Rhythm of Gonds

Rhythm of Gonds

It is a saying – India lives in its villages. Though a lot has changed with the changing times, still a lot depends on these lively villages which present the real India. Each village has an unique identity with the typical house pattern, livelihood, dance and drama etc.

Living on these lives, we invite you to explore some of the lively Villages of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Where the ever smiling and people will greet you and by the way you will get a great opportunity to explore their great culture.

Rhythm of Gonds

Our tours to theses sensitive Odisha tribal villages are focused on the principles of Eco tourism which aims to bring benefit to the community we visit and also based on principles of Responsible Travel where our guests share an authentic experience of rural tourism with proper concern and care for the culture, community and environment.

Tour Highlights

  1. Visit of Appliqué work village Pipili.
  2. Visiting of various weekly tribal market.
  3. Dance performance by Gond Tribe.
  4. Visit of famous Bhoramdeo  Temple.
  5. Immense Jagannath temple in Puri.
  6. Majestic Sun Temple in Konark.


Bhubneshwar – Dhauli – Pipili – Puri – Konark – Dhenkanal – Sadeibarini – Nuapatna – Baliguda –  Rayagada – Chitkona – Jaypore – Ankadeli – Kuduli – Gupteshwar – Jagdalpur – Kanger Valley – Kondagaon – Rajim – Champaran – Raipur – Kawardha – Raipur

Day 01: Arrival Bhubaneshwar
On your arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport, our representative will greet you and transfer your hotel.
Day 02: Bhubaneshwar
After breakfast you have heritage walk in the Old temple town which will cover the impressive miniature temples, water tanks, small shrines, traditional bazaars. Also experience the authentic Hindu worship inside the temple. Late afternoon enjoy the sunset visit to the ancient Caves at Khandagiri and Udaygiri.
Day 03: Bhubneshwar – Dhauli – Pipili –Raghuraj Pur - Puri ( 55 kms)
Morning after breakfast drive to Puri enroute visit Dhauli the peace pagoda, Pipli the applique work village & Raghurajpur(Unesco Heritage Village) craft village ( the most famous attraction here is the Pattachitra, paintings on pieces of fabric ). On arrival at Puri check in to the hotel. Later visit to Jagannath temple ( non hindus are not allowed ) / Relax on the golden beach of Puri. Overnight at Puri.
Day 04: Puri – Excursion to Konark
Morning visit to Jagannathfrom the top of Raghunandan Library, (Non hindus are not allowed ). Then drive to Konark to visit the Sun temple ( one of the world famous heritage site ). Enroute visit Ramchandi temple, Chandrabhaga beach & fishermens village. Return back to Puri. Evening visit to beach market. Overnight at Puri. PURI: Puri is one of the four main Hindu pilgrim centres in India and is famous for its Jagannath Temple. This 65 metre high temple built in the 12th century AD dominates the landscape. The grand edifice has all the richness and plasticity of the Kalinga style of architecture. Over one million people flock to this holy place every year to participate in the Rath Yatra or Car Festival. This annual ritual spreads over the entire summer and monsoon seasons making this the most fruitful time to visit Puri. Puri is well-known for its golden beach with miles of yellow sand, blue waves, white surf and bright sunshine. It is a pleasure to swim here as the sea is shallow, but be careful of under-currents at some pockets. With equable climate, Puri is a popular tourist resort frequented by visitors through out the years.
Day 05: Puri – Nuapatna - Dhenkanal (180 kms – 03 hrs)
After breakfast leave for Dhenkanal. Visit the weaver village at Nuapatna to witness the live weaving done by the tradional weavers. During afternoon, visit the Dhokra metal worker village at Sadeibareni. During sun setting visit the great monastery at Joranda where the unique Mahima sadhus offer the holy prayer for the sake of universal peace and harmony. Overnight stay at the Dhenkanal palace – A heritage property.
Day 06: Dhenkanal – Baliguda (255 kms – 06 hrs)
Drive to Baliguda after breakfast. Baliguda is in the district of Phulbani, through the beautiful countryside road full with small mountains of Sal forest. Baliguda hosts a number of semi-tribal villages and forms a comfortable entry point to the tribal tour of Odisha. Enroute Baliguda, visit Weavers' Village at Itamati which is a marketplace village. Here, a number of tribals display their weaving skills in the form of artifacts. Also visit some typical Odishan villages. Arrive at the hotel in the evening stay there for the night.
Day 07: Baliguda – Kotagarh - Rayagada (160 kms – 04 hrs)
After breakfast, depart to Belghar area. Here also, tourists get to visit few of Kuttiya Kondha Tribal Villages (the largest and the most prevalent Odisha Tribe) & Weekly Market at Kotagarh. Kotagarh is also famous a wildlife sanctuary rich in bio-diversity. Major dwelling wildlife species here are tiger, elephant, gaur, spotted deer, sambar and a variety of reptiles. Optional excursion to Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Lunch on the way. Drive down to Rayaguda. Arrive in the evening & spend the night at Hotel.
Day 08: Rayagada – Chitakona - Jaypore (210 kms – 05½ hrs)
Trek to most primitive Dongria Kondh villages in the Niyamgiri hills, accommodating more than 8,000 tribal people. They have conserved and preserved the quality of dense forests and unusually rich wildlife of the hills. A visit to these villages will surely enrich the travellers about their environment friendly ethics. After visiting the villages, visit the Chatikona Weekly Market (only  on Wednesday). Here Doms, Desias and Dongoriya Kondhas sit up weekly and click the barter deals. Looking at the tribals in transaction is surely an interesting event. Later drive on to Jeypore. This town is known for its waterfalls, green forests and aboriginal tribal folks. Enroute Jeypore, visit Kani tribal village. Overnight in Jeypore.
Day 09: Jaypore – Excursion to Ankadeli & Lamtaput
In the morning, visit approximately 6000 members of the fierce Bondas at Ankadeli. They are semi clothed tribes, stay in the remote hills and keep themselves isolated from the rest of the world and work together to earn livelihood. Here, photography is strictly prohibited. Also, visit the areas thrived by Godabas, Parajas and Mali tribes (only on Thursday).. In the afternoon, drive back to Jeypore and on route; visit the pottery village of Bapaniguda and other tribal villages of Siriguda and Paraja at Lamtaput. Overnight in Jeypore.
Day 10: Jaypore – Excursion to Kunduli & Nandapur
After breakfast, we proceed to witness the biggest tribal weekly market set up by Sanaparoja & Mali tribes in Kunduli Village, located 65 km away from Jeypore via Sunabeda. Later drive down to Nandapur to visit village of Sanaparoja tribes. Also, visit other villages of Khilua, Bada Padar, Saana Padar, etc with small trekking and later drive down to Jeypore for overnight.
Day 11: Jaypore – Gupteshwar - Jagdalpur (60 kms)
Morning drive to visit Gupteswar areas to visit Dhuruba tribal villages and later visit a weekly tribal market at Baligaon (Only on Saturday). Later proceed to Jagdalpur market. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12: Jagdalpur- Kanger Valley - Jagdalpur (80 kms – To & Fro)
After breakfast, we drive to the famous Kanger Valley National Park. Kanger Valley is known for its unique wildlife and beautiful and verdant surroundings, regarded as one of the finest virgin forests tracts on earth. Capture the breathtaking scenic beauty in your camera. We'll also explore one of the limestone caves of the region, known for beautiful stalagmite and stalactite formations. This is tribal country and meeting the tribal people in their homes would surely be a fascinating experience for you. Visit some of the tribal homes and interact with them to learnsomething about their culture. Later, enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch at the famous Tiratgarh Fall.The enchanting Tiratgarh Fall offers a spectacular view to its visitors. In the evening, we drive back to Jagdalpur. Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.
Day 13: Jagdalpur
Meet the most colorful Dandami Maria at their village (in Gidam jungle zone) and if desire enjoy their Bison horn group dance (with proper costume and traditional musical instrument), afternoon visit the Maria tribes weekly market in Madum jungle zone. Also enjoy the gorgeous waterfall at Chitrakoot during pre-sun set time (very nice photography) .
Day 14: Jagdalpur - Kondagaon - Kanker (170KMS/3HRS)
Morning drive to Kanker enroute visiting Kondagaon  Tribal and meet the most colorful Muria tribal community at their very isolated village in the core jungle zone of Keshkal jungle . while hiking at their village visit their Gotul house (female dormitory for unmarried young girls) – if possible enjoy their gotul group dance (subject to available the drum men) Continue further to Kanker for overnight.
Day 15: Kanker - Rajim- Champaran- Raipur (170 kms/04 hrs)
Morning visit Famous Rajim Temple and later visit Champaran colorful monastery. Overnight at Hotel at Raipur.
Day 16: Raipur - Kawardha (120 kms – 03 hrs)
Morning drive to Kawardha and later visit a weekly tribal market. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 17: Kawardha
Morning visit Baiga tribal villages and later visit a weekly tribal colorful market. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 18: Kawardha
Morning visit few Gond tribal Villages and afternoon visit colourful tribal market of Gond people. Overnight at the Hotel at Kawardha.
Day 19: Kawardha - Raipur (120 kms – 03 hrs)
Morning visit famous temples of Bhoramdeo and later drive to Raipur. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 20: Raipur – Delhi - Departure
Departure transfer to Raipur airport to board the flight to Delhi further connecting flight to back home.
  • Best Season: Septembre – April
map of Nawabs of Lucknow

