Tribal splendor in Odisha
They maintain a secluded life within their communities, but the 62 tribes of Odisha have always remained an enigma for any socio-cultural community. They express their cultural identity and distinctiveness in their social organization, language, rituals and festivals. A sojourn into their life is an unusual adventurous journey that you will fondly remember for years to come
The Mahanadi flowing through a gorge stretching 22 KM makes for an awe inspiring sight. The Satkosia Tiger Reserve encompasses an area of 963.87 Sq KM, once it was a part of Abhaya Aranya (Unending Forest range) which connected Odisha to Central India.
The name Satkosia literally means 7 Kos (a unit of distance measurement. Usually 1 Kos – 1-3 KM depending on the region). It is also known as the Gorge Sanctuary. The place is bursting with flora and fauna and is a coveted destination for the nature lovers.
Satkosia Tiger Reserve hosts some of the attractive tourism destinations with night stay at multiple points within the sanctuary, each showcasing a unique characteristics of this beautiful haven.
Convention in 1981. The unique ecosystem of sweet, brackish and marine water get together to support the large and diverse variety of flora and fauna of the lagoon
The beauty of Chilika has fueled many a great literary works in region. The poem “Chilika” by noted poet Shri Radhanath Ray is perhaps the best known amongst them along with “Rail Upare Chilika” (Chilika from a train) by noted freedom fighter and writer Shri. Gopabandhu Das. During the tumultuous years from 16th Century AD – 18th Century AD, Chilika served as a hiding place for Lord Jagannath and his siblings from the invaders. Thus Chilika is an integral part of the cultural heritage of the State
Literature apart, Chilika offers a panoramic view of the vistas, which adds to its beauty. There are many islands dotted around the lake, the one which catches the attention is the Breakfast Island. The small chamber with a conical pillar was built by Mr. Snodgrass, the then collector of Ganjam. The monument is one of the most photographed structures of the state and has become the lagoons identity in a way
Chilika offers ample accommodation opportunities for the tourists, depending upon preference
The Panthanivas located along the lagoon offers a decent staying option at a budget. The water sports activities makes it a popular destination for youngsters.
The Panthanivas located along the lagoon offers comfortable stay with a breathtaking view of the lagoon and the Eastern Ghats.
The place Irrawaddy dolphins call home. The Eco tour nature camps located on the islands Berhampura and Rajhans -near the confluence of Chilika with Bay of Bengal offers a magical experience for the tourists.
Bhitarkanika is India’s second largest mangrove ecosystem after the Sunderbans. The National park is essentially a network of creeks and canals which are inundated with waters from rivers Brahmani, Baitarani, Dhamra and Patasala forming a unique ecosystem.
Bhitarkanika is home to the largest congregation of the endangered Salt Water Crocodile in the country.Bhitarkanika is also home to numerous animals like the deer, hyenas, wild boar etc and migratory birds which make it their home during the winter season lending a vibrant hue to the eco system.
The Salt Water Crocodile is the apex predator of the region, besides it, the park is home to numerous reptiles like the water monitor lizard, pythons to name a few.
Bhitarkanika is also home to numerous animals like the deer, hyenas, wild boar etc and migratory birds which make it their home during the winter season lending a vibrant hue to the eco system.The other unique phenomenon is the Bagagahana or the heronry near Surajpore creek. The erstwhile hunting porch of the Maharaja adds to its heritage value.
Thousands of birds colonise the creek for nesting and the aerial acrobatics performed prior to the mating makes for an impressive sight. Bhitarkanika is also home to eight varieties of Kingfisher birds which is also a rarity. The erstwhile hunting porch of the Maharaja adds to its heritage value.
The attention to details from silkworm cultivation to silk weaving combine centuries of experience and modern know how, to create silk ties, and sarees that harmonise the delicate feel with a soothing blend of colours, elegant and attractive, exquisite but comfortable.
The textiles have an individuality of their own. Bold and unusual patterns, vibrant yet subtle blend of colours, unique tie and die effects and a luxuriant texture characterize them. The State is famous for its silk ikat weaves, an intricate process (bandha) in which wrap and weft threads are first tied and then dyed, to produce the designed pattern on the loom while weaving.
Typical design motifs include rows of birds and animals, fish, seashells, rudraksh beads and temple spires.The most popular and flagship item of tie and dye textile of Odisha is the Saree. Typical varieties of Odisha sarees are Khanduas, Saktapada, Tarabali and Bichitrapuri, to name a few made both in cotton and silk. However, the weavers also delve into other items like bed covers, dress materials, handkerchiefs and lungi & gamuchha (towel)
The tribal people of the State also excel in producing textiles of myriad hues using vegetable dyes.
The famous centres for Odisha handloom are Sambalpur – famous for its Sambalpuri Sarees. The villages at Bargarh, Sonepur and Kendpalli are the hub of this famous weave. The lanes are lined with houses of the master craftsmen plying their trade oblivious from the hustle and bustle of the mundane world.
Berhampur is another centre famous for its Berhampuri Patta Sarees. The Silk Sarees are exquisite in its detailing yet comfortable to wear. The lanes of Ganesh Nagar in the city is hub where the famous weavers of Berhampuri Patta reside.
Koraput – One can’t talk of Odisha without mentioning its Tribal community. The contribution of the tribes of Odisha in shaping its cultural heritage is beyond measure. The Dongaria & Ikat sarees are the most popular handloom from Koraput which has caught the imagination of the handloom overs.
Odisha is known not only as the land of temples but also with the largest number of ancient temples in India. Places like Bhubaneswar and Puri, alone have hundreds of temples. The state is a haven for the pilgrims who are one with the faith in the chaos of these temples.
No pilgrimage is complete, without the quintessential visit to the Jagannath temple and get a glimpse of the residing deity, Lord Jagannath. This temple at Puri, one of the chaar (4) dhaams (supreme religious center) in India according to the Hindu scriptures.
The Jagannath temple complex also enshrines Pada-Vimala (pada: feet) temple, which is one of 52 Sakti (goddess of power) peeth (shrine) in India. Tara Tarini Sthana (Breasts) Khanda, Purnagiri, Berhampur is another. In fact both are two amongst the four Adisakti (ultimate power) peeth of the 52 enlisted.
Buddhism flourished in Odisha. Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Chandragiri, Dhauli monuments stand proud testament to the flourishing of the religion in the state. A trip across the destination transport you into an era of the pursuit of attainment of Bodhi, the ultimate enlightenment. The Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves, to the west of Bhubaneswar are the multi-storied ancient apartment residence for Jain monks by the Odia ruler, King Kharavela. The inscriptions recreates the king’s military exploits, and also that his royal city had gate towers, bathing and drinking tanks, and was the scene of formally organized music and dance performances, as well as sporting and social events