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Western Orissa
Tourism has been recognised as an industry in Orissa and a sizeable revenue is earned for the State from domestic as well as foreign tourists. The idea of tourism was first mooted by the Government during the 3rd Five Year Plan. It was revamped during the 5th Five Year Plan. The creation of Department of Tourism, Govt. of Orissa dates back to 1973. There have been modifications from time to time as regards the sphere of function of the Department. The Department of Tourism and Culture has been functioning in the present shape since 1995. The Orissa Tourism Development Corporation was created in March 1979 and it was incorporated under Companies Act in September 1979.

Form both the sides, Government as well as Corporation, thrust was given on the modernisation of the sight seeing spots of Orissa. The spots are generally Konark, Puri, Nandankanan, Chandipur and other tourist spots having a close proximity with the capital city. At the initial stage, with a meagre budget, the Department could not cope with the pressing demands of tourists. Later, the Government decided to streamline and spread its activities not only to coastal districts but also to Western Orissa where tourist spots are also attractive.

Places of natural beauty are in abundance in Western Orissa. The natural stream and forest resources at Harisankar in Bolangir moves the heart of the tourists. Equally Nrusinghanath presents a panoramic view. The deity of Nrusinghanath sitting in the shape of a half-human and half-lion form tearing apart Hiranyakasipu against the backdrop of a stream is a scene to witness. Of course, now a days, both the Department and Corporation have swung into action to create infrastructural facilities for the tourists. Apart from those two natural spots, Kalahandi district is endowed with the wealth of forests with rare species of black tigers, a natural water fall at Rabandar and a host of temples situated at the peak of mountain hills at Bhawanipatna. These are also places of tourists importance. The Patala Ganga spot at Nawapara District is also a place of attraction for tourists. Ushakothi, Hirakud and Budrama in Sambalpur district attract the attention of tourists. Similarly, the Khandadhar Waterfall in Sundargarh district is also a tourist spot. The Mahanadi and the Tel river in Suvarnapur district present beautiful natural scenes and the confluence of the two rivers present a memorable sight.

The following tourist spots are there in the western parts of Orissa :
Districts Tourist Spots
Bolangir Bolangir, Harishankar, Patnagarh, Ranipur, Jharial, Jogisarada, Turkela and Saintala
Bargarh Bargarh and Nursinghanath
Deogarh Pradhanpat (on the outskrit of Deogarh Town)
Jharsuguda Jharsuguda, Viramkhol, Brajarajnagar
Kalahandi Bhawanipatna, Ampani, Phurli - jharan, Karlapat, Asurgarh, Belkhandi, Gudahandi, Junagarh and Thuamul Rampur
Nuapada Nuapada, Budhikomna, Yogimatha, and Patalganga
Sambalpur Sambalpur, Hirakud, Huma, Chiplima, Ushakothi & Gudguda
Sonepur Sonepur, Charada of Binka (Papaks- haya ghat)
Sundargarh Sundargarh, Rourkela, Junagarh, Vedavyas, Uhsakothi, Mandira, Khandadhara, Deodaraha, Ghogar, Darjeeng, Miriglotah and Chhatri Hill
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