Vetnai : The playground of Black Buck
Vetnai is a small village located in Ganjam district of Odisha. Nestled in the laps of the Eastern Ghats, the place is home to innumerable Black Bucks which roam freely in the mountain slopes. The local people consider the black bucks as a symbol of sanctity and good will.
The Chermeria Nature Camp, Saluapalli Nature Camp and Bhanjanagar Nature Camp are the three destinations which offers its visitors an escape from the confines of the city life into the magnificent landscape of Blackbucks. Those Golden Deer’s in large herds hypnotize the spectators by their spectacular lyrical movement and limitless energy. The Bhetnoi-Balipadar – Tanarda – Ramanda landscape accommodates nearly 2500 Blackbucks, 40 to 50 Blackbucks in one herd can be seen foraging and springing.
Not only Blackbucks, here nature lovers can soak in the pleasure of watching hundreds of Peacocks all along the landscape. Breezes blowing up into the grasslands adjoining hills as far as your eyes can see and the mesmerising starry sky of night along with a luxurious stay in the Blackbuck Nature Camps give a unique experience of life.
Nearby attractions at Vetnai:
- Chilika Lake is a popular tourist destination that every traveller visiting Vetnai generally goes to see. Another spot is Monglajodi Bird Sanctuary, where you can view Whistling-duck, Asian Openbill, Purple Swamphen, Grey-headed Lapwing and Cotton Pygmy-goose and numerous other local and migratory birds.
- Kaliamba Rest House to take rest in Tree Top House and sighting of colorful Giant Squirrel species genus Ratufa native to India. This place is just 8 km away from the Saluapalli.
- Russelkonda Reservoir-The Century old Earthern Dam situated 5km away from the Eco-Tourism centre. One can enjoy the panoramic view of Mountain and can take bath in the dams back water
How to Reach
Bhetnai can be reached from both Berhampore, which is 50 km and from Balugaon, which is 75 km from the destination. However, you should choose the route through Balugaon if you want to visit Monglajori first and then Bhetnai. However, if you travel by rail, then you have to come via Berhampore that has a railway station. From Berhampore there are regular bus services that can take you to Aska as well as Bhetnai.
Where to stay?
Saluapalli Nature Camp-2 AC Cottages & 3 AC Rooms @Rs.2500/-per room with all meals for two adults
Chermaria Nature Camp-2 AC rooms @Rs.5500/- per room with all meals for two adults
Bhanjanagar Dam Nature Camp-3 nos.AC Tents @Rs.2500 & 1 no. Timber Cottage @Rs.4700 (rooms & tents are with all meals for two adults)