Overview

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