Tribal Heartland of India
Tribal Heartland of India offers travellers a journey through local markets, craft centres and tribal heritage areas Chhattisgarh and Odisha, alongwith heritage destination of Hyderabad. Here you visit Hyderabad old city, explore tribal villages of Bastar area, interact with craftsmen who create exquisite metal craft, experience the buzz of the daily markets of Koraput and be amazed at the Chitrakote Waterfalls, considered the “Niagara of India”.
Tribal Heartland of India Highlights
- Explore Hyderabad Old city and Fiery Hyderabadi Cuisine
- Enjoy Royal Hospitality at Kanker Palace
- Experience Tribal Villages and haats at Kanker, Jagdalpur and Koraput
- Visit craft villages of Bastar for Bell Metal, Wrought Iron and Terracotta work
- Undertake Excursions to Kanger Valley National Park and Chitrakote Falls
- Enjoy unique experiences such as a Cock Fight, Picnic Lunch in a Forest and Barter trading
- Accommodation in a double / twin room
- Local guides in Kanker, Jagdalpur and Koraput
- All transfers, sightseeing and visits as per programme using AC Car (Sedan or larger)
- Executive Class Train ticket from Jagdalpur to Koraput and Koraput to Visakhapatnam
- All currently applicable taxes
- Hyderabad-Raipur and Vishakhapatnam-Hyderabad Airfare
- Entrance fees at monuments (if any)
- Expenses of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
- India visa charges
- Travel insurance
Expert Travel Opinion
Hyderabad has a distinct ethnic cuisine that is known as Hyderabadi Cuisine OR Deccani cuisine. The cuisine is derived from the native cooking style of the Hyderabadi Muslims and then later popularised by patronage of the royal family (The Nizams). Hyderabadi cuisine comprises a wide range of rice, wheat and meat dishes alongwith use of spices, herbs, dry coconut, tamarind, and red chillies. A wholesome Hyderabadi dinner also known as Dastarkhan are usually of five course meal that comprises Aghaz (Soup), Mezban (appetizers), Waqfa (Sorbet), Mashgool Dastarkhwan (Main course) and Zauq-e-shahi (dessert). What makes Hyderabadi Cuisine famous is its Biryani (Spiced up Rice with meat or Vegetables) and Haleem (Minced meat dish). Andhra Cuisine, other regional cuisine of the area that is as fiery as Hyderabadi cuisine and in general is characterised by the use of Tamarind and therefore giving every curry and rice a unique tangy taste. Hyderabadi and Andhra Cuisine is available widely in restaurants across Hyderabad.
Day 01 - Hyderabad
Arrival at Hyderabad
Arrive at Hyderabad, capital of State of Telangana in South India and one of the arrival points for International travellers visiting Central India. Hyderabad today is a major IT/ITES hub and a heritage destination in its own right, best visited for its Nizam era monuments, Old city and Salar Jung Museum. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Most International arrivals are late evening leaving little time for exploration. Arrive at the hotel in Hyderabad for an overnight stay.
Day 02 - Hyderabad
Today you explore Hyderabad Old city area for its monuments, museums and capturing its heritage character. You first visit Charminar (1591), a landmark monument that has become a global icon of Hyderabad. Thereafter you visit Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad and is one of the largest Mosques in India. Thereafter you visit Chowmahalla Palace, a palace of the Royal family of Nizam and now a museum showcasing some of the exquisite royal family collections. In the afternoon you visit Salar Jung Museum, one of its kind museum housing the biggest collections of antiques in the world. You return to the hotel by late afternoon. Rest of the day for you to spend on own exploring Hyderabad.
Expert Tip: Hyderabad is renowned for its fiery Hyderabadi cuisine (especially the Hyderabadi Biryani). There are number of restaurants in Hyderabad that specialise in Hyderabadi and Andhra Cuisine. You may dine at one of these restaurants, time permitting.
Day 03 - Kanker
Take a flight to Raipur and then drive to Kanker
Today morning you take a flight to Raipur and you will be received by our representative and introduced to your car and drive who will accompany you till Jagdalpur. From Raipur you drive to Kanker (130 kms from Raipur - 3 hours). Kanker lies mid-way on Raipur - Jagdalpur route in heart of Tribal heartland of Chhattisgarh. You arrive at Kanker Palace to a traditional welcome. In the evening you will be entertained by folk musicians over beverages and pre-dinner snacks. Members of the Royal Family will join you to share their insights into the life of the region.
