Nature Camps Within a 3 Hour Driving Distance from Bhubaneswar
Having been cooped up in our homes all year, we’ve made it our life’s mission to find the perfect reason to step out and indulge in some shenanigans. Spending time outdoors has numerous benefits (apart from killing boredom, obviously) – it elevates your mood, improves concentration, and helps you prevent burnout.
While most people like a lavish getaway that entails dipping their toes in an infinity pool and gorging on seven-course meals, some old souls still prefer camping in the lap of nature – breathing in the crisp air, basking in the silence, and firing up some wood. For those vintage wonders, we’ve curated a list of nature camps that are within a 3-hour drive from Bhubaneswar.
Satkosia Nature Camp
Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary is sprinkled across the two sides of the river Mahanadi and hosts some super exciting activities along with luxurious stay-in facilities. You can spend your time boring between the forested mountains, trekking in the jungle, stargazing, bird and animal spotting, and finding your inner peace. The eco-cottage facilities allow you to spend the night blanketed by well-wooded hills and picturesque views.
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 155 km
Chandaka-Dampara Nature Camps
There are two nature camps to choose from in the Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary – the Deras Nature Camp and the Godibari Nature Camp. Both these camps are scenic and serene and even though they are only 20 km away from Bhubaneswar, they are well cut off from all the humdrum. Both these camps offer you luxurious stays, a stupefying jungle safari experience, and the unmatched experience of unwinding in the heart of nature. Pro tip: don’t miss the local delicacies whipped up with local spices served at the nature camp’s common dining area!
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 20 km
Ansupa Nature Camp
The Ansupa Lake, which is Odisha’s largest and oldest freshwater wetland, is linked to the river Mahanadi through a channel called Kabula Nala. This lake is known for its unique biodiversity ranging from aquatic fauna to fabulous flora and is a famous heritage site too. In and around the area you can also find an old Saranda Fort, some awe-worthy stone architecture, and of course, the breathtaking view of the river. You can kick back at scenic bamboo cottages, boat around the lake, and take in the sheer wonder that this place is.
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 54 km
Nuanai Nature Camp
The Nuanai Nature Camp is located 7 km from Puri town within the area of the Balukhanda – Konark wildlife sanctuary. This sanctuary is located along a long narrow coastline that boasts the coastal forest and the deep blue sea. This scenic route attracts millions of tourists every year who also love to enjoy the mesmerizing green coastal forest scattered along the bank of the river Nuanai. You can sit back and relax, enjoy boating and local hikes, stargaze into the wee hours of the night, spot wildlife and birdwatch, and even indulge in some outdoor sports!
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 75 km
Chillika Nature Camp
Mangalajodi aka The Birds Paradise of Asia is located in the north-eastern part of the Chilika Lagoon. It’s the only place in India which witnesses so many different species of myriad coloured birds that can be seen from such close proximity. Thousands of photographers visit each year to capture these rare birds. Mangalajodi has more to offer – you can enjoy a panoramic view that is as pretty as a picture, enjoy the melodious chirps and coos of a million birds, take in magical dusk and dawn views on the horizon and gorge on delicious local delicacies. Additionally, you can go trekking and boating to enjoy the bounties of nature closely.
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 80 km