Wild Imprints of Odisha
Day 1 – Depart Kolkata – Bishnupur
Bishnupur – A Town of Terracotta Temples
Also spelt as Vishnupur, this is an interesting town of terra cotta temples and is a famous cultural centre .Since there is no stone found in the area, the traditional building material for important buildings was brick. The facades of the dozen or so temples here are covered with ornate terra cotta tiles depicting lively scenes from the Hindu epics.
Day 2 – Bishnupur – Talasari
White Sands & Red crabs at Talasari
Talasari beach is unique as the shore waters are not as turbulent as other beaches and are quite and calm and peaceful.The name Talasari is derived from the two words Tala (meaning Palm) and Sari/Sarani (meaning row). The palm trees surrounding the place give such a name to it.
Day 3 – Talasari
The cool sea breeze pacifies the inner soul whilst the view of the uneven tides touching the endless shores, a treat to the eyes. The distant blue hills, the paddy fields and several water bodies welcome the visitors. The backwaters, another attraction at the Talasari.
Day 4 – Talasari – Chandipur
Chandipur – A sea to walk on!
Tucked away on the coastline of Orissa, Chandipur is a blissful place with silvery sand and green casuarina groves in the backdrop. A rare sight is when the sea recedes into the horizon by anything between 1 km to 5 km twice each day and drifts back slowly to the coastline giving enough time to collect the souvenirs of red starfishes, seashells and drift wood on the exposed sea beds.
Day 5 – Chandipur – Bhitarkanika
Wild footprints continue…
Embark and explore a day out with nature at its best in Bhitarkanika. The word ‘bhitar’ means interior and ‘kanika’ means extraordinarily beautiful. As the name suggests, the coastal area, rivers, creeks, wetland, mud flats actually make an extraordinary landscape.
Day 6 – Bhitarkanika
Bhitarkanika National Park is known for its mangrove forests and this former hunting preserve of the Royal Raj Kanika family now houses the largest population of Salt Water crocodile in India and is a mass nestling place for Olive Ridley turtles. Give the reptile a visit! Soak in the tranquillity as you cruise away on a motor boat through the meandering expanse of this wetland.
Day 7 – Bhitarkanika – Simlipal
Nature Expedition in to Simlipal
For the adventurous there are several options for trekking, or simply just take a leisurely walk and imbibe the beauty of it all. The forest and ecology provide the perfect environment for some of the most beautiful creatures of the world to exist in. Discover yourself in this panoramic environment and indulge in an unending experience at Simlipal National Park .
Day 8 – Simlipal
In the ancient days, this reserve was the hunting ground of the Mayurbhanj Maharajas. Take a wildlife safari and view the various flora and fauna in the park. You may get lucky and spot a leopard or a tiger apart from other animals you can expect to see like deer’s and herds of elephants.
Day 9 – Simlipal – Bhubaneswar
Soak in the Rural Lifestyle…
Visit the typical rural villages and rice farming fields of Orissa as you leave the wilderness of Simlipal. Interact with local communities and engross yourselves in their unique lifestyle .
Day 10 – Bhubaneswar – Mangalajodi –Bhubaneswar
Birds Paradise at Mangalajodi
A community owned and managed wildlife conservation venture, Mangalajodi Ecotourism is your destination to get a peep into Mother Nature. It’s a village located on the northern banks of Chilika Lake and hosts more than 3,00,000 birds in its marshy waters, especially in winters.
Day 11 – Bhubaneswar
Explore the Ancient Temples and Jain Trails
Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or ‘Lord Lingaraj’, Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. The Khandagiri and Udaygiri hills were carved and tunneled to create a multi-storied ancient apartment residence for Jain monks by the first Orissan ruler King Kharavela around first century BC.
Day 12 – Bhubaneswar – Pipli – Konark – Raghurajpur – Puri –Bhubaneswar
Stand Enthralled at the Majestic Konark / Meet Master Craftsmen at Raghurajpur /Be Enchanted at Puri – The Sacred Land of Yogis
Pipli is a centre for appliqué work, which depicts the essence of Oriya culture. 13th century Sun Temple at Konark conceived as a massive chariot hauling the Sun God across the heavens is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Raghurajpur is a Heritage Craft village where the entire community is involved in making Pattachitra Palm Leaf engravings and is an example of stellar craftsmanship. The 12th century Jagannath Temple at Puri is dedicated to Lord Jagannath –“The Lord of the Universe” where yogis and devotees throng to seek forgiveness, to seek blessing. The chariots of the divine siblings, Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra, roll down in the famous annual Rath Yatra.
Day 13 – Bhubaneswar Departure
Drive past the scenic stretch of Odisha with memories for a lifetime, leaving a Smile behind to beckon You !