Balasore Tourism

Balasore Tourism

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Balasore Info

  • State: Orissa
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Baleswar
Balasore is a coastal city located in the state of Orissa, in the south-eastern region of India. It is the administrative headquarters of the Balasore District and is known for the Chandipur Beach. It is situated 194 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar. The city covers an area of 3076 km square km. It is surrounded by West Bengal in the north and the Bay of Bengal in the east.

The city is known as the ‘city of sand’ for comprising a large coastal area and an inner alluvial belt. Forests and mines also cover its large area. The Budhabalanga River and the Mahagiri Mountain in Balasore are its main attractions. The city is also the centre of the Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Program’s test range. There is also a rocket-launching site situated in Chandipur, near the Bay of Bengal.

The district of Balasore contains crisscrossed patterns of perennial and estuarine rivers due to close proximity with the sea. Two important rivers here include the Budhabalanga and Subarnarekha that flow from west to east to finally meet in the Bay of Bengal.

Balasore was originally a part of ancient Kalinga from where it later became the territory of Toshala or Utkal. It was possessed by the Mughals in 1568 and remained under their rule till the middle of the 18th century.

Balasore was under the Danish rule in 1763 during which it was governed by Tranquebar. The Danish gave away Balasore to the British in 1845 after which it became a part of British India. The city enjoys a strategic position since the beginning of the 20th century. There is an English settlement at Balasore that was formed in 1642, and has been an early trading port for British, French and Dutch ships.

The Bhujakhia Pir located in the middle of the city is a popular tourist attraction. This Pir is the tomb of the Sufi Saint Aasthana Sharif Hazrat. Along with this, there is also a shrine of Baba Bhujakhira Pir which is present here as a symbol of harmony and peace between Hindus and Muslims.

There are huge crowd of devotees that visit this Pir during the occasion of Urs. The Kshirachora Gopinatha Temple built by the Great King Langula Narasimha Dev who also constructed the Konark Temple, is situated 7 km from Balasore at Remuna.

Some other popular temples of the region include the Biranchinarayan Temple, Palia, ‘AstaDurga’ and ‘Bhudhar Chandi’. Chandipur-on-sea is among the most popular sea resorts known for mile long shallow beaches.  Panchalingeshwar is a famous scenic spot on a mountain located at a distance of 30 km south-west of the city.

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Balasore Traveller Reviews

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Sudip Maitra

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  • Sudip Maitra
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  337 readers

"Roopark Village as a Oasis at sahara desert"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I feel it's like Sahara Desert with crud and dirts in small township but just out of that when we went out of the city and get into green terrains of balasore district its mind touching. And specially when we reached Roopark Village it seemed that a paradise evolved out of nowhere out of that desert.
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Aparajita Ark

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  • Aparajita Ark
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  243 readers

"A most well-connected city to find the diversity"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Orissa itself Nature's own versatile as lagoons to oceanic pamper, trumpet to whistle, mythological values, virgin land and serene beauty, wiping shore with casuarina which we experienced during our Balasore visit. ROOPARK VILLAGE is one of the best part of it.
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Biplob Choudhury

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  • Biplob Choudhury
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  260 readers

"A nice place to and enjoy weekend"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2016
A city known for DRDO and famous as sand city of Orissa. The city has many old temple named as Khirachuda temple and Panchalingeshwar temple atop a minor hill of place around 17 kms from Balasore town. It has beach named as Chandipur beach, people can go in and enjoy.
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Pratik Jena

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  • Pratik Jena
  • Lives in Cuttack
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  • 63 Reviews
  •  423 helpful votes
  •  97210 readers

"Good place for family time"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2016
It is a place just before Balasore. This is a nice spot for having family picnic. It is situated on mountain top. One has to climb about 250 steps to reach the temple. Overall a pleasant experience. One can also stay here as there are many accommodation facilities.
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Padmini Rout

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  • Padmini Rout
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 38 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Nice and best place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2015
It is the best place in Orissa, in this area lord Shiva is here, for this Balasore is highly famous and gives me touch of lord Shiva that I very much thankful to god. Finally I shopped many more things in local area in Balasore. I had many more eateries and nice things, overall I enjoyed the Balasore city and enjoy.
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Priyanka Das

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  • Priyanka Das
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 13 Reviews
  •  109 helpful votes
  •  19015 readers

"Nice place; great visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 15, 2014
We drove over to Balasore while going to Panchalingeshwara. It’s a nice place with nice scenic beauty. It has all the facilities required for tourist starting from good hotels, restaurants, bus-stop, railway station, car rental service nearby. It is a central point from where you can reach Puri, Chandipur, Panchalingeswara, Kuldiha.
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  • 5 votes

Naveen  Chauhan

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  • Naveen Chauhan
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Mountains and clouds"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2014
We came for a scheduled package from Roopark Village, The village itself a destination surrounded by Slapsy mountains, forest and falls.
The monsoon clouds make romantic and our group became madly to cheer the monsoon mists.
The pure essence of earth and wild floras more refreshing madly played in the rain.
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Madanmohan Bose

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  • Madanmohan Bose
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  6513 readers


  • Posted Mar 12, 2013
Panchalingeswar at balasore oridsha is a nice place.Lone, far from madding crowd.Panchalingeswar means the five holy Shiva lingams at the foot hills of a Jhora. You have to feel by touch them. The hotel we stayed is almost like staying at home.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food available in the hotel. nice quality.very homely. Panchalingeswar is the best attraction. The forest, the devikund are nice places. shopping nothing.

Activities & things to do: Move arround,trek to the forest.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nothing special.from howrah to balasore by aware of bears, snakes, elephants.
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Madan mohan Bose

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  • Madan mohan Bose
  • Group tripper
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
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  • Posted Mar 4, 2013
A spot with all you require i.e. panchalingewar himself, forest, hills.It is a nothing doing spot.Just stay in peace and wander about any where.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sakunta Nivas has its own kitchen and the Panthasala has one.No nearby shopping place.

Activities & things to do: wander about in the forest with guide have trek.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: warnings: be aware of bear, elephant and snakes. Reaching from howrah stn to balasore best trains are Bhubaneswar Jan Satabdi and Dhouli. there are other trains also.
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Joydeb  Pramanick

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  • Joydeb Pramanick
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews
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"Panchalingaswar tour."

  • Posted Feb 12, 2013
Catch train from Howrah Station and reached at Balasore Station. Then take Private car to reach at Panchalingeswar nearly 25 Km from Balasore. There are a few hotel to stay there. But we fortunate to stay at Panthasala (Hotel run by Odissa Govt.)

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: A good quality food is arranged by hotel and a small restaurant (local) had supply goods quality of food as we liked or ordered.

Activities & things to do: It was our good experienced that we danced with local tribe communities (Soutal) with their drums at Night under the open sky.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Catch train from Howrah Station and reached at Balasore Station. Then take Private car to reach at Panchalingeswar nearly 25 Km from Balasore.
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