The ruins of a medieval fort with its moat and gate and the earthen mound of the nine-storeyed palace lies on the bank of the river Mahanadi as the silent witness of the vicissitudes of Odisha history. It is a mute testimony to the glorious days of the past. Built in around the 11th Century, it could not with stand the time and later a nine storeyed palace was built in the 14th Century, it was looted by the Mughals and other Islamic rulers. The Fort has a huge moat surrounding it, which used to be full of crocodiles and water in it’s hey days. Today the interiors of the forts have been transformed into a stadium, but still it retains its old charm.
Another item of interest for the visitors to Barabati is the Stadium adjacent to the fort. The Stadium with its impressive structure covers an area of twenty five acres and affords sitting capacity for more than thirty thousand persons. Its construction work started in the year 1954. Since then its delightful soft green turf hums almost daily, with programs of sport events and cultural functions. The sprawling modern cricket stadium near Barabati Fort. The stadium holds many Tests and One-Day International cricket matches nowadays.