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Hirakud Dam

Hirakud Dam is built across the Mahanadi River, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Sambalpur in the state of Odisha in India. It is the longest earthen dam in the world. Behind the dam extends a lake, Hirakud Reservoir, 55 km (34 mi) long. It is one of the first major multipurpose river valley projects started after India’s independence. Hirakud Reservoir was declared a Ramsar site on 12 October 2021. One of the longest earthen dams in the world, Hirakud Dam is a major attraction in Sambalpur. It offers breathtaking views of the vast reservoir and is a perfect spot for picnics.

Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary

The Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary is located in the Bargarh district in the Indian state of Odisha, covering a total area of 346.91 km2. It is situated near the city of Sambalpur’s Hirakud Dam. The Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is an important location for the conservation of various local wildlife and their habitat. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Over 40 species of mammals, 200 species of birds, 40 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians, 42 species of fishes, 39 species of odonates, 85 species of butterflies and 38 species of spiders have been found living in the sanctuary. 

Cattle Island

Located in the middle of the Hirakud reservoir, Cattle Island is a unique destination. It offers a serene ambiance and is ideal for a day trip or camping. There are a few pilgrimage sites such as Samaleswari Temple, Huma Temple, Ghanteshwari Temple etc. showcasing architecture and attracts devotees from far and wide. Sambalpur is a vibrant city known for its unique Sambalpuri textiles.



Mandira Dam

Built over the Sankha River, Mandira Dam is a scenic spot offering picturesque views and a peaceful atmosphere. Boating and picnicking are popular activities here.

Rourkela Steel Plant

Sundergarh is known for its steel industry, and a visit to Rourkela Steel Plant is a must for industrial enthusiasts. The plant offers guided tours to understand the process of steel production. The biggest Hockey stadium in India was built recently at Rourkela. The region is also known for its vibrant culture, tribal heritage, and traditional handicrafts, making it a fascinating destination for travellers.


Bolangir is an ancient town with a rich cultural heritage. It is known for its historical sites like Harishankar Temple, Ranipur-Jharial Archaeological Complex, and Khimji Temple. Nrusinghanath is a sacred place with the famous Nrusinghanath Temple dedicated to Lord Nrusingha (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). The temple is situated atop the Gandhamardan Hill and offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.



Bargarh Known as the cultural capital of Western Odisha, Bargarh is famous for the annual Dhanu Yatra, a 11-day-long open-air theatrical performance portraying the life of Lord Krishna. The town also has historic sites like the Bargarh Fort and many temples. Barpali is renowned for its handloom textiles, particularly the exquisite Sambalpuri sarees and fabrics. Visitors can witness the intricate weaving process and purchase authentic handloom products.



Sonepur is known for its annual Sonepur Cattle Fair, one of the largest cattle markets in Asia. The fair attracts traders and visitors from all over the country. The town is also home to the famous Harihara Temple.

These are just a few of the many tourist places in Western Odisha. The region is rich in cultural heritage, historical sites, natural beauty, and offers a unique experience for travellers seeking to explore the vibrant traditions and history of Odisha.

The famous Jagannath Puri Temple, Daringbadi: Known as the “Kashmir of Odisha”, Chilika Lake, and the sea beaches are all located within a few hours’ train journey from PICS (Pacif Institute of Cosmology and Selfology). Chilika Lake is a scenic brackish water lagoon, the largest in India and second largest in the world. It is known for its biodiversity and serves as a winter migratory destination for a variety of bird species. Boat rides on the lake offer a chance to witness the beautiful scenery and spot migratory birds. The coastal region near PICS is home to several stunning sea beaches. Puri Beach, located near the Jagannath Temple, is a popular tourist spot with its golden sands and vibrant atmosphere. Nearby beaches like Konark Beach and Chandrabhaga Beach are known for their picturesque beauty. Daringbadi, “Kashmir of Odisha” is situated in the Koraput district. It is a hill station surrounded by dense forests, coffee plantations, and picturesque landscapes. Daringbadi offers a pleasant climate throughout the year and is known for its scenic beauty, waterfalls, and trekking trails. These attractions near PICS offer a diverse range of experiences.