To boost tourism Odisha plans for Hirakud Mahotsav along Mahanadi River Bank

In a bid to boost tourism along the western region of Odisha, the state government has planned for a festival along the lines of Konark Dance Festival and Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav at Hirakud Dam Reservoir here in February next year, an official said.

The tourism department of the Odisha government will organise Hirakud Mahotsav along the Hirakud Reservoir on the banks of the Mahanadi River which is one of the longest rivers in the state.

The decision of organising festival has already been undertaken said the official.

“We also received a letter in this regard recently. Though the 3-day-long festival has been planned to be organised near the Hirakud Reservoir, the exact venue for the festival is yet to be finalized,” mentioned the official to a leading news channel.

Sources said that the Hirakud Reservoir is one of the beautiful places in the state and the state government has planned to organise a festival along the river. The main objective of the festival is to promote the art and culture of Western Odisha and also attract tourists from all parts of the country.

The festival will bring together classical, folk, martial and contemporary genres of arts on one platform. Eminent artists from across the country are invited to take part in Hirakud Mahotsav.

Apart from the triangle, Bhubaneswar-Puri-Konark, Western Odisha has huge tourism potential and the state government is chalking out plans to promote Western Odisha as a tourism destination.

To attract tourists, the government has already begun the water sports activities along the backwaters of Hirakud Reservoir. The government has also mentioned about Eco-Retreat along the reservoir which has received an overwhelming response. Now that the government is planning for Hirakud Mahotsav, it has all possible to attract tourists from across the country.

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