Odisha Tour – Tribal Regions of India Tour

Villages, Culture and Crafts of Tribal Odisha

Tour the State of Odisha (formerly known as 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.

ODISHA (ORISSA) TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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
    January Tour
    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.

  • 6
    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.

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    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.

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    November Tour
    Day 1-2: 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.

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    Bhubaneshwar
    Day 3-4: Bhubaneshwar

    One hour flight to Bhubaneswar. Visit all highlights of the city and surrounding villages.

  • 13
    Puri & Konark Dance Festival
    Day 5-6: Puri & Konark

    We visit the artisan village Raghurajpur (30 minutes) that specializes in pattrachitrs – the art of painting vivid colors on palm leaves. Continue to Puri & visit Shree Jagannath Temple.

    Afterwards, we visit the new Sand Art Museum, http://sudamsandartmuseum.com/sandmuseum.php

    Early evening visit Panda’s Akara (club house of local priests.

    Attend Konark Dance Festival and the Sand Festival.

  • 14
    Chilka Lake – Gopalpur
    Day 7: Chilka Lake – Gopalpur

    We drive 1.5 hours through scenic countryside and attractive villages to Chilka Lake, in the heart of coastal Orissa. The pear-shaped lake spreads over 1,100 sq km and is Asia's largest inland salt-water lagoon. It is dotted with small islands and has an impressive array of bird life, both native and migrant. Enjoy a private boat ride on the lake to view the avian life and Kalijai Temple.

    Continue 1.5 hr drive to Gopalpur on Sea, an ancient seaport not often visited by tourists.

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    Tribal Region of Odisha
    Day 8-9: Rayagada

    drive to Raygada, en-route visiting Padmanavpur Textile village and Taptapani hot sulphur springs. If the time permits, visit Jirang Tibetan Monastery.

    A full day excursion to the Kothgarh tribal area to their weekly market. On the return to Rayagada, visit the Jhingidi Craft Village (Dokra metal work) and a few road-side villages.

  • 16
    Day 10-11: Jeypore

    First we drive to Chatikona (45 km north/approx. 1 hr) to visit the interesting weekly market of the Dongriya Kondh and experience another tribe of Kondh. This group was once known for the Maria sacrifice (sacrificing humans to insure good harvest).

    Continue to Jeypore, endowed with waterfalls and forests thronged with colorful wildlife.

    Next day, drive to Onukudelli, the home of the estimated 6,000 members of the fierce Bondas (naked people) of Tibetan-Burmese origin. They live in the remote hills and remain isolated. The Bondas may only be seen when they come to trade at the local market. The Bonda women are identifiable by their bead necklaces, striking brass and silver necklets and their shaved heads decorated with plaits of palmyra leaves.

    We will also visit the colorful Godabas, a Munda tribe.

  • 17
    Chhattisgarh, Bastar District
    Day 12-14: Jagdalpur

    We first drive to the Kunduli Market en-route stop at a few Mali and Paraja villages. We’ll have plenty of time to meander the market and take photos.

    Then continue to Jagdalpur is in the tribal district of Bastar.

    2nd day visit Nayanar Village, known for Bison Horn Muria Gondhs. They are named for the head gear worn by the men during their spectacular dances. We will visit a few Gondh villages.

    In the afternoon drive to Chitrakoot to visit the waterfall on the Indravati River (Baster’s own Niagara Falls). We will see more Gond villages and a few Konadah Paraja villages along the way.

    3rd day, an excursion to Kondagaon village, a Dokra metal work village. Here you will visit SAATHI, an NGO dedicated to the crafts and terracotta work. You can see the artisans at work. You will also visit a few Maria tribal villages and Kumhar villages (earthen pot makers).

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    Chhattisgarh, Capital city
    Day 15: Raipur

    We drive on a good road to Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh state in central India. It was part of the state of Madhya Pradesh before the state of Chattisgarh was formed on November 1, 2000.

    At the mid-point, we stop for a home cooked lunch at Kanker Palace.

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    Day 16: Depart

    Transfer to the airport for a flight to Calcutta Indigo 6E 811 dep 0930 am, arr 10:55 am; or to Mumbai Indigo 6E-802 dep 11:45 am, arr 1345 pm, or to Delhi Indigo 6E-2409 dep 10:50, arr 13:05 pm

    NOTE: Calcutta is the closest city to Raipur, however we offer option to fly to Mumbai or Delhi if more convenient for your international departure.

  • Trip Length

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

  • Dates

    January 18-February 2, 2021
    with Adivasi Mela Tribal Festival

    November 29-Dec 14, 2021
    with Konark Dance Festival and Sand Art Festival

  • Land Cost

    Jan & Nov 2021 - $4190 per person based on min 4 people; Single Room Supplement: $1160
    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

  • Duration

    16 Days

  • 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

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