Balasore Tourism
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Balasore Tourism

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Balasore Info

  • State: Odisha
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Baleswar
  • Language: Oriya
  • Weather: Summer 27 to 36°C, Winter 18 to 31°C

History of Balasore

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 Programís test range. There is also a rocket-launching site situated in Chandipur, near 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 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.

People and Culture of Balasore

The Bhujakhia Pir located in the middle of the city is a popular tourist attraction. This Pir is the tomb of the Sufi Saint Asthana 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 is huge crowd of devotees that visit this Pir during the occasion of Urs. The Khirachora Gopinatha Temple built by the Great King Langula Narasimha Dev who also constructed the Konark Temple, is situated 7 km from Balasore at Remuna.

Things To Do in Balasore

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

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Sourangshu bhattacharjee

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  • Sourangshu bhattacharjee
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Balasore"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2016
A simple town not very loved by the Government.. Flyovers which had been seen incomplete last year are incomplete this year too.. Swachh mission abhiyan is unheard of in this part of India. The city has purportedly done off with smoking in public places but drinking is staple and the late evening roads are unthinkable without drunkards some of whom often appear as tourist friendly with obvious motives in their minds.

Take a car from your hotel to roam about in the city after sunset. A must go is the Jagannath temple built by the Emami group at Mitrapur a 30 mins drive from the city and Chandipur a rare beach resort again a 30 mins drive from the city which houses the much coveted DRDO with the memories of the Late APJ Abdul Kalam and his dreams.

And of course Kuldiha wildlife range and Panchalingeswar again a less than 1 hour drive from Balasore where the presence of wild elephants can be felt even during the day time.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
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"A Trip to Balasore"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2016
I had been to Balasore by road in the month of June 2016. Balasore is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of modern Odisha. The must-visit attractions around Balasore include the Chandipur Beach and Panchalingeswar. Chandipur is located near Balasore. This beach is famous for its lush greenery, sand dunes and water sports. This majestic location is surrounded by pine and coconut trees. Panchalingeswar is named after the five lingas of Lord Shiva. This place is surrounded by small hills and an added attraction to this beautiful place is the existence of natural springs.
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Debasishsatpathy

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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
Balasore is so beautiful. In Balasore there is a amazing beach named Chandipur and many more thing like Khirochora Gopinath temple and Nilagiri mountain. So please come and visit Balasore. In Balasore the Talaseri Beach which is famous for red crab and the wold top higher siva linga in our Balasore.
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Sudip Maitra

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  • Sudip Maitra
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Roopark Village as a Oasis at sahara desert"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 22, 2016
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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  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  642 readers

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

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 13, 2016
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
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"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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  • 65 Reviews
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"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
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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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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Nice place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 15, 2014
We drove over to Balasore while going to Panchalingeshwara. Itís 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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Naveen  Chauhan

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  • 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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