Odisha’s coastline which was battered by Cyclone Fani, a powerful category 4 cyclone earlier this year, has retained its calmness and ethereal beauty. The pristine Ramchandi beach at Konark is all set to host Odisha Tourism’s Marine Drive-Eco Retreat, envisioned as eastern India’s first ‘Glamping’ festival which makes for a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the corporate city life and put you into a creative mode.
Scheduled from 14 December 2019 to 31 January 2020, the Eco Retreat promises to be a unique experience of Glamourous Camping in 50 luxury cottages, delectable cuisine, beach spa, adventure & water sports activities, nature trails and wholesome day itineraries, cultural evenings, and a lot more.
The Eco Retreat has a full-fledged corporate conferencing facility with 150 pax. Apart from the exclusive facilities, the Eco Retreat comprises a food festival, a beach market, and an events venue for mega evenings which promises to entice everyone.
The retreat will also offer tourists a taste of local culture, artisans, folk artists & musicians of Odisha, which will echoes for a month.
The Marine Drive-Eco Retreat has been developed as an environmentally sustainable model incorporating best practices in material utilization, zero liquid and sewerage discharge, and holistic waste management.
What other things one can expect at the Marine Drive-Eco Retreat:
Stay in the middle of nature’s bounty in a luxury tented accommodation with the ambiance and hospitality of a five-star hotel. The concept of GLAMPING i.e. Glamorous Camping has caught on with not only the current generation but also people of different age groups.
At the Marine Drive-Eco Retreat you can experience a unique luxurious accommodation offering rich thematic ambiance, a dedicated dining area and multiple options of staying at the Swiss Cottages replete with facilities like air-conditioner, television, sofa sets, as per your requirement.
Odisha is already known as the ‘Sports Capital of India’ and with a 480 km coastline to boast of, it has started focusing on adventure sports as well. And who doesn’t love an adrenaline rush especially when it’s by the water. With activities like jet ski, Speed boating, parasailing, paramotoring, ATV, archery, rifle shooting, bicycles, beach volleyball, Zorbing, water roller among others on the charts, the Eco Retreat promises to be a thrilling experience.
While the Ramachandi sand itself makes for a therapeutic walk, the exclusive spa by the sea for guests offers the ultimate detox. The itinerary includes early morning nature trails to the Balukhand sanctuary which are the best way to resettle you to your instinctive and natural best. One can chase the calm with the competitive zest of beach volleyball.
While niche talents and folk artistes from across Odisha and India will exhibit their talents every evening, the weekends promise to resonate with the best of rock, Indie pop, stand up comedy, folk genres, Celebrity DJs and the Bollywood’s known voices take the stage and make you groove.
When: 14th December 2019 to 31st January 2020
Where: Ramchandi Beach, Konark
Cost: Packages range from ₹6,000 ($90) a night in the Classic category (Bed & Breakfast)… to
₹25,000 ($350) (all meals included) a night in a Presidential Villa (for 5 adult occupants) including all meals.
A complete corporate package (including conference facility) including a night stay for 80 pax. (twin sharing) with all other inclusions is packaged at just over INR 3,00,000
Beyond the festival: Be sure to stay back for the mesmerizing Mukteswar Dance Festival and Raja Rani Music Festival followed by Chilika Bird Festival.
Packing Tips: Go prepared for cold nights and warm days in Konark during December. Apart from woolens, be sure to carry sun hats, sunscreen and shoes meant for walking on the beach.