Sambalpur

Sambalpur is a city and Municipal Corporation and located in the western part of Odisha, and is one of the largest and oldest cities in the state. The District of Sambalpur has a history full of events including Indian freedom struggle representing the different section of the society. Sambalpur is mentioned in the book of Ptomely as Sambalaka on the river Manada.

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Badrama Wildlife Sanctuary
40 kms from Sambalpur city limits
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The Badrama Wildlife Sanctuary or the Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary is around 40 Kms from Sambalpur and is an hour drive via the Natinal Highway 55. Established in the year 1962, the Sanctuary is a natural gem for Odissa and is safely bordered in between the Wardha River and the Penganga Rivers.

Spreaded in about 304. 03 Sq Kms, the Badrama Wildlife Sanctuary comprises parts of Badrama Reserve Forests and also that of the Ushakothi Reserve Forests, Binjipali Reserve Forests and Kansar Reserve Forests. The Sanctuary has the presence some very rich flora and fauna and is known for the...

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Situated at a distance of around 3. 5 km from Sambalpur, the Budharaja Hill is accessible via the Sambalpur-Rourkela Highway or the Sambalpur-Sundargarh-Rourkela Highway in under 15 minutes. The Budharaja Hill area is famous among the travellers for its Phallic shaped structure, which is regarded holy in many beliefs around the World.

The Budharaja Hill has a Shiva temple at its hill top, known as the Budharaja Shiva Temple. A solid concrete road leads the tourists and the visitors from the foot to the top of the hill where one can pay their respects and also enjoy a majestic view ...

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Chiplima
30 kms from Sambalpur city limits
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Chiplima is a small village which falls in the Administrative Block of Dhankauda in the District of Sambalpur. The village of Chiplima is located at a distance of around 30 Kms from Sambalpur and can be reached in under an hour via the Sambalpur-Rourkela Highway and the Veer Surendra Sai Marg.

Chiplima is comparatively a very small village but has some of the very famous establishments in the District; Educational, Religious and also Industrial. Out of the many few known worthy names of such establishments in Chiplima are, Maa Ghanteshwari Temple, the Chiplima Hydro Electric Projec...

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The Dadhibaman Temple located in Dhanakauda in Sambalpur is a State Protected Temple owing to its rich history and the generations it has withstood. Located at a distance of approximately 2. 8 Km from the heart of Sambalpur, one can reach the temple in under 10 minutes via the Motijharan Road.

The temple being an aged piece of architecture has a simple layout with a whitewashed structure, it is a single floored structure at the ground floor with stupa like structures rising above the Temple. Believed to be built under the rule of the Chouhan Rulers, the Dadhibaman Temple is a prime...

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Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is an in-situ wildlife conservation, which is located in the Bargarh district of Odisha. It is home to diverse varieties of flora and fauna enclosed with Lakhanpur and Kamgaon wildlife ranges. It is fringed on the north and east sides of Hirakund reservoir. It is flanked with villages like Debrigarh, Lambipalli, Mundakati, and Jhagadabehera. It is located at a distance of 40 kms from Sambalpur city center.

Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary was established in the year 1985. It is spread over an area of 347 sq kms of deciduous mixed forests, which is home ...

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The Deer Park is a public park and zoo located in the heart of the Sambalpur city and spread across an area of 13. 16 hectare.

The Deer Park was established in 1980. It is a well-maintained zoo which has about 100 - 150 deer, Chowsingha, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, leopard, fox, monkey, civet cat, python, four horned antelopes, parakeet, moorhen, duck, spotted dove, reptiles and numerous birds, around 20 species. There are peacocks too which almost always open their feathers, displaying their beauty. A number of exotic birds can be found too in the zoo. Besides th...

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Gandhi Minar resides alongside the longest dam of Asia with length of 4. 8 km, Hirakund dam. It is 16 kms from the city of Sambalpur and can be accessed from all parts of the city. Tourists can hire cabs or buses from the nearest points in order to reach here.

The main attraction of Gandhi Minar is that its roof rotates up to 360°, which provides a breathtaking view of surroundings. It locates The man-made dam elongates up to 4. 8 kms on the river of Mahanadi, whereas the height of this minar is approximately 35 feet, enough to give you chills while on top of it. It makes a per...

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Ghanteshwari Temple, Sambalpur
30 kms from Sambalpur city limits
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Ghanteshwari Temple is one of the holiest temple of Chipilima. It is even known as the "lighthouse without light". It lies in the heart of Chipilima along Mahanadi river banks. It is situated at the distance of 30 kms from Sambalpur. It is accessible from all corners of the city. Tourists can arrive at this lighthouse by hiring cabs or other local means of transportation.

Ghanteshwari temple was built by the early sailors as a lighthouse that has no lights but thousands of bells. As its other name suggests, these bells were used by sailors as warning signals during heavy winds. ...

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Gudguda Waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls of Sambalpur, Odisha. It is covered with dense trees from all sides, which makes it one of its kind. It is located in the Kuchida town, near to Sambalpur. It is located at a distance of 96 kms from Sambalpur.

