Tribes and Temples of India

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• Visit a Gaddava village
• Visit the Onukadelli Market to see the Paraja and Gaddava Tribes
• Visit the Chatikona Market to see the Dongria Kondh Tribe
• Explore Brihadiswara, Sun, Shore and Varaha Cave Temples
• Visit the ancient city of Madurai and Meenakshi Temple
• Enjoy the famous Kathakali dances
• Cruise the backwaters of Kerala

Fact File

• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Bhubaneshwar, finish in Cochin
• All meals included
• Includes 1 internal flight
• Activity Level: 2


Marvel at ancient temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses. Visit national parks and cruise backwater canals. Experience fascinating tribal cultures of Eastern India. Explore southern India's vast cultural heritage, from British, French and Jewish influences, to the ancient capitals of the Chola and Pallava Kings.

Our journey begins in Bhubaneshwar, where we visit the Sun Temple in Konark. Our experience in Orissa province focuses on remote tribal villages (and markets) including the tribal Bonda, Gaddava, Dongria Kondh, and Mali.These original inhabitants of India are a true highlight of India that most never see.

From Chennai to Madurai, visit numerous UNESCO sites, including the Shore Temple (7th century) and the Brihadiswara Temple, with its massive granite dome. We also visit 'Descent of the Ganges' (UNESCO), the Five Rathas, the Shore, Brihadeewarar, Sri Ranganathaswamy and Meenakshi Temples.

Periyar National Park offers wildlife viewing by boat as we look for, barking deer, wild pigs, wild dogs, flying squirrels, bird life and sloth bears.

To truly experience life in the backwaters of Kerala, one must cruise through the canals, villages and rice fields by small boats.

Our journey concludes with travelling through tea, coconut and rubber plantations that dot the lush, green countryside around Cochin, where we also take in a performance of the famous Kathakali dancers.

FROM: $5995 USD



Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms except for 4 nights in triple share while in Muniguda and Chandoori Sai with shared bathrooms and basic accommodations. No single accommodation available for Days 5,6,7,8.

Comfort notes

Some long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bhubaneshwar
Day 2: Bhubaneshwar - Temples & Tribal Museum
Day 3: Sun Temple (UNESCO); Puri by Rickshaw
Day 4: Explore Chilika Lake
Day 5: Journey to Tribal India
Day 6: Muniguda, New Hope NGO Community
Day 7: Chatikona Market & Dongria Kondh Tribe, To Chandoori Sai
Day 8: Onukadelli Market and Paraja & Gaddava Tribes
Day 9: To Vishakhapatnam
Day 10: Fly to Chenni, Drive to Mahabali Puram
Day 11: Shore & Varaha Cave Temples (UNESCO)
Day 12: Pondicherry - Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Day 13: Thanjavur - Brihadeewarar Temple
Day 14: Tiruchirapalli - Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple; To Madurai
Day 15: Meenakshi Temple
Day 16: To Thekkady
Day 17: Periyar: Boat Journey and Spice Garden
Day 18: Kumarakom
Day 19: Backwaters cruise, Kochi (Cochin)
Day 20: Sites of Cochin; Synagogue, Dutch Palace & St. Francis Church
Day 21: Depart Kochi (Cochin)
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