Historical And Scenic


135 m

STD Code


Best Season

October – February


Sambalpur/ 768001


Odia, & English


Sambalpur Travel Guide

Sambalpur is the fifth-largest city in the Odisha district of Tamilnadu. Banks of river Mahanadi surround the town, and this is one of the ancient places of India. The world-famous Sambalpuri saree had its origin here. The city houses many famous temples, historic buildings and parks. This place acts as an educational interface for many people. The town developed much after the Indian independence. Even the name of the city Samabalaka has taken place in the second century roman text.

In 1800, when the Maratha conquered, Sambalpur came under the Bhonsle of Nagpur. Sir Walter Gilbert made a few paintings during his stay here between 1825 to 1827. It is currently in the British Library and Victoria and Albert Museum. Roadways and railways are the main modes of transport while Airways stands as the secondary mode. Trade and business are the main occupations of the people living here. The people follow the traditional lifestyle and culture here. Below listed are the few famous places of tourist interest in Sambalpur.

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best tourists places in Sambalpur

  • Hirakud Dam
  • Ghanteswari Temple
  • Gudguda Waterfall
  • Huma
  • Samaleswari Temple

Hirakud Dam

Dedicated to God Siva & Goddess Gouri, this Kedareswar temple is situated in the same location next to Mukteswar Temple. The myth goes that the king Lalatendu Kesari, after the tragic episode related to 2 lovers Kedar & Gouri, had designed this Kedareswar temple in their mind.

Ghanteswari Temple

This is a Zoo of Sambalpur, Odisha which is situated at a distance of 20 kilometers from Bhubaneswar. This place is famous for its botanical garden, natural lake, and zoo. The newly released Natural lion safari is the largest of its kind in India. The best attraction of the place is the white tigers that are present here which makes this place unique all across the world.

Gudguda Waterfall

According to the engraving originally attached with the temple, this temple was constructed to enshrine the linga known as Brahmesvara by Kolavati, who is the mother of Somvanshi king Uddyotakesari, in latter's 18th regnal year at the locality recognized as Siddhatirtha at Ekamra. So, this temple offers a datum-line in the chronology of the Orissan architecture.


These twin hills are located in Bhubaneswar. The place has 117 caves. and, the Rani Gumpha is the largest cave in the Khandagiri & Udayagiri hills. Another cave recognized as the Hathigumpha is also there where rock is engraved with Hathigumpha legend by King Kharavela. The caves also have Barabhuja temple & Jain temple.

Samaleswari Temple

This temple is the best example of Orissan architecture. In the elegance of its proportions & richness of the surface treatment, this is one of the most refined and finished manifestations of temple architecture.