By Air : The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar (214 kms.) and Kolkatta (234 kms.)
By Rail : Balasore is a rail head.
By Road : Connected by good motorable roads(N.H-5); regularly bus services operate from Bhubaneswar, Kolkatta and other important places.
Internal Transport : Taxies, Auto Rickshaws, Town Buses and Cycle Rickshaws.
Tel: (06782) 262048
Handicrafts of the Region :
Lacquered toys of Balasore, brass works of Remuna and stone carvings of Nilagiri are the local handicrafts.
Fairs and Festivals of the region :
Durga Puja and Shiva Ratri are the main festivals.
Places around Balasore :
Chandipur (16 km)* :
The sea beach at Chandipur is surely one among the finest beaches of the country, but with a plus. Here the waters recede five kilometres offshore and proceed rhythmically after a regular interval everyday. The sand-dunes green with wild creepers and the casuarina whistling with the breeze create a fantastic moment for a visitor absorbed in observing the play of the tide. It is well connected by regular bus service from Balasore.
Panchalingeswar (30 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 experience.
Balaramagadi (2 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 (120 km)* :
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.