Kindly critique my Odissa, Andhra & Telangana itinerary

#1 Jun 6th, 2018, 22:53
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I am planning for a tour of Orissa, Vizag & Hyderabad during the next vacations. Kindly give suggestions & any changes to the itinerary if required.
1) Day 1: Depart from Pune by 11019 Konark express.
2) Day 2: Train.
3) Day 3: Alight at Balugaon station early in the morning at 3. Travel to Mangalajodi. I am planning to contact Mr. Bhujabal of the Sri Sri Mahaveer Pakshi Suraksha Samiti. Any suggestions where we can freshen up after our early morning arrival? Any suggestions for a big cab like Innova to pick us up from the station? I would be traveling in a group of 5. I have read about sand pebbles tours. But I would prefer an individual cabbie.
After the boat ride travel to Puri. Check into hotel. Visit Raghurajpur. Visit the beach & the Jagannath temple.
4) Day 4: Early in the morning travel to Satapada. Try to see the dolphins & travel upto the sea mouth. Travel to Konark. Enjoy the shoreline on the way from Puri to Konark. Try to use the same cab that had collected us from Balugaon. Enjoy the Chandrabhaga beach. Visit the Konark temple with a guide. Check into the Yatriniwas.
5) Day 5: Early morning, do a quick round of the temple. Travel towards Bhubaneswar. Visit Pipli. Visit Dhauli. Do the temple tour of Bhubaneswar. I would certainly use Vaibhav's thread as a guide. Checkin to the hotel.
6) Day 6: Travel towards Dhenkanal. Visit the temples of Joranda. Visit the Kapilash temple. Visit the Raghunath temple. Visit the artistic villages of Sadeibereni & Nuapatna. Stay at the Dhenkanal palace or the Gajalaxmi palace.
7) Day 7: Travel back towards Bhubaneswar. Visit the Udayagiri & Khandagiri caves. Visit Nandankanan zoo. Check into the hotel.
8) Day 8: In the morning at 8:30 travel towards Visakhapatnam by the 17015 Visakha express. Check into the hotel.
9) Day 9: Take the vistadome coach attached to the 58501 Visakhapatnam Kirandul passenger. Also hire a car from Vizag & ask the cabbie to travel empty to Araku so that we can make our return journey from Araku valley. Visit Borra caves, botanical garden, tribal museum & Anantagiri.
10) Day 10: Visit Simhachalan temple, Rushikonda beach, Kailasagiri, Submarine museum.
11) Day 11: Visit Yarada beach, Dolphin's nose, RK beach, Zoo. Rest in hotel. Any suggestions for a cab in Visakhapatnam.
12) Day 12: Depart by the 17240 Simhadri express to Pithapuram. Visit the temples such as the Sripada Srivallabha temple, Kukkuteswara Swamy temple. Travel further to Hyderabad by the 12727 Godavari express.
13) Day 13: Check into the hotel. Visit Shri Jagannath temple, Chilkur Balaji temple, Birla mandir, Chowmahalla palace, Qutub Shahi tombs & Golconda fort. Not interested in Ramojii city as I have already visited it previously. Also Salarjung museum would be a last priority. Any cab for tour?
14) Day 14: Rest at hotel & take some walking tour on own.
15) Day 15: Depart by the 12026 Shatabdi express to Pune.
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Originally Posted by jaydeepy View Post . Kindly give suggestions .
Please allow time for lunch, morning business and breathing.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Please allow time for lunch, morning business and breathing.
Could you redesign the itinerary? Or keeping the same days I could drop Hyderabad.
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Few suggestions - there's a lot of backtracking. Suggest you keep say two consecutive nights for bhubaneswar, similarly, two for vizag and plan accordingly.
In manglajodi, stay overnight as the day you arrive you'd be tired, so rest a bit and do two boat rides - one morning and evening or perhaps do one boat ride and do bhentanai visit for deer watching.
Hyderabad I'd recommend charminar area and salarjung museum, as well as old City. It's a different experience and perhaps drop chilkur Balaji.
Overall I just feel the plan is rushed and can be tuned better.
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Thanks Vaibhav.
I would not prefer staying in Mangalajodi as the facilities are too basic & I have got my parents traveling with me.
1) Day 1: Depart from Pune by 11019 Konark express.
2) Day 2: Train.
