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Saturday, March 20, 2021

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Selani Dingo
- A unique place in Odisha and Unique Eco-Village retreat in Chandanpur Village, Puri

Selani Dingo is located in Chandanpur Village of Puri Tehsil in Puri District of Odisha. Chandanpur is located 11.2 KM towards Puri city and 45 KM towards Bhubaneswar city.

What is Selani Dingo:

Selani Dingo is a unique village retreat located near the Bhargabi River. An ideal place to explore Odisha culture, Odisha food, Odisha tribal culture in one place. An eco-friendly cottage, perfect dining area, garden to travel, cultural programs at night time, herbal massage parlor, and travel through the Bhargabi River with all its culture.

The perfect homestay for the visitors who need tribal accommodation or in need of exploring the tribal culture. These cottages are well-managed with their tribal activities, which reminds me of staying at Koraput, the tribal town of Odisha.

They have four Eco rooms which are filled with large size bed. One room with double bedded and the other three rooms are filled with single size bed. All these rooms are eco-friendly with wooden structured, a large bed, bathroom & toilet. They prefer herbal products for regular use, and all these rooms are properly sanitized.




All these rooms have a study table, chair, tea & coffee maker, bed lamp, one dining room for all. Selani Dingo provides classical Odia food starts from Breakfast to Dinner. Selani Dingo is providing more than 50+ food varieties with vegetable and non-vegetable foods. Selani Dingo provides Indian traditional foods, continental food, Chinese foods, Mexican foods, Spanish foods, Italian foods.

Selani Dingo provides you a unique experience of boating facility over the Bhargabi River. The boating facility and Herbal massage are excluding the Eco retreat cost.

#This is not a sponsored post. The owner of Selani Dingo invites us to visit the cottage to review and share the live experience. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic tourism industry has been massively affected. To support them, we have started visiting these places and share our experiences. They are investing a lot of money in yearly maintenance.

One day Experience at Selani Dingo:

The owner of Selani Dingo invites us to visit this unique place to explore the food and culture. On arriving at Selani Dingo, Mr. Jitendra Mohapatra (owner of Selani Dingo) invited us with a special Tea. I spend all day at the Eco retreat cottage, and what a wonderful experience it was! Coconut trees surround this place. I appreciated the freedom to explore the rooms, dining hall, land, village.

The cottage was spacious with a large sitting area, comfortable bed, big washroom, good dining space for lunch. Finally, the food was excellent with Tea and some traditional Odia dishes like chakuli Pitha and curry. They served the lunch with Rice, Dal, Misti Dahi (Sweet curd), small river fish curry (chuna Macha bhaja) & some fried items (raw banana fry, potato fry).





For guests, they are preparing special foods with a variety of morning snacks, lunch, evening snacks, dinner.

I, unfortunately, was not able to take advantage of conventional dinner food dishes, herbal massage, but, on my next retreat experience, will surely spend a one-night program to enjoy the Odissi dance & enjoy the local traditional music.

Attending a retreat at Selani Dingo is better than going to the sea sight hotel. I have enjoyed and learned the culture of tribal people and stay in peace and find some time to learn about the culture.

Thank you very much for this unique peaceful experience.




Here is the list of delicious traditional food prepared by Selani Dingo:

Breakfast:

Cornflake, hot/cold milk, Mussali with nuts, oat porridge, cutting raw fruits, toast bread, fruit juice, brown bread with butter & peanut butter, bread with fruit jam, boiled egg, red millet gruel (Mandia jau), milk-made pancake, chakuli with matar curry, Sprouted green gram (Gaja muga), Lassi.

