: By road and rail
Connected by good
motorable roads (5kms from N.H.5) regular bus services are vailable from
and other important places
Places around Balasore
Chandipur (16 km) -
has a long coastline of over 480 km.on the Bay of Bengal interspersed by
a couple of lovely beaches. Added to their seductive beauty is a vast
hinter land of antiquities and holy shrines. Backed up by musical sway
of casuarina trees and creepered sand dunes, Chandipur is one such
beach, but with a unique distinction on its own. Unlike other beaches,
the sea water here recedes away from the shore line about five km twice
a day, an unusual phenomenon, rarely found anywhere. ?You can see the
sea literally vanishing before your eyes and also watch it coming back
rhythmically at regular intervals, as if playing hide and seek.
Elsewhere, the waves
come and go dashing on the shore like madcap but here they are like a
musical fountain, soothing to the eyes and ears. Elsewhere, the waters
wait for the visitors but here the visitors have to wait for the waters.
Elsewhere, the waves go wild and the visitors calm but here the ecstasy
of visitors will go wild while the waves remain calm.
This marvel of Nature
gives the bathers an unexpected pleasure of fearlessly walking into the
sea and happily playing with the waves. When the waters disappear, you
can even take jeep ride on, the widest beach. The beauty of the exposed
bosom of the beach is further enhanced by the small red crabs. If a
beach comber, you will be delighted with its abundant wealth of sea
shells and drift wood. To enjoy Chandipur in all its entirety, a
minimum stay of twenty-four hours is recommended.
Hardly 2 km away is
Balaramgadi where the river Budhabalang meets the sea. A trip through
the mouth of the meandering river on a fisherman's boat is a pleasant
experience. Watching them cast their nets and pull their catch of fish
Chandipur is well connected by an excellent all-Weather road. 16 km from
Balasore on N.H. 5, 230 km from Bhubaneswar and 314 km from Kolkata.
Regular bus services are available. Taxis and Auto rickshaws are also
available from Balasore.
Nearest railhead is Balasore (16 km) on the S.E. Railway served by a
number of fast trains from Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai, Puri, Tirupati,
Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar (230 km) and Kolkata (314 km).
(30 km) - Situated on a hillock near Nilagiri,
Panchalingeswar is a place with
beautiful surroundings and serves as a picnic spot for the visitors. The
five lingams known as Panchalingeswar with the perennial spring flowing
over them are the added attraction of this place. The Panthasala at
Panchalingeswar (Tel (06782) 273005 whose reservation authority is
Tourist Officer, Balasore, provides accommodation for the visitors.
km) - The holy shrine of Lord
Chandaneswar is a religious centre for
the people of not only the district of Balasore but also of places
adjacent. It is a unique sight to see the devotees flock together in
hundreds everyday and in thousands on festive occasions like Nilaparva
(April) for darshana.
About 4 km from Chandaneswar and 4 km from Digha in West Bengal is the
tranquil beach at Talasari, surrounded by casuarina groves. A jeep drive
on the beach to negotiate both the places is a pleasant and memorable
km ) - 2 km from Chandipur,
Balaramagadi where the river
Budhabalanga meets the sea, is a nice picnic spot and ideal for fishing
and cruising. The fishing boats also provide an interesting sight.
Chandbali has been a famous river port
since medieval time. The tourists can enjoy a boat journey to Aradi and
Dhamra by river route from Chandbali.
Aradi (110 km) -
A beauty spot on the bank of the river
Vaitarani known as the 'sacred Ganges of Orissa',
Aradi is famous for the saiva shrine of
Lord Akhandalamani. Hundreds of pilgrims visit the place daily not only
for a Darshan of the Lord but also to seek relief from physical ailment
they suffer from. It is 52 km from Bhadrak and 110 km from Balasore. One
can also negotiate the place by boat from Chandbali through the river.
Dhamra (160 km)
- On the confluence of the rivers Vaitarani
and Brahmani where they meet the sea,
Dhamra naturally has a special appeal
for the tourists. It is 40 km from Chandbali, approachable by boat and
motor launch and 160 km from Balasore.
Raibania (75 km)
- Raibania, a place of historic importance
finds its mention in the book "Ain-i-Akbari". It is known for its group
of forts now in ruins. The Jayachandiban or the lovely forest of
Jayachandi is now used as an ideal picnic spot.