Chilka, 9/6: Odisha’s first luxury houseboat ‘Garuda’ to be operated by Vikash Eco Resorts at Barkul Panthanivas inside Chilika lake is ready to float. It has been inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in presence of Tourism Minister Shri Aswini Kumar Patra today. The inaugural ceremony was held at a special event at Barkul Panthanivas. Chief Minister virtually inaugurated the ‘Garuda’ while Tourism Minister Ashwini Kumar Patra was present at Barkul . The inaugural ceremony was attended by Collector and DM, Khordha, Sangram Keshari Mohapatra, SP, Khordha, Siddharth Kataria, Director, Tourism, Sachin R Jadhav , Vikash Eco Resorts MD, Murali Krishna Dasari and other public representatives . It is learned that the double-engined ‘Garuda’ boat is 105 feet long and 22 feet wide with dual engine , and is built according to the climatic conditions of Chilika . The lounge in the lower floor is airconditioned with bar and good to accommodate 30 people comfortably with premium luxury. Similarly, boat can be booked by a maximum of 6 individual couples according to the 24-hour package. The package includes breakfast, lunch, Hi-tea and dinner. Exotic seafood like Crabs, Prawns and Chilika famous ‘Khainga fish’ shall be served as per the menu. The boat’s private lounge has four premium rooms and two suites with elegant 180 degree view of with king sized beds, diwans and seating. Tourists can enjoy the sun bath, massage, sports, song and dance, Sight seeing , birds and dolphin and scenery and can spend special time in Chilika.
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