Experience Enchanting Beauty of Odisha with Excursion2India Tour Packages
Nestled amidst the lush green mountains of the Eastern Ghats, Odisha is the place to be essence of Incredible India. The palm-fringed beaches, sparkling rivers, cascading waterfalls and shimmering lakes of Odisha lure travelers from various parts of the world.
Sprinkled with bountiful regal monuments, architecturally celebrated temples and consecrated shrines, Odisha boasts of amazing cultural backdrops.
We, at Excursion2India, offer incredible all customized Odisha tour packages for families a cherished trip to this cultural state.
Some Useful Information About Odisha:
Capital of Odisha: Bhubaneswar
Population of Odisha: 4.83 crore (48.3 million)
Best Time to Visit Odisha: Odisha gets hot and humid during summer and monsoon months. But it remains pleasant during winters and autumn. The best time to visit Odisha, therefore, is from October to early March. Temperature during this period ranges from 16°C to 28°C. These months are also the season of festivals in Odisha – Durga Puja, Bali Yatra, Konark Festival, Mukteswar Dance Festival, Bhitarkanika Mahotsav, and many more. These festivals add to the charm of the state.
One can also plan visiting Odisha during the shoulder season – from June to September. During this period visitors can witness Puri Rath Yatra, one of the oldest and largest Hindu chariot festival celebrated annually in Puri. These are also monsoon months when Odisha looks greenest. A visit during these months is always going to be pleasant despite some humid conditions.
Best Places to visit in Odisha:
Odisha has two of the most visited places in India – Puri and Konark. In addition to these, there are many more interesting and unique places. They are:
Bhitarkanika National Park
Bhitarkanika, lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani-Baitarani rivers, in the North-Eastern corner of Kendrapara, is the second largest viable mangrove eco-system of India. Designated as one of the RAMSAR sites, Bhitarkanika mangrove forest and wetland is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East.
The forest houses some 215 species of birds, including wetland migrants from central-Asia and Europe, large salt water or estuarine crocodiles, and a lot of other fauna species like spotted deer, hyenas, fish cats, leopard cats, civets and big monitor lizards. It is also home to a large number of snake varieties.
Konark Sun Temple
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sun Temple is a 13th-century Hindu temple. One of the most popular tourist attractions in India, the temple is known for architectural excellence.
Puri beach, famous for its roaring waves of the Bay of Bengal is a must-visit when you opt for our all-inclusive Odisha tour packages. Devotees believe that taking a dip here is like paying homage to Lord Jagannath.
Bhubaneswar serves as the transit point for all visitors. It has a rich history of its own. This was the place where Kalinga war was fought in which Ashoka emerged as victorious defeating Kalinga. The famous Lingaraja Temple and Hathigumpa Inscription from Mauryan period is also in Bhubaneswar only. Khandagiri and Udaigiri caves can remind people of the exploits of Kharavela.
Chilika Lake, the largest inland salt-water lagoon of Asia, is a place which you should not miss during your Odisha trip. Alienated from the Bay of Bengal just by a sandy ridge, the Chilika Lake, one of the UNECO World Heritage Sites, is a popular tourist attraction.
Odisha also has a big tribal population. Taking a comprehensive tour of the tribal areas of Odisha can be a real experience of its own kind. It is also home to Simlipal National Park and Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary. Boating and experience in Satkosia Gorge can be a real experience.
Odisha Tour Package:
Places Covered: Puri (2nights) – Konark – Raghurajpur – Bhitarkanika (2nights) – Bhubaneswar (1night) – onward destination
No. of Days: 5nights/6days
Odisha Tour Package Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1: Bhubaneswar – Puri:
Arrive at Bhubaneswar Airport/Railway Station. Our representative will receive you and transfer to Puri, a drive of nearly an hour and half. Check into a hotel on arrival in Puri.
Rest of the day at leisure. You can do whatever you feel like. You can visit Jagannath Temple, and have a look at the architectural beauty of the monument. Foreigners are not allowed inside the temple complex though. Take a walk on the streets of Puri or go to the beach and enjoy a nice walk along it. Have fun and frolic at the beach, and watch people enjoying.
Feel free to taste food items from the many snack selling vendors. Return to the hotel, have dinner and retire to your room. Overnight in Puri.
Day 2: Puri – Chilka lake – Puri:
After a sumptuous breakfast go to Satapada to explore the beauty of Chilika Lake, largest lagoon in India. Satapada is a drive of a little more than an hour from Puri.
Take a boat and go and see dolphins, birds and also the beach. You are free to taste some delicious seafood. Return to Puri. Rest of the day at leisure. You can choose to go and visit a few important temples in Puri and enjoy the evening at the beach.
Have dinner at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Puri.
Day 3: Puri – Konark – Bhitarkanika:
Check out early in the morning and drive to Konark – a drive of nearly an hour or so. Konark is famous for its Sun Temple. The temple is partially ruined but one can easily see the grandeur of it. It has several intricate carvings done all over the exterior wall.
After a guided tour of the Temple, drive to Dhauli. Check the Mauryan period art form and see the Ashokan rock edict written in Brahmi script. Have lunch somewhere and start for Bhitarkanika, a drive of around four hours.
Day 4: Bhitarkanika:
After an early breakfast set out to explore Bhitarkanika National Park and Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. Safari is done on the boat. Keep looking for the large Estuarine crocodiles on the banks of the river channels.
You can also see a large number of birds. Of particular interest are different varieties of kingfisher birds, darters, cormorants, mangrove Petta, parakeets, lapwings, godwits, and a number of stork birds. There are chances of sighting wild boars and deer and outside chances of even sighting pythons and some snake varieties like king cobra and banded krait.
Have lunch in the afternoon and set out to visit Interpretation-cum-Museum at Dangamal. Afterwards, visit different villages and look at how people live in these rural areas. Look at the village temples, schools and markets. Visit some rural houses and understand how village economies are managed in the interior villages of Odisha.
Have a nice relaxing dinner. Overnight at Estuarine Village Resort Bhitarkanika.
Day 5: Bhitarkanika – Bhubaneswar:
Check out after breakfast and drive to Bhubaneswar. Check into a hotel on arrival in Bhubaneswar. Afterwards, go and visit Khandgiri caves dating back to Kharavela Period.
After a guided tour of the caves at Khandagiri, go and visit Lingaraja Temple, a temple built in the 11th century. Foreigners are not allowed inside the temple’s precincts though. The temple complex is huge with several temples within the complex. Take a walk around the temple area and look at Bindusar, the lake which precedes even Lingaraja Temple.
Have dinner at one of the city restaurants. Overnight in Bhubaneswar.
Day 6: Bhubaneswar – Onward Destination:
Check out and drive to airport/railway station to proceed for your onward destination.
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