Chhattisgarh to Orissa tour in India, tribes and villages

“Guided overland tour of central India staying in tribal villages for a couple of nights at a time en-route from Raipur in Chhattisgarh to Goudaguda in Odisha.”


Raipur | Bhoramdeo | Maikal Hills | Kanker | Jagdalpur | Kanger Valley National Park | Goudaguda | Visakhapatnam |

Description of Chhattisgarh to Orissa tour in India, tribes and villages

This incredibly unique two week tour from Chhattisgarh to Orissa takes travellers on a tailor made journey into the tribes and villages of central India where the lesser-known, but nonetheless important, traditions and customs of local communities reveal fascinating cultural insight.

Discover sections of India’s society that casual tourists rarely get to witness as you meet the tribes living within the market villages situated between Chhattisgarh to Orissa including the Baiga, Maria, Dhurwa, Kondh, Paraja and Koraput.

As this two week Chhattisgarh to Orissa tour in India progresses you’ll be invited into the colourful market places, tribal guest houses and royal palaces found throughout the region with legendary train journeys through the Araku Valley certainly never to be forgotten.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our partners behind this holiday promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travellers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

1 Our environment responsibilities start right from the office. We have a policy of using eco-friendly goods and paper, plus we reduce, reuse and recycle where possible. We print our office documents on both sides of the paper to reduce paper consumption. We try to keep our marketing materials at bare minimum by using modern electronic communication for marketing purpose. We also work to minimise energy and water consumption in our offices, and we encourage our partners to follow similar waste management and energy philosophies.

2 We operate with small group sizes which not only maximises interaction within the group and guides and local community but also minimises the impact on environment.

3 Our vehicles comply with strict Euro IV emissions or Bharat Stage III control regulations set by the European Union and Indian Environment Ministry. We regularly check and maintain vehicles to the highest possible standard in order to limit carbon emissions and ensure the comfort and safety of our passengers.

4 In this tour we use home stays and lodges which are safe, comfortable and operated in a sustainable way. We specifically pay attention to the lodges and camps for their waste disposal and eco-tourism policies.

The Impacts of this Trip

1 We know that a local guide can enliven every tour; with local folk-lore, snippets of gossip, names of plants and their medicinal uses. Most importantly, particularly in remote villages, your guide is your host, showing us around his or her area. This helps to make our tours an experience of cultural exchange rather than a brutish trample through someone else’s way of life.

2 Many drivers in India are paid tiny fees in the expectation of large tips that allow the car owners to get away with low wages. We pay all our drivers a decent wage and we do not, as many operators do, expect them to sleep in their cars when doing long journeys involving overnight halts. We either ensure accommodation and good food is available for them at the lodges we use (and we check the accommodation is of an acceptable standard) or we pay for them to stay in a nearby hotel.

3 Tribal Dances: we believe that it is important for tribal dancing to take place in the dancers’ village rather than (often quite shy) tribal dancers being brought to lodges to perform in an unfamiliar environment for a group of foreigners whom they’ve never met. This ensures that visitors become guests in the dancers’ village; it means some proper interaction takes place before and after the dancing; and it ensures that the children and other members of the village can enjoy and appreciate this wonderful apsect of their village culture along with the foreign guests.


2 Reviews of Chhattisgarh to Orissa tour in India, tribes and villages

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

an amazing trip authentic and
an experience of a lifetime

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Every day we did something new and our hosts Saurabh and later, Sunny, always had a surprise in store! Though it's hard to choose one particular part (because the entire experience was amazing), the memories that will always stay with us - without needing to look at the photos - were the day-to-day interactions and chance meetings that we were fortunate to have with the local people. From watching people go about their daily business, to joining in their celebrations, we genuinely experienced "The Real India". A particularly heart-warming moment happened one morning when we were invited into the home of a tribal family. A young lady sat quietly in the corner of the room and it wasn't until we were leaving that we realised she had given birth just 6 hours before we had arrived! Not only were they delighted for us to visit (I don't think I would have wanted strangers in my house just after giving birth!) but they were insistent that we should not remove our shoes.

The people that have so little, seem to give so much more, and everyone we met tried so hard to please us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Orissa is beautiful, but for us, we found the pace of that stretch of the holiday quite slow. This was somewhat compounded by the later than usual monsoon rains and we found ourselves spending a couple of lazy days sitting on the veranda at Chandori Sai. It was great to have some time to relax but on reflection, and if we did the trip again, we'd probably opt to spend more time in Chhattisgarh instead.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, absolutely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. The organisation was excellent, the standard of accommodation far exceeded our expectations and the flexible nature of the trip means that you can make changes as you go along, depending on how you feel. Saurabh and his team are dependable, reliable and efficient, and have a vast knowledge of local culture and wildlife.

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