Bhubaneswar to Vizag The Tribal Village & Marketplaces
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Bhubaneswar to Vizag The Tribal Village & Marketplaces Tour will begin with pick up from Bhubaneswar airport. Visit some of the tranquil villages in Orissa 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. This tour will take the visitors to some of the remote villages and will offer them the opportunity to know about their colorful life and cultures. Each of the days in this itinerary is dedicated to different tribes for incredible experience. You will also visit Araku Valley blessed with lush coffee plantation and million year old Borra Caves. Tour will end in Vizag a bustling industry port and hub for Indian Navy.
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 stay dependant on the 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 check in at 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 the 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 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 event. 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 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 – Araku Valley - Vizag (230kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Vizag via visiting Araku Valley. Araku an enticing hill station offers enlivening viewpoints, imposing waterfalls and lush green coffee plantations. Visit Tribal Museum, Katiki Waterfalls, Galikonda Viewpoint & Ananthagiri Coffee Plantations. Next head to explore the Borra Caves one of the largest cave in India, one million year old limestone caves set at an elevation of 705m above the sea level. An underground world of admiration, Borra Caves is a must visit and is filled with stalagmite and stalactite formations featuring Shiv Parvathi, Tiger, Mother Child, Cows udder, Human Brain, Crocodile and Rishi’s Beard. Continue drive to Vizag check in at hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Vizag - Departure
Breakfast at hotel. City tour of Vizag a port city and industrial center on the Bay of Bengal. It's known for its many beaches, including Ramakrishna Beach, home to a preserved submarine at the Kursura Submarine Museum. Nearby are the elaborate Kali Temple and the Visakha Museum, an old Dutch bungalow housing local maritime and historical exhibits.
After sightseeing transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
Garland welcome and assistance of our office representative at airport
8 Nights accommodation in below mentioned hotels or similar
Full board accommodation (all meals included from 1st day dinner to last day breakfast)
Bottled drinking water in car
Private accompanied English speaking speaking guide from arrival till departure.
Private Chauffer driven air-conditioned deluxe car/ van for airport transfers, sightseeing & excursion as per program.
Monument entrance fees & activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Hotels used or similar for 7 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
Vizag x 1 night
3* - Best Western Ramachandra Hotel/ Keys Select Visakhapatnam - By Lemon Tree Hotels
4* - The Park Hotel/ Fairfield by Marriott
5* - The Gateway Hotel Beach Road/ The Bheemli Resort Managed By AccorHotels
Note; Therte are no 4*/ 5* hotels in Baliguda, Rayagada & Jeypore.
Any air fare
Camera charges at monuments
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Or anything not mentioned above.