Phulabani (also known as Phulbani) is a town and a municipality in Kandhamal district in the Indian state of Orissa
. It is the administrative headquarters of Kandhamal district.
Phulabani has an average elevation of 485 metres (1591 feet). It is located 211 km from Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa. Nearest railway station is Berhampur 165 km from here. The region around Phulbani has a variety of flora and fauna. It is a place surrounded by hills and has a lot of small and big waterfalls around it. Phulbani is surrounded by river Salunki.
Phulbani once associated with its virgin forests and peaceful tribal people. Major landmarks in Phulbani are Lord Jagannath Temple
,Madikunda Chaka,Govt. College, FCI, Stadium,Govt. Hospital (Medical), Collecterate office and Gopabandhu field (Coronation ground) for hosting annual events. Phulbani also has a Barrack for Orissa Reserve Police near River Salunki.
Phulbani also has a Farm for research activities of Orissa Horticulture and Research on silk moths. The farm host a varied collection of Guava Plants found rarely elsewhere. It is famous for the production of good quality turmeric.
River Pila Salunki is heart of this regions agriculture, but due to lack of water this region has never been a success with agriculture. Mostly the economy is centered around wild plants and herbs.
Salunki river has been associated with lot of ghost stories, in tribal folks as it killed a lot of people and cattle in floods in the past. In the last major flood was in 1981. The dam a pilasalunki has been successful in arresting sudden gauss of rain water in rainy season. The dam at pilasalunki is also a great place for picnics.