ORISSA ODYSSEY TOUR
14 Nights / 15 Days
From the cultural capital of India to the Tribal forests of Orissa, this is truly an odyssey through one of the most culturally diverse populations of India as well as one of the most diverse scenic routes one can travel.
Itinerary Route: Kolkatta - Bhitarkanika - Bhubaneshwar - Puri - Gopalpur - Rayagada - Jeypore - Lamtaput - Visakhapatnam
Day 1: Arrive Kolkatta
Upon arrival, a Tour Packages India Representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Kolkatta
Spend the day sightseeing. Kolkatta is a great city to explore - see "Local Attractions" for a comprehensive list of things to do, places to go, what to see in this cultural capital of India.
Day 3: Kolkatta to Bhitarkanika National Park (via Train)
In the morning, board the train to Bhitarkanika. The ride takes you through some of the most scenic parts of Orissa - paddies and plains, remote villages. From the railway station you'll be transferred to the National Park to check in to a guest house where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 4: Bhitarkanika National Park
A coastal national park, Bhitarkanika is a nature lover's dream - sea, sand, rivers, forest, creeks, ponds. The wildlife is diverse and it's a birdwatcher's paradise. Take a drive deep into the wildlife sanctuary and keep your eyes peeled for the elusive saltwater crocodile. Spend the night in a guest house and dine to the music of nature.
Day 5: Bhitarkanika to Bhubaneshwar (300 km / 7 hour drive)
After leaving the park, spend the day driving to Bhubaneshwar. En route, stop at ancient Buddhist ruins, take in scenic overlooks, picnic under Banyan trees, stop on hilltops for the panoramic views of lush valleys below. Ascend into the capital of Orissa and spend the night.
Day 6: Bhubaneshwar to Puri (120 km / 2 hour drive)
On the drive to Puri enjoy stops along the way at Yogini Temple in Heerapur, Pippli Aplique work village, and the, Dhauli Peace Pagoda. Continue on to Puri, an important Pilgrimage Center of India which boasts the largest kitchen in the world serving over 100,000 devotees daily. Check-in to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 7: Puri
Enjoy a trip to Pippli Aplique work village and the famous Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site - built in the a form of Chariot in the 13 century. Later, tour Puri - Jagannath Temple, Potters Village, Grand Road, Fishing Colony. Enjoy a meeting with local painters and learn how to mix organic colors. In the evening, be sure to visit the beach to check out the sand sculptures. Sand art in Puri has achieved global recognition and it's not unusual to see sand artists at work on the beach in the evenings.
Day 8: Puri
Spend the day as you wish. See "Local Attractions" for ideas on where to go and what to see..
Day 9: Puri to Gopalpur via Chilika Lake (245 km / 5 hour drive)
On the drive to Gopalpur enjoy a stopover at Chilika Lake for dolphin spotting. Chilika Lake is spread over 1100 sq.km. and is the largest brackish body of water in Asia. It's a favorite stopover for migratory birds and a birdwatcher's paradise. Take a boat ride and get a closer look at flamingos, cranes, pelicans and whatever other flying creatures the season may bring. And, as always, you're sure to spot Wild Asiatic Dolphins. Wind up at Gopalpur-on-Sea - a quiet beach resort town - where you'll spend the night.
Day 10: Gopalpur to Rayagada (215 km - 4 hour drive)
Drive into the tribal territories via quiet country roads lined with teak plantations and dense forest, into idyllic remote villages and fascinating little marketplaces, and encounter the Adivasis tribe - considered to be the true indigenous people of India. Hidden away in the hills of the Eastern Ghats, the Adivasis account for 25% of Orissa's population making it the most populous Adivasi region in all of India. The traditions of these diverse ethnic tribes are fiercely guarded and you'll most likely witness a way of life which has remained relatively unchanged throughout history.
Day 11: Rayagada to Jeypore (160 km / 3 hour drive)
En route to Jeypore, drive through the hilly regions of the Eastern ghats and rub shoulders with the largest weekly gathering of indigenous peoples at the vibrant Chatikona Market. Join Dongrja Kondh girls with their countless hairpins, earrings and nose rings fawn over fancy items. A people watcher's heaven. Spend the night in Rayagada.
Day 12: Jeypore to Lamtaput (157 km / 3 hour drive)
Visit the most extraordinary weekly market of India' most primitive indigenous peoples at the Onukadeli marketplace. Observe the Bonda tribeswomen adorned with a kaleidoscope of beads; picnic under a waterfall and follow the footsteps of the Gaddava and Paroja tribes; camp near their village and participate in the evening revelry; dance the Dhemsa long into night! Lamtaput is a melting pot of indigenous cultures who gather to trade their goods and wares every week. A healthy balance maintained between co-dependency and individual identity is most apparent during these occasions. Spend the night in Lamtaput.
