Kolkata to Vizag East Coast Overland Tour
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The Kolkata to Vizag East Coast Overland Tour will begin in Kolkata a colonial city with many historical monuments. Then drive to Balasore a seaside resort with mile long beaches. further drive to Bhitarkanika a mangrove forest & breeding ground for Olive Ridley turtles. Off the beach explore Ratnagiri, Udaigiri & Lalitgiri excavated Buddhist Sites, then reach Bhubaneshwar the temple town. Visit Konark Sun Temple and further drive on east coast road to Gopalpur & Srikakulaman. Another tern to explore the Araku Valley an enticing hill station with millions year old limestone Borra Caves. End your tour in Vizag a port city and industrial center on the Bay of Bengal known for its many beaches & museum.
Day 1: Arrive Kolkata
On arrival at Kolkata Airport assistance & transfer to hotel (hotel check in/out time 12pm). Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kolkata
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Kolkata. Visit Fort William one of most enduring Raj-era edifices built during the early years of the Bengal Presidency of British India, on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly.
Victoria Memorial the immaculate white memorial bounded by verdant greenery and broad roads dedicated to Queen Victoria. Inside the memorial there is a museum where you can see the dresses of the queen as well as different kinds of weapons used during that era.
Netaji Bhawan a building maintained as a memorial and research center to the life of the Indian nationalist Netaji`s Subhas Chandra Bose. The house, built by Bose`s father in 1909, is owned and managed by the Netaji Research Bureau and includes a museum, archives and library. Howrah Bridge one of the most popular bridges of India, built on the river Hooghly. It is one of the major Kolkata attractions and people from different part of the country come here especially to witness this amazingly structured bridge.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple one of the major pilgrimage center dedicated to Goddess Kali. Located on the bank of River Hoogly, the temple compound maintains a large courtyard with rooms along the boundary walls, twelve shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, a bathing ghat on the river and a shrine dedicated to Rani Rashmoni. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Kolkata - Balasore (250kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Balasore check in at hotel.
Later visit Khirachora Gopinatha Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Built by King Langula Narasimha Deva between 1238 - 1264 AD. Jagannatha Temple, a wonderful architechtural model made in 2015 with red stone. All the ritual are being observed as per the Jagannath Temple Puri.
Also visit Chandipur-on-sea a seaside resort famous for its mile long beach. It is one of the few beaches of the world where the sea recedes up to 5 km daily at low tide. Chasing the waves when the sea retreats, is an unforgettable experience. This gives the visitor the unexpected pleasure of literally walking fearlessly into the sea. Swaying casurina trees, sand dunes and the vast open beaches make Chandipur one of the finest beaches in India. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Balasore - Bhitarkanika (165kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Bhitarakanika check in at hotel. Rest time to relax and explore the surrounding. Overnight at Jungle Cottage/ Tent.
Day 5: Bhitarkanika
Breakfast at hotel. Explore Bhitarkanika the breeding ground for Olive Ridley turtles on a boat safari in Mangrove forest serpentine creeks, watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of Kingfisher, and estuarine crocodiles basking in the sun. Also visit Bagagahan Bird Sanctuary, climb to watch tower, look for Pelican & different varieties of Storks.
Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is sprawls over 650 sq. kms and boasts of rich marine vegetation, salt tolerant varieties of trees and plants, rivers and creeks. Home to some of the rarest species in the world both flora and fauna, the sanctuary is mainly known for its species of reptiles especially crocodiles, however, it also attracts a plethora of migrant species like Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Asian Open Bill, Black Ibis, Egrets, and Darters etc. In the winter (which is the ideal migrating season for avifauna species), you can find as many as 215 species of migratory birds. The highlight of the wildlife sanctuary is the rare white crocodile that can grow up to 23 feet. Another attraction of the region are the sprawling mangrove trees making it the second largest mangrove forest in India. There are several entrances available for the park, the most popular one of which is boating from Khola to Dangmal. This entrance allows you to walk through the dense forests and experience the rich ecosystem in all its glory. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Bhitarkanika - Bhubaneshwar (200kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning boat safari. Drive to Puri via visiting Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri & Udaigiri famous for Jain & Buddhist Monasteries. Lalitgiri, earliest Buddhist Complex dating back to the 1st century AD. The majestic ruins of the huge brick monastery, the remains of the chaitya hall, a number of votive Stupas & a renovated stone stupa at the apex of a small rugged sandstone hill dominate the rural greenery around.
Next visit Ratnagiri, famous for many significant Buddhist sculptures scattered around in the hill range. The excavations have revealed the relation of this place with the Gupta Dynasty, dates back to 6th Century AD. The huge monastery showing that Buddhism spread through these areas in the later part, especially due to the influence of the great King Ashoka.
On arrival check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Bhubaneshwar - Puri (75kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Lingaraja Temple, the 11th century temple described as fusion of dream & reality, a rare masterpiece, and one of the finest examples of purely Hindu temple. Every inch of the 55 m-high Lingaraja temple is covered with elaborate carvings. Sculpture & architecture fused elegantly to create a perfect harmony. Mukteshwara Temple, build in 7th-8th century AD, one of the most ornate temples in Bhubaneswar. The intricate carvings of the deities stand testimony to the influence of Hindu, Buddha & Jain style of architecture. The carvings on the roof are specially striking. Parashurameshwara Temple, a small but richly decorated shrine of Shiva that was built in the 7th century. It is one of the best examples of the Orissa style of temple architecture.
