An education center of the district, Burla houses the Sambalpur University and has a number of engineering colleges and a medical college. Nearby attractions are the Hirakud Dam, Gandhi Minar and Nehru Minar.
Bhubaneswar is around 265 km south-east. Nearest airport is Raipur Airport (250 km). Nearest railhead is Hirakud Railway Station (5 km).
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