Sambalpur Tourism

Sambalpur Tourism

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  • State: Odisha
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Sambalpur
The city of Sambalpur is located in the Sambalpur district in the eastern state of Orissa. The largest city in the district and the district headquarters, Sambalpur is an important commercial centre of the state. Sambalpur is at a distance of around 321 km from the capital city of Bhubaneswar and it was established as a municipality in the year 1876.

Named after the Goddess Samaleswari a reincarnation of Goddess Shakti, Sambalpur is a cultural and traditional hub of the state. Sambalpur songs and dances have their own individuality and hold a special place in the national heritage. Sambalpur sarees are famous across the country for their unique pattern and fabric.

Every year, the Sambalpur Lok Mahotsav is organised which celebrates the culture and the age-old tradition of the place and its art and music. The festival gives a look into the unique social tradition and culture of the people of Sambalpur.

The Sitalsasthi Carnival which celebrates the marriage between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is a carnival which has been held in Sambalpur for centuries, and people from around the state as well as outside participate in the festivities. Additionally, there are quite a few regional festivals including Naukhai, Bhai-juntia, Puo-juntia, which are celebrated in the city.

Located at a distance of 15 km from the city of Sambalpur, the Hirakud Dam built in 1956 in the Mahanadi River is the largest earthen dam in the world and is one of the longest dams.

The Leaning Temple of Huma is a famous 17th century temple and is 25 km from Sambalpur. The Samaleswari Temple which has the deity of Goddess Samaleswari, the Gandhi Temple and the Ghanteshwari Temple, 33 km from Sambalpur are some of the many well known temples in Sambalpur.

There are quite a few well known places around Sambalpur city. Ushakothi is a well known wildlife sanctuary at a distance of about 43 km from Sambalpur. Chiplima which is 37 km from Sambalpur has a beautiful waterfall and is a popular picnic site.

The Cattle Island which is at a distance of 90 km from Sambalpur, is a beautiful island which is actually a submerged hill. The island located in Hirakud Reservoir, is covered with lush forest and is inhabited by wild cattle. The best time to visit Sambalpur is from November to June.

Sambalpur is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Rourkela and Cuttack.

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Sambalpur Traveller Reviews

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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
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"A Trip to Sambalpur"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 4, 2016
I had been to Sambalpur by road in the month of June 2016. Sambalpur is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of Odisha. The must-visit attractions around Sambalpur include the famous Hirakud Dam, Mahanadi river and the Cattle Island. The Hirakud Dam is located around 15 kilometers from Sambalpur and built in the year 1957 across the gigantic Mahanadi river. It spans 26 kilometers and is the longest man-made dam in the world. The literal translation of the Mahanadi river is a 'great river'. The river is a major source of water to the 2 states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The boasting facilities across the Mahanadi river is restricted due to the umpteen number of dams constructed here. The iconic Cattle Islands are submerged in the Hirakud Reservoir. Prior to the construction of the dam, this island was a developed hill and home to thousands of cattle which became wild after submergence when the Hirakud Dam was constructed.
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  • Bsahoo
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"Nice place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 27, 2016
Nice area for picnic place and travelling. So please come and visit the place... Some picnic places like Samaleswari Temple, Metakani, Hirakud dam, etc... Please come and visit.
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Subhash Saha

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  • Subhash Saha
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 45 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
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"Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, best place to go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is lovely destination with Hirakud dam on one side and good forest on the other. Wild animals to be seen here in the sanctuary are Leopard, Jungle cat, Sloth Bear, Hyena, Gaur, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Monitor Lizard, Chameleon etc. And endangered Four-horned Antelope or Chousingha. Also a wide variety of avifauna including migratory and residential species are found here.

The 10km dyke road is an added attraction before entering the sanctuary. Entry point is Dhodrokusum. From Sambalpur main city the entry gate is almost 45 km away. This jungle is still unknown to others. Best time to visit here is from October to April.
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Rahul Gupta

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  • Rahul Gupta
  • Lives in Sambalpur
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"A cultural city-Sambalpur"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 5, 2015
Sambalpur is a cultural and beautiful city of west Odisha. This city named by the temple maa samaleswari. Samaleswari temple located in the heart of city in middle of city samaleswari temple build by king baladeva singh. Sambalpur city is full of their rich culture like sambalpuri saree is famous in world sambalpuri songs like rangabati and dalkalhaire are world famous for her music. Sambalpur history was full of action for Britishers veer surendra sai is a freedom fighter of Sambalpur and many more about Sambalpur.
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Padmini Rout

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  • Padmini Rout
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 38 Reviews
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"Different thing like dance, food, language"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2015
Sambalpur is the old type city that Samalei maa that famous the city. I and with my friend enjoy the different type food and drinks, I shopped Sambalpuri Saree and my friends also bought differents design and colour of saree at low price and also buy many more things from there. Finally we go to the Hirakud Dam and enjoy that place and know about many more things. That's all, I advice to all people that they also visit and see many different thing like dance, food, language.
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Aritra Chatterjee

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  • Aritra Chatterjee
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"A place known for its sarees"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Aug 3, 2015
If you are looking for Sambalpuri sarees this is the place to be. Beautiful handmade sarees are available at dirt cheap prices. The food and travelling expenses are also less. People are friendly and will guide you in case you need help. Local vernacular is Odiya but people can speak hindi quite well.

Hirakud Dam is a stone's throw away so do not miss it.
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  • Kishore
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 14 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
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"Masti meter at Sambalpur"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted May 30, 2015
When I was in Sambalpur is was a holiday. So I visited many places like hirakund dam, samaleswari temple etc. While visiting hirakud dam it was a peaceful place. Location of waterfall from a height was awesome. I would like to visit this place again and again. Then I went to Samaleswari temple. It is a very known temple. I enjoyed alot there. So many people use to come there to fulfill their wishes.
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Jyoti prakash Bhattacharjee

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"A lazy town"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2013
If you religious, this is the place for you. You can temple hop from dawn to dusk. I managed to visit three temple located at different directions. It a sleepy town For lazy people there is lot of inspirations to be found :)

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nothing much !! One domino in BigBazar ...

Activities & things to do: Must visit places Huma Temple on Mahanadi. Big and very big fishes will jump at you if you feed them !! Deity of the City Sambaleshwari is another good one for picture taking finally Ghanteshwari !! People prey and offer Bells and Bangles for their wishes to come true !!! Visit Hirakund Dam its jawdropping sight ...

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Road from Chattisgarh Border is under 4 laneing !! So careful lot of diversions !! I drove down from Nagpur to Sambalpur ...
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Sharmil Mallick

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  • Sharmil Mallick
  • Lives in Cuttack
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"Awesome Sambalpur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2012
Awesome!!!!! you can enjoy this city many ways...dere were a lots of temple here n dere and this hilly area give amazing pleasure in your life.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Hirakud dam,ghanteswari temple.

Activities & things to do: Picnic

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Train,bus.
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