The Odisha government has decided to start the river cruise tourism on a public private partnership model. According to Tourism Secretary Vishal Dev, the initial plan is to create cruise circuits on river Mahanadi and Chilika lake along with the water bodies in the reserve forest in Dangamala. The circuit in the forest will stretch from Dhamara to Paradip on the National Water Way-5.

Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has asked the state Tourism Department to think about innovative tourism activities. Tripathy was holding a video conferencing meet with experts and stakeholders of the project.

“River cruise is compatible with Covid-19 restrictions. There is a huge scope and latent market for world class river cruising in Odisha. It can also be connected with many eco-spots and refill the economic activities in the sector,” Tripathy said.

The Tourism Secretary said the Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary cruise will be of five nights and six days and will go through Chandbali, Aradi, Dhamara and Khola.

Chilika circuit, on the other hand, will follow the route of Chilika, Kalijai, Nalabana, Honeymoon island, Mangalajodi, Satapada, Rajhans island, Satapada and Puri. This cruise could be of three nights and four days.