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Weekend Getaways near Rourkela

Tired from the daily hectic work schedule, taking a short break on the weekend is the most preferred option. This much needed break will help you get away from the stress & anxiety of your office or household work. A short trip with friends or family is thus highly recommended which will help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. One can plan a short break on a birthday, anniversary or some other special occasion to celebrate and capture the moment for a lifetime. Rourkela being strategically located has a number of interesting options available nearby for a weekend getaway. Be it a trip to cities & hill-stations like Garhwa, Netarhat & Sambalpur to have a glimpse of the religious temples or beautiful natural scenery or a visit to the Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary there are a number of good options to choose from which are nearby to Rourkela.

Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary, Odisha

Weekend gateways near Rourkela

Distance: 163 km
Plan an adventurous weekend at the Satkosia-Gorge-Sanctuary.This beautiful sanctuary set admist the lap of nature was established in 1976 and is spread over a vast area . The wildlife sanctuary is playing a major role in safeguarding the endangered flora & fauna and forms an excellent ecosystem. As the name suggests the Satkosia, sat meaning seven & kosia meaning miles the sanctuary is is 22 kms long and is located at the gorge of River Mahanadi. It has also been declared as a Tiger Reserve to protect the nearly extinct tigers in the country. With a wide area of 964 sq km with 524 sq km as core area the reserve is spread over 4 districts; Angul, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Boudh.The entire sanctuary is covered with dry deciduous forests and peninsular Sal trees providing shelter to wild animals like leopards, spotted deer, sloth bears, elephants, nilgais wild dogs, different species of birds as well as reptiles like mugger crocodile, turtle, and snakes. Tigers reside at Baghmunda Side while Athamallik – Chhendipada - Telkoi, Satkosia - Khalasuni and Kapilas-Rebena corridor are the three main corridors in which elephants travel. On coming here one can see the wild animals from a close range, engage in bird watching or just stroll around enjoying the natural beauty and wilderness of the place.

How to Reach Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary from Rourkela ?

One can easily reach this sanctuary from Rourkela by road in about 3 hour’s time. State buses run by the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) also ply from Athagarh to the sanctuary at regular intervals. If coming by air the nearest airport will be Bhubaneswar Airport around 125 kms away from where one proceed further by a car, taxi or bus to reach the sanctuary. If travelling by train first reach the nearest Angul Railway Station located at a distance of 113 kms and then travel by road to the sanctuary.

Where to Stay near Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary ?

Angul Forest Rest House
Contact: Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary, At/Po. Angul
Phone: 06764-30218 (O), 30219 (R)

Angul NAC Guest House
Contact: Executive Officer, Angul

Circuit House
Contact: A D M Angul

Rest House at Tikarpara / Chhamundia
Contact: Forest Department, Tikarpara / Chhamundia

Sambalpur, Odisha

Distance: 127 km
For the religiously inclined a trip to Sambalpur, Odisha is a must affair; famous as the religious & cultural hub of the state. The city derives its name from the Goddess Samaleswari who is believed to be a reincarnation of Goddess Shakti. People flock to this city during the Sambalpur Lok Mahotsav, Sitalsasthi Carnival, Naukhai, Bhai-juntia &Puo-juntia regional festivals which are organised every year. There are many places of interest in the city of Sambalpur like Hirakud Dam on Mahanadi River which is the largest earthen dam in the world, famous temples like Leaning Temple of Huma, Samaleswari Temple, Gandhi Temple and Ghanteshwari Temple, etc.

Places near Rourkela

Sambalpur is actually a treat for the whole family offering other attractions like Ushakothi wildlife sanctuary, Chiplima - a beautiful waterfall and popular picnic spot, Cattle Island – a submerged hill covered with lush green forest and wild cattle roaming about. While on a trip here do not forget to watch the unique Sambalpur songs and dances showcasing the rich culture of the region. One can complete this wonderful trip by shopping for the amazing Sambalpur sarees endowed with innovative patterns and fabrics.

How to Reach Sambalpur from Rourkela ?

A number of trains connect Rourkela to Sambhalpur like the Bbs Garib Rath, Dhn Alappuzha E, Hwh Koraput Express, Rou Krpu Express, etc. By air one can reach the nearest airport in Bhubaneswar at a distance of about 256 kms and then travel by road to the town. One can also travel by a well-developed road network and the time taken is nearly 3 hours.

