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Sambalpur



Sambalpur also known as Sambalpur is our next Indian tourist place. Sambalpur is one of the headquarters of Odisha State, India. City is the 2nd biggest metropolis by populace in Odisha.

Sambalpur city is placed close to Mahanadi River so travelers can enjoy this high flowing river and closer picnic spots. Sambalpur is popular for countless tourist destinations. Few key attractions of Sambalpur are Cattle Island, Balunkeswar Temple, Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary, Bata Mangala Temple, Dadhibaman Temple, Budhimaa Temple, Ghanteswari Temple, Liakhai Temple, Huma Temple (constructed by Ruler of Chauhan Empire Baliar Singh in 1670), Loknath Temple, Satyabadi Bariha Temple, Pataneshwari Temple, Maneshwar Shiva Temple, Samaleswari Temple, and Timini Temple.


Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary is one more key tourist location situated at 22 kms distance from city. Voyagers can watch leopards, tigers and deer in the park.

Attraction in Sambalpur:
Hirakud Dam: dam is located at 15 kms distance from Sambalpur City. Hirakud Dam is listed in world’s biggest dam constructed on big river Mahanadi. Dam area contains concrete, earth and granite materials. These materials are used for road construction as well, so the Dam is features numerous things to our nation. Largest fake lake of 746 square kms is also located in Sambalpur.

Cattle Island: a natural wonder place of Sambalpur is next tourist place. The island is located in Kamarbandha town of ranges of Banharpali- Belpahar. However, travelers have to cover the distance of 90 kms to reach the Cattle Island. Attaining to Island through boat from Hirakud Dam is best option as the straight route of 10 kms distance through water is closer than road. Cattle area is having limited population so experts call the place as Human-less island. The Cattle is popular for wildlife because area is fully surrounded by dense forest.

Huma Temple: this shrine of Lord Shiva is best spot of Sambalpur. Temple is constructed close to Mahanadi River and its average distance from city center is 23 kms. Chauhan Dynasty King Baliar Singh did construction of shrine. According to sources, a milkman was offering milk to hard rock every day. Slowly local people came to know about the rock milk drinking and after some time a shrine with Lord Shiva’s idol was constructed on the same place. Fishing and boating are few other features that people can do at Huma Shrine area. Every year a fair is conducted in Huma area in March on occasion of Maha Shivaratri. Voyagers can watch the diverse type of fish known as Kudo in river as this area.

Ghanteswari: a place with countless bells is next tourist destination in Sambalpur. However, distance between city center and Ghanteswari is 33 kms located in south-west direction towards Mahanadi River. Earlier the spot was identified as lighthouse for city. A shrine located in place is having idol of Goddess Ghanteswari hence place is also recognized as Ghanteswari  In early ages of city there were few big bells created to help the navigators as the high wind forces the bell to produce big sound as indication to navigators. At this spot, the three different streams get merged and many boats were drowned due to such. However, after construction of Hirakud dam the place becomes safer as dam bound the merge. The special thing of location is small bells still available in the temple and making noise with blowing wind.

Chiplima: next location of Sambalpur is Chiplima, which is recognized for the combination of Huma Temple and Hirakud Dam. Distance is only 37 Kms from city center of Sambalpur. This perfect picnic spot is famous for natural waterfall located with 24.38 meters height.

Ushakothi: place is well known for its forest reserve located at 43 Kms distance. NH (National Highway) 6 crosses from Sambalpur city, though Ushakothi is 130 Kms away from Sambalpur City. Voyagers can enjoy watching Wild Bears, Elephants, Gaurs, Tigers, Sambars, Deer, Black Panthers, Spotted Deer and many more animals in Ushakothi Park.

Kandhara: there are countless shrines in Sambalpur and Kandhara is one of them. Kandhara is 78 kms away. The greenery nature beauty is main attraction of Kandhara.

Hatibari: next spot available for voyagers is Hatibari, which is the forest area and located at 24 Kms distance from Sambalpur.

Attaining to Sambalpur:
By Road: Sambalpur well linked city by road to many cities of India. Closest big bus station to reach Sambalpur is Jharsuguda. Buses for Jharsuguda are available at each 10 minutes. Buses for Bargarh are available at each 15 minutes from Sambalpur. NH 10 is passing from Sambalpur and city is having State bus station at Ainthapali.

By Rail: Sambalpur is having 4 different railway stations known as Khetrajpur, Fatak Road, Hirakud and Sambalpur. Trains from Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda are crossing the Sambalpur city. Direct trains for Sambalpur are available from Indore, Lucknow, Dehradun and Guwahati.


By Air: there are two airports located close to Sambalpur such as Swami Vivekanand Airport at Raipur (just 262 kms away) and Biju Patnaik Airport located at Bhubaneswar (only 325 kms distant).  A new domestic airport is under process at Jharsuguda (only 50 kms away from Sambalpur).

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