Location wise the BEST place to stay. Right on the banks of the Chilka Lake. But don’t go for the NON-AC rooms as they are not maintained, are dirty with flakes coming off the walls. The balconies are also in a bad shape. We stayed in AC Cottage. They are very clean, rooms are big with powerful AC, very clean toilets, clean bed sheets. Staff is helpful. Restaurant serves good food but is spicy. Breakfast is complimentary. Each cottage has its own balcony where you can spend hours watching the activities in the lake!! Frogs are a bit of nuisance in the rainy season. Good scenic beauty if you look in the direction of the railway track.
Its a good place for relaxation for 2 nights, far from the bustle of towns & cities. The backdrop to the Panthanivas is beautiful with occasional trains speeding across & some hills. There are local hotels & eateries but its best to avoid them.
OTDC will arrange for the boat trip. There are many options – paddle boat for joy ride inside the enclosed OTDC lake, speed boat & motorised medium sized boats (25 capacity) for trips to nearby islands & temples. Avoid private boats. There are no places to visit except for the Narayani Temple. The OTDC people will be glad to arrange for an auto. It will take ½ day for the visit.
Our stay was cosy!!!More