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Bhubaneswar to Bhitarakanika: Cultural & Nature Discovery

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Duration

2 Nights / 3 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey from Bhubaneswar to Bhitarakanika with our “Bhubaneswar to Bhitarakanika: Cultural & Nature Discovery” tour. Begin your adventure with a visit to the ancient Buddhist sites of Lalitgiri, Udaygiri, and Ratnagiri, steeped in centuries of spiritual history and adorned with intricate sculptures and monastic ruins. Experience the serene beauty of Bhitarakanika National Park, where lush mangrove forests host a diverse array of wildlife, including the majestic saltwater crocodiles and vibrant birdlife. Delight in morning boat safaris through tranquil waterways, discovering the rich ecosystem and the famous nesting grounds of Olive Ridley Sea turtles at Gahirmatha Beach. This immersive journey blends cultural exploration with natural wonders, offering a unique glimpse into Odisha’s heritage and biodiversity.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Bhubaneswar - Bhitarakanika National Park

Depart from Bhubaneswar in the morning and embark on a scenic drive towards Bhitarakanika National Park, a coastal treasure trove in Odisha. En route, visit the Buddhist sites of Lalitgiri, Udaygiri, and Ratnagiri. Lalitgiri, known as the oldest Buddhist complex in Odisha, features a large stupa, monasteries, and artifacts dating back to the 1st century CE. Udaygiri showcases rock-cut caves with inscriptions and sculptures, offering insights into ancient Buddhist practices. Ratnagiri, the most excavated site, boasts a rich collection of Buddhist sculptures, stupas, and monastery ruins. Continue your drive through picturesque countryside landscapes to Bhitarakanika National Park, renowned for its sprawling mangrove forests, diverse wildlife, and serene waterways. Upon arrival, check in at your eco-resort nestled amidst the mangroves. Relax and immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of the natural surroundings.

Day 2: Bhitarakanika National Park

Rise early for a morning boat safari along the meandering creeks and waterways of Bhitarakanika. Glide through dense mangrove tunnels and witness the vibrant ecosystem teeming with wildlife. Keep an eye out for saltwater crocodiles, kingfishers, and the playful antics of dolphins in the water. Visit Gahirmatha Beach, a vital nesting site for endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles. Depending on the season, witness turtles coming ashore to lay eggs (arribada) or observe hatchlings making their way to the sea. Learn about conservation efforts aimed at protecting these ancient marine creatures. Return to your lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure. Explore nearby nature trails or opt for a cultural visit to nearby villages to interact with locals and learn about their traditional way of life.

Day 3: Bhitarakanika National Park - Bhubaneswar

After a leisurely breakfast, take a final nature walk around Bhitarakanika to spot more birdlife and perhaps catch a glimpse of elusive wildlife. Depart from Bhitarakanika National Park and commence your journey back to Bhubaneswar, reminiscing about the unique experiences and memories of your wildlife and cultural expedition in Odisha.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 2 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Boat safari in Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest with naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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