The Hirakud Dam is a tourist destination that inspires awe in many. Built across the majestic Mahanadi River, the dam is a sight to behold. Located at a short distance of 15 km from Sambalpur, a day trip accommodates visiting the dam. Built-in circa 1957, the dam has remained a treasured spot through history as it has the distinction of being the longest dam built by man in the world. Spanning 26 km, the dam seems almost endless. The artificial lake created through the construction of the dam creates a serene picture that soothes city-weary eyes. The observation towers, Gandhi Minar and Nehru Minar on either side of the lake provide panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding lush landscape. The agricultural farms, the livestock, and fishermen bring a calm unhurried pace to the area.