Tribal Tour of Odisha

13 NIGHTS | 14 DAYS

Region, State: Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Dhenkanal, Puri, Gopalpur, Rayagada, Jeypore, Araku, Visakhapatnam, Delhi

Itinerary at a Glance:

Day Activities Activities
Day 1 Wednesday Arrive Kolkata
Day 2 Thursday Kolkata
Day 3 Friday Kolkata – Bhubaneswar
Day 4 Saturday Bhubaneswar - Dhenkanal
Day 5 Sunday Dhenkanal – Konark - Puri
Day 6 Monday Puri – Raghurajpur – Chilika - Gopalpur
Day 7 Tuesday Gopalpur - Rayagada
Day 8 Wednesday Rayagada – Chattikona - Jeypore
Day 9 Thursday Jeypore – Onkudeli - Jeypore
Day 10 Friday Jeypore – Kunduli - Araku
Day 11 Saturday Araku – Bora Caves - Visakhapatnam
Day 12 Sunday Visakhapatnam – Delhi
Day 13 Monday Delhi
Day 14 Thursday Delhi – Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Wednesday: Arrival - Kolkata

After clearing immigration and customs, we step into the receiving area where we will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 2: Thursday: Kolkata

Morning have breakfast at hotel.

Later start full day city tour of Kolkata visiting Howrah Bridge and also visit the 125 years old & one of eastern India’s largest flower market. Later visit Victoria Memorial, one of the renowned monuments in Kolkata, was built in the memory of Queen Victoria in 1921. It is an impressive edifice, which is made in white marble and is a perfect blend of Mughal and European architectural styles. It is also a museum that houses some rare pictures of men and women who played a prominent part in the history of India, queen’s dress, along with several artillery weapons from the Battle of Plassey, the Whispering Gallery in the dome and the famed Rosewood piano.

Later visit St. Paul’s Cathedral was the first 'Episcopal Cathedral Church' in an oriental country in 1847. Also visit the Mother House, a very humbling experience. The place is very calm, clean and peaceful. One can visit Mother Teresa’s room and also pay homage to her. Mother Teresa was buried on the ground floor of the Mother House on 13th September, 1997. Her tomb has become a place of pilgrimage and quiet meditation to people of all creeds. The site of the tomb is a place of profound silence and peace.

Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 3: Friday: Kolkata – Bhubaneswar by flight: 6E 512 at 1155 / 1255 Hrs.

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to airport to board your flight to Bhubaneswar. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Apart from the rich cultural heritage that Bhubaneswar commands with its tag of the “City of Temples”. Later visit the renowned temples of the city, the Lingaraja Temple, built in 11th century, which soars above the city of Bhubaneswar and represents Odishan temple architecture at its most mature and fully developed stage. It has, in fact, been described as 'time quintessence of Odishan architecture'.

Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 4: Saturday: Bhubaneswar to Denkanal by road: Approx. 70 Kms. / 45 Mi. / 2 Hrs.


After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to visit Nuapatna village - silk Ikat weaving village. The Khandua Saree, which is made of silk, is the pride of Orissa, is weaved in Nuapatna. Khandua saree is woven with wooden looms in the traditional style of hand weaving and the whole village of Nuapatna is devoted to this traditional form of weaving.

Also visit, Dhokra village to witness Dhokra Metal Casting of Orissa. Dhokra metal casting of Orissa is synonymous with the traditional craft of bell metal or brass. It is a typical tribal art form and practiced by tribal families.

Later continue to Dhenkanal and en-route visit Joranda temple. The temple is dedicated to the supreme lord. The followers of Mahima dharma worship him as Sunya Brahma or the shapeless lord. Also get a chance to meet Sadhus of Mahima cult, they live very simple life, wear saffron cloths with knotted hair on their head. They eat from earthen or leaf plates. However, they entertain no-caste-ism and do not worship any idol but worship the supreme power. They do not stay two consecutive days at the same place or beg meals from same family twice consecutively.

On arrival in Dhenkanal, check into your hotel. Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 5: Sunday: Dhenkanal to Puri by road: Approx. 135 Kms. / 85 Mi. / 4 Hrs.

After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Puri.

En-route stop to visit Konark Sun Temple, one of the most stunning monuments of religious significance, a true masterpiece of architecture proudly stands in the form of Sun Temple at Konark. A culmination of Oriya architecture, the temple is a wonderful place as the language of stone defeats the human language here. Built in 13th century by King Narasimhadeva, the temple is designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twelve wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across heavens.

Later continue to Puri. On arrival, check into your hotel.

Afternoon visit the market of Puri, the Bada Danda is lined with shops that sell puja items. Look out for the remarkable religious maps, Soapstone, seashell, pattachitras (paintings with mythological themes, especially stories of Krishna and Lord Jagannath) and solapith (soft wood sculpture) items are unique buys. In textiles, double-ikat (locally called Cuttacki) from Sambalpur is most famous, as is the gold-embroidered work from Sonepur. Also check out emporiums for authentic ikat saris.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 6: Monday: Puri to Gopalpur by road: Approx. 175 Kms. / 109 Mi. / 4 Hrs.

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Gopalpur en-route visiting Raghurajpur artisan village. The entire atmosphere gets colourful soon as you enter the Heritage Crafts village of Raghurajpur and one would feel like to have entered the virtual art gallery. Every house is a museum and each person living here is an artist.