Day 04 - Kanker
Explore Tribal heritage areas around Kanker
Today you will visit the village of the Deer-Horn Muria Tribe and have glimpse of the Ghotul (Tribal hut surrounded by earthen walls). Here you enjoy interaction with villagers and may try some local delicacies. Thereafter you visit a Tribal Haat (local market). In the afternoon you may opt for a secluded boat ride at about an hour drive from the Palace enroute visiting some pre - historic rock paintings and Beedi factory (Beedi is the Indian style Cigarette). You return to the Palace by evening for another round of interaction with Royal family members.
Day 05 - Jagdalpur
Travel to Jagdalpur via Kondagaon. Enroute Picnic Lunch.
Today you travel to Jagdalpur (160 kms from Kanker - 3 hours), the largest town and nerve center of Bastar region, renowned for its craft, tribal heritage and reserve forests. Enroute you will make a short detour to visit Tribal craft communities of Kondagaon renowned for its Bell Metal, Wrought Iron and Terracotta work. After spending some time at Kondgaon you proceed towards Jagdalpur. Enroute you stop at a secret location in the Jungle for a picnic Lunch. You arrive at Jagdalpur to an ethnic style resort by evening. Rest of the evening for you to soak in the character of the resort and / or explore Jagdalpur on own.
Day 06 - Jagdalpur
Visit Tribal communities and Kanger Valley National Park
Today you explore Bison-Horn Maria Tribe Known for their weaving, dance and hospitality. Thereafter you visit the rich forest of Kanger Valley National Park (40 kms -1 hour) and its attractions such as Kotumsar and Kailash caves (Stalactites and Stalagmites formed in caverns) and Tirathgarh falls. On their way back one could catch a glimpse of a weekly Haat. Return to the resort by evening.
Day 07 - Jagdalpur
Visit Chitrakote Falls and explore Jagdalpur market
Today you visit the renowned Chitrakote Falls (40 kms - 1 hour), a perennial waterfall often referred as the "Niagara of India", being the widest waterfalls in India having a 30 meter fall. After spending some time at Chitrakote Falls you return to Jagdalpur to visit Anthropological Museum and Raw Silk Centre. Depending on the day you visit you may also be able to be a spectator to a Cock fight, a regular feature of the Jagdalpur market. Return to the resort by evening.
Day 08 - Koraput
Travel to Koraput by Train. Arrive to Ghoudaguda Village.
Today you proceed to Koraput by day Train (Krdl Vskp Pass (58502) Jagdalpur 10:05 - Koraput 13:15) and reach by afternoon. The train, a local passenger train with 13 stops enroute, will offer you a wonderful opportunity to interact with locals and take photos of the pristine countryside. Koraput lies in neighbouring Odisha State, renowned for its tribal villages and experiences. At Koraput station you will be met by a local driver who will drive you to your village stay at Ghoudaguda village (41 kms from Koraput - 1 hour), in heart of Tribal village and market. Later in the day you may walk around the village and get acquainted with the surroundings.
Day 09 - Koraput
Explore local markets and villages
Today you undertake an exploration of the local markets. Here you see Tribals barter, buy and sell their excess produce. There are handicrafts items, colourful saris, handmade textiles and earthy exclusive jewellery being sold in the market. You will spend at least an hour capturing sights, sounds and fascinating insight into workings of tribal market. In the afternoon you undertake a guided tour by a local for an insight into daily village life of Goudaguda. You may spend some time with the potters an even try your hand at Pottery creating your own unique earthenware. Rest of the day for you to explore village on your own.
Day 10 - Vishakhapatnam
Morning Walk around Countryside. Take afternoon train to Vishakhapatnam
Today you take morning walk in countryside and villages around Goudaguda. A 5 km (about 1 to 1.5 hour) walk will offer you fascinating views and photography opportunities. In the afternoon you take a train to Vishakhapatnam (Krdl Vskp Pass (58502) Koraput 13:25 - Vishakapatnam 20:10 ). At the station you will be met by pickup vehicle for a transfer to the hotel in Vishakhapatnam.
Day 11 - Hyderabad
Take a flight to Hyderabad for onward departure
Today you take a flight back from Vishakhapatnam to Hyderabad for onward International departure.
Expert Tip: Vishakhapatnam is renowned for its Buddhist heritage areas (within 50 kms Radius), Beachfront (20 kms), Naval Museum etc. So you may visit either of these, time permitting in morning hours before taking the flight to Hyderabad.
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