Regional Plant Resource Centre, popularly the ‘Ekamra Kanan’ joins the mega band wagon of tourism map of Orissa, with a rare blend of picturesque scenic marvel. The Botanic Garden of this institute offers a variety of entertainments, fun and amusement to all classes of tourists both young and old, children or adult apart from its principal objective of plant biodiversity conservation.RPRC
A ‘children’s park’ established at a vitally important location with quite a number of play equipments sews to engage the kids in play and recreational activities. A 'multi action play system' is the centre stage of the corner with several individual play equipments
The large pure water body (lake) adds varieties to tourism amusement through 'pleasure boating’ to the city dwellers. Self pedaled two seater and four seater boats are presently put on use. A boating fees of Rs.15/- per half an hour and Rs.25/- per half an hour is charged for two and four seater respectively. This facility is available to public during opening hours of the garden. The garden is open to public from 8 AM to 7 PM during summer and 8 AM to 6 PM during winter. An entry fee of Rs.10/- per head is charged for adult while children are charged only Rs.5/-. The garden is open on all days. Annually, more than two lakhs visitors visit the garden.
One of the major attractions of the nature lovers is viewing ' migratory birds'. The protected wetland in the lake is regularly visited by migratory birds like Gadwall, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Oriental Darter, Brown Crowned Night Heron, Little Green Heron, Purple Heron and Little Egret.
The 'musical fountain' set in the Garden is a rare amusement in Orissa feasting both audio and video. Multiple mixed colored water jets dunning to the tune of rhythmic music is a spot RPRCto sit and relax. A finger jet fountain system comprising lighting with tricolor effects add new essence to the pleasure. A floating fountain also adorns the lake with its tall jets.
The Centre has gone in for a novel scheme of allowing 'morning health walking' along the winching and decorative garden paths on nominal monthly fees of Rs.50/- per person and daily fees of Rs.5/-per person. The walking is allowed to public from 5-30 AM to 7-30 AM during March-October and from 6-00 AM to 8-AM during Nov-February.