4 Dams to explore in Odisha
The ancient kingdom of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in 261 BCE resulting in the Kalinga War, coincides with the borders of modern-day Odisha.
the longest earthen dam of the world stands in its lone majesty across the great river Mahanadi, which drains an area of 1,33,090 Sq.Kms., more than twice the area of Shrilanka. The bulk of Hirakud dam contains earth, concrete and masonry materials sufficient to make a road 8 metres wide and pave it from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and Amritsar to Dibrugarh in Assam. From horizon to horizon the resorvoir forms the largest artificial lake in Asia with an area of 746 Sq.Kms.
This is agravity dam situated near Jaypore town in Koraput district. The dam impounds Kolab river which is a tributary of Godavari river. The majestic Kolab Reservoir generating Hydro Electric Power is situated here. There is also a beautiful garden and a small park surrounds the dam.
Mandira Dam is located near Kansbahal in Sundergarh district. Construction of the dam began after 1957. The dam displaced 2400 families and only 843 were resettled. The reservoir offers boating facilities for tourists and the nearest railway station is located in Kansbahal on the Howrah-Mumbai main line of South Eastern Railway. Rourkela is the closest junction station.