Day 13: Lamtaput to Visakhapatnam (145 km / 3 hour drive)
Check-out in the morning and take the scenic drive to Visakhapatnam. Stop along the way at Kunduli weekly market where everything from cattle to dried fish is sold. If you dare, try the home-brewed alcohol! Pass through dense forested hills and green valleys as you drive into the port city of Visakhapatnam. Spend the evening visiting the 11th century hilltop Simachalam temple, dine at the beach. Spend the night.
Day 14: Visakhapatnam
Spend the day as you like. See "Local Attractions" for what to do, where to do, what to see.
Day 15: Depart from Visakhapatnam
Checkout and transfer to airport or railway station for onward journey.
Beachside terrace rooms, tribal village guest houses, wildlife preserve rest houses - a unique and diverse selection of places to stay.
Best Time: October to March - temperatures are warm during the day and cool at night. Summers along the coastal areas are extremely humid, hot,...
Best Time: October to March - temperatures are warm during the day and cool at night. Summers along the coastal areas are extremely humid, hot, sticky and uncomfortable. Monsoons bring some relief but the humidity can still be quite high. October thru March (Winter) 15°C - 32°C (60°F - 90°F) April thru June (Summer) 25°C - 39°C (78°F - 102°F) July thru September (Monsoons) 24°C - 32°C (77°F - 90°F)
Kolkatta (Calcutta) is one of the easiest India hubs to reach - via Air, Rail, or Bus...anything and everyone eventually goes to Kolkatta. Book a...
Kolkatta (Calcutta) is one of the easiest India hubs to reach - via Air, Rail, or Bus...anything and everyone eventually goes to Kolkatta. Book a train from most anywhere, fly in domestically or internationally, take the roadway and enjoy the scenery.
This exciting food part of the tour begins in Kolkatta - home to chaats and meat snacks and delicacies. Bhubaneshwar and Puri place a large emphasis...
This exciting food part of the tour begins in Kolkatta - home to chaats and meat snacks and delicacies. Bhubaneshwar and Puri place a large emphasis on a vegetarian diet and some excellent veg dishes can be found. More rural type tribal fare will be served throughout Rayagada, Jeypore, and Lamtaput. Orya food is typically quite spicy and prepared with significantly less oil used in cooking than other parts of India. It's a tour for the taste buds to savor.
Local festivals, ancient Buddhist ruins, beaches galore, dolphin spotting, birdwatching, tribal maketplaces, rare crocodiles, maritime...
Local festivals, ancient Buddhist ruins, beaches galore, dolphin spotting, birdwatching, tribal maketplaces, rare crocodiles, maritime museums...plenty to peak your interests on this odyssey through Orissa.
A Must Read before you book your tour... ORISSA ODYSSEY TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary...
A Must Read before you book your tour... ORISSA ODYSSEY TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary information about Deposits and Payments, Cancellation Policy, Refund Schedule...be sure to read it before booking your tour Terms and Conditions The purchase of any travel services offered by Tour Packages India (hereafter referred to as "TPI") constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and TPI, and represents your acceptance of the TPI Terms & Conditions. Deposit and Final Payment A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 15% per tour is required for TPI to ensure your reservation. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by TPI and you, in turn, receive a confirmation invoice via email. TPI accepts MasterCard and Visa. Your reservation will be automatically cancelled if deposit is not received by the deposit due date. Please review your booking invoice and contact TPI if your invoice appears to be incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible to make changes later. TPI cannot accept responsibility if we are not notified of inaccuracies within 5 days of sending out the invoice. In the case of billing errors, TPI reserves the right to re-invoice you with correct pricing. Final payment is due 30 days prior to commencement of services, with some limited exceptions as set forth below. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted these Terms and Conditions. If final payment is not received by the due date, your reservation will be canceled and your full deposit will be retained by TPI. TPI is not responsible for canceled land and/or air reservations in the event payment is not received by the final payment date. Payment in full is required 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. Cancellation Fees are as follows: Tours cancelled 15 to 29 days before tour commencement date: 55% of the cost of services booked Tours cancelled 7 to 14 days before tour commencement date: 75% of the cost of services booked Any tour cancelled less than 7 days before tour commencement date will be ineligible for a refund.