Just came back from a superb 3-day visit to Puri. The hotel is at the far-end of the beach. In fact it is the last hotel. There's no approach from the beach, the entrance is from the back, through the fields. The roads are in need of dire repair and I am told it will be done fairly soon.
The resort itself is a huge place, and even though was established 25 years ago, other than some cosmetic wear&tear (peeling plaster, broken pavement tiles etc) - it is in fantastic condition. Most of the sea-facing rooms are finally being built-up and would easily become the prime bookings as the view from each of them are spectacular.
The rooms which are in use, thankfully show no signs of ageing. They are spectacularly clean and even the normal double-bed room is strikingly large, with its own kitchen-sink neatly tucked away in the far-corner and still leaving enough space for a couch and plenty of empty space for another coffee-table.The A/Cs work too well. It gets cold very fast!
The in-house travel booking section is well maintained and provide good rates for all the visits you have in your diaries. Do not forget to take the jungle trek if the weather and the season allows for it. That's where you get to see the best beach- which is the reason behind the title of this review. No tourists, no food stalls, no beggars, no dirty sand, no brown sea water for hundreds of miles. It is a wonderful, wonderful beach. However, as usual be wary of the Puri sea. It is treacherous. You have to take a boat to that beach, crossing a river- at the sea-mouth of which sits the resort. Since it is at the end the actual beach which is adjacent to the resort hardly sees any other tourists. Quite correctly, a private beach of sorts in the morning as the river cuts it off from the main Puri beach during the high-tide.
Even though, travelling to Puri city-center is slightly problematic (you have to shell out 200 per auto-ride from the resort) - it is this detached sense of loneliness that gives this resort such wonderful serenity. Other than the ocean, there's no other sound. It's you and nature.
And then finally, there's the food and the staff, both jostling to out-perform the other. What wonderful dishes. The chef is fantastic! Do not forget to try the golden-fried prawns, it is mouth-watering. Or even the simple veg. pakoras (something that we would normally look at with disdain). The staff is ever-helpful and extremely affable.
If you want to see a different Puri, and want to stay away from the the dingy, dirty place that you have visited so many times - try this. You will be amazed to see that Puri is not all brown water and beach-rides on sickly camels. There's much more to it.
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