Bhubaneshwar to Nagpur - Temples, Tribal Villages and Tiger Safari
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Bhubaneshwar to Nagpur - Temples, Tribal Villages and Tiger Safari tour will begin with pick up from Bhubaneswar airport. Visit some of the tranquil villages in Odisha serving as the permanent abode to ancient tribes. Most of these villages are jotted with lush green forests, scenic landscapes and an array of flora and fauna, which makes the villages self-sufficient for the tribal people. Each of the days in this itinerary is dedicated to different tribes for incredible experience. Embark on enthralling jeep safari in dense forest of Kanger Valley & Tadoba Andhari National Parks. These Parks are the ideal home for wide ranges of wild creatures; right from the mighty tigers to the most populated Barasingha and the countless species of plants, birds, reptiles and insects.
Day 1: Bhubaneswar
On arrival at Bhubaneshwar airport assistance and transfer to hotel.
Later city tour visiting famous temples Parasurameshwar, Mukteshwar, Rajarani & Lingaraj temple (non-Hindus are not allowed to enter inside the main temple sanctum). Also excursion to visit Khandgiri, Udayagiri Jain caves and Dhauli Rock Edicts. Evening enjoy Dhauli light & sound show at Dhauli (Closed on Monday). Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Bhubaneshwar - Baliguda (260kms / 6hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Baliguda through the lush green countryside roads. While on the way, you can witness an array of smaller hills covered with luscious Sal forests and visit some of the Oriya villages. The view along with the surroundings will surely amaze you! Arrive Baliguda, check-in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Baliguda - Rayagada (180kms / 4hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel visit Barkhama village, the remote villages of tattooed faces ethnic ‘Kutia Khond’ tribe. This tribe is one of the oldest and largest tribes of Orissa. Once known for their ‘human sacrificing rituals’, the kutia Khond are now known for their lively traditions and colourful cultures. The reason the women tattooed their faces was to make them appear ugly to men from other tribes. These identifying marks ensure they will recognize each other in the spirit world. The women are readily identifiable by their geometric facial tattoos that on close observation bear striking similarity to tiger's whiskers. Also observe the lifestyle of the tribal people of the region. They are humble, generous and all through their lives, they remain dependent on nature for food and other amenities for livelihood. While spending time amidst the Kutia Khond people, learn some of the ‘Kui’ language; language spoken by this tribe, and enjoy a picnic lunch in the village.
After lunch drive to Rayagada to check in at the hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Rayagada – Chatikona – Koraput – Jeypore (220kms/ 6hrs approx)
After early breakfast drive to visit the weekly marketplace of the ‘Dongaria Kondh’ tribe in Chatikona (must be Wednesday). Highly ornamented Dongria Kondh and Desia Kondh villagers from the nearby hills bring many products to sell. The Dongaria Kondh tribe are one of the fascinating tribes in these locales, who still follows animism and worships Mother Nature. This tribe lives in the higher slopes of the Niyamagiri Hills.
After sightseeing drive to Jeypore enroute stop to visit Koraput Tribal Museum which remains open in the day time. In the museum, you can find a variety of tribal culture and many objects of tribe people such as utensils, tools and clothes, as well as some paintings. Some of these things are on sale. There is the exhibition of the whole Jagannath Puri Temple including all the interiors, the sculptures and most important – the gods. At the back of the temple, there is a series of statues of Jagannath in his various costumes.
Continue drive to Jeypore and check in at hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Jeypore – Onukuadelli – Lamtaput – Jeypore (200kms/ 5hrs approx)
After early breakfast drive to Onukuadelli a small village 65kms away from Jeypore to visit the weekly marketplace of the Bonda tribe (must be Thursday). Bonda women loves to ornate themselves with silver bands across their neck, strings of colourful beads on their torsos, bangles on their arms and apply castor oils on their hairs. Alcohol is an important ingredient in their social events. It is an extreme delight to be with this tribe!
Next head to Lamtaput village occupiend by Gadaba Tribes. On the first look, the Gadaba tribe might appear similar to the Bonda tribe, but they are not. Some differences in the lifestyles of Gadaba tribe differentiates them form the Bondas. Women in this tribe are keen lovers of colourful attires and also love to decorate themselves with various types of traditional jewellery.
Drive back to Jeypore for dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Jeypore – Kunduli – Nandapur – Jeypore (180kms/ 4hrs approx)
After early breakfast drive to visit Kunduli Market (must be Friday) and a few Paraja Tribal Villages. Explore the biggest tribal marketplace Kunduli and get astounded by the ‘Sana Paroja’ and ‘Mali’ tribes of Orissa. They broadly divided into two sections such as Bada Paroja & Sana Paroja. Men usually wear lion cloths, napkins and women wear coarse and cheap sarees. Children up to 3-4 years of age go naked. You can also get souvenirs and mementos from the marketplace.
Continue to visit Nandapur the ancient capital of Jeypore famous for the throne of 32 steps, also known as ‘Batrisa Simhasana’ which is believed to be built by the great Vikramaditya. The village is also flanked by some small streams. Towards the northern end of this village, one can find two massive boulders. One of them contains beautiful sculptures and the other has an elephant engraved in it. A little further in the same direction lies the shrine of Lord Sarveswar which too has some inscriptions engraved in it. Seeing these sculptures and inscriptions one can visualize the glorious past of this village.
