Agro Tourism: Odisha (Orissa)
Highlights: Rural Tourism, Agri-tourism of Odisha, Community tourism of Odisha, Village Tourism, Responsible Tourism, Ecotourism, Agriculture Tourism, Rural Livelihood, Grassroots Tourism, Agro Tourism India, Farm Tourism, Agro tourism, Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Ecosystem, Agricultural Heritage, Social Tourism Odisha, Ecology Conservation, Indigenous Tourism, Rural Tourism Orissa, Village Tourism Orissa
Agro Tourism as holistically involves any agricultural based activities that bring visitors to the farm land. People are now become more & more anxious to know about how their food is produced, processed & reaching different markets. Agro tourism in Odisha-India is a popular destination for both domestic & Foreign nationals with many farming tours available such as:
- Grain tourism
- Vegetable tourism
- Fruit tourism
- Livestock tourism
- Dairy Tourism etc.
The agro tourism show case the lifestyle of Farmers of Odisha, their culture & traditional priorities. Tourist can learn N number of activities starting from knowing different culture, Local farm products, different farm processes or even directly engaging in harvesting.
Odisha is one of the largest rice producing state in India. The production of rice in Odisha is almost one tenth of the total rice production of the country. The main crops cultivated by the farmers in the state are Rice, Jute, Oil seeds, Pulses, Coconut, Mesta, Sugarcane, tea, Rubber, Cotton, Gram, Mustard, Maize, Sesame, Ragi, Potato, Soybean etc. The farmers of Odisha cultivate different crops in different seasons.
During Kharif season ( July to October) Paddy, Maize, Ragi, Small Millets, Arhar, Lentils, Mung, Cowpea, Groundnut, Til, Caster, Mesta, Cotton, Sweet Patato, and Turmeric are the crops cultivated. Cash remunerative vegetables like brinjal, Tomato & early cauliflower are taken in Kharif season.
During Rabi season (October to March) crops like Gram, Fieldpea, Mung, Lentils, Mustard, Sunflower, Safflower, Niger, Potato, Onion, Garlic, Coriander, different vegetables, Tobacco & Sugarcane are cultivated by the farmers.
8 nights & 9 days
Bhubaneswar – Mangalajodi Eco Village – Ganjam – Daringbadi – Bhubaneswar
Day 01: Arrival at Bhubaneswar
Arrival at Bhubaneswar Station/Airport, meet & greet, transfer to Mangalazodi Eco Village, on the bank of the Chilika Lake. Mangalazodi is a country side village just 70 km from Bhubaneswar, the main occupation of the villagers are agriculture, fishing & Birding eco-tourism.
The villagers of Mangalazodi welcome you into their village; hosts more than 800000 birds which jostle in its marshy water, especially the migratory & local birds, few hours birds’ safari with Country boat at wetland of Mangalazodi, also experience the boat making, agricultural farming and Fishing net weaving activities. With this nature safari, you will be accompanied by a village leader. Visitors also have village Lunch with community based initiatives. Over night at Mangalazodi. ( Total Km 80)
Story behind Mangalajaodi Eco Village:
Once upon a time Mangalajodi was bird poacher village. Most of the villagers were engaged in poaching, usually poisoning/ poisoning or shooting the birds. Some of them claim to have simply caught the birds and twisted their necks after catching them in nets. They earned few amount of money from selling the dead birds to the local dhabas / Hotels and in the cities; five months of poaching coupled with income from fishing provided them with their livelihood and sustenance for the year.
In the year 90s, a visionary named Nanda Kishore Bhujabal & a local NGO named, IGS ( Indian Grameen Seva) has decided to make an attempt to bring an end to poaching of birds in Mangalajodi. As a local belonging to the Tangi area, Bhujabal realised that the only way that a change could be brought about was by taking the villagers into confidence. This effort at changing mindsets was a tough and stormy one. Yet after a lot of cajoling and counseling over years Bhujabal managed to make them see the senselessness and cruelty in the activity of poaching.
Day 02: Mangalazodi
Morning after breakfast, visit Mangalajodi village, the people in this village primarily earn their living from three sectors –
- Agricultural Farming
- Fish Farming
- Eco-tourism Bird Tourism
- Village Tourism
Mangalajodi otherwise known as a wetland, represents many fish species including, Khainga(Mullet), Cat Fish, Kanna, Kokill or Anchovy, Rice Fish, Panchax, Puffer Fish, Acher Fish, Climbing Perch, Dwarf Gourami, Eleotridae fish, Glass Fish, Pipe Fish, Mud Skipper etc.
Then visit the Grama Devi Ugratara Temple. Visit forests of Mangalajodi and while on the journey witness forest birds and once you get to the top of the mountain enjoy the beautiful view of the Chilika lagoon. Enjoy a good local dinner by the light of a bonfire. You sit around the bonfire for as long as you like. Overnight at Mangalajodi Village.
