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.
Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary : This 130 sq. km forest
has wild elephants, leopards, bisons, black panthers and many more species of animals and
birds. There are watch-towers for visitors for viewing the animals. The sanctuary is 48 km
east of Sambalpur on N. H. No. 6.
Humas Leaning Temple is 32 km from Sambalpur. It is a Shiva
temple on the bank of Mahanadi.
Nrusimhanath : 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 ( Tel. No . 72436) for accommodation.
Pradhanpat : The Pradhanpat hill with its pictursque
waterfall offer a rare scenic beauty. These falls are close to Deogarh, a district
headquarters town- 96 km from Sambalpur.
How to get there : Sambalpur has direct train links
and bus services.
Where to Stay : OTDCs Panthanivas, Tel : 21482.
Tariff : Rs. 200 to Rs. 500/- for AC and Non-AC double-bed rooms. Other Hotels (Telephone
numbers in brackets ): Ashoka Hotel (21010), Chandramani Lodge (21440), Hotel Apsara
(21366), Hotel Li-N-Ja (21301, 22860), Hotel Nataraj (20456), Hotel Sujata (21403, 22112),
Hotel Tribeni (20354, 22297), Hotel Upahar (21558, 21308), Hotel Upahar Palace (22519) and
New Bombay Lodge (20422, 20988).
Assistance : Tourist Office, Sambalpur, Tel : 20318,
Gram : ORISSATOUR; Tourist Counter, Sambalpur Railway Station, Tel : 21661; Tourist
Counter, Jharsuguda Railway Station, Tel : 62630.