Tour of Kiriburu Meghataburu

#1 Jan 10th, 2013, 17:48
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We have travelled in Kiriburu on 1st week of January 2013. We have total 4 days tour. We took the Janshatabdi Express, which leaves Howrah station from 6.20am, and get down at Barajamda station at 12.45 pm. From the station we took a car and started off for the twin hills of Kiriburu. It takes about one hour to reach Kiriburu SAIL Guest House. The Guest house is very good well furnished, attached canteen and beautiful garden. Kiriburu\Meghtaburu is a very lovely place in Saranda. Giving the picture of a hill station it provides an opportunity to witness the vast tract of Saranda. Kiriburu has the right mixture of environment of jungle and solitude, ideal to spend a short vacation and in absolute rest. Kiriburu is proud of its excellent natural beauty and endless forest resources. Best place to stay in Kiriburu is SAIL Guest House. The sight of the 700 mounts from the Kiriburu view point is magnificent. Pundul Falls is the great spot on Saranda forest. Thalkobad bungalow or Kumdi forest bungalow has destroyed by Maosist You can visit SAIL Iron Ore Mines of Kiriburu\Meghtaburu. We have not got any problem from Maosist. Kiriburu area is totally safe from tourist. First day we visit Saranda Forest, Pundul Falls, Sapneswar Templs in Forest (Temple of lord Shiva). On evening we have drive to Meghataburu, also a mining town, which gets a great sunset. We have spent next day to visit Kiriburu & Meghtaburu iron Ore Mines. We need to permission to enter the Mines form SAIL high official Authority.

3rd day we have travelled to see Khandahar Water falls in early morning. We hired a Car from Kiriburu to see the waterfall. Is around 150 km from Kiriburu. The Khandadhar Falls is categorized as a horsetail waterfall. This is a beautiful waterfall. It drops down as a fall from a height of 800 feet. It makes a great picnic spot. The road of Khandadhara Falls is very beautiful. We have visited another waterfall on the way. Badaghagra falls. Badaghagra falls in Orissa are an important tourist destination. Flowing at a distance of 10 kms from Keonjhar and 196 kms from Rourkela, this waterfall is popular for its serene and calm ambiance. Falling from a height of 60 mts or 200 feets, river Ghaghra is the source of this waterfall.
4th day we took absolute rest.
5th day we took the Janshatabdi Express, which leaves Barbil station from 1.45pm it reached at Howrah station at 9 pm.
This is a great travel to us. We have gathered some melodious experience. I want to travel Kiriburu/Meghatburu again and again.
#2 Jan 10th, 2013, 20:12
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Oh, I envy you! Saranda and Kiriburu-Meghateburu in particular happens to be one of most favorite spots. I lost count as to how many times I had visited there. I used to have a relative working at Kiriburu Mines. But ever since he had retired from SAIL services, my sojourn to Saranda had stopped abruptly. But I had always keen to visit again and again! Tell us more, please - how did you manage to get the booking at Sail Guest House? I believe the main Sail Guest House is located at Meghateburu, from whose campus, one can seen all 700 mounts (as they say) of Saranda Hills. But you said that you had stayed at Kiriburu. Does that mean you had stayed another Sail Guest House, which is located at Kiriburu. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Post some pics, provide some details about car hiring, permit (it used to be necessary those days) etc. etc. Thanks.
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Kiriburu/Meghtaburu

There is another SAIL guest house in Kiriburu. You need to permission to enter the SAIL iron mines (You can get permission from Kiriburu/Meghtaburu). We are hired Scorpio. It's hiring charge 800 Rs per day + Oil charges.
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Kiriburu - Meghtaburu were on my radar for long, but didn't have the courage to go there. Also, lack of knowledge had a role to play.

Can you please provide booking details, drivers' contact numbers.

And can't we have a virtual tour ? Any pics will be absoultely welcomed. Kudos for your trip and the report.
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@joy

Give us more details, specially who is the authority for booking SAIL Guest House. As per my decade-old info, it is (I think) Raw Materials Division of SAIL. They used to have a office at Camac Street those days. But this piece of info must be outdated and obsolete. You must be having latest and updated info. Please share the same with all of us. Also I'm sure you must have clicked lot of photographs during your trip, why not share the same with the forum readers! Thanks.

