Day 1: Arrive Vizag
Upon arrival at Vizag airport, you'll be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. After checking in (please note that hotel check-in/out time is 12 pm), you can freshen up and relax. Later in the day, you'll embark on a local sightseeing tour. Visit the Kursura Submarine Museum, an intriguing exhibit of a preserved submarine. Explore the Visakha Museum, which showcases the rich history and culture of the region. Pay a visit to the Kali Temple and then head to the picturesque Ramakrishna Beach. You'll spend the night at your hotel in Vizag.
Day 2: Vizag - Araku Valley (120kms)
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you'll depart for Araku Valley, a captivating hill station nestled in the Eastern Ghats. Upon reaching Araku, you'll check in at your hotel and have some time to freshen up. Your day in Araku will be filled with exploration. Begin with a visit to the Borra Caves, renowned for their stunning million-year-old formations. Explore the Tribal Museum to gain insights into the indigenous cultures of the region. Don't miss the beautiful Katiki Waterfalls and the scenic Galikonda Viewpoint. Your day ends with a visit to Ananthagiri Coffee Plantations. Enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel and stay overnight in Araku Valley.
Day 3: Araku Valley - Jeypore (145kms)
After breakfast, you'll drive to Jeypore. En route, you'll pass through Nandapur, an ancient town known for its historical significance. Here, you'll see the throne of 32 steps, a structure of great historical importance built during the reign of Vikramaditya. Your journey will continue to Kunduli, one of the largest tribal marketplaces in the region. If your visit coincides with a Friday, you'll have the opportunity to witness the bustling market and interact with local tribes such as the Sana Parojas and Malis. After a day of exploration, you'll arrive in Jeypore, check in at your hotel, enjoy dinner, and spend the night.
Day 4: Jeypore
Today's itinerary takes you on a cultural journey to explore the lives and traditions of the local tribes. After breakfast at your hotel, you'll drive to Onukuadelli, which hosts the weekly marketplace of the Bonda tribe (held on Thursdays). The Bonda women are known for their distinctive silver jewelry and colorful attire. You'll have the chance to observe their unique way of life. Next, you'll head to Lamtaput village, home to the Gadaba Tribe. The Gadaba women are known for their colorful attire and traditional jewelry. You'll gain valuable insights into their customs and traditions. After an enriching day, you'll return to Jeypore, enjoy dinner, and spend the night at your hotel.
Day 5: Jeypore - Jagdalpur (130kms)
After breakfast, your journey continues to Jagdalpur. Along the way, you'll explore the rich forests of the Kanger Valley National Park, known for its diverse wildlife. You may spot animals like tigers, leopards, deer, and various species of birds. Your adventure will include a safari in this lush natural reserve. Later, you'll visit the Anthropological Museum in Jagdalpur to delve deeper into the local culture and heritage. After a day of exploration, you'll check in at your hotel, enjoy dinner, and stay overnight in Jagdalpur.
Day 6: Jagdalpur - Kanker (200kms)
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Jagdalpur. Your journey will take you to Kanker, another fascinating destination in Chhattisgarh. Along the way, you'll visit one of the largest tribal markets in Lohandiguda, providing an opportunity to witness the vibrant market scenes and interact with local tribes. In the afternoon, you'll visit the awe-inspiring Chitrakote Waterfall, often referred to as the "Niagara of India," created by the Indravati River. After this enchanting experience, you'll proceed to Kanker, check in at your hotel, enjoy dinner, and spend the night.
Day 7: Kanker - Raipur (130kms)
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Kanker before continuing your journey. You'll visit Gadiya Mountain, known for its heritage significance and mysterious caves. Explore this historical site before embarking on the drive to Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. In Raipur, you'll visit the Dudhadhari Math temple, the statue of Swami Vivekananda, and the open-air museum at Purkhouti Muktangan. After a day of exploration, you'll check in at your hotel in Raipur, enjoy dinner, and spend the night.
Day 8: Raipur - Departure
After breakfast at your hotel, you'll be transferred to the airport in Raipur as per your flight schedule. This marks the end of your memorable journey through the culturally rich and diverse landscapes of Eastern India.