By Nivi Shrivastava
One of the most underrated touristy destinations in India is the vivacious Odisha – with its crystal clear coastline, temples and monasteries, indigenous art and tribes, ancient relics and scrumptious cuisine, the State offers some amazing adventures for travellers. A holiday in Goa is passé; experience the unexplored beaches of Konark, Odisha with your friends and family for an unforgettable experience. At the Eco Retreat Konark – an initiative by the Department of Tourism, Govt. Of Odisha, in association with E-factor Experiences Limited – one can enjoy a perfect beach holiday with additional adventures.
The upscale glamping (glamorous + camping) event is an annual affair from Mid-December to Mid-March, where travellers from all across India come to enjoy the beauty of Ramchandi Beach and thrilling water activities. Just 65 km away from Bhubaneswar, one can reach the location by taking the Puri-Konark Marine road from the Biju Patnaik Airport. Check out some interesting activities that one can plan during their stay in Eco Retreat Konark to make the most of their time in Odisha.
Apart from the iconic Sun Temple of Konark (which is approx 10 km from the Eco Retreat), there are numerous big and small shrines and monasteries in the vicinity. One can go on a history trail and discover the Kurma Buddhist site, Prachi Valley, Mangla temple and other relics and monuments around the city of Konark.
“Travelers must visit the Sun Temple, Konark Museum, Baulkham Sanctuary, and the Golden Beach in Puri which has been recently re-certified as a Blue Flag Beach. Guests interested in art and crafts can visit Saharanpur, a heritage Crafts village where every household is an art gallery in itself,” recommends Sachin R Jadhav, Director Tourism at the Govt. Of Odisha.
The best way to enjoy the clear waters of Ramachandi beach is by experiencing it first-hand with adventure water activities. During the day, one can opt for instant adrenaline rush by trying out the ATV rides, parasailing, speed boat ride, banana boat ride, beach volleyball, archery, and other available water sport options. Even for non-swimmers, a dip in the calm blue indigo ocean and a splash of salty seawater with pulsating sea rides and parasailing is highly recommended.
If good food and parties tops your list of activities on a holiday, then you must try the awesome cuisines served at the retreat. From an assortment of Indian, Continental and Chinese spread at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the chefs are also an expert in doing sea-food barbeques for guests. The delicious prawns, fresh fish and chicken grills are some of the most popular items here, along with the local delicacies like Dalma, vegetable Besara, Aloo Posto, Dahi baigana, Bhaja Machha, mutton and chicken jhol, Chinguri malai and more.
Luxury by the beach:
One of the most attractive features of this Eco Retreat is the luxurious glamping experience on a clean and untouched Ramachandi Beach, which is only available for a short period. To witness spectacular sunsets and sunrise by the Bay of Bengal on a protected beach which comes under CZR (Coastal Regulation Zone) regulations is a unique experience in itself. “From its biodiversity to its temples and beaches – it’s an experience to remember. The Eco retreat Konark is a perfect place to unwind, relax and fill your senses with the calming beaches,” says Samit Garg, founder of E Factor Experiences Ltd.
The luxury cottages at this retreat are equipped with world-class facilities including three meals and a complimentary water activity. The bespoke interiors at the retreat, gourmet food with a beach bar and a live music performance stage makes it a one-stop party spot away from city hustle-bustle.
(Trip Courtsey: E Factors and Orissa Tourism)