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Temple Towns and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Odisha

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Duration

4 Nights / 5 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Explore the rich tapestry of Odisha’s cultural heritage and diverse wildlife on the “Temple Towns and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Odisha” tour. Begin in Bhubaneshwar, known for its ancient temples like Lingaraj and Mukteswar, showcasing exquisite Kalinga architecture. Journey to Bhitarakanika National Park, a haven for biodiversity where mangroves shelter crocodiles and migratory birds. Continue to Similipal Tiger Reserve, famed for its majestic tigers and lush forests teeming with diverse flora and fauna. Immerse yourself in the serene surroundings, visiting tribal villages and scenic viewpoints. This odyssey blends spiritual exploration with thrilling wildlife encounters, offering a glimpse into Odisha’s cultural richness and natural splendor.

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 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bhubaneswar

Arrive in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, known for its ancient temples and vibrant culture. Check-in at your hotel and enjoy a delicious breakfast to start your day. Lingaraj Temple: Visit this 11th-century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, renowned for its towering spire and intricately carved sculptures depicting mythological scenes. Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves: Explore these rock-cut caves used as dwelling places for Jain monks during ancient times. Admire the ornate carvings, inscriptions, and unique architecture. Mukteshwar Temple: Discover the Mukteshwar Temple, characterized by its exquisite architecture and a carved torana (archway) featuring scenes from the Panchatantra and other mythological tales. Ekamra Haat: In the evening, visit this vibrant handicrafts market offering a variety of local artwork, textiles, handlooms, and traditional Odia cuisine, providing a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Odisha.

Day 2: Bhubaneswar - Bhitarakanika National Park (200kms)

After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a scenic drive to Bhitarakanika National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its mangrove forests and wildlife. Boat Safari in Bhitarakanika: Experience a thrilling boat safari through the mangrove ecosystem, home to saltwater crocodiles, spotted deer, and numerous bird species including kingfishers and eagles. Ratnagiri and Udayagiri: Visit the ancient Buddhist sites of Ratnagiri and Udayagiri, known for their impressive stupas, monastic ruins, and intricately carved sculptures depicting Buddhist iconography. Overnight stay at a lodge near Bhitarakanika National Park.

Day 3: Bhitarakanika National Park - Similipal Tiger Reserve (200kms)

Enjoy breakfast amidst the serene surroundings of Bhitarakanika before proceeding to Similipal Tiger Reserve, one of India's oldest and largest tiger reserves. Wildlife Safaris: Embark on morning and afternoon safaris in Similipal Tiger Reserve, renowned for its dense forests and diverse wildlife including Bengal tigers, leopards, elephants, and rare bird species. Barehipani and Joranda Waterfalls: Visit these picturesque waterfalls nestled amidst lush greenery, offering stunning views and serene surroundings. Tribal Culture: Interact with local tribal communities like the Ho and Munda tribes, learning about their traditions, lifestyles, and unique customs. Overnight stay at a lodge in Similipal Tiger Reserve.

Day 4: Similipal Tiger Reserve

Start the day with an early breakfast at the lodge, followed by more wildlife safaris and nature walks in Similipal Tiger Reserve. Crocodile Breeding Center: Visit the Crocodile Breeding Center within the reserve to observe efforts in conserving endangered species like the Indian crocodile. Tribal Museum: Explore the tribal museum at Jamshedpur, showcasing artifacts, tools, and cultural relics that provide insights into the indigenous tribes of Odisha. Overnight stay at a lodge in Similipal Tiger Reserve.

Day 5: Similipal Tiger Reserve - Bhubaneshwar (200kms)

After breakfast at the lodge, depart for Bhubaneswar, enjoying the scenic drive back through the picturesque landscapes of Odisha. Ekamra Kanan: En route, visit Ekamra Kanan, a sprawling garden complex dotted with small temples dedicated to various deities, offering a serene retreat amidst nature. Cultural Evening: In the evening, attend a traditional Odia dance performance or cultural show, showcasing the vibrant art forms and music of Odisha. Overnight stay at a hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 4 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.
  • Boat safari in Bhitarakanika National Park
  • Time Jeep safari in Similipal Tiger Reserve
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 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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