Odisha, which was originally called Orissa, is a land of the ancients. The state entails a rich history and is located on the eastern coast of India. So the state is home to exotic beaches too, along with significant shrines, amazing forts, vibrant ethnicity, and rich heritage. In addition to this, it is clubbed with the limitless beauty of Odisha, which is enough to attract tourists from all over the world. To further increase the tourist arrival in the city, The Odisha government has decided to organize the Marine Drive-Eco Retreat festival.
The festival will take place near Konark from December 14 to January 14. This decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. He directed the concerned departments to give their best to make the event successful. The festival will witness, cultural programs, food festivals, 3D mapping, adventure sports, and water sports. These facilities will be available for tourists during the entire festival. For the accommodation luxurious tent cottages with 50 rooms along with basic amenities like water, electricity, etc will be provided by the government.
The government has also directed for the beautification of the tourist place and illumination facilities on the marine drive. If the event is a success, the government might consider making it an annual event.
Konark, a small town in the Puri district in Odisha, lies on the coast by the Bay of Bengal. It is the site of the 7th-century Sun Temple. The main attraction of the town is the Konark sun temple. It is an ancient Hindu Temple renowned for its architecture all over the world. Dedicated to Sun God, the temple reflects the grandeur of the traditional style of Kalinga Architecture. The temple walls are a treat for the eyes as it has beautiful carvings of idols, animals, mythological creatures and more. There are 24 giant wheels exquisitely engraved and each of the eight spokes shows an emblem bearing metaphorical carvings.