Sometimes all one need after a week’s exhaustion is an ideal weekend escape that will be enough to leave refreshed and energized in the end. Surrounded with vivid landscapes, we have compiled some top-notch breaks for you around the twin-cities, most of which are just a short drive away!1) Satkosia Tiger Reserve, Angul
Located across the magnificent gorge over the mighty river Mahanadi, this reserve is an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts. It is very rich in flora and fauna and has a huge contribution to the biodiversity of the country. Tourists can enjoy the scenic beauty around, spot rare aquatic birds and basking crocodiles while rejoicing in the joyful boat ride.
Distance from Cuttack – 136 kms
2) Deojhar Waterfall, Narasinghpur
Waterfalls have always been an attraction for people. But only few know that even Cuttack has a beautiful waterfall in its vicinity. The Deojhar waterfall is the largest waterfall of Cuttack and is also surrounded by lush green forest. Adding more fun to the overall trip is a cave on top of the waterfall known as Badedidhar.
Distance from Cuttack – 130 kms
3) Ansupa Lake, Athagarh
Looking at an expanse of water is always soothing. The Ansupa Lake in Cuttack just does the same by giving a surreal feel to its visitors. Although being small in size, the vividness of this lake is magnificent. The water spread is ideal for fishing and boating purposes and refreshing light breeze makes it a perfect place to hangout.
Distance from Cuttack – 40 kms
4) Dhabaleswar Temple, Choudwar
This place is divinity nestled in nature’s glory. Dhabaleswar temple is located on an exotic island in Mahanadi river wherein the presiding deity is Lord Shiva. Lying on the banks of the river, the temple thus provides a picturesque view of the watercourse. Another attraction for the visitors is the hanging bridge from Mancheswar to the temple.
Distance from Cuttack – 37 kms
5) Amageikuda, Athagarh
Amageikuda is situated in the river Mahanadi and is named after its presiding deity, Amagei. The island also has a temple of Lord Balunkeswar. View from this place is aesthetic and is a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature. One can even spend some great time here with their friends or family as it makes for a beautiful picnic spot too!
Distance from Cuttack – 62 kms
6) Deras Dam, Bhubaneswar
Located in the Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary, Deras is a highly preferred weekend getaway. Nestled in the dense Chandaka forest, it is blessed with a serene and mesmerizing surrounding, hence making it famous among picnickers. Visitors can even get a close peek into the rich fauna of the area through the watch towers present here.
Distance from Bhubaneswar – 25 kms
7) Salia Dam, Banapur
This dam is situated in Banapur town which is named after King Banasura of Dwapara Yug. Built on the Salia river, the dam makes a great spot to get rid of any ennui. The lush green vegetation around the dam adds up to the vigor of the place. Another attraction is the temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagabati.
Distance from Bhubaneswar – 113 kms
8) Barunei & Atri, Khorda
Just an hour’s drive from Bhubaneswar, Barunei hill is one of the most favorite places. Calm and serene, this hill is famous for Maa Barunei’s temple. There is a beautiful stream flowing down the hill that enhances its beauty. Few kilometers away, the hot water spring called Atri is located. People are always eager to witness the nature’s magic of pouring steaming water from its core.
Distance from Bhubaneswar – 32 kms
9) Ramchandi Beach, Puri
Just 5 kms from Konark, Ramchandi has now become the favorite spot specially for the youngsters of the city. Beaches have always attracted crowds towards them and so does this one. Unlike Puri beach, Ramchandi is not so crowded and gives the great pleasure of calmness. The sea here is the epitome of nature’s beauty and adds to the jest of the enthusiastic visitors.
Distance from Bhubaneswar – 72 kms
10) Chilika, Ganjam
It is a huge brackish water lagoon spread over Puri, Khorda and Ganjam districts. The lake is one of the largest wintering ground for migratory birds. Adding to the rich fauna of this place are newly introduced water-sports that are a huge attraction for the younger generation. There are many islands in the lake which can be reached by boats, Kalijai Island being the most famous. The place is also known for food delicacies of prawn, crab, fishes, etc.
Distance from Bhubaneswar – 103 kms