Hirakund Dam Project is one of the prominent developments in the agricultural sector of Sambalpur.
Hirakund Dam, Cattle Island, leaning temple of Lord shiva and Hatibari is considered as some of the major appeals of the district.
Sambalpur is a very important north western district of Orissa. Sambalpur district of Odisha has a geographical location of North latitude 20°40' to 22°11' and East Longitude 82°39' to 85°15'. Surrounded by the Bargarh, Jharsugdha, Deogarh, Sundergarh, Angul and Subarnapur districts, the Sambalpur area comprises of three physiographic types;
The district covers a total area of 6,702 sq. kilometers and has a population of 9,35,613. The average literacy rate of the Sambalpur district is 67.25%. About 35% of the total population consists of tribes like the Gonds, Binjhal, Khanda and Kuda.
The history of Sambalpur is enriched with the reigns of several famous dynasties like the Guptas, Sarbhapuriyas, Marathas and the Chauhans. The British occupied the region in the beginning of the 19th century. The area has witnessed many uprisings against the Europeans during the British rule.
Home to the longest dam in the World, the Sambalpur district has many exciting tourist spots like;
- Hirakud Dam - world's longest dam is situated over River Mahanadi. The Gandhi Mandir near the dam is also a lovely place to visit.
- Huma - the leaning temple of Shiva is the main attraction this scenic village.
- Cattle Island - one of the exciting tourism sites of the districts. The place is very popular with nature lovers.
- Ghanteshwari - a temple area well known for the presence thousands of hanging bells.
Last Updated on : 8 July 2013