Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: The Orissa Tourism Department has decided to promote Tampara and Pati Sonepur in Ganjam district into eco-tourism centres.

The department has already approached the Revenue Department for use of 636 acres at Tampara and 64 acres at Pati Sonepur for the purpose. According to sources, State Tourism Director T. Apang Ao has come up with a proposal to hold ‘Tampara festival' to attract tourists interested in eco-tourism to the spot.

The in charge tourist officer of Ganjam district, Sukanta Patnaik, has said plans have been mooted to build up an eco-tourism camp and an eco-friendly temporary toilet complex at Pati Sonepur. Similarly a cycling track and bullock cart riding facility have been proposed at Tampara site. Beach trekking and beach volleyball will also be promoted at both these places.

Pati Sonepur is located near the Bahuda river mouth. The river flows parallel to the sea near the spot and divides a portion of main land along the sea cost. It is situated at a distance of around 20 km from Berhampur. The tourist officials felt the serene virgin beauty of this beach will attract tourists.

Tampara is located adjacent to NH 5 near Chatrapur. It is a large brackish water body. At present, there is water sport complex at the spot with facility of water scooter, paddle boats etc. There are proposals to add speed boats and a hover craft at Tampara to attract tourists.