Also visit Dhauli, where Mauryan Emperor Ashoka the Great renounced bloody warfare & embraced the teachings of Buddha after victory over kingdom of Kalinga. Visit Peace Pagoda known as Shanti Stupa built in early 1970 by Japanese. Also visit two ancient rock edicts, today eclipsed by the presence of the Pagoda dating from 260 BC they outline Ashoka`s detailed instructions to his administrators to rule with gentleness & fairness. Udaigiri & Khandgiri caves, largest Buddhist Complex in Orissa. These hills provide some solid examples of Jain & Buddhist art of the 2nd Century BC. There are monasteries, Chaitya & Stupas that represent a vibrant culture that flourished in these hills.
Later drive to Puri check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Puri
Breakfast at hotel. Visit The Konark Sun Temple, a 13th century Temple in the form of the chariot with 24 wheels, heavily decorated with symbolic stone carvings and led by a team of six horses. It was constructed from oxidizing weathered ferruginous-coloured sandstone by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The temple is one of the most renowned temples in India and is a World Heritage Site as a cultural property under categories (i). Pipili applique work village, Raghurajpur artisan village, Ramchandi temple, Chandrabhaga beach & Lord Jagannath temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Puri - Gopalpur (135kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Gopalpur enroute visit Chilika Lake, the second largest brackish water lagoon in the world after the New Caledonian barrier reef. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent & home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals. Enjoy a pleasant boat ride amidst the colorful migratory birds and the quaint water.
Continue drive to Gopalpur check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Gopalpur - Srikakulam (170kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Srikakulam check in at hotel.
Later excursion to visit the Buddhist heritage site of Salihundam. There are a number of Buddhist stupas and a huge monastic complex on a hillock amidst scenic surroundings. Four stupas, relic caskets, and architectural shrines were discovered during digging performed by state authorities, as well as sculptures of Buddhist deities Mareechi and Tara. All of the remnants were built between the 2nd century and 12th century, reflecting the different times of Buddhism: Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana. Buddhism spread to Sumatra and other far-eastern countries from here. Salihundam is one of the main Buddhist excavation sites, showing evidence that Buddhism thrived in the local area during the 2nd and 3rd centuries. In city visit Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple, a 7th century AD sun temple, believed to be built by king Devendra Varma is one of the oldest sun temples in India. Sri Kurmanatha Swamy Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated Mahavishnu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Srikakulam - Araku Valley (145kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Araku Valley, an enticing hill station offers enlivening viewpoints, imposing waterfalls and lush green coffee plantations. Explore the Borra Caves, one of the largest, million year old limestone caves set at an elevation of 705m above the sea level. The marvellous creation of nature was formed when river waters flow through a limestone area, and the calcium carbonate turns into calcium bicarbonate, which is easily washed out by the running water. The most striking feature of the caves is its exquisite variety of speleothems ranging in size. Tribal Museum, that showcase the tribal culture and house utensils, jewellery, hunting tools & wedding photographs of tribal. Coffee Plantations on Ananthagiri Hills. The smell of coffee leaves is spread through the entire valley on miles and miles long coffee plantations in the mesmerizing hills of Ananthagiri. You will find a lot of tribal population working in the coffee plantations.
Also visit Waterfalls & Galikonda Viewpoint. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Araku Valley - Vizag (120kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Vizag check in at hotel.
Later city tour of Vizag a port city and industrial center on the Bay of Bengal. Visit Submarine Museum located inside an actual submarine INS Kurusura. The INS Kurusura served the Indian Navy for 31 years before it was decommissioned in 2001. The museum is situated on RK beach, near the War Memorial. The museum has artefacts, pictures and articles that share stories of strength, sacrifice and patriotism of the warriors. Nearby are the elaborate Kali Temple and the Visakha Museum, an old Dutch bungalow housing local maritime and historical exhibits. Kailasagiri a hill top park & one of the best tourist spots in the city for a bird`s eye view of the bay. Victory at Sea War Memorial located on beach road a well maintained monument that generates a sense of patriotism and pride in our countrymen who fight selflessly for the safety of our citizens. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Vizag - Departure
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule departure transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
Assistance on arrival at airport.
12 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotels. Any other meal (lunch/ dinner) if clearly mentioned in the itinerary).
Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Boat safari in Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest with naturalist.
Bottled drinking water in car.
Hotels used or similar for 12 night accommodation
Kolkata x 2 nights
3* - Regenta Orko's/ The Fern Residency
4* - The Peerless Inn/ The Fern Residency
5* - ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection/ The Lalit Great Eastern
Balasore x 1 nights
3*/4*/5* - Hotel Swarnachuda/ Panthnivas Panchalingeswar
Bhitarkanika x 2 nights
3*/4*/5* - Nature Camp Bhitarkanika Retreat/ Estuarine Village Resort Bhitarkanika
Bhubaneswar x 1 nights
3* - Kalinga Ashok/ The HHI
4* - Fortune Park Sishmo/ Mayfair Convention
5* - Mayfair Lagoon/ Trident Hotel
Puri x 3 nights
3* - Toshali Sands/ Blue Lily Beach Resort
4* - The Hans Coco Palms/ The Chariot Resort & spa
5* - Mayfair Waves
Any flight tickets.
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.