Saswat Singhdeo

Puri: With an aim to boost tourism and attract more foreign tourists to Odisha, the State government has started the Eco Retreat carnival along the Puri-Konark marine drive which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today. The 49-day event is being organised on the Ramachandi beach, and will continue till January 31.

The marine drive eco retreat has been envisioned as eastern India’s first ‘Glamping’ festival, a unique experience of glamorous camping set up near the grand Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The eco-retreat promises to be a unique experience with 50 luxury cottages, delectable cuisine, beach spa, adventure and water sports activities, nature trails and wholesome day itineraries, cultural evenings, and a lot more.

"This is an event of its kind in the country. We are sure that over a period of 2 to 3 years, this will become a brand name," said State Tourism Minister, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi.