Tribes of Orissa

Tribes of Orissa

If meeting others culture, knowing more about the indigenous culture is your subject then there will be no better places than the Tribal Tour in Odisha. Travel to these little villages in the valley, their aged old traditions, the weekly markets, the amazing hikes on the spectacular landscape or the drum bits during evening as they dance to the tune of Dhemsa can not only be an life time travel experience but also a learning experience for all.

Tribes of Orissa

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. Olasingh textile village visit.
  2. Many weekly tribal market visits.
  3. Bhubaneswar City of thousands of medieval stone temples.
  4. Beautfully carved rocks of Udaigiri, Lalitgriri and Ratnagiri.
  5. Immense Jagannath temple in Puri.
  6. Majectic Sun Temple in Konark.


Bhubneshwar – Gopalpur – Rayagada – Jeypore – Rayagada – Gopalpur – Puri – Bhubneshwar

Day 1: Arrival Bhubaneshwar
On your arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport, our representative will greet you and transfer you to the pre booked hotel. After getting freshens up we will take you to explore the temples like Parsurameswar, Mukteswar, Rajarani, and Lingaraj temple of the temple city. Overnight stay.
Day02: Bhubaneshwar – Gopalpur (180kms – 04 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Gopalpur enroute visit Olasingh textile village ( one of the most famous Tasser weaving village ). On arrival at Gopalpur check in to the hotel. Overnight at Gopalpur.
Day 3: Gopalpur - Rayagada (220 kms – 04½ hrs)
Early Morning drive to Rayagada enroute visit Taptapani the hot sulpheric spring (the hot water spring bubbling with sulphur content is the prime attraction ). On arrival at Rayagada check in to the hotel. Overnight at Rayagada.
Day 4: Rayagada - Bisamkatak - Rayagada
Drive to Dukum ( near Bisamkatak ) to visit weekly market of Desia kondh ( weekly market commence on Tuesday only ). Later visit to Dokra crafts village at Jhigidi. Return back to Rayagada. Overnight at Rayagada.
Day 5: Rayagada – Jeypore (140 kms – 03½hrs)
After breakfast drive down to Chatikona to watch the interesting colourful weekly market of Dongriya Kondh Tribes ( weekly market commence on Wednesday only ). This tribe is one of the most primitive tribe of the Kondhs and they live in the high slopes of the Niyamagiri Hills. Then visit to Minapai ( the bamboo craft village). Later drive to Jeypore. Overnight at hotel in Jeypore.
Day 6: Jeypore - Ankadelli - Jeypore
After breakfast, drive to Ankadelli to visit the famous Bonda tribes (weekly market commence on Thursday only), who comes once every week for their weekly market. It is a unique opportunity to see such a colorful concentration of typical tribals at one place. Most interesting is to watch the Bonda woman in their colorful Jewellaries and marketing commodities.Then drive back to Jeypore. Overnight at hotel in Jeypore.
Day 7: Jeypore - Kunduli - Jeypore
After breakfast, drive to Kunduli to visit the weekly market of Paraja tribes (weekly market commence on Friday only) . It is the biggest market of the tribal area. Then drive back to Jeypore. Overnight at Jeypore.
Day 8: Jeypore – Rayagada (220 kms – 04½ hrs)
Morning after breakfast visit to Jagannath temple ( non hindus are allowed ) & tribal museum at Koraput. Then drive to Rayagada enroute visit Bada Paraja & Mali tribal villages. On arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight at Rayagada.
Day 9 : Rayagada – Saura Tribal Village – Gopalpur
Morning drive to Rayagada enroute visit Saura tribal villages. On arrival at Gopalpur check in to the hotel. Then relax on the beach ( this beach is one of the most pristine beaches of Odisha (Orissa) ). Overnight at Gopalpur.
Day 10 : Gopalpur – Puri ( 180kms – 03 hrs)
Morning drive to Puri enroute visit Chilika lake at Barkul ( the largest brackish water lake). At Chilika take the boat cruise to visit the Birds island ( it is heaven for the resident & migratory birds ) & Nalabana island ( it is a forest of reeds & famous for long range migratory birds in winter ). Then proceed to Puri and check in to the hotel. Rest time relax on the golden beach of Puri. Overnight at Puri.
Day 11 : Puri - Konark - Puri
Puri is one of the four principal holy abodes in India, as well as a popular beach resort. It offers the rare experience of watching both the sunset and sunrise from the same beach. Pre-Dravidian and pre-Aryan history relates that a tooth of Buddha was temporarily enshrined in Puri before being moved to Sri Lanka. Supporting the theory that Buddhism prevailed in this area, the Jagannath Temple, dedicated to the Lord of the Universe, and the main attraction in Puri, was believed to have originally been a stupa (pagoda). The extraordinary form, Jagannath takes in this temple, is said to be the unfinished work of the craftsman god, Vishvakarma. Angry at Vishnu, he left his interpretation of the ‘Lord of the Universe’ incomplete. Visit to the Chariot of the Sun God temple, built by King Langula Narasimha Deva in the 13th century AD during the golden era of Orissan art. This temple, among the crowning works of Orissan architecture and sculpture, is sheer poetry in stone. Everyday the Sun God rises from the horizon, across the shimmering blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, and casts the warmth and luminosity of his revitalising rays on the sanctum sanctorum, circling the temple during the course of the day, illuminating the three brilliant images of the sun – in the morning, at mid-day and in the evening, as day makes way for the night. As you approach the water, you will see rising from the golden sandy beach, one of the country’s most vivid archaeological treasures – the Surya Mandir (Sun Temple). For a millennium, this temple served as a beacon to the ancient and medieval mariners. Despite the fact that the Black Pagoda, as it was referred to by European soldiers who wanted to distinguish Konark from the whitewashed Jagannath Temple in Puri, lies in ruins, the structure is magnificent.
Day 12 : Puri – Bhubaneshwar ( 60 kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Bhubaneswar, on the way, we will stop at the colourful village of Pipili where we can see Orissan handicrafts, the speciality being the famous applique work. Our next stop is Dhauli where the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka renounced violence and embraced the teachings of Buddha. We visit the Peace Pagoda known as Shanti Stupa built in early 1970s by the Japanese. We also stop at two ancient rock edicts, today eclipsed by the presence of the Pagoda. Dating from 260BC they outline Ashoka’s detailed instructions to his administrators to rule with gentleness and fairness. Continue drive to Bubaneshwar airport to board flight for your home country.
  • Best Season:Septembre – April
map of Nawabs of Lucknow

