If you are going to Puri for a relaxed sea-side vacation, Toshali Sands is an excellent choice. The property itself gives you a choice of semi-detached cottages as well as room-blocks spread out with some lush well-maintained greenery. The central facilities of a swimming pool, bar, restaurant etc. are quite adequate. A pleasant surprise was the Ayurvedic treatment center where both of us got some real relaxing body massage from well-trained staff. The restaurant staff were extra helpful and indulged us with the special requests that we made, and the housekeeping, laundry were in good order during our 4-night stay.
The surprise package is the few-kilometers-long pristine beach, though a little distance away across a protected forest. You could spend many hours here in relative solitude and quiet and enjoy the sea as best as one can. Unfortunately, there are signs of littering now (including dangerous broken bottles) which I am sure is in the interest of the hotel to manage better with some little extra effort.
Puri is a busy town now and as an overseas tourist, it is worth visiting the neighborhood of the famed Lord Jagganath Temple, even though you may not be allowed inside, for the shops, textiles and roadside activities.
We had four enjoyable days, including an excursion to Chilika Lake, which has rather minimal basic facilities, though once again, a lovely beach at the end.
Cottages near the end of the property.
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