The Odisha government will organize an international-level coastal festival named ‘Marine Drive Eco-Retreat’ Festival near Konark from December 14, 2019, to January 31, 2020.
The senior officials of the Odisha tourism department are not leaving any stone unturned to make the event a grand success. Preparation for the month-long international coastal festival is now underway on a war-footing at Kushabhadra estuary near Ramchandi of the Puri-Konark marine drive.
The Marine Drive Eco-Retreat festival would have cultural programs, 3D mapping, food festivals, and adventure and water sports. A luxurious tent cottage with 50 rooms would come up with water, electricity and parking facilities. The spot would be beautified with lighting and other decors.
It is expected that the international-level programme at Marine Drive, the development of Puri town and Shamuka project will help in the development of the tourism sector in Puri and Konark.
“The work for setting up of temporary cottages is going on and it will complete by December 10. Booking of the cottages is underway and so far 100 cottages have been booked. Efforts are on to popularise the festival,” said tourism secretary Vishal Dev.
Speaking about facilities for tourists, Dev said, “There will be facilities for night stay of tourists and various water sports. Besides, we are also setting up a Spa near the beach.”
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