Tying the Knot in Nature’s Lap during the Times of Corona

Toshali Sands Puri spearheads ethnic weddings by embracing COVID-19 Safety measures

Corona ushered all of us into a new era of conforming to the adversity. Big nuptial dreams of many have been shattered, forcing them to go for closely-held marriages without any pomp.  Under Unlock 1.0, Government guideline had allowed wedding function with a limited gathering of 50 people across India. But it has become an arduous challenge to search for an ideal destination for a safe, simple, intimate yet classy wedding through strict adherence to Covid-19 safety guidelines of WHO and Government of India.

Opening after three months of the shutdown, the first priority of Toshali Sands Puri was to reach out to those couples and families who are contemplating an intimate wedding during these testing times of lockdown instead of waiting it out thereby spearheading in organizing lockdown weddings in India. Nestled in the tranquillity of Balukhanda Reserve Forest at the Konark marine drive and with the sprawling 33 acres of lush greenery, Toshali Sands Puri, the four-star Ethnic Village Resort is an ideal wedding destination to organize simple, ethnic yet sophisticated marriage with proper social distancing.

Three back-to-back lockdown marriages were organized at Toshali Sands Puri with all the related functions of Mehendi, Haldi and Engagement on 10-11 June, 28-29 June and 01-02 July for families based out of Gurugram, Bengaluru and Mumbai respectively. All the weddings are telecasted through live streaming for the virtual participation and blessings of extended family members, relatives & friends.  “We are relieved a lot after locating this beach resort of Toshali Sands in this challenging time of Corona pandemic. We have a memorable marriage with the brilliant arrangement, aesthetic decorations and sumptuous food despite the limited small gathering of family members & close friends”, said Sai Kiran, the groom who hails from Hyderabad and is an IT professional.


Affable staffs at Toshali Sands make sure all the flowers were fumigated, sanitizers replaced the Gulab Jal in greeting the handful of guests at the entrance and the masks become a compulsory wedding accessory. All the guests have their temperatures checked every day with proper social distancing.


“In this time of emergency, marriages in a natural ethnic village ambience at Toshali Sands in the holy city of Lord Jagannath Puri will give the couples a homely feel, spiritual strength and joy of togetherness with close family members. Safety and comfort of our guests are our prime concerns while arranging lockdown weddings”, expressed Upendra Shanbhag, General Manager, Toshali Sands Ethnic Village Resort, Puri.

Toshali Sands located in the most elegant location of the holy city of Puri, known for the world-famous shrine of Shree Jagannath Dham, is aesthetically designed to match the architectures of the temples of Odisha while blending its natural setting with a unique combination of timeless charm and elegant modernity while showcasing local ethnicity. The resort has tastefully decorated 114 rooms including 42 private freestanding cottages and 13 villas, 5 conference halls, over 1200 coconut trees, multi-cuisine restaurant, shopping arcade, swimming pool, ayurvedic spa, well-equipped gym, children park, tennis courts, organic farm, natural pond ‘Alive’, etc.

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