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Location : 16-km from Sambalpur, Orissa
Coverage Area : 133, 090-sq-km
Significance : The Largest Artificial Lake in Asia
Best Time To Visit : October to March

A mere 16-km north of Sambalpur town stands the longest dam - the Hirakud dam on the river Mahanadi. The longest dam in the world, it drains an area of 133, 090-sq-kms (51,386 square miles). From horizon to horizon, the reservoir forms the largest artificial lake in Asia with a shoreline over 640-km.

A 21-km drive on the dykes offers a unique experience of calm serenity. One can comfortably enjoy the sight of the mighty Hirakud dam and the fantastic expanse of water from the top of the revolving minaret called Gandhi Minar on the north or Nehru Minar on the other end of the dam. A considerable number of migratory birds also come here during winter.

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