OrissaThe tribal land of Orissa welcomes tourists to explore the mystique land. The south western part of Orissa is known for its largest population of tribes in the sub continent. More than 60 tribal communities are there in the state having intact their tradition even after the intense modern civilization. Domestic and global guests take a trip to these tribal villages and take part in their dance and festival. A ritual tribal dance on a full moon night, the local brew and a camp-fire are all turn the tribal tour of Orissa into an amazing experience.
The antiquity of Orissa is best marked by its tribes who keep on inhabiting their long-established dwellings in remote areas in the deep forests and hilly interiors. Tourists, Anthropologists and sociologists all get their respective share of delight by the tribes of Orissa. Tourists flock to the state to explore the exotic mystique of the fairly unexplored land which is based around the jungles .Food gathering, hunting and fishing are still the major source of survival for most of the tribes, while few even have switched to agriculture.
Santals, Mundas, and Gongs are the tribes still arranging their livelihood by traditional ways. On the other side, The Juang, Bhuyan, Bondo, saura, and dhruba tribes make agriculture as their root way of living. The Koya tribals fall in the category of cattle breeders, the mahali and lohara are simple artisans, the santal, Munda and ho tribals earn while working in the minning and industrial belt of Orissa.
The Orissan tribals take pleasure for their varied cultural heritage where music and dance top their way of living. The colourful and rhythmical dances of the local tribes mesmerize the guests. They supremely share the joy of the changing seasons, religious customs and festivals, and exhibit with their fantastic dancing and folk music.
The paraja tribe of kalahandi and Koraput regions worship several gods and goddesses, and spend a peaceful life in the hills and forests. Dance and music are also their topmost priorities, and they perform during weddings. The "soura" tribe features among the most ancient and recognized for their long-running stints. Walking, hunting and climbing are just few of the activities they perform quickly.
Chilika Lake, Gopalpur, Tatpapani, Chandragiri Craft Village, Baliguda, Belghar, Rayagada, Chatikana, Koraput, Jeypore, Anukodoli, Gupteswar etc are some of the prominent places in Orissa to look into the way of living of tribes.