The waterfall lies amid dense forests of the Gudguda mountains. The pathway is very narrow and one needs to climb a trek in order to reach its each stage one after the other. It is divided into seven stages, whereas till five can be accessed through a hard climb. Being situated in a dense forest, this waterfall is quite a...

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Harishankar Falls
164 kms from Sambalpur city limits
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Renowned as a popular pilgrimage site in Odisha, the Harishankar Falls is located on the Southern side of Gandhamardan Hills falling in the Balangir District. The waterfall is located around 164 Kms from the city of Sambalpur.

The picturesque location of the Harishankar falls is a tourist magnet, people from all across the Country visit these parts of Odisha to discover and be amazed by what the nature has on offer. Piercing through the covered slopes of the Eastern Ghat comes out a scintillating white cascade like fall which is beautiful and termed holy at the same time. Hari depi...

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Hirakud Dam
15 kms from Sambalpur city limits
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Hirakud Dam is built across the Mahanadi River, about 15 kms from Sambalpur, Orissa.

Behind the Hirakud Dam extends a lake, Hirakud Reservoir, 55 km long. It is one of the first major multipurpose river valley projects started after India's independence. The history of the construction of one of the biggest dams of Asia is huge indeed. Before the devastating floods of 1936, Sir M. Visveswararya proposed a detailed investigation of storage reservoirs in the Mahanadi basin to tackle the problem of floods in the Mahanadi delta. In 1945, under the chairmanship of Dr B. R. Ambedkar, the M...

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Huma Temple or the leaning temple of Huma is one of the great tourist attractions of Odisha, India. It is among the world's two leaning temples, which is situated in a small village of Huma. Located on the banks of Mahanadi river, Huma temple lies 23 kms from the city of Sambalpur.

The leaning temple of Huma is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture of the temple is positioned on the rocky cradle under the river banks of Mahanadi. It is believed that the leaning of this temple came into being after the displacement of the rocky bed due to some earthquake or flood currents and...

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Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary, Sambalpur
50 kms from Sambalpur city limits
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Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the various wildlife sanctuaries of Odisha. It is situated in Rairakhol sub division of Sambalpur district. Sambalpur also has various other wildlife sanctuaries due to its rich vegetation and perfect climate for animals. This wildlife sanctuary is well-connected to Sambalpur, Riomal, and Deogarh by road. It is located at a distance of 50 kms from Sambalpur city center.

Khalasuni wildlife park is spread over an area of 116 sq. kms. It is situated on hilly terrains ranging from 220 meters to 750 meters. Many wild animals reside in this modera...

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Maa Pataneshwari Temple is a Hindu temple in Sambalpur, Western Orissa. The temple is located within Sambalpur city limitsThe temple is dedicated to Maa Patneshwari who is an incarnation of the Goddess Durga, Goddess Patneshwari is the presiding deity of the Kingdom of Patna.

Maa Pataneshwari Temple was built in the late 16th Century by the first Chauhan Ruler of Sambalpur, Balaram Dev, in the heart of the City which was earlier known as Patnagarh. The sanctum wherein the deity Maa Pataneshwari is established lies inside in a circular design, the presiding deity who is an incarnati...

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Maa Samaleswari Temple is a Hindu temple in Sambalpur, Western Orissa.

Maa Samaleswari Temple is dedicated to the goddess known as 'Maa'. She is also known among the natives as "samalei" maa, meaning Mother Samaleswari. Shree Shree Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, is a strong religious force in the western part of Orissa and Chhattisgarh states of India. On the bank of the river Mahanadi, the mother goddess Samaleswari is worshipped since ancient times as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati. The region in which the temple is situated has a rich cultural ...

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Maneswar Shiva Temple, Sambalpur
8 kms from Sambalpur city limits
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The Maneswar Shiva Temple is located in Maneswar which is around 8 Kms from the town of Sambalpur and can be reached in under 20 minutes via the National Highway 55. It is one of the eight Astasambhu Temples in the district of Sambalpur and has Lord Shiva as its presiding deity.

The Maneswar Shiva Temple or the Maneswar Mandir as it is known around the region was built in the early 16th Century by the first King of Sambalpur, Balaramdev and hence to no wonder is one of the most famous Shiva temples of the region. Most of the construction was done during the Chauhan Rule and it is s...

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Raja Veer Surendra Sai Palace is located in the heart of the city, the palace is only about 2. 3 km from the mapped center of Sambalpur and can be reached in under 10 minutes via the Veer Surendra Sai Marg. The palace lies in a very depleted and ruined state today and is now only part of a historic story to tell around the people and the visitors.

Raja Veer Surendra Sai Palace is named after Surendra Sai who was born in the year 1809 as the legal heir of the crown after Maharaja Sai's reign was over, but was unaccepted by the British Rule resulting in him becoming a rebel. He remai...

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Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular attractions of Sambalpur, Odisha. It is located near Sambalpur at the distance of 22 kms.

Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1962. It is also known by "Badrama sanctuary". It is spread over an area about 304 sq. kms. This wildlife sanctuary of Ushakothi is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna. It comprises wild animals such as tigers, leopards, bison, elephants, sambar, and many others. Under the category flora, comes sal, acacia, casuarins, sandalwood, etc. , which can be found inside dry deciduo...

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