Mahanadi River- Beautiful Hirakud Dam Reservoir

Hirakud Dam Reservoir

Mahanadi river is one of the largest rivers of India and its 900 km longest. It starts from Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh, near the village of Sihawa and it meets the bay of Bengal at Puri district by dividing into streams Kuakhai, Devi and Surua . But Mahanadi proper enters the sea through several channels near Paradeep at False Point, Jagatsinghpur.

Mahanadi river is known as Lifeline of Eastern India because its main water source is mainly Chhattisgarh and Odisha, as it sustains agriculture, fisheries, and hydroelectric power generation. I felt one time must see this largest river after watching several videos on youtube of Mahanadi tour that are captured at Cuttack and Sambalpur city through good travel youtubers, and after sometime my dream comes true during my train journey on Gandhidham Puri Superfast Express that time I watched this river as from of Hirakud Dam Reservoir or Mahanadi River Reservoir at between Hirakud railway station to Sambalpur Junction railway station route in Indian eastern state Odisha.

Hirakud Dam Reservoir

Hirakud is located in Sambalpur district and here is situated the world's longest dam which is known asHirakud dam and its on Mahanadi river. Dam length is around 25.79 km and behind the dam you can see Hirakud Reservoir which is 55 km long. I captured this view for you during my train journey, and here you can see beautiful hills and a fully green environment on the route and this rail route known as the East Coast Railway route.On this route you can see two railway bridges on Mahanadi, one is P. C. Bridge that comes after Hirakud Railway station and after that Mahanadi Bridge comes before Sambalpur Junction railway station and that is approx 2 km long. 

Mahanadi Bridge Sambalpur Pictures

 Mahanadi Bridge Sambalpur
 Mahanadi Bridge Sambalpur

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What things can you see at Hirakud Dam Reservoir if you come here by road?

This is a beautiful destination near Sambalpur City and main attraction of this city but one question here is how to reach here by road and what are the scenic views you can see? Answer is simple ,  you can reach here  by NH 53 Mumbai- Kolkata Highway and another way is by train but like me. You can see this through a train journey and from Sambalpur Junction railway station you can hire a taxi to reach this place and enjoy the tour. But before visiting there take some virtual tour from my blog that helps you. 

Majestic Scenery

The Hirakud Dam Reservoir stretches over an area of around 746 square kilometers, forming a picturesque water body amidst the surrounding hills and forests. The calm and tranquil atmosphere, along with the breathtaking vistas, make it an ideal destination for nature lovers and photographers. The expansive reservoir offers ample opportunities for boating, sailing, and other water-based activities.

Avian Paradise

The Hirakud Dam Reservoir is a haven for avian enthusiasts. It attracts a diverse range of migratory birds, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. During the winter months, numerous species like bar-headed geese, grey herons, cormorants, and Brahminy ducks flock to the reservoir, creating a mesmerizing sight. Birdwatching enthusiasts can spend hours observing and capturing the beauty of these feathered creatures. 

Breathtaking Sunsets

One of the highlights of visiting the Hirakud Dam Reservoir is witnessing the enchanting sunsets that paint the sky with vibrant hues. As the sun dips below the horizon, the reservoir reflects the golden rays, creating a spectacle of nature's beauty. The serene ambiance, combined with the captivating colors of the sky and water, leaves visitors awestruck and provides a perfect backdrop for photography enthusiasts.

Cultural Significance

Apart from its natural allure, the Hirakud Dam Reservoir holds cultural importance as well. It has become a popular tourist spot, attracting visitors from all over the country. The nearby towns and villages offer glimpses of local traditions, art, and cuisine, providing a holistic experience to those who explore the area. The reservoir has also become a hub for water sports and recreational activities, adding to its cultural significance and promoting tourism in the region.

FAQ Related to Mahanadi River Reservoir

What is the best time to visit Hirakud Reservoir ?

Ans- : As per my experience , October to February are the best months to visit this tourist destination.

What are the travel options available to reach this place?

Ans- :  Bus, train & Flight all options available but I recommend you train because It's connected to all major cities and from here you can hire a paid taxi to reach this place.

What is the Nearest Bus stand & Railway station?

Ans- : Nearest Bus stand is VSS Marg Bus stand Sambalpur and Nearest Railway Stations are Sambalpur Junction and Hirakud Station but I recommend you to first reach Sambalpur Junction  then you will easily get a taxi  or auto from here. 

What are the best trains to see Hirakud Reservoir?

Ans- : All trains which are run during day time between Titlagarh Junction to Sambalpur Junction. 


The Mahanadi River's Hirakud Dam Reservoir is not only a symbol of human achievements in engineering but also a mesmerizing destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Its vast expanse of water, serene surroundings, and diverse flora and fauna make it an ideal place to unwind and connect with nature. Whether you're looking for breathtaking views, birdwatching opportunities, or simply a peaceful retreat, the Hirakud Dam Reservoir promises an unforgettable experience, leaving you with cherished memories for a lifetime. 

So, plan your visit to the Hirakud Dam Reservoir and immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of the Mahanadi River's jewel.

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