The Government of Odisha is planning to develop two tourism clusters of Chilika lake, namely, Rambha cluster and Satapada- Sipakuda cluster into integrated destinations. The plan is to prepare an Integrated Tourism Masterplan combining mainland, waterbody and island. Currently, the Department of Tourism is looking out for suitable (architectural or urban planning) agency to do all the preparatory works relating to the project.
Chilika lake is the largest brackish water lake in Asia and is a great attraction for tourists for various activities like fishing, bird watching ad boating. Though the Chilika lake has immense potential for development of ecotourism, most of the destinations within the region are not yet be developed to their full potential and remain untapped in attracting enough tourists all year round. Now the government is planning to improve the visitor experience, livelihood linkages, environmental concerns and enhancing investment opportunities in the Chilka lake for the same.
The area will be developed in phases and in the first phase, Department of Tourism, intends to take up development activities of two clusters. The plan is to prepare an Integrated Tourism Masterplan combining mainland, waterbody and island.
For Ramba cluster, plans are there to develop a Tourism node (Rambha Panthanivas), a Luxury resort & convention centre, an Eco-village (poribeso gramo) at Breakfast island and Water sports operations. For Satapada-Sipakuda Cluster, the Masterplan prescribes a Hospitality hub, Day cruise operations and Iconic tower and marine park.
The government, after appointing a suitable agency, plans to initiate actions on the project by preparing a detailed tourism master plan of Chilika lake with specific focus on 2 tourism clusters – Rambha and Satapada-Sipakuda in an integrated manner.