Sambalpur is the largest and oldest cities in Odisha. It is situated on the banks of Mahanadi River.
Sambalpur is famous for its historic temples, buildings and parks. There are various famous and premier educational institutes in Sambalpur like Sambalpur University, Odisha State Open University, Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur. Sambalpur is famous for Hirakud Dam, Sambalpuri Saree, Sambalpuri songs, Sambalpuri Dance, the Sitalsasthi Carnival, and Gandhi temple.
There are lot of cultural activities which happen exclusively in sambalpur like Sambalpur lok mahotsav, Sitalsasthi Carnival, Naukhai, Bhai-Juntia, Puo-Juntia. And due to Sambalpur's heritage importance it also attracts tourists all over the place to view Hirankund Dam, Mahanadi River, the leaning temple of huma, samaleswari temple, ghanteswari temple, debrigarh wildlife sanctuary, and Cattle Island.
Sambalpur is basically dependent on trade for its economy. Forest products are playing an important role in terms of contribution to revenue and domestic products. There are many bidi manufacturing units functioning in Sambalpur.
There are plenty of good settlements in Sambalpur like durgapali, bohidar colony, malipali, shiv nagar, kalyan nagar, modipada, mdalipada, poddar colony, khetrajpur, danipali, bareipali, gole bazar, dalaipara, hans nagar, forest colony, kunjelpada, sakhipara, nirankari colony, driver colony, gopal bihar.