ODISHA DREAM DESTINATION-III
Destination: Bhubaneswar-Konark-Puri-Chilika (Barkul & Satapada)-Gopalpur
Meet and Greet on arrival at Bhubaneswar airport/railway station and transfer to Hotel. After noon visit to the ancient temples like Lingaraj-the biggest in Bhubaneswar (non-hindus are not allowed), Mukteswar, Rajarani & 64 Yogini temple (Yogini sculpture having 64 different hair style & one of the four yogini temple in India). Evening free for independent activities. O/N- Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar-Konark-Puri (110 kms/2.5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Puri. En-route visit through Dhauli-the Buddhist center, Pipili-the appliqué work village & market, Sun temple at Konark (the UNESCO World heritage monument), Chandrabhaga beach, Ramchandi-temple. On arrival at Puri check-in to the Hotel. After fresh-up visit to the temple of Universal God Lord Jagannath (One of the four Dham). Evening leisure at golden beach Puri/visit to the beach market. O/N-Puri.
Puri-Satapada-Puri (55 kms/1.5hrs one way)
You may go for the morning Aarti. After breakfast drive to Satapada (One end of Chilika Lagoon). Cruise in the largest brakish water lagoon of Asia and explore Sea mouth, Rajhans Island, rare Irrawady dolphins, local birds etc. Back to Puri. Rest of the day leisure at golden beach/free for independent activities. O/N-Puri.
Puri-Chilika-Gopalpur (225 kms/4.5 hrs)
Witness the sun rise at golden beach, Puri. After early breakfast drive to Gopalpur, en-route visit through Raghurajpur-the artisan village, Mangalajodi (another end of chilika lagoon), cruise by country boat and explore bird sighting (local & migratory) in a very close by. (Winter is the best time to visit mangalajodi) Or Chilika Lagoon at Barkul. Cruise in the largest brakish water lagoon of Asia and explore Nalabana bird’s sanctuary (popular for migratory birds), Kalijai Island and temple. Post lunch proceed to Gopalpur-on-sea. O/N-Gopalpur-on-sea.
Gopalpur-Chandragiri-Taptapani-Gopalpur(195 kms/5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Chandragiri a Tibetan refugee centre. Here, the Jirang monastery is one of the big monastery. En-route visit through Taptapani-the hot sulphuric water stream. On way back to Gopalpur visit Padmanavpur-the cotton weaving village. Evening free for independent activities . O/N-Gopalpur
Gopalpur-Bhubaneswar (190 kms/3.5 hrs)
First half of the day free for leisure. Post lunch straight drive to Bhubaneswar. On arrival at Bhubaneswar sightseeing of Khandagiri & Udayagiri Jain Caves, Tribal museum. O/N-Bhubaneswar .
After breakfast visit to Nandankanan Zoological park (popular for white tiger), If time permits visit some emporium or Ekamra Haat-the traditional market- a platform to see/get all type of handicrafts & handloom product of Odisha. In-time transfer to Airport/railway station for onwards journey. Tour End.