The highlights of this trip


Hindu pilgrims, Bengali holidaymakers and foreign travelers all make their way to Puri. For Hindus, Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimage places in India, with religious life revolving around the great Jagannath Mandir and its famous Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival). The town’s other attraction is its long sandy beach, which is much better for strolling than swimming.


Taptapani in Odisha is home to one of the very few hot water sulphur springs in India. Known for its medicinal properties, a dip in this sulphur hot water spring is said to cure one of all kinds of skin ailments. What’s more, it’s said to be around for over 300 years. 

Tribes of Orissa

Orrisa (Odisha) is a very exotic and a huge tribe living in India. The tribes living a very harsh physical environment. Some tribes as Bondas, Gadabas , Tribes come from the hills for the Thursday market in Onukunelli, south of Jeypore in western Orrisa. This is the part of Indian tribes belt. The Bonda or Bondu are an ancient tribe of people approximately five thousands who live in the isolated hill region of south west Orissa. The Bonda are a scheduled tribe in India and are also known as Remo. The tribe is the oldes and most primitive in mainland Indian and their culture hall little changed in over thousand year. These Tribal women wear thick silver necklace bands and long colorful necklaces made of beads. Orrisa (Odisha) have several weekend market and village where you can see the tribes in the local market.

  • Tribes 90% 90%
  • Rural Life 95% 95%
  • Landscapes 85% 85%
  • Experiences 95% 95%

One of the best off-beat tour.

“The evening ceremony of the Mahima Dharma religion, the walk around the temples of Bhubeneswar, Chilika Lake and the morning markets in the tribal areas where we can observe the hill tribes in their everyday wear and their produce.”

Mathildes DE BOYER – St. Malo, France

Overall a worthwhile tour.

“Orissa is a part of India just opening up to tourist the highlights involve covering long distances but the reward is great Shubu was our tour leader and was excellent ,the transport was an issue but was rectified in the second week .Overall a worthwhile tour. “

Patrick Schapper – Zurich, Switzerland.

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