Orissa Beach Tour- 3 Nights / 4 Days
“It is said that if one knows Orissa, one knows India”. One of the few states least explored and largely undiscovered by tourist is Orissa. Cradled by the eastern ghats, situated in the eastern coast of India, Orissa is one of the most beautiful states in India .With its beautiful sandy beaches, fabulous wild life, aboriginal style of living of more than 62 tribal communities, it is still relatively virgin and unexplored by the western travelers
Places to See – Bhubaneswar – Puri – Konark – Bhubaneswar
Day 01: Bhubaneswar
Arrive in Bhubaneswar. You will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Bhubaneswar
Spend the morning with a city tour of Bhubaneswar. The well planned capital of Orissa is a city of temples. It had 7000 temples at one time of which more than 500 remain today. These temples built over a period of one thousand years reflect the grandeur of high quality workmanship of Kalinga (ancient name of the State) temple art. Visit Temples like PARASURAMESWAR (7th A.D.) famous for its latticed windows; MUKTESWAR (10th A.D.) with its profusion of wall carvings; LINGARAJ (11th A.D.) dominates the landscape rising to a high of 46 Mts. and is the finest representation of Kalinga Art; BINDUSAGAR the ocean drop tank; RAJARANI (11th A.D.) with its exquisite carvings and many more is a must for the visitors. Afternoon visit the twin hills UDAYAGIRI & KHANDAGIRI the Jain Caves excavated in between 2nd & 1st century B.C. by the famous king of Kalinga, named KHARAVELA, was the rain resort of Jain Monks. It is one of the earliest specimens of cave architecture of India. Enjoy the lovely sunset on the small hill. Back to the hotel; overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Bhubaneswar-Pipili-Puri-Konark-Bhubaneswar
In the morning proceed to Puri, enroute visit the colourful patch work village Pipli. Proceed to Puri, one of the four celebrated religious centers of India, famous all over the world for the great temple of Lord Jagannath, situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, a town of eternal festivals. Because of the intense religious importance and hallowed tradition, non-Hindus are not allowed within the Temple complex.
Have lunch on the beach side restaurant. Later proceed to Konark, enroute visit the wonderful and beautiful fishing village. Konark the magnificent SUN TEMPLE of India is sheer poetry in stone, known as Black Pagoda. This 13th century temple is a magnet to the visitors from all over the world. The temple is the architectural image of the mythical chariot of the Sun God. Here the Kalingan temple style has reached its grand climax. The left structure standing among the sand dunes of the seashore is the most impressive of the Orissa temples. The horses at the entrance, the encircling friezes, and the chariot wheels are executed with exuberance. Continue the drive to Bhubaneswar through the lovely countryside.
Day 04: Bhubaneswar
Transfer to Bhubaneswar airport/ station for your onward journey.