3) Day 3: Alight at Balugaon station early in the morning at 3. Travel to Mangalajodi. I am planning to contact Mr. Bhujabal of the Sri Sri Mahaveer Pakshi Suraksha Samiti. Any suggestions where we can freshen up after our early morning arrival? Any suggestions for a big cab like Innova to pick us up from the station? I would be traveling in a group of 5. I have read about sand pebbles tours. But I would prefer an individual cabbie.
After the boat ride travel to Puri. Check into hotel. Visit Raghurajpur. Visit the beach & the Jagannath temple.
4) Day 4: Early in the morning travel to Satapada. Try to see the dolphins & travel upto the sea mouth. Travel to Konark. Enjoy the shoreline on the way from Puri to Konark. Try to use the same cab that had collected us from Balugaon. Enjoy the Chandrabhaga beach. Visit the Konark temple with a guide. Check into the Yatriniwas.
5) Day 5: Early morning, do a quick round of the temple. Travel towards Bhubaneswar. Visit Pipli. Visit Dhauli. Travel to Dhenkanal. Stay at the Gajalaxmi palace or Dhenkanal palace.
6) Day 6: Visit the temples of Joranda. Visit the Kapilash temple. Visit the Raghunath temple. Visit the artistic villages of Sadeibereni & Nuapatna. Stay at the Kila Dalijoda.
7) Day 7: Travel back towards Bhubaneswar. Visit the Udayagiri & Khandagiri caves. Visit Nandankanan zoo. Check into the hotel.
8) Day 8: Do the temple tour.
9) Day 9: In the morning at 8:30 travel towards Visakhapatnam by the 17015 Visakha express. Check into the hotel.
10) Day 10: Take the vistadome coach attached to the 58501 Visakhapatnam Kirandul passenger. Hire a cab or 2 autos from Araku valley. Visit Borra caves, botanical garden, tribal museum. Take the bus back to Vizag.
11) Day 11: Visit Simhachalan temple, Rushikonda beach, Kailasagiri, Submarine museum.
12) Day 12: Visit Yarada beach, Dolphin's nose, RK beach, Zoo. Rest in hotel. Any suggestions for a cab in Visakhapatnam.
13) Day 13: Depart by the 17240 Simhadri express to Pithapuram. Visit the temples such as the Sripada Srivallabha temple, Kukkuteswara Swamy temple. Travel to Kakinada.
14) Day 14: Travel by the 17221 express to Pune.
Is the above plan better?
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I have come up with another plan now.
1) Day 1: Depart from Pune by 18520 Mumbai-Visakhapatnam express.
2) Day 2: Alight at Pithapuram in the morning at 9:00. Daily chores in the temple accommodation. Visit the temples. Cannot skip Pithapuram as wife is hell bent on doing it.. Catch the 17239 Simhadri express to Visakhapatnam at 2:00pm. Time enough? Only temples & not interested in anything else. I think that I would be getting a clear span of 21/2 hrs. for the temples. Check into hotel at Visakhapatnam.
3) Day 3: Take the vistadome coach attached to the 58501 Visakhapatnam Kirandul passenger. Hire a cab or 2 autos from Araku valley. Visit Borra caves, botanical garden, tribal museum. Take the bus back to Vizag. Stay in Visakhapatnam.
4) Day 4: Visakhapatnam local sightseeing.
5) Day 5: Visakhapatnam local sightseeing. Board the 18507 Hirakud express to Dhenkanal. Surrounding sightseeing. Stay at Dhenkanal palace/Gajalaxmi palace.
6) Day 6: Travel to Konark. Stay in Konark.
7) Day 7: Travel to Puri. Puri beach & temple. Stay in hotel.
8) Day 8: Travel to Satapada early in the morning. Ferry on Chilka lake. Travel to Bhubaneswar.
9) Day 9: In the morning do a day trip of Mangalajodi. Travel back to Bhubaneswar.
10) Day 10: Bhubaneswar local sightseeing.
11) Day 11: Travel on the 17015 Visakha express to Hyderabad.
12) Day 12: Check into hotel. Local sightseeing.
13) Day 13: Local sightseeing & relax.
14) Day 14: Take the 12026 Shatabdi to Pune.
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Well, its an improvement but i still see a lot of backtracking. Have you consulted a map before planning this or are you going by train arrival / departure times? You're first going to Vizag, then north east to BBSR and then back to Hyderabad crossing the Vizag region again.

