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Wilds of Orissa & Kolkata Chennai - Kolkata

This 14 day overland tour journeys from Chennai to Kolkata through India
14 DAYS THROUGH India
RATING:
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Was: $1,235 USD + 650 KITTY USD
Now: $1,050 (USD) + 650 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
14 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Train
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
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TRIP CODE:
ZCA
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Visit the many historic temples, mosques, and churches of Chennai

  Travel off the beaten track through rural Andhra Pradesh

  6 day guided tour through the rarely-visited Odisha Tribal Regions

  Visit the Monday market in the indigenous melting pot of Goudaguda

  Visit the New Hope Community Centre in the rural village of Muniguda

  Bathe in the natural hot springs with local villagers at Taptapani

  3 nights to relax in the lovely coastal town of Puri

  Explore the religious sites of Puri by cycle-rickshaw

  Experience a local train ride from Puri to Kolkata

  Take some extra time to explore the myriad attractions of Kolkata

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Chennai ( 27th Dec 2018 )

Border Information: If you are joining in Chennai, you will most likely enter India in Chennai International Airport (IATA code: MAA).

Today is a free day to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Chennai. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Chennai before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Chennai.

In Chennai we will stay in a comfortable modern hotel.

*Important note* - if you are joining the trip in Chennai, please make sure that you send us a scan of your Indian visa as soon as you have obtained it. If you plan to take the e-visa option, please make sure you arrange this well in advance and send us a copy of your receipt as soon as possible. If we do not receive this in advance, then we will not have enough time to get your permits for the Odisha Region and you will not be able to visit this area.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the many historic temples, mosques, and churches of Chennai
Free
Visit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Company's first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India
INR 100
Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of India's past
INR 250
Day 2 - Tirupati ( 28th Dec 2018 )

Today we start our journey with a drive to the bustling town of Tirupati. On the way we will have an included visit to the Sri Kalahasti temple. 

In Tirupati we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Sri Kalahasti Temple, one of the most famous Shiva temples in South India

Included in Kitty
Day 3 - Vijayawada ( 29th Dec 2018 )

Leaving Tirupati, we will spend the next few days overlanding through Andhra Pradesh, one of the least developed states in India. This is real off-the-beaten-track overlanding, and we will arrive in the small city of Vijayawada this evening.

In Vijayawada we will stay in a basic local hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 4 - Visakhapatnam ( 30th Dec 2018 )

Today we continue our journey and drive through the back roads of Andra Pradesh. Our final destination tonight is the costal town of Visakhapatnam.

In Visakhapatnam we will stay in a local hotel on the sea front.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Day 5-9 - Odisha Tribal Area ( 31st Dec 2018 to 4th Jan 2019 )

Today we will begin our guided tour through the rarely-visited Odisha Tribal Regions, which we will comprehensively visit over the next 6 days. In these regions the itinerary has to be kept fairly flexible, allowing us the freedom to alter things slightly if we hear of any special events or market days in particular villages. However, we will generally follow the plan below:

On the first day we will have an early start from Visakhapatnam to arrive in a small village called Goudaguda in time to visit the Monday markets. Beautiful earthen pottery is skillfully produced in this area and you may even get the chance to try this for yourself.

In Goudaguda we will stay in a local guesthouse which has been styled on local tribal houses.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have a full-day guided walk through the countryside around Goudaguda, visiting the neighbouring Mahali and Kondh tribal villages. We will return to our guesthouse in Goudaguda for the night. 

On the next day we will drive to the lively Chatikona Market, a weekly highlight for the Dongria Kondh tribe. We will then travel through the hills to the village of Muniguda, our destination for tonight. 

In Muniguda we will stay in basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will drive further through an Elephant Range. We will then walk into the Desia Kondh indigenous community. They are distinguished by the unique facial tattoos of the women. After a village visit and picnic lunch we will continue to Baliguda. 

In Baliguda we will stay in a local basic hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

On the next day we will drive to the fascinating fishing town of Gopalpur, a once major port for the East India Company which has an interesting decaying charm. We will have a free afternoon to independently explore the town on arrival.

In Gopalpur we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Monday market in the indigenous melting pot of Goudaguda, soaking up the incredible atmosphere as the locals barter and trade their produce

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Head out for a full day hike around the Goudaguda region, visiting nearby villages of the Kondha, Mahali and Paroja tribal people

Included in Kitty

Explore the rarely-visited Wednesday Market in Chakitona, the main weekly market for the Desia and Dongria villagers from the area

Included in Kitty

See a fascinating local cooking demonstration and learn about the incredible work of the New Hope Community Centre in the rural village of Muniguda

Included in Kitty

Bathe in the natural hot springs with the local villagers at the small temple of Taptapani

Included in Kitty
Day 10-12 - Puri ( 5th Jan 2019 to 7th Jan 2019 )

Today our tour of the Odisha tribal areas comes to an end and we drive on to the small town of Puri.

Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimage places in India, and has a wonderful long sandy beach. On arrival we will explore the old pilgrim route by cycle-rickshaw, taking in ashrams, Hindu monasteries, a palm leaf manuscript library and the awesome Jagannath temple.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

We will spend 3 nights in Puri. On the first full day here, we will take a short drive back to visit Chilika Lake and explore the lake on bamboo-pole-driven canoes. There may also be the opportunity to visit the Usthi Children's Foundation in the town.

On the second full day, we will begin with a cycle ride through rice paddies and rural hamlets, meeting local craftsmen and women and watching them demonstrate their unique crafts. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Konark Sun Temple.

In Puri we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

3 nights to relax in the lovely coastal town of Puri

Included in Kitty

Explore the religious sites of Puri by cycle-rickshaw, including the Jagannath Temple, one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India

Included in Kitty
Explore the ruins of the 13th-century Sun Temple of Konark near to Puri, shaped like a colossal chariot with elaborately carved stone wheels
Included in Kitty

Take a cycle ride through the stunning back-roads and villages near Puri, to visit the artisan village of Raghurajpur and see the fantastic array of handicrafts traditionally manufactured there

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Educational visit to the Usthi Foundation rural project for children either in Puri or Kolkata

USD 10
Day 13 - Kolkata ( 8th Jan 2019 )

Today we will travel by train to Kolkata, the largest city in India. We will have free time today and tomorrow to independently explore this remarkable city, or take an optional photographic tour.

In Kolkata we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Journey Time (by train) - 7-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Experience a local train ride from Puri to Kolkata

Included in Kitty
Day 14 - Kolkata ( 9th Jan 2019 )

Border Information: If finishing your trip in Kolkata, you will most likely exit India at Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (IATA code: CCU).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kolkata. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Overland through West Bengal across the Gangetic plains

Free

2 nights to explore Kolkata, India's most enigmatic and bewildering city

INR 200

Visit the Eden Gardens, the most famous and iconic cricket stadium in India

Free

See the famous Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River, thought to be the busiest bridge in the world with 150,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles crossing every day

Free
Discover the incredible array of art and historical artefacts on display at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the largest and oldest museum in India
INR 200
Head out on a fantastic photographic tour of Kolkata, exploring the hidden gems, back streets, and photogenic spots of the city with a superb local guide
INR 2000
Explore the vast fields and parks of the Maidan (the 'lungs of Kolkata') and observe daily life away from the chaos of the city
Free
Visit and support the Usthi Foundation's school and farm for impoverished children in Kolkata, and see the amazing work they do (if available)
USD 10
See the huge white marble Victoria Memorial, built in the early 20th century by the British Viceroy of India and a grandiose reminder of Kolkata's colonial past
INR 200

Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Centre, a museum illustrating the life and work of the famous and controversial missionary

Free

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Departing: 27 Dec 2018
Returning: 9 Jan 2019
Duration: 14 days
Route: Chennai - Kolkata
$1,235 USD + $650 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 31 Jan 2019
Returning: 13 Feb 2019
Duration: 14 days
Route: Chennai - Kolkata
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Departing: 7 Mar 2019
Returning: 20 Mar 2019
Duration: 14 days
Route: Chennai - Kolkata
$1,270 USD + $650 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 28 Mar 2019
Returning: 10 Apr 2019
Duration: 14 days
Route: Chennai - Kolkata
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Departing: 31 Oct 2019
Returning: 13 Nov 2019
Duration: 14 days
Route: Chennai - Kolkata
$1,250 USD + $650 Kitty (USD)
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Route: Chennai - Kolkata
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Route: Chennai - Kolkata
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Duration: 14 days
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

Nadia and Andy were excellent.
Anthony K
Nera (our guide in Odisha) was excellent. He was great with the locals and knew loads about the area he was showing us. He would answer any question no matter how trivial. Sometimes going into small villages it can feel very intrusive, but Nera always made you feel at ease. The guide provided for us at the Sun Temple was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic also.
Anthony K
Loved our truck Daisy, she was one of the members of the trip! High viewing point, eye-catching everywhere we went.
Timothy T
Fantastic experience, exciting new sights everyday, stimulating conversation with tour leaders Katie and Nick and also other passengers. Opportunities to see areas off the usual 'tourist map' and to meet local indigenous people in a way that did not feel intrusive or patronising, as far as one can do so as a westerner, there for a limited time only. Any better experience than this trip would involve living in a community for some time. All were keen to meet us and have their photos taken, only for the joy of seeing themselves in the cameras, not for any reward, or to have the pictures themselves. the people enjoy laughing… an international language!
Timothy T
Leaders couldn't have been better! Just like friends by the end. I don't know how they could drive so well in mad Indian traffic. Showed the locals how to do it properly!
Timothy T
Great local guide in Odisha (Neera) - passionate about the tribes, extremely knowledgeable and communicated well. Manjit's photo tour in Kolkata was one of the highlights of the trip!
Timothy T
Superb.
Kristy M