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At/Po-Balugaon, Khurda 752030, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Khurda
Visakhapatnam, India
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“Horrible Hotel”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Please do not book a room in the Hotel. It is horrible. The rooms have not been maintained properly and the Hygiene levels are very bad. The bathroom stinks and were not cleaned. The cost of Rs 2400/- for a cottage and Rs 2100/- for the other rooms is a rip off for the quality being offered. The only silver lining is the staff that went out of its way to try and make our staf comfortable. We had planned to stay for two days , however checked out within a day.

Room Tip: If you want to see Chilka from Barakul do a day trip form bhubaneshwar or stay at Gopalpur .
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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New Delhi, India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

There is but one restaurant and when we arrived at 3:30 pm the food was exhausted. There were only 3 items that were available after an hour's wait. The service staff was unprofessional and kept asking you what would they do if they did not have food? They would not even take your order if you were willing to wait! Food hygiene was atrocious and we all ended up with diarhoea.
Boating started by OTDC hotel at 7:30 am however their restaurant did not have any food available ( though we were assured that the breakfast would be ready by 7 am) even at 7:30 am. They almost thought you were at fault since you were ready for your boating trip this early! How could 2 parts of the same organization be so disorganized? AC room hygiene was okay but we got a leaking bathroom. No one bothered to answer the front desk calls. Someone disturbed us at 11 pm to settle bills from the restaurant though we wanted to pay in the afternoon before we left the restaurant!
The peaceful place and boating were great experiences but training of staff and improving standards of accomodation is essential to boost tourism.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Raipur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is a beautiful place on Chilka, the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia. The resort is at a distance of 115 Kms. approx. from Puri. It takes about three and half hours to reach there from Puri and about one and half hour from Bhubneshwar. The resort offers cottages and rooms for stay. The resort is located just beside the Jetty from where boat rides to Kaljai Temple and Nalban Bird Sanctuary are available.
The cottages are clean and comfortable. Some of them offer clear view of Chilka from the sit out itself. The sprawling garden surrounding the huts is an ideal place to sit in morning and evening to enjoy the beauty of Chilka. Attendant supplies tea and other desired items from a restaurant managed by OTDC.
The restaurant is good but there is not a good variety of vegetarian items. Sometimes during heavy rush, you may not get even rotis and have to be content with rice only. Seafood/non vegetarian food is available here in good variety.
From the jetty, OTDC and privately operated Motor Boats are available for trip to Kaljai Temple and Nalban Bird Sanctuary. Though do not expect birds there as they are visible only during the season. Forest department permission is required to visit the core area of the sanctuary. Boats take you only to the outer periphery of the sanctuary and if fortunate, you may have an occasional sighting. Kaljai Temple on an island, commands a great religious respect among the local inhabitants. A trip to Nalban and Kaljai takes about three and half hours from this resort. It is advisable to hire only OTDC run Boats. Do not expect Irrawaddy dolphins here, they can be seen only at Satpada.
The Narayani Temple about 6 Kms from the resort is a beautiful place. Surrounded by forest, this place is also worth visiting.

Room Tip: Go for the cottages at the jetty side of the resort.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mysore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

OTDC Panthniwas is situated on the banks of the Chilika lake and the eastern ghats provide the backdrop. If you want to be away from the maddening city life and cherish the peace and beauty of nature, this definitely is a place you should consider. We found the cottages definitely better than the double rooms. The maintenance could be improved. There is a restaurant and the breakfast is complimentary; but the choice is very very restricted - hardly one or two items. The staff is very very courteous and really helpful.

Room Tip: Cottages seem cleaner and more secure than the double rooms
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Panthaniwas Barkul has a good locational advantage as it's situated right on the lake. Go for non-AC double bed rooms in first floor. They are spacious and just in front of the lake. The AC cottages are good, but not right on the lake like the non-AC rooms

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

HOTEL REVIEW-HOTEL PANTHANIWAS, BARKUL, ORISSA

Our families and I together with my brother stayed at Hotel Panthaniwas, Barkul for two nights on 13-14 Feb. 2010 in the two a/c rooms booked through yatra.com, The experience of these two nights was a sheer delight, full of fun and relaxation where the raw nature bared before us and we dived in absolute comfort and mirth of real holiday. Nothing seemed to be missing.
The rooms commanded an excellent panoramic view of the Chilka lake, the food was a treat for the taste buds, rooms had all the facilities, room service was ideal, housekeeping perfect and the hotel staff well trained and extremely cordial and cooperating. The boat ride arranged by the hotel was an experience in great tranquility and peace. The bird sanctuary visited during the boat cruise was in itself more than double the value. We shall like to go again and again for a longer holiday at this wonderful resort.
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SSGupta

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: At/Po-Balugaon, Khurda 752030, India
Location: India > Odisha > Khurda
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Khurda
Number of rooms: 35
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Panthnivas Barkul Khurda, Odisha

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