Hirakud Dam, World Longest Dam, Sambalpur

Hirakud Dam is located 16 km distance from Sambalpur town in the state of Odisha. It is the longest Dam in the world. Behind the Dam extends a lake, Hirakud Reservoir. Hirakud Dam is built on the Mahanadi River and is 200 ft in height, and the reservoir spreads 746 sq. Km, which contains the shape of an artificial lake in Asia has a shared line of 640 km. The sight of the dam can be enjoyed from the minarets standing on the top of another side of the Dam called Gandhi Minar and Nehru Minar. This dam is a multi-purpose dam which is protecting floods and supplying all times water for better irrigation in eastern Odisha. Hirakud dam has 64 sluice gates and 34 crest-gates. Total capacity of Dam is 5,896,000,000 m3 (4,779,965 acre-ft).

There is a Nehru Park and Minar Park close to the Dam. The Ashoka Niwas is a place of accommodation for visitors near Nehru Minar, which is at a higher altitude than the Dam. The natural beauty of the Dam can be enjoyed in the time of sunrise and sunset. The place is extremely valued for its scenic beauty and attracts people for a weekend picnic. Hirakud Reservoir is one of the most popular tourist attractions places in the Sambalpur District.

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Opening time

Hirakud Dam opening time is everyday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Best Time to visit

The best time to visit Sambalpur Hirakud is from October to June and the winter season.

Nearest Bus Stop

The nearest Bus stop is Sambalpur, which is located around 20 KM distance from Hirakud Dam

Nearest Railway Station

The Nearest Railway Station is Sambalpur, which is located around 20 KM distance from Hirakud

Nearest Airport

The nearest Airport is Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda, which is located around 68 KM distance from Hirakud Reservoir and 300 km from Biju Patnaik International Airport