Drive back to Jeypore for dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Jeypore - Kanger Valley National Park - Jagdalpur (130kms/ 3hrs approx)
After early breakfast proceed to visit the rich forests of the Kanger Valley National Park. Spread over an area of approximately 200 square kilometres consisting mainly of hilly terrain, the park derives its name from the Kanger River, which flows throughout its length. The enchanting Tirathgarh waterfall and the extraordinary stalactite and stalagmite caves. Major wildlife of the Kanger Valley National Park are tigers, leopards, mouse deer, wild cat, chital, sambar, barking deer, jackals, langurs, rhesus macaque, sloth bear, flying squirrel, wild boar, striped hyena, rabbits, pythons, cobra, crocodiles, monitor lizards and snakes. The avian fauna at the park includes hill myna, spotted owlet, red jungle fowl, racket-tailed drongos, peacocks, parrots, steppe eagles, red spurfowl, phakta, bhura teeter, tree pie and heron among many others. The flora in the park consists chiefly of mixed moist deciduous type of forests with predominance of sal, teak and bamboo trees. In fact, the Kanger Valley is the only region in the Peninsular India where one of the last pockets of virgin and untouched forests are still left.
After the safari in National Park drive to Jagdalpur check in at the hotel. Later visit some of the local Bison – Horn Maria tribe, renowned for their spectacular ceremonial dancing. You will be entertained by a performance of the tribal people, before returning to your hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Jagdalpur - Chitrakote Waterfalls - Kanker (200kms/ 4hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, visit Anthropological Museum of Jagdalpur, where you will see different tribal groups of Chhattisgarh.
Later drive to Kanker via visiting one of the largest Tribal markets of Lohandiguda, where all tribal groups gather from South Bastar. Also visit Chitrakote waterfall, the Niagara-like horseshoe waterfall created by Indravati River nearby.
Continue drive to Kanker check in at hotel Kanker Palace. Situated by the river Doodh and surrounded by dense jungles and extraordinary tribal cultures. It is more of a heritage jewel famed for its unique traditions and a rich tribal history. There are exotic craftworks and artistic handicrafts which are essentially a part of this place’s unique talented artisans. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Kanker - Tadoba Andhari National Park (300kms/ 6hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Gadiya Mountain, a heritage city which dates back to the times when Dharma Dev who is a renowned Kandra King, triumphed over Kanker. He announced this mountain as his main territory as well as the capital. There is a secretive and mysterious cave to this place which was used as a hiding place for the king of Kanker and his family. Moreover, a tank is found here which never gets short of water and has its parts named on the two daughters of the ruler Dharma Dev.
Later drive to Tadoba Andhari National Park check in at resort. Rest time free and easy to relax and personal activities. Dinner & overnight at resort.
Day 10: Tadoba National Park
Breakfast at resort, morning and afternoon game drive gypsy safari in the tiger reserve. Lunch, dinner and overnight at resort.
The Tadoba National Park is divided into three separate forest ranges, i.e. Tadoba north range, Kolsa south range, and Morhurli range, which is sandwiched in between the first two. There are two lakes and one river in the park, which gets filled every monsoon, the ‘Tadoba Lake,’ ‘Kolsa Lake,’ and ‘Tadoba River.’ These lakes and rivers provide vital ingredients needed to sustain the park’s life.
The Tadoba Tiger Reserve is rich in flora and fauna. Some of the famous and wildly seen flora of this park include, Teak, Ain, Bija, Dhauda, Hald, Salai, Semal, Tendu, Beheda, Hirda, Karaya gum, Mahua Madhuca, Arjun, Bamboo, Bheria, Black Plum, and many others. Apart from this the list of animals noted in this part include, Tigers, Indian leopards, Sloth bears, Gaur, Nilgai, Dhole, Striped Hyena, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cats, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Chital, Marsh Crocodile, Indian Python, Indian Cobra, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Peacock, Jewel Beetles, Wolf Spiders, etc.
Day 11: Tadoba National Park - Nagpur (145kms/ 3hrs approx)
Breakfast at resort. Morning game drive gypsy safari in the tiger reserve. After lunch drive to Nagpur airport to board flight for onward destination.
10 Nights accommodation in selected category of hotels
All meals (full board accommodation breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
English speaking tour guide
Entrances to monuments mentioned in the itinerary
Jeep safari in Nationalal Park with naturalist
Bottled drinking water in vehicle
Hotels used or similar for 10 nights accommodation
Bhubaneswar x 1 night
3* - Kalinga Ashok/ The HHI
4* - Fortune Park Sishmo/ Mayfair Convention
5* - Mayfair Lagoon/ Trident Hotel
Baliguda x 1 night
Hotel Santosh Bhawan/ Hotel Patakhanda
Rayagada x 1 night
Hotel Sai International/ Hotel Tejasvi International
Jeypore x 3 nights
3*/4*/5* - Hotel Hello Jeypore/ Hotel Madhumati
Jagdalpur x 1 night
3*/4*/5* - Bastar Jungle Resort (Village Stay)/ Naman Bastar
Kanker x 1 night
3*/4* - Kanker Palace Cottages
5* - Kanker Palace/ Kanker Palace Annexe
Tadoba Andhari National Park x 2 nights
3* - Tadoba Tiger King Resort/ Serai Tiger
4* - Tadoba Jungle Camp/ Red Earth
5* - The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge/ Waghoba Eco Lodge
(Note: There are no 3/4 or 5 star hotels in tribal areas of Baliguda, Rayagada, Jeypore, Jagdalpur & Kanker. Neat and clean guest house basic facilities hotels will be provided in all options.
Any flight tickets.
Camera charges at monuments.
Meals other than mentioned in day plan.
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Gratuities & optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.