Hirakud Dam, Sambalpur

Hirakud Dam

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Hirakud Dam
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About Hirakud Dam

The Hirakud Dam is an important structure, as well as a popular sightseeing attraction of the Sambalpur District. This dam is built across the River Mahanadi at about 15 km from the city. It was constructed in 1956; and today, it forms the largest earthen dam and the longest dam of world, with a length of 26 km. The main purpose of constructing this dam was to check the massive floods and periodic droughts, along with providing its area with proper drainage facilities.

The dam comprises the biggest artificial lake in Asia, with its reservoir of 743 sq km at full capacity and a shoreline of 640 km. The overall length of the main dam is 4.8 km, which is stretched between Lamdungri Hills on its left and Chandili Dunguri Hills on its right. There are also two observation towers present within the premises of this dam, namely ‘Gandhi Minar’ and ‘Nehru Minar’, that provide a panoramic view of the lake.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  2-3hrs
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Amit Chatterjee

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  • Amit Chatterjee
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"Attractive Dam, marvelous Sunrise and set"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2014
The views from the two towers situated at both end of Dam during monsoon and particularly when water release from this Dam is a scene to watch. The vast water accumulation at place this reminds a song. The scenery of Sunrise & Sunset also is marvellous at here but that is very rarely visible. An ideal place for picnic during December and January. There are huge place available for picnic. The huge road over dam is an additional attraction of the place to drive.
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