@Mousourik

Let us wait for Joy's response. But, I think if you meanwhile explore a little bit in the SAIL BHAVAN on Chowringhee Road, you might get the right clue.
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Pl. post some photographs, i am sure you must be having some nice fotos.
#7 Jan 16th, 2013, 21:35
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When i called up kiriburu & meghateburu sail guest houses & concerned persons, they informed that one have to directly write application to the general manager of the mines.
since they had bookings of sail officers during dipawali & durgapuja, its better to avoid holiday seasons.
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Dont contact kolkata sail office, they are good for nothing.
#9 Jun 3rd, 2013, 23:06
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hi joymazumdar...is there any update on your trip? didn't notice any trip report or photographs...
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@joy

I'm also keen to get your detailed feedback. Kindly respond.
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I too wish to spend a few days in these places, provided a confirmed accommodation is available. And as I prefer road transport over the railways, good roads are highly desirable. May anybody help with the relevant information?
#12 Aug 10th, 2013, 02:52
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Hello

I did a virtual tour of this place several times by reading a bengali novel by Suchitra Bhattacharya called "Saranda -ay Saitaan " . If you read the novel, everything is clearly mentioned just like a travelogue and the places are not imaginary.

Also I visited several times a nearby place called Noamundi (previous station of Barajamda) and Barbil (next station of Barajamda). My father used to work in Noamundi and mother in Barbil. I had the opportunity to stay in those beautiful hill town and enjoy the sunset/sunrise.
Also as my parents were doctors in TATA , who have their iron ore mine in noamundi and gua, we often went to mobile medical camps in the forests . You wont believe there are several PTG( Primitive Tribal Group) people , who are away from the modern civilization . who dont wear clothes and Jharkhand government has made cement houses for them within deep forest. they are almost like harmless animals. they dont understand any language, they make sounds and use sign languages. Only they trust few people and interact with them. My father had to take those kind of interpreter people to give medicines and do check up to those people.

There are several places ending with "Buru" like Kiriburu , Meghataburu , etc. "Buru" means hillock .and the prefixes have different meaning like "kiri" means insects. "Megahata" means cloud.

Meghataburu is the largest Haematite iron ore mine in the world. And Saranda Forest is the densest deciduos forest in Asia.Also the largest Sal forest in Asia. "Saranda" in local language means land of 700 hills.
If you visit this area, dont forget to visit the "Murga Mahadev" temple which is major tourist attraction.

Few days back I visited the Jharkhand tourism office in Camac Street, Kolkata. They said that we do not recommend tourism in Sranda Forest due to the current condition out there.

Wild elephants , tiger , leopards and bisons are present in Saranda forest.

Also there is a massive palace like house of the Singh Deo family out there near Saranda forest. They were the royal family of the Saraikela ,Rajkharsawan region(where I used to leave previously) . The royal family made money by exploiting the forest resources. Like selling Elephant tusks , timber, etc. Also Saranda forest is the hunting reserve of this family.

Major places of attraction out here are:
1. Manoharpur
2. Ligirda Swamp
3. Thalkobad guest house
4. Kiriburu sunset point
5. Saranda forest (mainly guest house, temples/shrines and elephant ride)
6.Loyall's view
7. Toybo falls
8. Karampada
9. Kumdi
10. Pachri Waterfalls
11. Jhikra Waterfall( rainbow fall)
#13 Aug 10th, 2013, 06:03
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Thanks for the input and nice suggestions. I am going to visit Jharkhand again this year and am always thankfull for good informations on where to go and what to visit.

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You wont believe there are several PTG( Primitive Tribal Group) people , who are away from the modern civilization . who dont wear clothes and Jharkhand government has made cement houses for them within deep forest. they are almost like harmless animals. they dont understand any language, they make sounds and use sign languages. Only they trust few people and interact with them. My father had to take those kind of interpreter people to give medicines and do check up to those people.
The adivasi have culture and traditions that are very old, but as they live in harmony with nature they dont strive for the materialism of modern life. Sometimes its not easy for us to understand this way of life and its values, but we should try and learn as much as possible from them. Their culture is not primitive and their language is also not, even if they dont speak any of the mainstream languages. Do you know what the people you met are called? There are so many different cultures and people in Jharkhand, its all very interesting.
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Asishdas, Bhaiji, did you make Saranda and Kiriburu-Meghateburu trip as you were contemplating, if so kindly forward details and pictures.
Kind regards
Krish
#15 Aug 23rd, 2014, 03:45
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Hi Everybody !

I tried a lot to book the SAIL guest house @ Kiriburu/ Megathaburu region. I personally visited SAIL office in Camac st., from there I had been sent to IISCO House & from there to Industry House.... But result was nothing but a big zero. The response i received was not only disheartening but non-cooperative also. After having a little bit discussion in all the offices, I understood that with out any SAIL reference directly, no body gets SAIL guest house accommodation.

Anyways I decided to stay at Manoharpur ( Santoor Guest House ) during 1st week of Nov. this year. I'll stay 3 nights there & planning to visit----1) Kiriburu/Megathaburu 2) Jhikra falls 3) Pachri falls 4 ) Toybo falls & others joining places. Will it possible in 3 days ?

And if you have any information regarding Saranda Safari Resort @ Barbil ( Keonjhar, Odisha ), then please share.

Regards,
Debasish Acharyya.

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