Sonepur is called Subarnapur. It is situated on the confluence of rivers Mahanadi and Tel. It is only 48 km away from Balangir towards the north-east side and a famous place. Sonepur is filled with several temples like Khambeseari, Rameswar, Pancha Debalaya, Lankeswari and Suvarnamuru temples. it is an ex princely state with an area of 906 sq. miles. Once upon a time, Subarnapur was a melting pot of different religious creeds like Jainism, Buddhism, Saivism, Somavamisis, Telgu Chodas, Gangas and Chouhans who had ruled the state. A large number of ancient monuments, gold silver and bronze coins are discovered here which belongs to the Ganga density of 10th century AD. Sonepur is the district headquarter of the newly formed district called Subarnapur. It is 280 km from Bhubaneswar. Best tourist places in Subarnapur

The Subarnapur District covers an area of 2284 sq. Km. As per the 2011 census, the total population of the District is 6,10,183 with a total male population of 3,11,312 and a female population of 2,98,871. The Subarnapur District has 2 subdivisions, 962 Villages, 109 Gram Panchayats, 06 Tahasils and 06 Blocks, 1 Municipality, 1 N.A.C, 2 Assembly Constituency and 9 Police stations are there in the Subarnapur District.

Patali Srikhetra Is situated about 60 km from District Headquarter Subarnapur. Kotsamalai is a historical import range of hills in Sonepur. It is famous as Patali Srikhetra. The place is associated with Lord Jagannath of Puri. It is said that Indrabhuti the king of Sambala was worshipped Lord Jagannath in the hill cave and was practising Bajrayana. It is also cited in Madala Panji that in the 2nd regnal year of king Shovana Dev of Odisha. Patali Srikhetra is the most popular tourist place in Sonepur.

Maa Sureswari temple Is situated in the Sonepur dist of Subarnapur. The holy seat of Goddess Sureswari the presiding deity of the Subarnapur. It is an ancient seat of yantra, Mantra and Tantra. The legend goes Sri Parsuram worshipped her mother Renuka in name of Maa Sureswari. He killed the Kshatriyas and offered their blood to the holy fire to the yajna he conducted. That Yajna Kunda is now worshipped as the mysterious Khaul Gad. Maa Sureswari temple is the Best tourist place in Subarnapur

Subarnameru temple Is situated on the bank of the river Tel in the southern part of Sonepur. It is a shrine for the worshipping of Shiva. The temple has built by the legendary trader Neuli during the reign of Raja Lal Sai Deo in 1660- 1680 AD. The second Chouhan ruler of Subarnapur after the death of raja Lal Sai Deo. The incomplete work has completed by raja Baliayar Singh Deo in the 17th century AD. Subarnameru temple is one of the Best tourist places in Subarnapur

River Mahanadi is the longest river in Odisha. It flows very clear through the Subarnapur rocky bed and sand dome of Various shapes and sizes. There are several ghats on the riverfront like Tentli ghat, Rajaghat, Dasamatighat, Gourighat, Mastyendraghat, Dhobaghat, Gokarneswar ghat, and Rameswar ghat etc. The most enchanting in the sight of Mahanadi on the full moon day.

Samaleswari Temple Is situated around 02 km from Sonepur Town. Maa Samaleswari is the presiding deity of Chouhan rulers is close to Sonepur palace. The temple faces towards the north. Goddess Samaleswari is standing in the Garvagriha facing the north. There is a Gajalaxmi image in the centre of the lintel of the entrance on the side of Mukhasala. Besides this, there are 12 niches with 10 Shakta goddesses and 2 Vaisnavite warp alas. Best tourist places in Subarnapur

Pancharatha temple is situated at the centre of Subarnapur. This beautiful temple constructed in a chariot size resembles the Sun Temple at Konark. It is a Shiva temple where Siva, Parvati, Kartika, Ganesh and Brushav are worshipping in five shrines. It is believed that Pancharatha Temple was built by King Birmitra Singhdeo to commemorate the death of his son Prince Somobhusan. A pancharatha temple is a tourist place in Sonepur.

Kapileswar temple is 32 km from away from Sonepur. This temple comparatively like Baidyanath temple with exquisite workmanship belongs to Anangabhima Dev III in 13th century AD. It is situated at 4 km Distance from Binika near Charda.

Rameswar Temple is 3 km away from Sonepur. It is situated on the confluence of the river Mahanadi and Tel River. It is a beautiful Saiva Pitha like Subarnameru. This temple consists of a sanctum, a Jagnmohan and Natamandap in the style of the Lingaraj temple of Bhubaneswar. The period of construction of the temple is about the 18th century AD. The lingam of the temple is very old. Legend associates Lord Ram with its installation.

The Gundicha temple has situated about 01 km from Sonepur town. The Nursinghanath temple of Sonepur is known as the Gundicha mandir. It is the Highest monument of Sonepur representing the Last flicker of the Chouhan dynasty. This is 90 feet high and the highest temple in western Odisha built by Rani Gundicha Devi wife of Raja Prithviraj Singh Deo.

Bhima Bhoi Samadhi Pitha has situated in Khailiapali village, 30 km away from Subarnapur was the Sadhana Pitha. Poet Bhima Bhoi where his samadhi mandir or Surya Mandir has located. It is empty shrines in which his mortal remains are interred. The 109 years of old samadhi mandir was in a state of ruins. It was given a facelift by the joint effort of Bhima Bhoi Samadhi Pitha trust, Khailiapali and Sonepur district administration

Papakshya ghat is situated from Sonepur and very close to Binika. The popular belief goes that a deep here washes away all sins and according to legend king Anatabhima Dev of puri affected with a dreadful disease which was cured by taking a holy dip here. The people through the place in large number during the lunar eclipses and solar eclipses for a dip.

Lankeswari Temple is located inside the river Mahanadi at Sonepur town in Subarnapur district. Once upon a time Sonepur region was known as Paschima Lanka. Goddess Lankeswari was the presiding deity of Paschima Lanka. Now Maa Lankeswari is worshipped by the Kaivarta (fisherman) community of Sonepur and the people of Subarnapur district. One can see this temple while travelling on the road connecting Ulunda, Dharmasala, Sonepur and Birmaharajpur.

Thengo Dam is a famous picnic spot located at Birmaharajpur Block on Harihara Jora Irrigation Project. The dam site gets thousands of local visitors around the year for a picnic and other recreational activities because of its natural and beautiful environment. Best tourist places in Subarnapur. Thengo Dam is one of the most popular tourist places in Sonepur.

Sashisena temple (Nimunhi Temple) is situated 1 km from Sonepur Town. It is one of the famous temples Subarnapur is popularly known as Nimuchi Deula. It is a centre of Buddhist culture, having stone images of Buddhist heritage. The temple was built in memory of the immortal love of Aahimanikya, the son of Amravati state Princess Shashisena and Subarnapur state minister in 1902-1937 AD. There is no entrance to the temple, which is known as Nimuchi Deula in the regional language.