On the north east coast of India lies Odisha- a state of golden sand beaches, ancient temples and tribal people whose lifestyle today is little changed from centuries ago. This programme visits some of these tribes as well as the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sun temple at Konark.
Please note: as tribal markets only run on specific Days, we urge you not to book your international flights until an itinerary has been agreed upon, in order to ensure the best use of your time and the most economical trip possible. Also please note in this region an accompanying guide is essential as access to villages is impossible without such a person. The itinerary outlined here is only a sample of what is possible in this fascinating region. We recommend adding time in neighbouring Chhattisgarh if time permits.
Day 1: You’ll be met on arrival in Mumbai and assisted with the transfer to your hotel, Overnight in Mumbai
Day 2: Day of Sightseeing around Mumbai, tailored to your interests; it can include a walking tour of Dharavi, India’s largest slum, a car-based tour of Mumbai’s main sights or an excursion to the ancient rock-cut caves at Elephanta Island. Overnight in Mumbai
Day 3: Transfer to Mumbai airport and fly direct to Bhubaneswar. Here you’ll meet your guide and make the short drive down to Puri, touring this important pilgrimage town in the afternoon.Overnight in Puri
Day 4: Full day Excursion to the Sun Temple Complex at Konark, Overnight in Puri
Day 5: Return to Bhubaneswar, en route visiting Dhauli, Asokan Rock edicts and 64 Yogini Temples of Heera Pur. PM city tour andOvernight in Bhubaneswar
Day 6: Full day Excursion to the Buddhist Triangle of Orissa; Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udaigiri, Overnight Bhubaneswar
Day 7: Full day Excursion to Nuapatana Textile Village and Sadeibarini metalworking Village to see the work of the local craftspeople at first hand, Overnight in Bhubaneswar
Day 8: Drive via Chilika Lake (almost an inland sea it is so vast) to Gopalpur-On-Sea on the Bay of Bengal and relax by the ocean in this tranquil location, Overnight in Gopalpur-on-Sea
Day 9: Drive to Rayagada en route visiting Desia Kondh Tribal Villages and Sulphur Spring of Taptapani, Overnight at Rayagada
Day 10: Full day excursion to Kutia Kondh tribal villages in the Tumudibandh area and witness village life, Overnight at Rayagada
Day 11: Visit Dongariya Kondh Tribal market (this market operates on Wednesday only)at Chatikona, drive to Jeypore,Overnight at Similiguda
Day 12: Visit the Most Colourful tribe of Orissa, the Bonda people, at their Market (this Market operates on Thursday only) and visit a Gadaba Village, continue to Visakhapatnam, Overnight at Visakhapatnam
Day 13: Visit Simachalam Temple then transfer to Visakhapatnam airport for departure