Where to Stay in Sambalpur ?

Address: Briiks Hill, Sambalpur, Orissa
Phone: (0663) 2411282 / 2411296

Konark Hotel
Address:Bareipali, Sambalpur, Orissa
Phone: 0663 211 5837

Sheela Towers Hotel
Address: V.S.S. Marg, Sambalpur, Orissa
Phone: (0663) 3203111, (0663) 2403111-14

Ashok Hotel
Address: Hindi High School Road, Sambalpur, Orissa
Phone: 0663 252 1010

Upahar Palace Hotel
Address: V.S.S. Marg, Sambalpur, Orissa
Phone: 0663 240 0519

Garhwa, Jharkhand

Distance: 240 km
Garhwa town is situated on the banks of Sone River, in Jharkhand state and forms a part of the Palamu Division. This beautiful town has immense scenic beauty and a number of tourist attractions like Parasdih & Sukhdari Waterfalls, Radha Krishna & Vanshidar Temples and a Catholic Ashram which mesmerise the visitors. Located at an elevation of 197 metres above sea level, the place offers some lovely sights of gushing waterfalls, dense green forests and the Kanhar river flowing nearby. A quiet & calm place for people who want to get away from the hustle-bustle of daily life and spend some time with nature.

How to Reach Garhwa from Rourkela ?

If travelling by air the nearest airport is in Varanasi located at a distance of about 140 kms from where one can travel further to the town by easily available Taxis & buses. Garhwa railway station falls under Eastern Railways and it the Rou Muri Jat Express & Hte Jat Express connect Rourkela & Garhwa. By road it takes nearly 5 to 6 hours to reach Garhwa from Rourkela, by a bus, taxi or private car.

Where to Stay in Garhwa ?

Hotel Raj
Address: Shahid Chowk, Majhiaon More, Post Garhwa, Garhwa, Jharkhand
Contact: 06561 222 612

Hotel Adarsh
Address: Garhwa, Jharkhand

Hotel Green Palace
Address: Garhwa, Jharkhand

Dulari Rest House
Address: Garhwa, Jharkhand

Tiwary Rest House, Garhwa
Address: Garhwa, Jharkhand

Netarhat Hill- Station, Jharkhand

Netarhat near Rourkela

Distance: 150 km
Famous for its Magnolia Sunset Point the place is visited by hundreds number of tourists to watch the beautiful sunrise & sunset sight from here. Netarhat is a popular hill-station and is also known as the Queen of Chotanagpur and forms a part of Latehar District. This place is endowed with amazing natural beauty and greenery spread all around. Gushing waterfalls like Upper Ghagri Falls & Lower Ghagri Falls add to the beauty of the place, refreshing & rejuvenating the minds of the tourists coming here. During the hot summer months the place is cool and pleasant weather giving you respite from the scorching heats of the plains.

How to Reach Netarhat, Jharkhand from Rourkela
One can easily reach Netarhat due to the easy availability of flights, buses and trains. Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi, about 146 kms away is the nearest airport if one wishes to travel by air. By road the Travel Time is nearly 3 hours and one can travel by bus, taxi or by private car. Dhanbad Express, Rou Muri Jat Express, Tapaswini Express & Jharsuguda Hatia Passenger are some of the trains connecting Rourkela to Netarhat.

Where to Stay in Netarhat ?

Hotel Bhagabati
Address: Netarhat, Jharkhand

Hotel Sunrise
Address: Netarhat, Jharkhand

Hotel Prabhat Vihar of Jharkhand Tourism
Address: Netarhat, Jharkhand

So, if you are looking for a short break or change of scenery or some fun & adventure in life do plan a visit to these amazing places and bring back memories that can be cherished for life. These weekend getaways near Rourkela, are equally popular among all age groups and provide you an opportunity to spend some quality time with friends & family. All one needs to do is select the driving distance and choose from one night trips, adventure destinations, wildlife packages, religious tour or day – picnics. A number of hotel packages are also available online catering to the budget and luxury traveller. Rourkela thus offers a excellent getaway destinations ranging from  hill stations, wildlife parks to religious temples all within a distance of few kms.

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