Sirpur, located at a distance of about 80 kms from Raipur, is the site of many archealogical excavations dating between 6th - 10th century AD. The river Mahanadhi flows through Sirpur and provides an awesome view.
There is a Laxman temple, a few Buddha Viharas, a Ram temple and a few Shiva temples that have been excavated. In addition, there are interesting contemporary temples as well.
The excavation site is also the venue of an annual music and dance festival organized by the tourism department of Chattisgarh, which features classical artistes as well as folk performers from around the country.
Near Sirpur, there is also the Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary, providing a dense forest cover for various kinds of flora and fauna.