ABOUT PANTHA NIVAS: I had been to this Panthanivas back 5 days along with my office friends and stayed for a day and night. I had never come across such kind of worst standard hotel in my life; even hotels available @INR300 in many cities of our state/country can be termed better than this. We had taken 7 ACDR(what the Govt has named it) rooms by booking in advance since a month back. The condition of the rooms was terrible. Towels were as good as foot mats. Water Heater were operative in only 2 rooms o/o 7. At night 1am power supply went away in 2 rooms and no one was there to take care of and it was restored in morning. No DRINKING WATER filter were there in the Hotel. They supplied tap water in rooms and the restaurant as well. Mosquitoes were the ruler of the rooms. Could not check whether there were liquids in side the repellent or not? No extra keys of the rooms with the management were there. By mistake one among us locked the room with the keys inside and the staffed braved well to open the back door by pushing and kicking! This is also a very special kind of thing I found in this property. I don't want to say anything specifically about any staff or managers. I also found few staffs to be friendly and co-operative. I strongly advise people not to opt for this Hotel for a stay or food, whatever it may be.
ABOUT THE LAKE: One can easily visit the scenic beauty of this Lake by staying at Puri or even Bhubaneswar. From Puri it will take around 1 hour and from BBS, 2 hours by Car. Private Boats capable of taking upto/around 15 people may charge around INR600-700 for a 3-4 hour trip to Sea-mouth, during which they can also show you Dolphins. I think this the cheapest kind of boat ride @INR50-100/person in the world. On the Island fresh fish/prawn/crab prepared dishes are available at very very reasonable rates. Coconuts and other fruits are also available there. The people and shopkeepers of this area are fully dependent economically on the tourists. The local people are very good and helpful. I would suggest and request all visitors to help them by buying edibles from them rather than taking all those from Puri and Bubaneswar. I found the Govt.'s role here to be useless in developing this beautiful place. One day is sufficient to enjoy this place which can be done even at staying in Puri/Bhubaneswar/Cuttack which would take around 10-12 hours. Every visitors coming to Orissa must visit this place. This is really beautiful. I came to know some local people that some private hotels are under construction, which may come up in a year.