In the west, near the border with
Pradesh , is the large town of Sambalpur. An ancient centre of
diamond trade, Sambalpur is famous for its tie and dye textiles; folk
dance and music; and also for the
Hirakud Dam, one of the
longest mainstream dams in the world.
Sambal is the heart of an Ikat Weaving District and one can buy fabric in the main bazaar and in government co-operative shops. This area is located on an off-beaten path and becomes something of a local attraction for the tourists.
Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary
This 304 sq-km forest has wild elephants leopards, bisons, black panthers and many more species of animals and birds. There are watertower for visitors for viewing the animals. The sanctuary is 48-km east of Sambalpur on National Highway No.6.
Huma's Leaning temple is 32-km from Sambalpur. It is a Shiva temple on the bank of Mahanadi.
Famous for its 15th century temple, Nrusimhanath is 164-km from Sambalpur via Bargarh. The place is also known for its waterfalls. There is a Panthasala for accommodation too.
The Pradhanpat hill with its picturesque waterfall offers a rare scenic beauty. These falls are close to Deogarh, a district headquarters town- 96 km from Sambalpur.
Sonapur, 80-km south, is another textile centre and there are Tantric temples situated over here.
HOW TO GET THERE
The railway station is about 3-km away from the town center, where one can reach by hiring an auto-rickshaw. There are direct trains to Bilaspur, Jhansi, Calcutta , Bhubaneswar , Delhi and Chennai. Most of these trains also stop at the Sambalpur Road railway station, which is a little closer to the centre.
The bus stand is situated at the centre of the town and there are three buses daily for Puri . A better option is to catch the morning bus for Cuttack and another form there to Puri.
WHERE TO STAY
OTDC maintains tourist offices at the railway station.
OTDC's Panthanivas Tourist Bungalow
Indhrapuri Guest House
FOR MORE TRAVEL INFORMATION
Tourist Office, Sambalpur,
Tourist Counter, Sambalpur railway station,
Tourist Counter, Jharsuguda Railway Station,
Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary: 48-km