Best of Odisha (Orissa)
Tour code: DT- 407 /SPCO – 2022
Tour Highlight : The best of Odisha tour package is deserve it’s name due to the special interest tour itinerary. In this special package tour it is contemporary of the People (best ethnic villages and their weekly markets) in south central part of Odisha (Orissa) with History and culture of coastal odisha – ancient to medieval temples of Old part of Bhubaneswar to Sun temple at Konark respectively , Nature- Flora and fauna of the famous Bhitarkanika national park , watching different birds on nature at Chilika lake and on the bank of Bhargavi river side, Tribal culture- ancient tribal dance style of Bora Gadhava tribe – Dhemsha to Classic Gotipua dance form at Raghurajpur artisan village , the Mahima Philosophy of Joranda to Mahayana Buddhist site (Lalitgiri , Udaygiri and Ratnagiri) – ancient Buddhist monastery and many more. to full fill it name ” Best of Odisha” Tour
Destination cover: Bhubaneswar- Phulbani- Rayagada- Jeypore- Gopalpur- Chandanpur- Puri- Dhenkanal- Bhitarkanika national park and many isolated tribal villages/ weekly markets
Package cost: Economic , Depend upon the group size (No. of Guest)
Duration of Tour: 15 Days/ 14 Night( weekend to weekend)
Tour begin upon arrival at the airport of Bhubaneswar . where our our representative welcome you and then transfer by road to hotel, if time permit visit the ancient cave (2nd century BC) Khandagiri and Udaygiri or Tribal museum (opening hour 10am to 5pm closed Monday and govt. holiday)/ details description the tour program with our representative at hotel.
Overnight : Bhubaneswar
D2-(sun)-BHUBANESWAR-KONDH VILLAGE- PHULBANI (5hr drive+ visit)-
After early breakfast departure to Phulbani on route visit the Kondh ethnic village at Phulbani jungle range. warm hospitality by them.
D3-(Mon)-KUTIA KONDH TRIBE VILLAGE-RAYAGADA (4.30hr drive+ visit)
While hiking (1hr flat jungle footpath ) at the Kutia Kondh village explore their life style . Then drive towards Rayagada and check in a nice hotel and relax.
D4-(Tue)-DESIA KONDH TRIBAL MARKET //VILLAGE-JEWELRY MAKING VILLAGE-RAYAGADA (3 hr drive+ visit)
special Jewelry is identity of each individual tribal community so Excursion the Tribal jeweler making village and live demonstration the age old lost wax process call Dokra by the artisan . Then meet the Desia tribe at their colorful weekly market at Dukum.
Desia Kondh tribe village is very special so afternoon visit their isolated villages inside lush green and high hill area (it is approximately 1200 mt above sea level -high hill zig zag jungle road but it connect with all weather motor able road ). If desire enjoy the tribal group song by the young tribal girls .We have very good social relation with the Desia kondh villagers , so if you desire enjoy the organic tribal cooked lunch at the village chief house. (food prepared by our special trained driver with the tribe at their village) /
D5-(wed)-DONGURIA KONDH TRIBAL MARKET-KUVI KONDH VILLAGE-MALI TRIBE VILLAGE- JEYPORE (5hr drive+ visit)
Meet the colourful Donguria tribe Kondh people at their weekly market at Chatikona. While drive towards Jeypore on route visit the Kuvi Kondh village (still their house style is like cave concept) and Mali village (Indo- Euro-pied tribe) then check in a clean and comfort hotel at Jeypore.
Jeypore: it is a cultural town of south odisha which is the center point of different tribal community.
D6-(Thursday)-BONDA TRIBE WEEKLY MARKET- GADHAVA TRIBE VILLAGE-WATERFALL-JEYPORE (3hr drive+visit)
Today please awake at dawn and with pack breakfast drive to Onkudelly meet the most colorful tribe in India- the Bonda tribe, at their weekly market (they called them self Remo- the men) . it is very nice meet them before they arrive at their weekly markets on the small hill trail of that valley (Very nice to explore their lifestyle and photography- for that we start our journey bit earlier today) after couple of hour with them drive to the gorgeous waterfall at Duduma
Afternoon visit the Bora Gadhava tribal village at Lamataput area / if desire enjoy their group tribal dance called – “Dhemsha” with very hygienic tribal lunch at at the tribal chief house / evening enjoy the city tour of Jeypore while hiking on the main grand road.
D7-(Friday)-KUNDULI- KORAPUT – POTTERY VILLAGE-PARAJA TRIBE VILLAGE- RAYAGADA (5hr drive+visit)
This day is for Paraja tribe , where you explore their life style at their very unique village and also the main colorful attraction is at their grand weekly market at Kunduli . Excursion also the God Jagannath philosophy at Koraput Jagannath temple ( where non Hindus and camera also allow at here)
Pottery making is part of life in rural Odisha so visit the grand pottery making village in tribal zone while back to Rayagada is very good idea because of to explore the traditional pottery making by hand (no electricity or any other modern equipment) by the pottery makers.
D8-(sat)-LANJIA SAURA TRIBE-HOT SULPHER SPRING-GOPALPUR (6hr drive+visit)
Lanjia Saura Tribe – The only Aryan tribe of Eastern India welcome you at their high hill jungle range of Puttasing area . while excursion their life style including their special tail shaped attire and don’t forget to see their worship place where they mural paint by rice pest popularly called – “Idital” .