I'd suggest this order - Hyderabad-Vizag-BBSR (including Chilka / Puri / Konark) and then back to Pune. Between Hyde and Vizag there are plenty of things to see in the east godavari delta. An option is to use Rajahmundry as a base for two nights, visit Papikondlu by river cruise and then do a day trip to Pithapuram. If budget permits, consider flying back from BBSR to Pune. It's a very long train journey.

If that doesnt work, then do the order youve come up with but small changes will help such as do the araku valley train a day after you arrive in Vizag (you can do local sightseeing that day).
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Originally Posted by jaydeepy View Post 5) Day 5: Visakhapatnam local sightseeing. Board the 18507 Hirakud express to Dhenkanal. Surrounding sightseeing. Stay at Dhenkanal palace/Gajalaxmi palace.
Some years ago we stayed in Dhenkanal to visit the Mahima monastery in Joranda. This was a nice experience. Further we visited some villages where they produced bronze and textiles on a traditional way.
We did not stay in the Dhenkanal palace, our driver told is was 15.000 for a night.
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Thanks Vonkla for taking an interest in my itinerary. In a recent article by 'Outlook Traveler' dated 2 Jan 2018, I read the tariff of dhenkanal palace to be Rs. 6000/night. My idea of visiting dhenkanal is exactly as yours. I would love to see the metal & textile artisans at work & would prefer to visit the temples in rural Odissa.
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Thanks, Vaibhav. I am grateful for your inputs.
But I did not get your idea of backtracking. Its just that I would be taking a halt on my way back than on my forward journey. Yes, train departures & arrivals do play an important role in the planning of my itinerary. But my psyche is, I would rather splurge on a good hotel than spending too much on flights. I have found out that train journeys do form an important part of our leisure travels. We have always found them to be more enjoyable than flights. A journey from Bhubaneswar to Pune would cost me Rs. 27500/- approx. for 5 people. But the same journey in a train would cost me Rs. 10000/- in 2AC coach, taking into account the concessions given to senior citizens. I would prefer saving that much by spending 24 hrs. more in a train.
Yes. I definitely agree regarding your Vizag input & would certainly plan local sightseeing during my first day in Visakhapatnam.
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Maybe the following suggestion works for you:
After Dhenkanal visit Bhubaneswar for local sight-seeing.
Next Puri/Konark/Satapada.
The last day of this part take your luggage with you, visit Mangalajodi.
Continue to Bhubaneswar (or Khurda Road) for an overnight train to Hyderabad.
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For the Godavari cruise is the APTDC package a good option? or any other way?
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Between Hyde and Vizag there are plenty of things to see in the east godavari delta. An option is to use Rajahmundry as a base for two nights, visit Papikondlu by river cruise and then do a day trip to Pithapuram.
Now that's awesome. I have checked it out. I am hell bent on doing it. So cancelling hyderabad from my plans. Revising my itinerary.
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I have come up with the revised itinerary.
1) Day 1: Depart from Pune by 18520 Mumbai-Visakhapatnam express.
2) Day 2: Alight at Pithapuram in the morning at 9:00. Daily chores in the temple accommodation. Visit the temples. Come back to Rajahmundry. Local sightseeing.
3) Day 3: Take the Godavari cruise for the whole day. Stay in Rajahmundry.
4) Day 4: Take the 12718 Ratnachal express to Visakhapatnam. Reach at mid noon. Local sightseeing. Stay at Visakhapatnam.
5) Day 5: Take the vistadome coach attached to the 58501 Visakhapatnam Kirandul passenger. Hire a cab or 2 autos from Araku valley. Visit Borra caves, botanical garden, tribal museum. Take the bus back to Vizag. Stay in Visakhapatnam.
6) Day 6: Visakhapatnam local sightseeing. Board the 18507 Hirakud express to Dhenkanal.
7) Day 7: Surrounding sightseeing. Stay at Dhenkanal palace/Gajalaxmi palace.
8) Day 8: Travel to Konark. Stay in Konark.
9) Day 9: Travel to Puri. Puri beach & temple. Stay in hotel.
10) Day 10: Travel to Satapada early in the morning. Ferry on Chilka lake. Travel to Bhubaneswar.
11) Day 11: In the morning do a day trip of Mangalajodi. Travel back to Bhubaneswar.
12) Day 12: Bhubaneswar local sightseeing.
13) Day 13: Board the 11020 Konark express for return journey to Pune.
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Any good cab driver recommended for Bhubaneswar?

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