Sambalpur district is known as the gateway to the zone of Orissa. It is known for its rich natural beauty, which is full of flourishing green forests, rich wildlife, towering hills and beautifully cascading waterfalls. The district also boasts of a rich cultural heritage, characterized by its tribal life, folk songs, folk dances and numerous monuments. Apart from its own attractions, Sambhalpur also has a number of tourist places situated nearby. Read on to know more about Sambalpur excursions.
Situated at a distance of nearly 78 km from Sambalpur, Kandhara village
falls under the Rairakhol Sub-Division. It is the birthplace of the
famous poet Bhima Bhoi, who one of the most influential proponents of
Mahima Dharma or Alekha Dharma.
Amidst the captivating Gandhamardan hills, we have the Nrusinghanath
Temple. It is located nearly 165 km from the Sambalpur district. The
enchanting view of the temple is enough to lure tourists from far and
Lying 24 km to the south of Sambalpur, Hatibari is surrounded by dense
forests. Known as the Karma Bhumi of Padmashree Dr Isaac Santra, this
place is renowned for the Leper Home started here by Santra. This home
represents his genuine love for fellow humans.
Cattle Island is situated near Kumarbandh village, which is about 90 km
from Sambalpur. It is basically a hill that got submerged after the
construction of the Hirakud Dam and got converted into a dam. The main
attraction of the island is the fact that it is inhabited only by
cattle. Since they hardly come in contact with people, the cattle have
become wild and are quite bigger in comparison to the normal ones. Most
of them are white in color. Villagers living nearby have tried to
capture them a number of times, but success has always eluded them.