The highlights of this trip

Appliqué art in Pipili

Visitors to the small town of Pipili are greeted by mirror-encrusted lanterns and umbrellas, gently swaying in the breeze outside handicraft shops. One of Odisha’s most vibrant crafts is the appliqué work found in Pipili. Locally known as chandua, it involves sewing colourful patches of cotton, jute, and silk onto a contrasting fabric with special embroidery techniques.


A favourite destination for adventurous travelers, Odisha (Orissa) rewards those who make the effort to stray off the beaten track with an intricate patchwork of archaeological wonders, fascinating tribal culture, and natural beauty, along with an old-fashioned sprinkling of sun and sand.


Chhattisgarh is remote, short on major ‘sights’ and limited in tourist infrastructure, but for the adventurous traveller, time spent here may well prove to be a highlight of your trip to this part of India. The country’s most densely forested state (44%) is blessed with considerable natural beauty – waterfalls and unspoilt nature reserves abound. More interestingly, it’s home to 42 different tribes whose pointillist paintings and spindly sculptures are as vivid as the colourful haats that take place across the region, particularly around Jagdalpur in the southern Bastar region.

  • Monuments 80% 80%
  • Tribals 95% 95%
  • Artisans 95% 95%
  • Experiences 95% 95%


“We were group of 10 people who occasional travel together to India, this time it was mix of Orissa and Chhattisgarh, I must say that it was fascinating in all aspects, artisans, temples, local markets and so many different tribes. I highly recommande this tour.”

Des Routards de Marais – Paris, France

Gonds & Muria Tribes!

“This tour was incredibly beautiful. But most memorable was moment spent among Gods & Muria Tribes “

Marie & Claude – Antwerp, Belgium.

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