Villages in Odisha offer a feast to the eyes of the travellers by way of its scenic fields, farms, rivers, hillsides still untouched by industrialization and civilization. One will feel like travelling back in time. The traditional way of living has not changed much with time. Everything seems to be at standstill where one can surely cast everyday worries away.
The natives of these villages are leading a simple life that they used to lead in olden days as well. It seems that the indigenous way of life has not changed much in these villages. You can just take a walk around the village and absorb the villagers indulged in their daily activities. If you wish to forget the hassle and din of city life then visiting these villages will help a lot. locals of these villages engage themselves in farming, fishing, handicrafts, metal works, stone cutting, carpentry, weaving, textile work, pottery, art, dance, jwellery work etc.
These tours can also be combined with visits to tribal villages and to major places of tourist interest.Such village tours are extremely rejuvenating, informative and enjoyable.
Pipili is a small town in Puri district. It is well known for designing beautiful Applique handicrafts. It is a town of artisans famous for their colourful fabrics used for making household, decorative and festival products. mythical figures like peacock, ducks, parrot, trees, elephant, creepers, flowers like jasmine, lotus, Sun, half-moon, and Rahu adds uniqueness to their work. One can find both traditional as well as contemporary items in the local market.
Nearest Town/City: Bhubaneswar(31km), Puri(40km)
The heritage crafts village is located few kms from puri towards Bhubaneswar. The place is known for Gotipua dance troupes and pattachitra, an art form which dates back to 5 BC in the region. Around 100 families stays in that village and almost each individual is an artist. Even some hold national award for their work. The village is also home to crafts like Tussar paintings, palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, wooden, cowdung and papier mache toys, and masks.
Nearest Town/City: Puri
Nuapatna, a village in Cuttack district is famous for Khandua Silk and Ikat sarees. you can witness live weaving done by the tradional weavers.
Nearest Town/City: Athgarh, Cuttack
The Bell Metal work(Dokra art) of Sadeibareni village has put Dhenkanal district in the world map. The village is located 5 km from Saptasajya[link] in Dhenkanal. The handicraft work is continued here since pre-historic time of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro period of Indus Valley Civilization. Nearest Town/City: DhenkanalBalakati:
The vilage located 10km from Bhubaneswar is well known for bell metal products since 14th Century. Brass and Bell Metal Products are manufactured in the scale of household industries since its inception.
Nearest Town/City: Bhubaneswar
The village is located few kms from konark at the beach shore. the families in that village lives on fishing. One can witness the fisher boats coming to the shore after fishing during noon.
Nearest Town/City: Konark (3kms)