Off to Orissa

We have been in Pondicherry for 48 hours – just enough time to see the majority of our friends, clean our room to make it habitable, and top up our SIM cards – and we are off to Orissa. We are going on “vacation” (it is unclear what it means for us to be on “vacation”) with 5 friends. A month ago, I believed we had a set itinerary – a very logical south to north progression along the eastern coast of Orissa. 5 days before we departed for India, I learned that our itinerary had been turned pretty much upside down. Two hours before we depart, everything is still up in the air, except for our first destination.

At 11:30pm, after a possible tour of Dakshinachitra and Mahabalipuram and dinner with a couple of friends in Chennai, we will board the Howrah Mail from Chennai Central and arrive in Cuttack the night of the 4th. The next evening, we will attend the annual Konark Dance Festival, set in the natyamandir (dancing hall) of the sun temple of Konark, a world heritage site. We hope to visit Chilka Lake, the city of Puri, Gram Vikas (an NGO whose campus is located near Berhampur), Bhitarkanika National Park, and Simlipal Tiger Reserve or the Sundarbans, not necessarily in this order. We depart from Calcutta the evening of the 14th or the morning of the 16th.

Wish us luck tiger-spotting.

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1 Response to “Off to Orissa”


  1. 1 Digital Dhosth October 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Dakshinachitra is cross cultural living museum of four Southern States, focusing and rebuilding the art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. But, at their craft bazaar they are selling North Indian crafts. It contradicts…..


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