Sambalpur is 320 km from Bhubaneswar. It is the headquarter of the district and is connected with major towns and cities of India. It is the gateway of the Western Odisha region like Kalahandi Balangiri and Sundargarh. Sambalpur is famous for dye weaving with artistic design. The Handloom producer of Sambalpur is known as Sambalpuri. The entire district is full of mountains and dense forests and small waterfalls. It is said that previously it was the place for the production of diamonds. The name of Sambalpur derives its name from its Goddess Samalai or Samlaleswari Goddess. Samaleswari is the famous Sakti Pitha of Odisha. Besides Sambalpur university, V.S.S Medical College and the University College of engineering at Burla enhanced the dignity of the district.

The District observed many beautiful festivals around the year. Sital Sasthi is observed in June. This festival is the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Nuakhai is the most important social festival of the District. Bhaijiuntia festival is celebrated on the Mahastami Day of Durga Puja. The Puajiuntia festival is observed by mothers to invoke the grace of Lord Dutibahana for the long life and prosperity of their sons. Best Tourist Places To Visit in Sambalpur

The Sambalpur District covers an area of 6702 sq. Km. As per the 2011 census, the total population of the District is 10,41,099 with the total male population as 5,26,877 and female population as 5,14,222. The Sambalpur District has 3 subdivisions, 1349 Villages, 138 Gram Panchayats, 09 Tahasils and 09 Blocks, 1 Municipality, 2 N.A.C, 4 Assembly Constituency and 24 Police stations are there in Sambalpur District.

Hirakud Dam is situated 16 km away from Sambalpur towards the north. The dam is 200 ft height and the reservoir spreads 746 sq. Km which is contains the shape of an artificial lake in Asia having a shared line of 640 km. The sight of the dam can be enjoyed from the minarets standing on the top another side of the dam called Gandhi Minar and Nehru Minar. Best Tourist Places To Visit in Sambalpur

Maa Samaleswari Temple has located at a 3 km distance from Sambalpur Town. Maa Samaleswari is the presiding deity of Sambalpur and is a strong religious force in the western part of Orissa. On the bank of the river Mahanadi, the mother goddess Samaleswari is worshipped from ancient times as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati. The region in which the temple is situated has a rich cultural heritage. Maa Samaleswari Temple is a tourist places in Sambalpur District

The Temple has located 5 km from Sambalpur Bus stand near Maa Samaleswari temple. The Pataneswari temple was built by Balaram Dev, the first Chauhan ruler of Sambalpur in the last part of the 16th century. It consists of a sanctum with an enclosed circular count. Goddess Kali is worshipped in the temple of Pataneswari. Best Tourist Places To Visit in Sambalpur

Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is 92 km from Sambalpur. Nestled between the Hirakud Dam and Reservoir makes for a picturesque setting, the sanctuary finds a special mention because of noted freedom fighter Veer SurendraSai. Spread over 347 sq KM, the beautiful sanctuary is known for its easy sightings of animals particularly Indian Bison’s, Wild Boars, Sambhar and Peacocks to name a few. Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist places in the Sambalpur District.

Ushakothi is 48 km to the north of Sambalpur on NH no 6 towards Deogarh. There is a wildlife sanctuary that especially attracts international tourists. Here is the free moment of wild animals like tiger, deer, leopard, Sambar, spotted deer, and elephants etc. Can be seen by the visitors along with its natural sight. The sanctuary comprises parts of Badrama Reserve Forests, Ushakothi.  Ushakothi Sanctuary is one of the popular tourist places in Sambalpur. Reserve Forests, Binjipali Reserve Forests and Additional Kansar Reserve Forests.

The waterfall is 127 km distance from Sambalpur. It is surrounded by hills and forest and the best picnic spot. The place is nothing but full of natural sceneries. It is a hilly place having a perennial waterfall which creates a pool of crystal clear water. The beautiful natural atmosphere and the amazing sound of the waterfall attract to the visiter and picnic rush the spot during winter. Best Tourist Places To Visit in Sambalpur

Huma is situated 23 km away from Sambalpur and the left side bank of the river Mahanadi. The playful Kudo fishes are the main attraction of the place along with crossing in the river by country boats. Huma is famous for the leaning shiv temple. The surprising thing is the main temple tilted in one direction and other small temples tilted in some other direction. Huma temple is one of the best tourist places in Sambalpur.

Chiplima is 38 km from Sambalpur and situated on the right side bank of the river Mahanadi. The 80 ft high natural fall on the river Mahanadi has been used as the second Hydroelectric project of Hirakud dam. It is also a religious place for the goddess Ghantalei and the presiding deity of the locality. The multi-purpose Hirakud Dam across the river Mahanadi. Best Tourist Places To Visit in Sambalpur

Maa Ghanteswari Temple is located at 33 km south-west of Sambalpur and on the bank of river Mahanadi. Maa Ghanteswari Temple is one of the holiest and beautiful places in Sambalpur. As the name indicates, there are bells (Ghanti) everywhere. People offer bell to Maa after their the fulfilment of their wishes. Best Tourist Places To Visit in Sambalpur

The Hirakud Ropeway provides the best connection between Jawahar Udyan and Gandhi Minar. There are 12 cabins to travel on the ropeway with each cabin having a capacity to carry four passengers at a time. It is a very popular tourist destination and the ropeway is an added advantage for the tourists to get a better view of the Hirakud dam.

Jawahar Minar, named after India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, stands near the dam’s main site. The Minar has a plaque in memory of all the workers who lost their lives during its construction. Jawahar Minar provides scenic views of the dam, the forests and the huge lake. Sunrise and sunsets are a treat to the eyes of the Minar. Jawahar Minar is one of the popular tourist places in Sambalpur

The Cattle Island is near Kumarbandh village of Belpahar-Banharpali range which is about 90 km from Sambalpur and 10 km by waterway from Hirakud Dam. Cattle Island is located in one of the extreme points of Hirakud Reservoir, a natural wonder. Completely inhabited by wild animals, it is without any trace of humans.

The deer park is located inside the Sambalpur town. This is a small zoological park. Inside there is a small park for children’s to play around. There are several species of Deer, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer to see in the park. Along with dear, there are other animals, birds, Peacocks, Leopard and Bear are also the main attraction of this park. 

Dadhibaman Temple has situated around 4.5 km from Sambalpur bus stand. Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra are also the presiding deities of the place. Ratha Yatra is the main festival of Dadhibaman Temple. Every year thousands of devotees come here to see the Festival.

Budharaja is a small hillock inside Sambalpur city. There is a Shiva temple situated on the top. The temple is cover with Forest and situated in the middle of Budharaja hill. Sital Sasthi is the main function of this place. Thousands of devotees come here every year to watch the festival. 

Burla town is 12 km away from Sambalpur. The town is named by a neighbouring village. There is a maintenance office of Hirakud dam, medical college, engineering college and Jyoti Vihar the Sambalpur University which is very near to this township.


It is located 2.5 km from Sambalpur town and bank of river Mahanadi. This place is of great historical importance as it is associated with legendary freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai. Once upon a time, it was a centre of the freedom movement in Western Odisha and had seen many historical events. It’s also called Raja Bakhri.