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 (Arrive)

Once you arrive at Bhubaneswar airport, you will get an assisted & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit of Tribal museum & Khandagiri, Udaygiri Jain caves of 2nd Century BC. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2 Bhubaneswar – Ratnagiri – Lalitgiri – Bhubaneswar (199km/4h45)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive to visit Buddhist ruins, ancient stupas- chaityas, and archeological excavation sites at Ratnagiri & Udayagiri. These Buddhist ruines are from 2nd Century AD and consists of sculptures of Mahayana & Bajrajana Buddhism. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3 Bhubaneswar – Puri (72km/1h53)

In the morning after having breakfast, visit Parasurameswar Temple (7th Century AD.), Mukteswar Temple (10th Century AD.), Rajarani Temple (11th Century AD.) and Lingaraj Temple (11th Century AD). After lunch drive to Puri en route visiting Dhauli, Chousathi yogini temple & Pipili. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4 Puri – Konark – Puri (81km/2h19)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive to Konark visit Sun Temple, later walk to visit fishermen village, then drive to Puri along the marine drive to visit Jagannath temple. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5 Puri – Raghurajpur – Baliguda (313km/7h38)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive to Baliguda en route visiting Raghurajpur artisan village and Odishan villages. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 6 Baliguda – Barkhamba – Rayagada (160km/4h4)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive to Rayagada through Barkhamba area of Kuti Kondh tribal villages and later visit their market at Kotagarh. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 7 Rayagada – Chatikona – Jeypore (221km/5h34)

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

Day 8 Jeypore – Onukudelli – Jeypore (140km/3h51)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive to Onukudelli Market to see one of the most primitive tribe of the world, The Bondas & Gadabas. Afternoon visit some Olar Gadaba villages. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 9 Jeypore – Kunduli – Rayagada (188km/4h47)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive to Rayagada en rout visiting the largest market of Mali & Paraja tribal people at Kunduli. Later drive to Rayagada. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10 Rayagada – Gopalpur (259km/6h20)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive to Gopalpur through Eastern ghats, enjoy the beauty of landscape and visit some villages of Kumuti, Kondh tribe. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 11 Gopalpur – Bhubaneswar (183km/3h38)

In the morning after having breakfast, drive to Chilika lake at Mangalajodi to see the migratory birds. Later drive to Bhubaneswar en route visiting silk weaving village at Olasingh. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 12 Bhubaneswar (Depart)

In the morning after having breakfast, at appropriate time transfer to Airport to connect flight for onward journey.

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Duration

12 days/11 nights

Destinations Covered

Bhubaneswar – Ratnagiri – Lalitgiri – Puri – Raghurajpur – Balliguda - Barkhamba – Rayagada – Chatikona – Jeypore – Onukudelli – Kunduli – Gopalpur – Bhubaneswar

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