Odisha Tour – Tribal Regions of India Tour

Villages, Culture and Crafts of Tribal Odisha

Tour the State of Odisha (Orissa) in the far western region of India.

Odisha has the third highest concentration of indigenous tribes in India. Because of the remoteness of their villages, the tribes are untouched by modern times.

Though economically challenged with a low rate of literacy, Orissa’s tribal groups have highly developed artistic skills as seen in their body paintings, ornaments, weaving and wall paintings. Music and dance also are an integral part of their ceremonies and seasonal festivals.

A few years ago the Indian Government restricted foreign travelers from entering certain tribal villages that our tour has visited in past years. Recently they have reversed their regulation and we are now able to visit these villages. One can never predict if, at a later stage, the ban will be re-imposed.

Odisha is a blend of art, architecture and ancient tribal cultures.

  • Explore the tropical state of Odisha as you venture into remote tribal villages.
  • Enjoy the delights of authentic village life including bustling local markets.
  • Visit the stunning seaside ruins of the Sun Temple.
  • For the adventurous traveler who thrives “off-the-beaten-path” and is comfortable with a few rustic accommodations.
  • Adivasi Mela Fair in January.
  • Konark Dance Festival and International Sand Art Festival in November.
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Bonda woman, Jeypore, Odisha Tour

  • 1
    Day 1-2: Meet in Calcutta

    Enjoy early morning browsing at the lively flower market on the banks of the Hoogly River. Visit Dakshineshwar Temple, Kumartuli (potters village), Victoria Memorial and one of Mother Theresa's many homes for the underprivileged. Attend evening puja ceremony at Kalighat temple.

  • 2
    Day 3: Jeypore

    Today we begin our journey into the villages of the state of Orissa (now called Odisha).

    The tour is scheduled to arrive at each village during their weekly market days. Fly to to Vivag (Visakhapatnam) and drive to Jeypore, a base for visiting nearby villages.

  • 3
    Day 4: Onukudelli

    Today we visit the home of the estimated 6,000 members of the fierce Bondas (naked people) of Tibetan-Burmese origin.

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    Day 5: Jagdalpur

    This morning we visit the Kunduli market and the Kotapada textile village on our way to Jagdalpur, where our host is Maharaja Kumar Harihar Bhanj Deo of the former ruling family of Bastar.

  • 5
    Day 6-7: Tribal Villages

    Visit Kondagaon village, a Dokra metal work village, SAATHI, an NGO dedicated to the crafts and terracotta work, a few Maria tribal villages and Kumhar villages (earthen pot makers). We also visit the rich forests of the Kanker Valley National Park.

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    Day 8-10: Rayagada

    We travel to Rayagada, a base for visiting nearby villages.

    We visit Royal Jagdalpur, the Palace grounds, the Anthropological Museum, and a variety of local wildlife and tribal groups in South Bastar.

  • 7
    Day 11-12: Gopalpur-Chilka Lake

    A scenic drive through the country side and small villages. Enjoy a boat ride on Chilka Lake view the abundant avian life and Kalijai Temple, abode of the deity of the lake.

  • 8
    Day 13: Bhubaneswar

    Visit the stunning temples of Bhubeneswar, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Orissa.

  • 9
    Day 14-15: Puri-Konark

    We visit the colorful village of Pipli known for its applique embroidery and Konark, where we see the Sun Temple (UNESCO site) On Nov tour attend the Konark Dance Festival.

    In Puri we visit the extraordinary Jaganath Temple and an excursion to nearby Ramchandi village, one of the largest fishing tribal villages.

  • 10
    Day 16: Bhubaneswar- Calcutta - Home

    Drive to Bhubaneswar for a flight to Calcutta (or Delhi, or Mumbai) and connect to your international flight home.

  • Trip Length

    16-day trip begins and ends in Calcutta (or Delhi or Mumbai)

  • Dates

    November 23-Dec 8, 2020
    with Konark Dance Festival and Sand Art Festival
    January 18-February 2, 2021
    with Adivasi Mela Tribal Festival

  • Land Cost

    Nov 2020 -$4085 per person based on min 4 people; Single Room Supplement: $1130
    Jan 2021 - $4190 per person based on min 4 people; Single Room Supplement: $1126
    Special discount: Two Single Room Supplements offered, on first come basis with min 6 people.

  • Accommodations

    4 star and heritage hotels

  • Group Size

    4-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    Daily breakfast, 14 lunches, 9 dinners

  • Reading List

    Suggested Reading - India General
    International Travel News Review (ITN):
    Orissa Tour Review 2018
    Orissa Tour Review 2011
    Orissa Tour Review 2008
    SF Chronicle Article Review:
    Orissa Tour Review 2003

  • Extend Your Trip

    Follows Odisha Tour 10 Days

Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, India

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Jeypore, Odisha, India

Rayagada, Odisha, India

Onukudelli, Odisha, India

Konark, Odisha, India

Konark, Odisha, India


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