Later stop at Chilka Lake to watch the migratory birds. Asia's largest brackish water lagoon with water spread ranging from 1165 sq. km in the rainy season to 906 sq. km in the dry season is nestled in the heart of the coastal Odisha (Orissa).

On arrival in Gopalpur, check into your hotel. Evening is free to walk in the serene environment at one of the most pristine beaches of the Orissa.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 7: Tuesday: Gopalpur to Rayagada by road: Approx. 249 Kms. / 155 Mi. / 6 Hrs.

After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Rayagada en route visiting Taptapani – a hot sulfuric spring.

Later visit the village of Saura tribe. The Sauras are one of the oldest tribes of India. The Sauras are especially famous for rich variety of their paintings based on religious and ceremonial themes. The paintings are conspicuous for their elegance, charm, aesthetic and ritualistic association.

Also visit the village of Desia Kondh Tribe. The Desia Kondh is generally resides in plains and their main livelihood is agriculture and allied sector. They are fond of dancing and singing to the tune of Dhap.

On arrival in Rayagada, check into your hotel. Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 8: Wednesday: Rayagada to Jeypore by road: Approx. 135 Kms. / 85 Mi. / 3 Hrs.

Morning have breakfast at hotel. Later check out from hotel and drive to Jeypore.

En-route stop at Chatikona to visit the weekly tribal market to see Dongria Kondh tribe sits to click their barter deals. Different from others with their distinct hair, dresses, and jewellery. This tribe is one of the most primitive tribe of the Kondhs and they live in the high slopes of the Niyamagiri Hills.

Later drive to Jeypore en-route visiting Dongria Kondh tribal villages.

On arrival, check into your hotel. Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 9: Thursday: Jeypore

Morning have breakfast at hotel. Later take excursion to Onkudeli to visit tribal market. Onkudeli Market to see one of the most primitive tribe of the world, Bonda tribes (weekly market commence on Thursday only), who comes once every week for their weekly market. It is a unique opportunity to see such a colourful concentration of typical tribal at one place. Most interesting is to watch the Bonda woman in their colourful Jewelleries and marketing commodities.

Return back to Jeypore by late afternoon and relax. Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 10: Friday: Jeypore to Araku by road: Approx. 110 Kms. / 68 Mi. / 3 Hrs.

Morning have breakfast at hotel. Later check out from hotel and drive to Araku en-route visit Kunduli to visit the largest Tribal market of Paraja and Mali tribes.

Later continue drive to Araku. Surrounded by high mountains, lush green forests, foggy clouds, and a pleasing climate, Araku Valley is a perfect escape for those who are tired of living the monotonous life. The serene and tranquil environs not only calm your soul but also make your inner soul happy. Yet to be explored to its fullest potential, Araku Valley is one of the most spectacular Hill-station and undoubtedly a stunner.

On arrival, check into your hotel. Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 11: Saturday: Araku to Visakhapatnam by road: Approx. 120 Kms. / 75 Mi. / 3 Hrs.

Morning have breakfast at hotel. Later have Coffee in coffee museum. Indulge in the steaming world of coffee and coffee-plantation in this exceptional café-cum-museum. Detailing the history of the aromatic beverage, the Coffee Museum remarkably stands out in the tribal settings of Araku Valley.

Later visit Bora caves, discovered by William King George of the Geological Survey of India, these one million year old and one of the largest caves of the country. Borra Caves were formed as a result of the flow of Gosthani River on the limestone deposits. These caves are known for the breath-taking stalactite and stalagmite formations such as Shiva-Parvathi, Rishi's Beard, Mother-Child, Crocodile, Human Brain, Tiger and Cows udder.

Later drive to Visakhapatnam. On arrival, check into your hotel. Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 12: Sunday: Visakhapatnam to Delhi by flight: 6E 2726 at 0855 / 1140 Hrs.

After breakfast, check out and transfer to airport to board your flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to your hotel.

Later visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most Sikh Gurudwara or Sikh house of worship. Also, visit its community kitchen. The Kitchen of the Sikh Temple welcomes thousands of people every day regardless of caste, creed, religion or race and offers them a free meal or Langar.

Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 13: Monday: Delhi

After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi.

We encounter Old Delhi, capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries. We stop first at the Gandhi Memorial (Rajghat), the simple black marble slab honouring India’s beloved Mahatma Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of India’s independence movement renowned for his advocacy of civil disobedience as a form of nonviolent resistance.

Next we drive past the Red Fort for a photo opportunity. The Red Fort complex of palaces is considered the greatest of all Delhi’s earlier cities and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

From here we visit India’s largest mosque, the red sandstone and marble Jama Masjid, completed in 1656 as the last monument commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal.  Our tour continues with a Rickshaw Ride through bustling and colourful Chandni Chowk market, one of Delhi’s oldest and busiest, and where Moghul royalty once shopped.

We drive past India Gate & Rashtrapati Bhawan.

India Gate – The majestic 137-feet high arch that stands over an eternal flame to honour the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting alongside the British during World War I and the Afghan wars.

Rashtrapati Bhawan – built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, a unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament.

We continue on to see Qutub Minar, one of Delhi’s most visited and striking monuments. King Qutub-ud-din Aibak laid the foundation for the monument after defeating the last Hindu Kingdom in 1199.  With a height of 239 feet, this red stone tower ranks as the highest in India.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 14: Tuesday: Delhi - Departure

After breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to airport to board your flight to your onward destination.

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