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Lakes and Reservoirs of Odisha

Hirakud Dam

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Hirakud Dam is located in Odisha, India, across the Mahanadi River from Sambalpur. It is one of the world's longest dam. Hirakud Reservoir, it is a stretch of 55 Kms of water body behind the dam. It was one of the first multi-purpose river valley project started in the era of post-independence India. One can drive 22 kms along the dyke which provides an opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of nature. From the top of Gandhi Minar which is a rotating minaret from where visitors can see the massive Hirakud Dam and the vast expanse of water below.

Transport facilities-

Nearest Airport - Raipur - 265 kms

Bhubaneswar - 300 kms

Nearest Railway Station - Sambalpur - 273 kms

Ansupa Lake

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The Ansupa Lake in Odisha is the state's largest freshwater lake. The lake's name comes from the shape it has, which resembles a horse shoe (Ansupa). The lake's numerous hues come to life during the rainy season and the influx of migratory birds throughout the winter months adds beauty to the lake's brightness. The lake's boating facility is an additional activity. Saranda hill, where the historic fort ruins can be seen, provides a panoramic view of the lake and contributes to the appeal of the region. There is a common belief that the King of Saranda chose to construct a fort on a nearby hilltop to ensure his own safety and security.

Transport facilities-

Nearest Airport - Bhubaneswar - 58 kms

Nearest Railway Station - Cuttack - 47 kms.

Jhumka Dam

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Locals and tourists alike flock to Jhumka Dam for a day trip in December and January when the weather is pleasant. It's a beautiful place surrounded by nature and water body. A tranquil setting for a quiet sit by the water. From the dam, you can see the Chandaka wildlife sanctuary. Occasionally, you may spot deer and other wild animals drinking water from the banks of river.

Transport facilities-

Nearest Airport & Railway Station - Bhubaneswar - 20 kms

Chilika Lake

Chilika's natural splendor has a list of long drawn tourists. Millions of migrating birds from all over the world, including Siberia and Russia swarm to Chilika Lake every year as winter approaches making it the largest bird-wintering ground on the Indian subcontinent. Additionally, it is home to the world's largest inland population of the Irrawaddy Dolphin. Chilika is a biodiversity hotspot and a RAMSAR site, both of which have been classified as Wetland of International Importance. It is the world's largest breeding ground for flamingos. White-bellied sea eagles, greylag geese, purple moorhens, and flamingos are among the most common colorful bird species to be seen.

Transport facilities-

Nearest airport - Bhubaneswar - 110 kms

Satpada - 130 kms

Rambha - 105 kms

Nearest Railway Station for Barkul - 5 kms from Chilka at Balugaon.

Tampara Lake

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This lake is one of the Odisha’s largest freshwater lakes. Odisha is endowed with an abundance of ecological diversity, as evidenced by this picturesque lake. Tampara's uniqueness is enhanced by the fact that it is largely secluded. Enjoy a relaxing boat trip on Tampara Lake once during your stay. The lake's peace and quietness are ideal for spending quality time with your loved ones. Tampara is an excellent place for water activities and strolling through cashew plantations that line the shore is also an option. To satisfy the craving for speed, water scooters can be rented.

Transport facilities:

Nearest Airport - Bhubaneswar - 71 kms.

Nearest Railway Station - Chatrapur - 149 kms.


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