Odisha prepares to Woo Travellers through ‘Beach Tourism’
After riding on the success of ‘Sports Tourism’ in the state, Odisha Government is ready to flatter travel enthusiasts with ‘Beach Tourism.’ The State has come up with several initiatives in the last few months to improve the facilities at the beaches of Odisha.
Mudhi Mixture takes a look at some of them.
Who doesn’t love a long drive along the Puri-Konark marine drive? And now, the experience would just get better.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a recently held meeting, announced the re-development plan of Chandrabhaga beach.
A one km stretch on the beach will have water sports, landscaping, adventure sports, a walking path, and a cycle track. A sunrise viewing point, open-air theatre and entertainment space for children will also be established.
The plan is to power the area will solar energy and have proper waste management facilities in place.
In the same meeting, a proposal to improve Talsari beach in Balasore district was also tabled.
A stretch of approximately 2.4km of the beach will be developed. Odisha will encourage the establishment of star hotels and budget hotels on the beach to encourage tourists to stay longer. A plan to construct rain shelters, pavilion, kiosk, sitting islands, amphitheaters, restaurants and an art and craft plaza is also in the offing.
Both the beaches will have adequate security in terms of lifeguards to help the tourists. The infrastructure plan is set to be completed by October 2021.
Puri Blue Flag Beach
While the development of Chandrabhaga and Talsari beach is in the planning stage, Puri sea beach, which is a popular tourist hotspot, has already witnessed an upgrade.
The beach was given the prestigious ‘blue flag’ tag in December last year. It is among eight beaches in the country to get the certification.
An 870m stretch from Digabareni square to Mayfair hotel boasts of infrastructure facilities including public toilets, shower rooms and watchtowers. The project has been developed at a cost of Rs 7.88cr and is already open to the public.