India’s oldest tribal exhibition at Bhubaneswar – Adivasi Mela 2020

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Location : Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Destination Type: Cultural

The Adivasi Mela Bhubaneswar Tribal Exhibition & Festival is one of the oldest and most colorful festivals of the tribal people which showcases art, culture, music, tradition and artifacts. It is set up by Odisha government every year.

History of Adivasi Mela

  1. Adivasi Mela was started in 1951 on 26th January under the patronage of Adivasi and Harijan Welfare Department
  2. Customarily its inaugurated on January 26th every year coinciding with Indian Republic day
  3. Each year. subtle changes of tone and tenor ale brought into the design and layout of the exhibition to make it more attractive to the people

Activities for tourists at Adivasi Mela 2020

  1. Understand the vivid tribal culture and living style from makeshift tribal huts exhibited
  2. See apurchase tribal jewellery such as the hansuli and forest produces like turmeric, mustard, kandula, paluaa, jhuna, black gram, chilly powder, mung
  3. Participate in tribal art forms shows
  4. Visit Orisa state museum at Bhubaneswar
  5. Visit 1370 years old Parsurameswara temple

How to reach there


Located around 6 km away from the city-centre, the Bhubaneswar Airport or Biju Patnaik International Airport connects the city with rest of the country by air. There are daily flights for Bhubaneswar from cities like New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Visakhapatnam.


Bhubaneswar Railway Station is the main railhead connecting the city with several Indian cities. There are regular superfast trains available from Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore etc.

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Tikarpada wildlife sanctuary ( 140kms away)
  2. Puri ( 61 kms away)
  3. Konark ( 66kms away)
  4. Atri hot springs ( 42 kms away)
  5. Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves (7kms away)

Some hotels in Bhubaneswar for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Hotel Sidharth

The Crown

Hotel Empires

The Presidency

Hotel Kalinga Ashok

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Photo courtesy :By Prateek Pattanaik – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


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