Odisha Adds 4 Brand New Eco Retreats To Its Growing List

These new retreats, praised for their sustainable and eco-conscious model are part of an ongoing campaign to boost tourism in the state
These eco retreats are a big boost for tourism
These eco retreats are a big boost for tourismbookodisha.com/website

With its many attractions and beautiful landscape, Odisha is one of the most gorgeous places to visit in India. Odisha unfolds as a picturesque tapestry of majestic mountains, serene water bodies, and a rich, flavourful cuisine. Its hidden treasures remain a testament to the undiscovered potential of this vibrant state. Recent initiatives by Odisha's tourism have introduced a flagship programme known as 'Eco Retreat,' praised for its sustainable and eco-conscious model. Notably, the Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, has inaugurated four new eco retreats in exotic destinations, marking a milestone in the state's tourism journey.

The eco retreats in the stunning locales of Putsil, Daringbadi, Satkosia, and Hirakud bear witness to Odisha's commitment to sustainable tourism. During the inaugural event, Patnaik emphasized the success of this flagship programme and its expansion into these four unique locations. Praised across the tourism industry for their sustainable practices, Odisha's innovative ideas, such as waste to wealth and holistic resource management, are truly commendable. Furthermore, their endeavour to provide a refined and luxurious hospitality experience akin to five-star category resorts deserves admiration.

These retreats offer a refined and luxurious hospitality experience
These retreats offer a refined and luxurious hospitality experiencebookodisha.com/website

The inception of these retreats dates back to the initial event held in 2019 at Ramchandi Beach near Konark. Bolstered by its success, four new locations—Baliput (Satkosia), Bhitarkanika, Daringbadi, and Hirakud—were added in 2020. The momentum continued with two more expansions in 2022 to Sonapur Beach and Putsil (Koraput), offering an even more exhilarating experience this year. Notably, the Eco Retreat Konark will open on December 15, while Eco Retreat Bhitarkanika and Sonapur Beach will welcome visitors from December 1, as confirmed by an official statement.

Lelin Mohanty, the chairman of the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC), highlighted the meticulous efforts made to ensure that tourism activities in these destinations leave minimal impact on the natural environment. The strategic location of the Eco Retreats in ecologically sensitive areas reflects the state's commitment to preserving the beauty and sanctity of these places.

Odisha unfolds as a picturesque tapestry of majestic mountains, serene water bodies, and a rich, flavourful cuisine
Odisha unfolds as a picturesque tapestry of majestic mountains, serene water bodies, and a rich, flavourful cuisineShutterstock

Each Eco Retreat offers 25 tents brimming with an array of engaging activities. Guests visiting these sites this winter can relish a luxurious camping experience with 5-star amenities set amidst the splendour of nature. Guided excursions and adventure sports like paragliding and water sports add an extra edge to their stay, promising unforgettable memories.

Some Eco Retreats To Explore In Odisha

Eco Retreat Satkosia: Revel in the serene views of Satkosia Gorge and Mahanadi River, offering a gateway to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve and Species Sanctuary.

Eco Retreat Konark: Nestled on the enchanting Ramchandi Beach, this retreat offers a plethora of water sports amidst breathtaking coastal beauty.

Eco Retreat Daringbadi: Retreat to the lap of nature, enveloped by pine forests, waterfalls, and sprawling coffee gardens.

Eco Retreat Bhitarkanika: Explore the mangrove creeks, unwind in the lap of luxury, and witness captivating wildlife in this natural wonderland.

Eco Retreat Hirakud: A perfect blend of tranquillity, comfort, and thrilling adventure activities for every guest.

Eco Retreat Sonapur: Revel in the scenic beauty of the Bay of Bengal and indulge in the perfect glamping experience.

Eco Retreat Putsil: Embrace the lush valleys and picturesque waterfalls in this serene haven.

Getting There

You can take a flight out to Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. Alternatively, there are also trains connected to various cities in the country.

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