Lunch:

  • Rice (Boil/ fried rice/ brown rice) any one of given Rice item  list at your choice
  • Noodles (Hakka/ mixed veg/ Mixed non-veg and veg./ Egg) any one of given Noodles  list at your choice
  • Misti Dahi (sweet curd with typical style) //  Bhapa Mango Dahi (steamed mango juice and sweet yogurt) /  Dahi Baigan (yogurt and brinjal  tempered veg. oil with different spices like whole mustard, red chili, spring leaves ) any one of given Yogurt list at your choice
  • Roti (plan/ masala/ nan/ garlic nan/ butter nan/  Kahli roti/ Paratha/ Allu paratha ) any one of given bread list at your choice 
  • Non-veg- Soya chicken / chuna machha bhaja (small river fish oil fry with salt and coriander power) - any one of given Non veg. list at your choice
  • Veg. fried- kadali bhaja  (raw banana fry)/ potato fry (allu bhaja) / Spinach fry – any one of the given veg. fried  list at your choice
  • Tea/ coffee (black ) sugar separate or with milk and masala as your choice on request

Evening Snacks:

  • Pokoda- (Veg. -/ chicken / prawn / fish/ Egg/ chili chicken/ stick chicken ) any one of given Pokoda  list at your choice 
  • Tea/ coffee (black ) sugar separate or with milk and masala as your choice

Dinner:

  • Soup (tomato/ mix veg/ lemon coriander/ chicken soup/ sweet corn/ hot and sour/ chicken noodles) any one of the given Soup  list at your choice
  • Rice (Boil/ fried rice/ brown rice/ jeera rice / Palau/ biriyani- mix,/ veg. biriyani/ chicken biriyani/ mutton biriyani / Khechudi / Kanika ) any one of given Rice item list at your choice
  • Roti (plan/ masala/ nan/ garlic nan/ butter nan/  Kahli roti/ Paratha/ Allu paratha / Puri / green puri ) any one of given Bread list at your choice
  • Dal item- (traditional Dalma/ plan dal/sweet dal/  dal fry/ Dal Navranta/ Dal Tadka) any one of given Dal (lentil)  list at your choice
  • Traditional Non veg. (unique bamboo chicken/ mati handi mutton (clay pot lamb)/ clay mutton / Patrapoda chicken / patrapoda machha (sea fish backed with masala covered banana leaf) / patra poda chinduri (prawn backed  with mustard pest and different masala covered pumpkin leaf)/ Prawn curry / Prawn fry orissan style / Machha Besara/ Machha Mahura/ Chinguri Mahura / Prawn Dalma) – any one of given non veg.  list at your choice
  • Veg. (Santula- mix veg curry traditional style/Mix  veg. fry/ veg. and panner curry/ palak panner / Jani posta / Pottala rasa/ Kakharuphula bhaja/ Allu dum ) any one of given veg.  list at your choice
  • Badi chura / Baigan – allu bharta/  Sima Rai/ Tomato khata (sweet tomato tempered with oil and different spices)- any one of given list at your choice
  • Tea/ coffee (black ) sugar separate or with milk and masala as your choice on request.

    Dessert:

    • Fixed fruit salad with Rabdi /  chenapoda (Orissa special)/ Manda/ Chandrakanti/ kakara/ arisa/ bhaja Manda/ Poda pitha/ Khir Sagar / Rasabali/ Golap jammun/ Sita Bhog/  Chena jheely – any one of given dessert  list at your choice

    Price:

    If you want to enjoy the excellent service of Selani Dingo Eco cottage, then book for one day experience at this place and enjoy the complete journey with more than 50+ Indian traditional foods, Boating, know about the great Odisha culture, temple story, spend your night at this cottage.

    The cost per person is 5000 INR (73 USD) per day accommodation. All of these rooms are included Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    Village special plan is 8500 INR (120 USD) per day accommodation. Village special plan includes Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Gotipua traditional dance program, bull cart ride for one day.

    Selani Dingo provides Boating over the bhargavi river for 4-long hours. The boating cost is 1500 INR for 4 hours.

    How to reach:

    We have started our travel from Puri to Chandanpur village. After reaching chandanpur village, travel towards Selani Dingo Eco retreat cottage. It takes only 20 minutes from Puri to reach Selani Dingo Eco Resort.

    #This is not a sponsored post. The owner of Selani Dingo invites us to visit the cottage to review and share the live experience. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic tourism industry has been massively affected. To support them, we have started visiting these places and share our experiences. They are investing a lot of money in yearly maintenance.

    If you are traveling to any tribal areas to explore the food, culture, and festivals, why not staying at these eco-retreat places to support them in this Covid-19 pandemic.

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