At the exist of southern ethnic zone visit the special tribal worship place at Tapatapani – famous for hot sulpher spring.
Check in a nice hotel at Gopalpur, if time permit evening walk on beach .
D9- (sun)-GOPALPUR-CHILIKA LAKE- KONARK- CHANDANPUR (4.30hr drive+Visit)
Enjoy the sun rise on sea at Gopalpur (if it not cloud) .Then after breakfast drive towards Chandanpur, on route visit the paradise of the migratory and residential birds on nature in Chilika lake at Mangalajodi while catamaran boating ( with the boat man) meet hundreds of birds as near as possible – very nice for photography
Afternoon visit the world famous World heritage site -sun temple at Konark. Excursion the ancient love life and language of stone on 13th c AD.
Drive toward the unique village retreat at Chandanpur , check in a classic room and enjoy the rural pleasure of classic odisha.
Overnight: Selanidingo village retreat at Chandanpur
D10-(mon)-PURI-CYCLE RICKSHAW TRIP-VILLAGE TOUR-CHANDANPUR (2hr drive+ visit)
Early stand up and excursion the real rural pleasure of coastal village tour such as Grand pottery marking village, classic farmer village over catamaran boating on river ” Bhargavi”. (2hr) enjoy the traditional and continental breakfast at the open garden – at the village retreat.
Then explore the classical Puri over cycle rickshaw trip to visit the traditional street , old ponds, cremation place and also outer public path of Jagannath temple-12th AD (because non Hindus’ are not allowed ).
Special traditional lunch (Orissa special ) at the village retreat – Selanidingo.
Afternoon while hiking (1hr) visit the famous Artisan village at Raghurajpur , coconut picker village, Bhramin village etc.
If desire enjoy the classic Gotipua dance (with traditional costume and musical instrument) at the village retreat (arranged by us)
If desire here we arrange a royal barber for full body herbal oil massage in traditional method- chargeable
mouth watering dinner along with bonfire.
Overnight: Selanidingo village retreat at Chandanpur
Note- Selanidingo is a classic home stay village retreat which completely classic touch of rural orissa with realize the traditional lifestyle of coastal odisha and it is lifetime memorable with lots of activities/ classic organic food.
D11-(tue)-64 YOGINI TEMPLE-TEXTILE VILLAGE-DHENKANAL PALACE (5hr drive+ visit)
Morning after traditional breakfast check out and departure to Dhenkanal palace- approximately- 150years old (the 1st heritage palace of Orissa which has introduced the palace into hospitality line for the guest) en route visit the 64yogini temple at Hirapur. (the open roofed unique temple which is one of the fourth in India having nice and living condition and all 64 idols are present and the hair style and vehicle of each and every idols are different to other) then drive to famous textile village, Nuapatna ( famous for tie and dye popularly called ikat). Check in the nice heritage palace of Orissa-in Dhenkanal. Enjoy the royal food during evening at their royal dining hall and before bonfire at royal garden.
Note- For budget guests there are other accommodation facility instead of royal palace too.
D12- (wed)-DHENKANAL PALACE -JORANDA- BHITARKANIKA(5hr drive+visit)
Morning meet the Mahima sadhus (holy monks- using only tree bark to their lower part and having more than 2 meters of their matted hair) at their grand monastry at Joranda. Excursion the Mahima philosophy during their unique worship of infinity for the peace and harmony of the universe.
Afternoon Check in a nice eco resort at Bhitarkanika National park.
Overnight: Bhitarkanika National park
D13- (thu)-BHITARKANIKA NATIONAL PARK
Bhitarkanika : Famously known as mini Amazon of India , famous for different flora (mangrove forest ) with very different fauna including the grand salt water crocodile .
Meet the wild crocodile basking on sun ray on their natural creeks while boating in side of the park. Hiking inside the core area to meet the natural fauna such as spotted deer, wild boar, jungle fowl, water monitor lizard and different types of bird on nature.
Overnight: Bhitarkanika National park
Without ancient Buddhist Philosophy and culture odisha is incomplete so while return back to Bhubaneswar en-route excursion the ancient ruined Budhist University (Mahavihar- stupa- chaitya) at Ratnagiri and Udaygiri. Check in a nice hotel in Bhubaneswar.
D15-(sat)-BHUBANESWAR- TEMPLE TOUR- DEPARTURE.
Morning after breakfast checkout and excursion the ancient temples in chronological order from 7th to 11th c AD to excursion the evolution of ancient art and sculptures . Then evening departure to airport for your on wards journey with lots of sweet memories.
Note: Now there is no restriction for photography and video graphy in the tribal markets and different ethnic villages. For more description of tribal culture with real photos , path (driving route) , contact local person , or any tour related detail please feel free to contact us. We have Different cost categories of the same above itinerary such as Deluxe, Standard and Budget it deffer from standard of accommodation, type of transport, inclusion of food and other cultural activities / rest service remain same / if guest interest we may extend or revised our itinerary too
Organizing the tribal dance – “Dhemsha” at the tribal area and Gotipua classic dance at Raghurajpur Gurukul is our small try to upgrade their culture and Respect the sustainable tour is the main motto.
What ever you want out of your trip we can tailor make an itinerary for you!!!!!