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Places to visit in Sonbhadra District

Salakhan Fosils Park

Salkhan Fossils Park, officially known as Sonbhadra Fossils Park, is a fossil park in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is located 12 km from Robertsganj, near Salkhan village on state highway SH5A in Sonbhadra district. The fossils in the park are estimated to be nearly 1400 million years old.The fossils found in the Sonbhadra Fossils Park are algae and stromatolites types of fossils. The park is spread over an area of about 25 hectares in Kaimur Range, adjacent to Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary. It comes under jurisdiction of the State forest department.Geologists have been aware of the fossils found in the present-day park area since the 1930s. People who have carried out research in the area include Mr. Auden (1933), Mr. Mathur (1958 and 1965), and Professor S. Kumar (1980–81). On 23 August 2001. Subsequently, it was formally inaugurated as a fossil park by District Magistrate Bhagawan Shankar on 8 August 2002.An international workshop was organised in December 2002, attracting participation from 42 delegates from India and abroad. Canadian geologist H.J. Hoffman was impressed by the fossils, and remarked that he had not seen such beautiful and clear fossils anywhere else in the world.

Mukhafall

Mukhafall waterfall is situated 40 km west of district head quarter on the bank of river Belan in Ghorawal tehsil. Here the water of river belan is falling from a height of about 100 ft. The scenic beauty of the waterfall and its rich natural surrounding compels the tourists to visit the place again and again. A huge number of beautiful rock painting add to the beauty and specialty of the place.

Jwalamukhi Shaktipeeth

Situated at Shaktinagar, this temple is 113 km from district headquarter. The temple adjoins Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Bihar. Its importance and religious value is considered on par with Vindhyadham and Maihardham. It is believed that the tongue of Maa Sati Bhavani had fallen over here which is why the peeth is named Jwalamukhi coming under the category of Sidhpeeth. This is one of the highest seats of reverence,devotion and sadhana. There is a huge festival organized every Navaratra attracting enormous crowd.

Rihand Dam

Rihand Dam, also known as Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar, is a concrete gravity dam located at Pipri in Sonbhadra District in Uttar Pradesh, Its reservoir area is on the border of Madhya pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It is on the Rihand River which is the tributary of the Son River. The catchment area of this dam is spread in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh whereas it supplies irrigation water in Bihar located in the downstream of the river. Rihand dam is a concrete gravity dam with a length of 934.21 m. The maximum height of the dam is 91.44 m and was constructed during period 1954-62. The dam comprises 61 independent blocks and ground joints. The powerhouse is situated at the toe of the dam, with installed capacity of 300 MW (6 units of 50 MW each). The Intake Structure is situated between blocks no. 28 to 33. The Dam is in distress condition. It is proposed to carry out the rehabilitation works in the dam and the powerhouse. The F.R.L. of the dam is 268.22 m and it impounds 8.6 Million Acre ft of water. It is one of the biggest reservoir by its gross storage capacity in India but sufficient water is not flowing in to the reservoir. The construction of the dam resulted in forced relocation of nearly 100,000 people Many super thermal power stations are located in the catchment area of the dam. These are Singrauli, Vindyachal, Rihand, Anpara & Sasan super thermal power stations and Renukoot thermal station. The high alkalinity run off water from the ash dumps (some are located in the reservoir area) of these coal-fired power stations ultimately collects in this reservoir enhancing its water alkalinity and pH. Using high alkalinity water for irrigation converts the agriculture fields in to fallow Alkali soils.

Source : 

  1. https://sonbhadra.nic.in/tourist-places/
  2. https://sonbhadra.nic.in/places-of-interest/


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