Tour Duration : ( 12 Nights / 13 Days )
Destinations Covered : Bhubaneswar – Lalitgiri – Ratnagiri – Udaygiri – Bhubaneswar – Konark – Puri – Chilka – Gopalpur – Rayagada – Bisamkatak – Rayagada – Chatikona – Jeypore – Onkudelli – Jeypore – Gupteswar – Visakhapatnam
Day 1: Bhubaneswar
On arrival at the Bhubaneswar airport, meet and transferto hotel. Check-in at the hotel and relax in your comfortable rooms. Later in the day after lunch embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. Cover the major tourist attractions of Bhubaneswar. Start with Rajarani temple, Mukteswar temple, Lingraj temple and the BrahmeswarBagh. Return to your hotel for dinner and a comfortable night stay.
Day 2: Bhubaneswar
Morning breakfast, visit Parashurameshvara Temple. The exquisitely carved temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Intricate carvings of elephant and horse processions, floral motifs and human figures adorn the temple interiors. Next, visit the Orissa State Museum and the Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts. Both museums feature a great collection of Dress, ornaments, weapons, household implements and musical instruments used by the tribals of Orissa. Return for night stay in the hotel.
Day 3: Bhubaneswar – Lalitgiri – Ratnagiri – Udaygiri – Bhubaneswar
Morning breakfast, leave for an excursion to Lalitgiri. This ancient scenic village is a holy destination for a large number of Buddhist devotees. Visit the Chaitya hills where several Buddhist stupas can be found on this hillside. Do not miss the brilliant piece of Buddhist architecture found atop the Pushpagiri hill. Next, drive to Udaygiri and Ratnagiri sites. These sites which are also enriched with Buddhist monuments and ancient sculptures,in the evening, return to the hotel in Bhubaneswar for a sumptuous dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Bhubaneswar – Konark – Puri (70 km / 2 hrs)
Morning breakfast, leave for Puri. Stop en-route at Konark to visit the famous Sun temple. The marvelous temple is a testimony of the fine art of sculptures. Though ravaged, the temple is a charming site to spend time at.Later, resume your drive. Stop at Pipli, where Applique an age-old craft of Orissa is practiced. Witness the art of applique, where brightly colored fabrics are stitched over another base fabric in beautiful patterns. Re-start your drive to Puri. On arrival, check-in at one of our listed hotels. Relax for the day. In the evening leave for a leisurely walk on the Puri beach. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5: Puri
Early quick bath for a visit to the Jagannath Temple, The JagannathPuri Temple is one of the Chardham destinations in India. The holy pilgrimage site is visited by crowds from all over the world throughout the year. The temple walls are embellished with exquisite carvings depicting the life of Lord Krishna. Later in the day go for a sightseeing tour. Cover the major tourist attractions like Swargadwar, SakshiGopal temple and the Gundicha temple. In the evening, get to the Puri beach for a sunset stroll. There are numerous stalls lined up around the beach. Look for street food, handicrafts and other delights. Retire for the night in the hotel in Puri.
Day 6: Puri – Chilka – Gopalpur (175 km / 4 hrs)
Morning breakfast, drive to Gopalpur. Gopalpur is a beautiful and quiet beach destination situated in the Bay of Bengal in the State of Orissa. On the way, visit the Chilka Lake. Chilka is the largest brackish water lake in Asia inhabited by innumerable species of birds. After the visit continue drive to Gopalpur. The major tourist attractions include Taratarini, Jaugada, Ansupa Lake, Hirakud Reservoir Taptapani, MahuriKalua, Patisonapur Beach, and Chandragiri. Retire for the night at the hotel.
Day 7: Gopalpur – Rayagada (240 km / 5 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Rayagada. Rayagada is a tribal village famous for tribal craftsmanship. Set in the middle of the lush green forests, beautiful meadows, stunning waterfalls, terraced valleys, the rich tribal life and culture is preserved.On arrival, check-in at one of the listed hotels. After resting for a while drive to visit Hatipathar. The area is blessed with great scenic beauty. Visit the two waterfalls on the course of River Nagavali. Return to the hotel for staying the night.
Day 8: Rayagada – Bisamkatak – Rayagada
Have a quick breakfast in the morning after which you drive to Bisamkatak. The Bisamkatak village is famous for its tribal craftsmanship. Visit the weekly market. The market is attended by thousands of foreign tourists. DonoriaKondha ornamental and other handicraft products are the allure of the market. You can check out the unique handicrafts. These make good remembrances of the tribal heritage. Return to the hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9: Rayagada – Chatikona – Jeypore (162 km / 4 hrs)
Morning breakfast, drive straight to Chatikona. While you drive towards your destination in the morning enjoy watch the Dongriakondhs men and women coming down from the mountains. They bring different kinds of fruits and livestock for the interesting weekly market. Here these tribals mix with other communities and batter for various commodities. Enjoy exploring. Later drive to Jeypore, trade hub of the Koraput district. On arrival check-in to your hotel.
Day 10:Jeypore – Onkudelli – Jeypore
Next morning start towards Onkudelli. Onkudelli is the house of famous Bonda tribes. These nature worshippers gather on a weekly basis. Visit the colorful markets of Bonda, Gadaba and Didayee. Post lunch visit the traditional Boro-Gadaba villages. Here you can enjoy the company of the colorful and friendly tribals of Orissa. It is a unique opportunity to see such a colorful concentration of a typical tribal at one place. Later drive back to Jeypore for overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 11:Jeypore – Gupteswar – Jeypore
Start the day with breakfast after which you leave for excursion to Gupteswar. Gupteswar is located at the top of a limestone hill situated at a height of 500 meters above the sea level. Do not miss to visit the famous cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Also visit the DharuaGond tribal villages of Orissa. Later in the day on your way back to Jeypore, stop at a pottery village. Return to your hotel for the night.
Day 12: Jeypore – Visakhapatnam (215 km / 5 hrs)
Morning breakfast, drive to Visakhapatnam. Visakhapatnam is a paradise for tourists of all kinds. On arrival, check-in at one of our listed hotels. After resting for a while, set off for a sightseeing tour of Visakhapatnam. Start your tour with a stop at the Borra Caves, War memorial, Dolphin's Nose, Gangavaram beach and KailasaGiri. In the evening, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13: Airport Drop
Morning breakfast, transfer to Visakhapatnam airport to board a flight for your onward journey.