Odisha tribal tour
The Soul Of Odisha

Orissa is one of the States in India, which can boast of a vast tribal population belonging to diverse races and culture. It has the second largest concentration of Tribals and constitutes an impressive 23 percent of the total population of the state. In the last few decades the veil has been ripped of the Tribal heart and of Orissa. Ethnic curio seekers, Anthropologists, Sociologists and Missionaries-they have all from time to time tried to penetrate the mystery surrounding the tribes of Orissa. Of these Tribes, the most numerous are the Kondh, the Paraja, the Gadabas, Koya and the famous Bonda tribes. Each of these tribes is marked for its own culture. Tour to hill Tribes with Car/Coach and guide can be extremely interesting. The scenery is magnificent, the villages and hamlets are fascinating. The tribes are quite friendly. It is very interesting to watch different colorful weekly markets. Tour to the tribe can be organised with proper planning

Day 01: Arrival Bhubneshwar
On arrival you will be met by Our representative at airport and escorted till your hotel. Afternoon half day tour of Temple City. Finest temples are the Lingraj Temple, Rajrani Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, Parsurameshwar and Brahmeshwar Temple. These temples are some of the best specimen of the Orissa Temple architecture. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Bhubneshwar – Puri
After an early breakfast proceed by surface to Puri enroute visiting the famous temples of Konark. See the beautiful Sun temple built in the 13th century in honour of the Sun God. Its exquisite carvings, the life-size statues of Lions and Elephants, colossal figures of warriors on horses, scenes of battle and the case-all testify to the high standard of ancient Indian art and architectural skill.

Afternoon city tour of Puri. Visit the place of pilgrimage for the Hindus, the renowned Jagannath Temple built in the 15th century AD and crowned with Vishnu's wheel and flag dominate the landscape at Puri. The temple with its elaborate carvings and mouldings are very fine examples of Orissa architecture. Overnight at the hotel. Note: Non Hindus are not allowed inside the Temple.

Day 03: Puri – Gopalpur
Morning post breakfast drive to Gopalpur-on- sea via Tenta, Birnasingpur along Chilka lake ; visit fishing village to see the fishermen at work, searching prawns, mackerel and crabs. Gopalpur offers secluded environment and magnificent sun, surf and sand for most of the year. Rest of the day at leisure at the beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Gopalpur – Rayagada
Morning post breakfast proceed by surface to Rayagada. Rayagada is a district of meadows, forests, waterfalls, and terraced valleys, peopled by colourful tribals and many primitive tribal groups. The scenic beauty and heritage on the land is an unexplored paradise. The systematic relationship between men and nature is a feast to the eyes of an outsider. It has its own languages and culture. The tribes living in the district posses dissimilar economics ranging from food gathering to settled cultivation. Their languages/dialects, societies and culture show inter-societal/cultural variations because of the persistence of ethnic mosaic formed by communities belonging to the scheduled tribes, scheduled castes and other castes groups. Afternoon visit the weekly Tribal markets of Majhiguda (35kms22 miles), Gumma (15kms/9 miles).Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Rayagada - Chatikona - Koraput - Jeypore (Must Be Wednesday)
Early morning after breakfast drive down to Chatikona to watch the interesting colorful weekly market of Kondh tribes. This tribe is one of the most primitive tribe of the Kondh's they live in the high slopes of the Niyamagiri Hills. These people are horticulturists. They grow fruits like Orange, Pineapple, Banana etc. The male people of this community also wear ear rings, nose rings, and keep their hair as women. Later proceed to Jeypore enroute visiting some villages of Paroja tribes. Arrive late evening and check in at the hotel and overnight.

Day 06: Jeypore - Ounkadeli – Jeypore
Early am visit is the home of the Bondas (primitive tribe). They live in the remote hills and keep themselves isolated. They grow rice by shifting cultivation and keep domesticated cows and goats. They can only be seen when they come to trade at the local market, and we must time our visit to coincide with the weekly market. The Bonda women are noticeable by their bead necklaces, striking brass and silver neck lets and their shaved heads decorated with plaits of Palmyra leaves. Later drive back to jeypore enroute visiting the pottery village of Paraja tribal village. O/n at Hotel

Day 07: Jeypore - Gupteshwar – Jeypore
Am drive to Gupteswar 70 km. Visit and walk through villages of interesting Dhuruba tribe. Visit the Cave temple of lord Shiva in the hidden mountain famous among the tribes. Later return back to hotel. O/n at Hotel.

Day 08: Jeypore - Kunduli – Jeypore
Early am drive to the tribal weekly market of Sanaparoja & Mali tribes in Kunduli 65 km away via Sunabeda. It is a very colorful market along the National highway side. Later drive to visit village of Sanaparoja tribes. O/n at Hotel

Day 09: Jeypore – Vishakapatnam
Morning post breakfast proceed by surface to Vishakapatnam enroute visit some beautiful south Indian villages. Vishakapatnam was named after the God of valor, Visakha. Once a small fishing, it formed a part of the Kalinga empire, under Ashoka in 260 BC. passed on successively from the Andhra kings to Bengi to The Pallavas, Cholas and Gangas. In the 15th century, Vishakapatnam became a part of the Vijayanagar Empire. It was transformed into a port town under the British. Now a bustling industrial and commercial city, it is the country's largest ship building yard. The most famous landmark at Vishakapatnam is the Dolphin's Nose, a rock promontory in the port that is 358 Mt. In height. The Ramakrishna Mission Beach, on the east cost and Rishikonda, known for their serenity, are popular with tourists. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Relax in the evening and overnight in the Hotel.

Day 10: Vishakapatnam-Departure
Morning after breakfast transfer to domestic airport for flight to your onward destination.