Bhubaneswar: Luxury houseboat ‘Garuda’, the first of its kind in Odisha, is ready for commercial operation in the Chilika lake.
The luxury houseboat is being operated by Vikash Eco Resorts at Barkul, Chilika. It has been inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in presence of Tourism Minister Aswini Kumar Patra.
‘Garuda’ is a two floors housing boat with two suite rooms, four premium rooms, a bar, and a restaurant. There is an open-air lobby in the upper deck for meetings/conferences. The packages consist of overnight stay along with full board meals, activities, and cruising covering different islands in Chilika.
Constructed with an investment of more than Rs 3 crore, it is indigenously designed, developed, and manufactured in Barkul, Odisha.
The project has been approved by Odisha tourism through a single-window mechanism. It has received licenses/statutory clearances from Chilika Development Authority, Directorate Ports, and Inland Water Transport.