Balasore or Baleswar is a city in the administrative headquarters of Balasore district, about 194 kilometres (121 mi) north of the state capital Bhubaneswar. The city has West Bengal in the north, and the Bay of Bengal to the east.

The Balasore district derives its culture from all the kingdoms and provinces that it was a part of namely the Mughals, The British India, West Bengal and Bihar.

Balasore culture is a blend of traditional festivals, food, and music. The city offers a cosmopolitan and diverse lifestyle with a variety of food, entertainment, available in a form and abundance comparable to that in other cities.

Balasore residents celebrate both Western and Indian festivals. Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, Navratri, Good Friday, Dussera, Muharram, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Rajaa and Maha Shivratri are some of the popular festivals in the city.

The Akhada Arts Festival during Durga puja is a unique culture of Balasore. The getaways from Balasore are as diverse as the culture of the land. You can get lost in the wildnerness of the ecotourisms destinations, or wade in the calmness of the rivers and seas. You can deep dive into faith and spirituality or immerse yourself in rocket science. The land has it all.

With the existence of many industries - large and medium, Balasore is one of the richest cities in Odisha. And therefore, also provides all amenities of a cosmopolitan city.

Places to see

  • Chandipur Beach
  • Panchalingeswar Temple
  • Talasari Beach
  • Emami Jagannath Temple
  • Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bichitrapur Mangrove Reserve
  • Khirachora temple