The erstwhile capital of the Sarbhapuriya and Somavanshi Kings of Dakshin Kosala or Chhattisgarh, it was an important Buddhist centre from 6th to 10th century. Hieun Tsang, the famous Chinese scholar visited Sirpur in the 7th century. Excavations in and around the town have yielded scores of temple sites with extremely good Buddhist, Hindu and Jain Sculptures. Places of interest in Sirpur include Anand Prem kutir Vihar, Chandi Temple, Gandheshwara Temple, Lakshmana (Laxman) Temple, Radha Krishna Temple, Ram Temple, Swastik Vihar Monastery, etc. About 24 km from here is Turturiya town famous for its Archaeological and Anthropological interest.