Odisha is looking forward to set up an eco-tourism hub in Manchabandha in Mayurbhanj district. As per Sanjay Kumar Swain, Divisional forest officer the authorities are planning to redevelop this site due to its rich virgin sal forest. For executing the project, Rs. 5 lakh has been released by principal chief conservator of forest. There is a planning to set up tourist stay in 2016-17. Even without the stay facilities for travelers, still more than 2,000 visit it per month and after, it around 5,000 travelers will be visiting. Thus, there will be several attractive packages for travelers who are looking for the amazing sight viewing and forest visits.
Along with the forest pleasure, travelers will have an opportunity to enjoy trek facility within the forest. Thus, the department sees the great opportunity in this area for its development and making it an attractive tourist spot. As per, the wildlife officers the development of this project would reduce the biotic pressure on the Similipal Tiger Reserve. Till now there are few eco-tourism sites such as five in Satkosia Tiger Reserve, one in Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary and two in Chandaka wildlife sanctuary.