Welcome to Balasore, a place of scenic beauty and a major tourist attraction because of its Mountain Ranges (Nilgiri Hills) on one side to the beautiful sandy sea beach of Chandipur on the other side. Balasore is also noted for the river Buhdabalanga and 3,824 feet high mountain Mahagiri. Apart from the scenic beauty, Balasore is also famous for its historical monuments, and various temples in the area. Ayodhya, Balaramgadi (Fishing Resort and intersection point of river Buhdabalanga into the Bay of Bengal), Bardhanpur, Bhusandeswar (Bhusandeswar Temple of Lord Shiva), Chandaneswar (Temple of Lord Chandaneswar), Chandipur (Sea side resort), Inchudi (Salt Revolution or Lavana Satyagrah during freedom movement), Kasaphal, Khantapara (Danda Kali Temple), Langaleswar, Laxmannath, Panchalingeswar (Holy Lingam of Lord Shiva, known as Panchalingaswar with a perennial spring flowing over them), Raibania (Ruins of Raibania forts), Remuna (khirachora Gopinath Temple), Sajanagarh (Bhudhar Chandi Temple), Srijang (Srijang Satyagrah Freedom Movement for non-payment of Revenue Tax), Talasari, Tripisagadia and Kupari are some of the places of tourist interest of Balasore.
The historical Baneswar Temple, from which the name Balasore has been derived.
Balasore is also famous for the “Akhada” played during Durga Puja by Hindus and during Moharrum by Muslims. Culturally Balasore has also its major contribution towards the Odiya language and literature with the famous writers and poets like Raja Baikuntha Nath Dev, Vysa Kabi Fakir Mohan and Rai Bahadur Radha Chran Das.
Fakir Mohan Circle, the City Centre of Balasore
All major festivals like Makara Sankranti, Raja Sankranti,Ganga Mela, Durga Puja,Kali Puja,Ganesh Chaturthi, Saraswati Puja, Laxmi Puja, Bishwakarma Puja, Chandan festival, Car festival (Ratha Jatra), Maha Shivaratri, Dola Purnima, Idd, Moharrum ,Christmas Day etc.are performed with pump and ceremony by the people of Balasore.
Map of Balasore
Balasore is located about 194 kilometres north of the state capital Bhubaneswar, in eastern India. Balasore Town is also the administrative headquarters of Balasore district. The nearest Airport from Balasore is Bhubneswar and Kolkata, with a ride of approximately 3 and half hours, by train and approximately 4 to 5-hour in bus. Apart from road Balasore can also be visited by train, Balasore railway station is an important station on the Howrah-Chennai main line of the South Eastern Railway. The distance to Kolkata by train from Balasore is approximately 232 km, while the distance to Bhubaneswar by train is about 208 km. A branch line to Baripada starts from Rupsa, near Balasore. All major trains run by the Indian Railways have their stoppages in Balasore.