Day 1: Bhubaneswar
Upon your arrival at Bhubaneswar airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Later in the day, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Bhubaneswar as you visit the Parasurameshwar, Mukteshwar, Rajarani, and Lingaraj temples (please note that only Hindus can enter the sanctum sanctorum). Your journey continues as you explore the ancient rock-cut caves of Khandagiri and Udaygiri, followed by a visit to the historic Dhauli Rock Edicts. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Bhubaneshwar - Baliguda (260kms)
After breakfast, embark on a picturesque drive to Baliguda through the enchanting countryside. Along the way, you'll witness lush green hills covered with dense Sal forests and get a glimpse of traditional Oriya villages. Upon arrival in Baliguda, check in at your hotel, and savor lunch. Your day ends with a delicious dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 3: Baliguda - Rayagada (180kms)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading to Barkhama village, home to the Kutia Khonds tribe known for their distinctive tattooed faces. Discover the fascinating traditions and vibrant culture of this tribe, once infamous for their human sacrifice rituals. Later, drive to Rayagada, where you will check in at your hotel. Enjoy lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay.
Day 4: Rayagada - Jeypore (220kms)
Following breakfast, set off for Chatikona, a bustling weekly marketplace where you can interact with the Dongria Kondh and Desia Kondh tribes (please note that this market operates on Wednesdays). Continue your journey to Jeypore, making a stop at the Koraput Tribal Museum along the way. Upon reaching Jeypore, check in at your hotel, and enjoy lunch. Your day concludes with dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 5: Jeypore
After breakfast, drive to Onukuadelli, the weekly marketplace of the Bonda tribe (please note that this market takes place on Thursdays). Marvel at the Bonda women's adornments, including silver bands, colorful beads, and bangles. Next, visit Lamtaput village, inhabited by Gadaba tribes known for their vibrant traditional attire and jewelry. Return to Jeypore for lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay.
Day 6: Jeypore
Enjoy breakfast before driving to the Kunduli marketplace, where you can interact with the Sana Parojas and Malis tribes (please note that this market operates on Fridays). Continue your journey to Nandapur, the ancient capital of Jeypore, famous for its throne with 32 steps. After exploring, return to Jeypore for lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay.
Day 7: Jeypore - Taptapani (280kms)
After breakfast, depart for Taptapani, making a stop at a village inhabited by the Bada Paroja tribe, known for their colorful attire and extensive use of ornaments. Continue your journey to Taptapani, a picturesque location surrounded by mountains, forests, and a sulfur spring. Check in at your hotel and enjoy lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay.
Day 8: Taptapani - Puri (230kms)
Following breakfast, drive to Puri, with a visit to the Chilika Lake en route. Chilika Lake is the second largest brackish water lagoon in the world, offering a delightful boat ride amidst colorful migratory birds and serene waters. Upon your arrival in Puri, check in at your hotel. Overnight stay in Puri.
Day 9: Puri - Bhubaneshwar (65kms)
Embark on an excursion to the Konark Sun Temple, a 13th-century marvel shaped like a chariot. Afterward, drive to Bhubaneshwar airport to catch your flight to your onward destination, marking the end of this enriching journey.