Classic Odisha Tribal Tour – Let’s Explore the ethnicity of the Odisha tribes

Orissa which is also known as Odisha is renowned for its beautiful culture and ethnicity. Odisha (Orissa) has urban and rural topographies that also includes tribes of various groups spread all over the state. The tribes still follow the medieval cultures and have set their own standards of living. There are many tribes inhabiting in Odisha (Orissa)that includes Didayis, the Bondas of Koraput and Phulbani (also known as Khondhs of Kadhmal). The tribes have been carrying the vibrant culture, practices and ethnicity that wraps the beautiful Odisha (Orissa) in its palm.

The tours the ethnic culture of Odisha (Orissa) makes you visit all the places that are rich in culture, heritage and ethnicity. It also includes a trip to the dense woods which is the resident of many tribes living in Odisha (Orissa). They consist of ethical gestures, art, handi-crafts, mythologies and the ancient music which is amazing and full of life. Experience the medieval ages in the modern times and walk back into the world of vegetative and cultural Odisha (Orissa).

Day 1: Bhubaneswar

On the day one, you will be taking a flight to Bhubaneshwar which is the capital city of Orissa. The city has rich cultural values and shares amazing history. Bhubaneshwar is known as the city of Lord Shiva and that’s how it derives its name. The place is known as the land of temples because of its rich cultural heritage and amazingly religious. It is one of the largest tourist spot in Orissa. After arrival at Bhubaneshwar, You will be guided to a good hotel for refreshment and stay. On the first day you will be taken on a city tour to visit amazing places like Rajarani temple, which is an elegant and graceful temple in the city. The temple is famous for its mythological stories and architects. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is beautiful and has amazing sculptures. Then a visit to Lingaraj Temple which is another enchanting architectural beauty dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will be amazed with the carvings and stone sculptures that you find here. Then you will be visiting the Muktesvara Deula, which is renowned as the gem of Odisha is a beautiful Lord Shiva temple which is a heritage beauty. Visit to Parasurameshwar Temple which is considered to be the most precious preserved architectural beauty and an oldest existing temple in Orissa. Followed by Jain caves which is also called as Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves which is a habitation of Jains and Buddhist monks which are sculpted in the big rocks and finally the greatest tribal museum, which has rich heritage and handicrafts that pour in the tribal culture of Orissa. After the day long visit, you will be heading to Bhubaneshwar hotel that you boarded in the morning for food and night stay.

Day 2: Puri

Day two will begin with a drive to Puri, which is the amazing city that is full of heritage and culture. On the way you will be visiting Pipli, which is known for its artisans and applique handicrafts. From Pipli, the journey will continue to Raghurajpur which is again famous for its amazing paintings and fines artworks by the world famous artisans. The place is also known for its Gotipua dance troupes which is a treat to watch. Finally you will be visiting the Sun temple at Konark, which is one of the UNESCO world heritage site. It’s a very old and most beautiful temple in India and attracts many tourists every day. The wheels of the temples are actually the sun dials which were used to calculate the accurate time. It’s an amazing architectural beauty. After the visit, you will be staying in Puri overnight.

Day 3: Bataguda

On day 3, the journey on road will start to Bataguda, which is a tiny village in Orissa, the village is famous for the Kondh tribes who have tattoos all over the face. The tattoos are geometrically designed which have been a traditional practice. You can chat and interact with the people and its culture. The overnight stay will be in the Bataguda Eco Camps, which has pyramid structured cottages and amazing scenic beauty.

Day 4: Bataguda – Rayagada

The day 4 will be a half day trekking in the territories of the Bataguda village where you will be able to enjoy a different world of tribal affairs with the vegetation. A further drive towards Rayagada which has beautiful meadows, vegetation, waterfalls and low valleys. The overnight stay will be amidst Rayagada.

Day 5: Rayagada

The early morning expedition will begin from the Dumkum weekly market of Desia Kondh Tribe. Desia Kondh tribes are mainly recognized because of their ample of body piercings specifically ears. These tribes are known for its handicrafts and arts. During the weekly market (Tuesday), the tribes come down from the hills and buy and sell their wares and products. The products are purely handmade and are so beautiful and unique. Thus, to maintain the authentic culture and originality. Later, you will be led to Jhigdi Village which is famous for the metal moldings and crafts. The tribes are famous for the lost wax sculptures and arts that are magnificent. After the beautiful journey, you will be staying back in Rayagada for the night.

Day 6: Chattikona – Jeypore

The day will start with a scenic drive to Chattikona Weekly market which is organized by the Dongariya Kondhas who are the Dravidian tribes of Orissa. The market is said to be very colorful because of traditionally made good available for sale. The local tribes come all the way from the hills to sell their wares which are all hand made. The lunch will be provided there and then you will be traveling to Jeypore town which is the most renowned town of Orissa which is rich of vegetation, waterfalls and cultural heritage. The night stay will be arranged in Jeypore.

Day 7: Jeypore – Onkudelli

The Onkudelli market will be your destination in the morning which is very famous and culturally rich. The market is organized by the Bonda tribes which are slowly are becoming extinct. The Bondas live in an enchanted hill and are recognized because of the thick silver neck bands the women wear. They are the most primitive tribes and they speak a dialect called “gutap”. The next visit will be to the Boro Gadaba and the pottery villages to encounter the amazing handmade pot designs. The night stay will be in Jeypore.

Day 8: Kunduli – Rayagada

The day gets more exciting that includes visit to the famous market of Kunduli where you can encounter the Paraja, Rana and Maja tribal people. The market is full of life that consists of all the home made wares including food, beverages, alcohol, jewellery and much more. Later a visit to Paroja Tribal Villages and the drive to Rayagada.

Day 9: Gopalpur

Visit to the beautiful town of Gopalpur which is on the bank of Bay of Bengal. The beach is awesome place to relax your muscles and stabilize your mind. The beach is filled with coconut groves and sand dunes. You will continue to relax overnight in Gopalpur.

Day 10: Gopalpur – Mangalajodi – Bhubaneshwar

Finally, the trip reaches the closure with an early morning drive to Bhubaneshwar. From there you will be reaching the backwaters of Chilika lake, Mangalajodi and enjoy the boat ride amidst the water and could be lucky to spot Migratory birds. Thus, the place is called as the “bird’s paradise”. The overnight stay will be in a hotel in Bhubaneshwar

Day 11: Departure

The Ethnic Trip ends and the departure process will begin.

  • Ensure that you carry your passport, Visa and Photo ID cards on the tour
  • Learn all the route maps and transportation access well so that you are well informed if there is any emergency.
  • Learn about the vegetation and the diseases causing insects and the remedial measures.
  • Photography is prohibited in most of the tribal places to protect their culture and practices. However, you will have to take the necessary permits to use the camera. In some places camera fees are charged.
  • Make sure to wear clothes as per the climate so that you will protect yourself from the weather changes.
  • Try to learn basics of the tribal language that includes greetings and thank you so that you can interact well with them.
  • If you are a foreign visitor then learn about the Indian currency as that is the only mode of transaction in the place.
  • It’s advisable to take a travel insurance as you will be traveling and exploring the isolated places.
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