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GTDC’s to promote Eco & Wellness tourism in Goa

Hinterland property at Selaulim set for facelift Project

  • Project has been tendered and should be completed within  a year
  • Mega tourism facilities to facilitate  eco-tourism and wellness tourism

Panjim, May 27, 2015: Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s   plan  to construct a premium wellness resort at its hinterland  property near   Selaulim  Dam is taking huge strides. After completing all tendering procedures, the GTDC has entered into an agreement with M/s Anantara Alpha Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. to design, develop, upgrade, finance, manage, market, operate and maintain its property and project facilities in the GTDC property near Selaulm Dam located in Xelpem village of Sanguem Taluka.

This project will consist of retaining and renovating the existing five villas of the  GTDC at Selaulim which would contain 60 rooms. The  plan  includes  development  of  the area into  a nature  retreat and eco-tourism destination. This will include landscaping of the area, a rock garden, children’s  play area, civic amenities  for tourists like restrooms, changing  rooms.

In addition some of the other attractions will include a Spa, Yoga destination, temporary display structure  for  handicrafts and allied items. Similarly there will also be a nature education and  interpretation centre, high-end restaurant with entertainment, entertainment zones, lawns, tree plantation and  parking facilities. The proposal had been approved by the GTDC Board  last year. The  project  is estimated to cost Rs. 20 crores.

Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman, GTDC, said, “We want to promote tourism in the hinterlands by offering tourists an incredible eco-experience. This  project  will give a facelift to  GTDC’s property at Selaulim and  also  provide employment  opportunities  for the  locals.”

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The total area earmarked for this project is 13,000 square meters. The built-up area for the property will be 4,000 square meters. The existing block will be re-constructed to give a total of 60 rooms.

Mr Sanjay Chodnekar, GTDC’s General Manager (Hotels) said, “The premium wellness retreat project will be  set amidst a panoramic surroundings  and will offer authentic ayurveda and wellness programs. The resort will be eco-sensitive and will offer a green experience thereby promoting hinterland tourism.”

The  entire  project  will be overlooking the beautiful Selaulim lake. There will be eco-friendly adventure activities like non-motorized boat rides, horse-riding, elephant bathing/ feeding. This will also serve as a base to organize camps to Netravalli and Mollem wildlife sanctuary.

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