Day 03: Mangalazodi
Early morning before sunrise start your journey through the wetlands of Mangalajodi on an indigenous boat, thousands of birds both resident and migratory in all their beauties and splendor. Your local leader will give you all inputs you need on the birds of Mangalajodi. Experience with the villagers of Mangalajodi; learn the basics of how to build a small fishing boat, stitching fishing net or bamboo basket making. You can also try your hands at pottery. Enjoy a good local dinner by the light of a bonfire with village soundings. You sit around bon fire for as long as you like. Overnight at Mangalajodi Village.(No Vehicle Movement and only water ways)
Day 04: Mangalajodi – Ganjam
Early morning transfer to Ganjam, The district is named after the old-township and European fort of Ganjam situated on the northern bank of river Rushikulya which was the head quarter of the District. Agriculture is a traditional occupation and the way of living of the inhabitants of the Ganjam District. The District is well known for its fertile soil and agricultural productivity. A large variety of crops are grown here like Paddy, Ground nut, Sugar cane, Oil seeds, Ragi, Mung, Biri etc. Because of the agro climatic condition Ganjam is included as the agricultural District. Art and handicrafts of the Ganjam District flashes out of its paintings, art works like Wall paintings, Patta paintings, Stone carving, wood carving are very much famous throughout the world. Handicrafts like Toys range from day figurines to painted wood, to lacquer, to papier, mache and cowdung. Horn works is really a craft which is produced from the buffalo horns. Overnight stay at Ganjam.
Day 05: Ganjam – Bhanjanagar - Ganjam
Morning after breakfast drive to Bhanjanagar, Chk in to eco tourism resort at Bhanjanagar, activities includes-
- Farm land majorly Vegetables
- Edible oil production farm
- Sugar cane Factories (mission of the farm-To achieve rural prosperity and ensure quality of life through increase in farm income, food production & welfare of the farmers) where to see farms and the different ways of farming.
- Overnight stay at Eco tourism village resort at Ganjam.
Day 06: Ganjam – Belaguntha - Ganjam
After early morning breakfast, drive to Belaguntha. Belaguntha is a main market place for grocery and cattle in the Ganjam district. This place is famous for Brass Fish "Pitala Macha" in the world. Bellaguntha is the business destination for people. All grocery, corns, vegetables, etc. came from Boudh and Phulbani for selling. People purchase and resale/supply to Aska and Brahmapur. Bellaguntha is also famous for some special types of sweets and local foods. We love to offer the recipes & some famous sweets are:
- Desi Manda etc
Overnight stay at Eco tourism village resort at Ganjam.
Day 07: Ganjam – Daringbadi
Early morning after breakfast, drive to Daringbadi. Daringbadi is a Hill station of Odisha & a popular destination for nature lovers for it beauty & virginity. The hill station is full with Pine Jungles, Coffee gardens, rain forest & infinite landscapes. Daringbadi is popularly called ‘Kashmir of Odisha’ situated at a height of 915 meter in Kandhamal Districts. This is the only place in Odisha where you can experience Snow fall in winter. It is also famous for ginger harvesting. On arrival check into hotel for rest, then visit Pine jungle & Coffee garden. Overnight stay at Daringbadi.
Day 08: Daringbadi
After breakfast full day enjoy at Daringbadi, visit-
- Ginger harvesting farm
- Black pepper and Turmeric gardens
- Jack Fruit Farm
- Then visit Baliguda to meet the tribal people known as the Kutia Kandha
Overnight stay at Eco Cottage Daringbadi managed by villagers..
Day 09: Daringbadi - Bhubaneswar
Morning After breakfast, drive to Bhubaneswar. Later drop to Airport/Station for your onward journey. (Total Km 300)
- 3 nights – Mangalajodi Village
- 3 nights – Ganjam
- 2 nights – Daringbadi
- Stay– Eco Cottage / Village Stay ( Non A/c)
- Meal plan-APAI ( Local Food cooked by villagers)
- Room: Dbl occupancy
- Agriculture Farm Visit at Ganjam & Daringbadi
- Agriculture Farm visit at Mangalozodi Eco Village
- Agro Tour sightseeing
- Village walk / visit
- Mangalozidi Bird Safari
- All sightseeing as per itinerary
- All major road transport A/c vehicle included in Itinerary
- All parking, road tax etc
- Driver allowances
- GST 5%
- Village Tour Escort / Guide
- Any personal expenses which is not mention in itinerary will carry additional cost
- Personal services in hotel like Body Massage, Ayurveda Therapy etc
- Flight Tickets / Train Tickets
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