|4 – 6||Jeypore||Visit to Bonda, Gadaba and Paraja Tribal Market|
|8||Rayagad||Hiking in the Dongariya Kondh villages|
|9||Belghar||Visit to Kutia Kondh markets once famous for human sacrifice|
|11||Bhubaneshwar||Jain caves at Twin hills of Khandagiri and Udaygiri|
|13 – 14||Puri||Konark Sun Temple & Puri Beaches|
|16||Kolkata||Victoria Memorial, BBD Bag, Birla Planetarium, Indian Museum|
When To Go
The tribal land of Orissa welcomes all with open Arms. The largest tribal concentration in the Indian sub continent is in the south western part of Orissa. There are more than 62 tribal communities in Orissa. A tribal tour of Orissa allows tourists to come close to their tradition, a tradition that they have retained in spite of the onslaught of the modern civilization. If you visit some of the tribal villages and participate in their dance and festival, you will really fall in love with their various aspects. This will make the tribal tour of Orissa successful. Here, you can discover the original man-nature proximity. You can enjoy trekking beside the deep gorges and experience the soft mist of the outback, the local brew and a camp-fire. You will remember such an experience for years to come. This can be an important part of your itineraries around India.
Day 1 Arrive Kolkata
On your arrival to Kolkata, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your respective hotel. Overnight stay at Kolkata.
Day 2 Kolkata / Vishakhapatnam
The next morning you have to transfer to the railway station to catch a train to Vishakhapatnam. On your arrival at Vishakhapatnam station first transfer to a hotel. Overnight stay at Vishkhapatnam.
Day 3 Vishakhapatnam / Jeypore (234 kms & 4-5 hrs drive)
The third day of the tribal tour to Orissa will lead you to a morning drive to Jeypore. Check in at the nearby hotel and spend the rest of the day in leisure related activities. Jeypore is the commercial nerve center of Koraput districts. It is blessed with waterfalls and forests. It also has a mix of colorful wild life. Jeypore has all the facilities that you need for a convenient stay. You can also visit the places of interest in and around the city. Overnight stay at Jeypore.
Day 4 Jeypore
Take a morning excursion to Onkudeoli to visit the Bonda and Gadaba Tribal Market. This market is held only on Thursday. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Jeypore.
Day 5 Jeypore
Keep this day for the Paraja Tribes at the biggest market at Kundli. Reach the hotel at night and rest properly. Overnight stay at Jeypore.
Day 6 Jeypore
The 6th day of the tribal tour of Orissa should be planned in such a way so that you can go for a morning excursion in Jeypore that involves hiking to the Gadaba villages. Here, do not forget to enjoy the Gadaba dance. Overnight stay at Jeypore.
Day 7 Jeypore / Rayagada
The next trip is to Rayagada. Take your breakfast and then drive to Rayagada. On the way visit the market of the Paraja people, Jagannath temple and tribal museum. Overnight stay at Rayagada.
The morning excursion in Rayagada involves a full day hiking in the Dongariya Kondh villages. In these villages, you will witness women wearing dresses of white cotton togas. They also dress themselves with a flashy array of hairpins, ornaments, ear and nose rings and geometric tattoos. Overnight stay at Rayagada
Day9 Rayagada / Belghar (161 Kms / 3 Hrs)
The next morning, prepare yourself for a drive to Belghar en route visiting Kutia Kondh markets and villages. These markets were once famous for human sacrifice. Overnight stay at Belghar.
Day10 Belghar / Bhubaneshwar (260 kms & 7 hrs drive)
The following morning is the ultimate of the tribal tour of Orissa. A travel to Bhubaneshwar is all that you have waited for. Bhubaneshwar is popularly known as the “temple metropolis of India”. Bhubaneshwar is the capital of Orissa. It is famous for homing the world renowned Lingaraja Temple. It is one of the most planned cities in India. Plan for a half-day tour of the city. Overnight stay at Bhubaneshwar.
Keep the next morning for an excursion to the different sites of Bhubaneshwar. These tourist attractions include the 2nd century B.C. Jain monk caves at the twin hills of Khandagiri and Udaygiri, the tribal museum,etc. Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
The next day after taking your breakfast, visit the metal village at Sadeibarini and also the textile weaving villages of Nuapatna and Dokhra. Dhokra casting is a type of metal casting. It is basically a folk craft and is practiced in a few villages of Orissa. Drive to Baliguda after breakfast. Baliguda is in the district of Phulbani. It is a beautiful countryside full of small mountains of Sal forest. It is one of the entry points to the tribal highland of Orissa. On the way you can visit weavers village at Itamati and some of the typical villages in Orissa (You can stay at Baliguda). Arrive at the hotel in the evening. Overnight stay at Bhubaneshwar.
Day13 Bhubaneswar / Puri (70 kms & 1 hour drive)
The next morning drive to Puri en route Heerapur, Pipli, Dhauli and Konark Sun Temple. Dhauli is the place where emperor Asoka renounced bloodshed and embraced the teachings of Buddhism. Also visit the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), the Asokan Rock Edicts, etc. These sites were constructed by the emperor throughout his empire. The sculpted elephant atop the edict signifies Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism after his Kalinga victory in 261 BC. Pipli is a colorful village where you can find Orissan Handicrafts, the specialty being aplic work. In Konark, see the very famous Konark Temple (Chariot of The Sun God) built by the Eastern Ganga king, King Narasimha Deva in the thirteenth century A.D. The temple bears testimony to the excellence of art works in Orissa. The Sun Temple has been a beacon to sailors at sea for a number of centuries. It is also referred to as the Black Pagoda. Reach your hotel. Overnight stay at Puri.
Spend the next day in Puri again and visit some of the renowned locales. The best attraction of Puri are the sea beaches. The fine white sands of Puri beaches turn tourists spellbound. These beaches are the favorite spots even for pilgrims. They take their traditional purification dip over here. It is worth watching the spectacle of dazzling sunrise and sunset. Overnight stay at Puri.
Day15Puri / Kolkata (Overnight Train)
Having the lifetime experience in your tribal tour of Orissa, the 15th day is the day of transfer to the railway station to catch an overnight train to Kolkata. Overnight on board.
On your arrival to Kolkata do transfer to your hotel. During this time you may keep half of the day for a city tour covering Victoria Memorial, BBD Bag, Birla Planetarium, Indian Museum, etc. Overnight stay at Kolkata
On time transfer to the International Airport for your respective destination.