TREASURE ODISHA TOUR
DURATION : 17 NIGHTS / 18 DAYS
Places Covered: Bhubaneswar- Balesware (Chandipur) – Similipal – Bhitarkanika – Dhenkanal – Joranda – Nuapatna – Konark – Puri – Chilika – Raghurajpur – Gopalpur-Taptapani – Bhubaneswar
DAY 01: Bhubaneswar – Baleswar (180 Kms, 04 Hrs drive on NH-5)
Bhubaneswar – Baleswar (180 Kms, 04 Hrs drive on NH-5)
Arrive in Bhubaneswar and transport to Baleswar. Stay overnight in the hotel.
DAY 02: Baleswar – Similipal Park
(150 Kms, and after 03 Hrs drive entry to Park and take 02 Hrs drive in the core area to arrive Joranda forest Cottage)
Baleswar – Similipal Park (150 Kms, and after 03 Hrs drive entry to Park and take 02 Hrs drive in the core area to arrive Joranda forest Cottage)
After breakfast, get escorted to the Simlipal National Park. It is located in the district of Mayurbhanj in Odisha. It is renowned for the impressive endangered tiger species in good numbers. After the visit, take the lodge to rest.
DAY 03: Similipal National Park
(Drive 40 Kms, in the park and stay at Chahala)
National Park of Similipal (Drive 40 Kms, in the park and stay at Chahala)
It will begin with taking the Jungle of this National park and may get a view of the Big Cat within Jungle area. Following that, a tribal village visit within the park can be rejoicing and afterwards in the evening, get in the lodge for rest.
DAY 04: Similipal – Chandipur (140 Kms, 04 Hrs drive)
Similipal – Chandipur (140 Kms, 04 Hrs drive)
Post breakfast, leave for Chandipur on the Sea. Check into the Beach hotel and later visit the fishing Jetty. Stay overnight in Chandipur.
DAY 05: Chandipur – Dangamal (150 Kms, 04 Hrs drive)
Chandipur – Dangamal (150 Kms, 04 Hrs drive)
Drive towards Chandipur through Bhadrak and then cruising on a motorboat, reach the Dangamal Island. In Dangamal, check in at Cottages or Rest houses for an overnight stay there.
DAY 06: Dangamal – Bhitarkanika Sanctuary
(Inside the park activities by boat and by trekking)
Dangamal – Bhitarkanika Sanctuary (Inside the park activities by boat and by trekking)
Post breakfast in the morning, head towards the Wildlife Sanctuary of Bhitarkanika and check in to a lodge. Then, enjoy the boat riding within the sanctuary. View the Olive Ridley Turtle areas of nesting situated on a stretch of Beach. Return lodge for dinner and take rest.
DAY 07: Bhitarkanika Sanctuary – Dhenkanal (140 Kms, 04 hrs drive)
Post breakfast, move towards Dhenkanal for a royal palace in the village town. There will be halts to view the Buddhist Monasteries of Udaigiri and Ratnagiri. Continue drive and check into the palace and later visit the Dokra casting village named Sadeiberuni. Take rest overnight.
DAY 08: Dhenkanal – Joranda – Dhenkanal (80 Kms both ways)
Post breakfast; visit the shrine where the Monks are residing in Joranda village. We will familiarize with them and also witness their offerings which are very interesting to look. Later visit craft village Karmul where the villagers are engaged to produce the Dokra jewelry for the other community. Have local lunch and visit the Munda tribal villages along with the nature’s paradise at the hill top Shiva temple. Return to the palace and stay overnight.
DAY 09: Dhenkanal – Nuapatna – Bhubaneswar (130 kms, 04 Hrs Drive)
Post breakfast, drive to Bhubaneswar en route visit the weaving village Nuapatna and experience typical village life. Also, visit the Historical city Cuttack and famous for Filgree work. Also, witness the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Museum, was the birthplace of noted freedom fighter. Stay overnight in Bhubaneswar.
DAY 10: In Bhubaneswar (80 kms in & around The Temple City)
In Bhubaneswar (80 kms in & around The Temple City)
Enjoy the half day sightseeing of Tribal Museum to see a glimpse of tribal life and culture as Odisha has 62 tribes (closed on Monday), Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves, and the twin hills honeycombed with architectural and sculptural splendor, Jain caves belonging to 2nd century B.C. Take the stay in Bhubaneswar.
DAY 11: In Bhubaneswar (100 kms in & around The Temple City)
In Bhubaneswar (100 kms in & around The Temple City)
Post breakfast in the morning, move towards the city of temple for viewing the hundreds of stunning temples which include the Lingaraj Mandir, Mukteswar Mandir with an outstanding stone arch also renowned as gem of the Odisha Architecture, Parsurameswar Temple having latticed windows along with delicate carvings, Rajarani Temple famous for its opulence in its architecture. All of these temples are various centuries old. Post lunch; visit the Nandankanan Zoo for an interesting White Tiger Safari having a Botanical Garden in the backdrop of lush forest along with an enticing lake. Take rest in Bhubaneswar overnight.
DAY 12: Bhubaneswar – Konark – Puri (140 kms, 03 Hrs Drive)
Early morning drive to Konark en route visit Pipili, the colorful appliqué work village, and visit the World Heritage magnificent Sun Temple at Konark. Then, proceed to Puri to for hotel check in. Later evening, visit to the world famous Temple of Lord Jagannath (Non-Hindus are not allowed, but one can get a clear picture the structure from the vantage point from the Raghunandan Library). Relax on the golden beach of Puri and relish the fresh air coming from the Bay of Bengal. Stay overnight in Puri.
DAY 13: Puri – Chilika – Puri (60 Kms, One way 1 Hour drive)
In the morning, drive towards Satpada to visit the Chilika Lake which is famous as Emerald of the East with grand briny lagoon of water spread over 1100 square kilometers area having a great flock of more than 160 bird species travelled from South East Asia, Sibera central and so on to stay here during the winters. The amazing and vast blue water stretch remains unexplored, while the Irrawaddy Dolphins are entertaining enough to attract more than thousands of people. Later in the evening, move to the Puri beach market and take rest overnight in Puri.
DAY 14: Puri – Raghurajpur – Chilika – Gopalpur
(180 Kms, 05 Hrs Drive)
Post breakfast; drive Gopalpur en route visit Raghurajpur, the craft village famous for patta painting along with other artifacts in a rural scenic beauty showcasing the vibrant Gotipua Dance by small boys with female costumes interlay artisans at work on different handicraft like stone carving, wood carving and palm leaf engraving etc. Later drive to Gopalpur en route visit the Chlika Lake at Mangalajodi (where different species of migratory birds are habitat and by ferry boat you can enjoy the nature’s paradise in Chilika). Proceed to Gopalpur and move to the hotel for check in. Stay overnight in Gopalpur.
DAY 15: Gopalpur (100 Kms, One way 02 hrs drive)
After breakfast, proceed to visit Betnoi to explore the Black Buck where the villagers worship them. Later, visit to Taratarini temple (a legendary temple situated on a hillock) and Jaugada – Ashokan Rock Edicts. Stay overnight in Gopalpur.
DAY 16: Gopalpur – Bhubaneswar (180 Kms, 04 hrs drive)
In the morning, drive back to Bhubaneswar en route visit the Fishermen villages. Stay overnight in Bhubaneswar.
DAY 17: Departure from Bhubaneswar
In the morning, transport to the airport for onward journey.