Swosti Group promises world class resort at Chilika by 2016-end

Bhubaneswar: Further widening its presence, Swosti Group has announced the launch of a world class luxury resort at the famous Chilika lake in the State with an investment of over Rs 80 crore.

Christened as ‘Swosti Chilika Resort,’ the facility was being developed on nine acres of land acquired by the hospitality and travel major at Pathura village between Barkul and Rambha along the Chilika Lake.

Construction work for the eco-friendly resort has already started and the resort was expected to be operational by the end of 2016, said Swosti Group managing director, J K Mohanty.

Stating that the company has also acquired land for hotel and resort projects at Puri, Satapada and Bhitarkanika on the State’s coastline, Mohanty said the Chilika resort would have over 70 rooms including independent villas in the hotel complex.

The high-end resort being built at an estimated cost of Rs 80 crore, would have huge landscaping area with residential villas, pool side villas and rooms overlooking the Chilika Lake, he said.

Hoping that the new facility would attract large number of domestic as well as foreign tourists, he said the major attractions of the resort were house boats, spa, yoga centre, water sports and boating facilities.

Besides going around 26 islands in the sprawling Chilika Lake, the visitors would be provided facilities like horse riding, bird watching tower, bicycle village tours, herbal gardens, Mohanty said.

The resort would have an amphitheatre for holding cultural programmes, while there would be a handicrafts shop, boat restaurants and a sports bar too, he said.

The proposed resort was about four km from the National Highway and only two hours drive from the state capital of Bhubaneswar, said Mohanty, also the chairman of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) and chairman IATO, Eastern Region.

He said all required clearances have been obtained from the authorities for the resort, designed by reputed architects from Thailand.