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A Trip to Sambalpur

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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Nice place

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.
  • Nice place

Sambalpur Overview

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.

Photos of Sambalpur

Huma Temple, Sambalpur

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Smita Patel

River beside the temple
Hirakud Dam, Sambalpur

Photo by

Nitin Desai

Hirakud Dam, Sambalpur

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