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Balasore, is the economic and cultural hub of Northern Odisha. During the British regime, Balasore came under the purview of the Bengal Presidency. It came back to being an integral part of Odisha formally when the state was created on 1st April 1936.



The history of Balasore mirrors that of Odisha. The region fell into turbulent times from 1568 with the death of the last King of Odisha Mukunda Deva. Thereafter the region was annexed by the Mughals, the Marathas and finally the British. The interesting about Balasore is that the region witnessed the first settlement of Britishers as early as 1634, followed by the Dutch and the Danes. The remnants of its European past can still be found in the city.

The getaways from Balasore are as diverse as the culture of the land. You can get lost in the wilderness of the ecotourism’s 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.     

Top Attractions

Get enraptured by a myriad of tourist attractions in Balasore ranging from scenic landscapes to mystical temples to a temple of modern architectural finesse. Scroll the list below to continue unravelling the secrets of Odisha

Top Experiences

Below is our low-down on the must try activities and experiences in and around Balasore. Plan your stay to coincide with some of these events to get completely entrenched in the culture and heritage of Odisha. We assure you that the below list will leave you Odisha Amazed!

KhirachoraGopinath Temple

The mystic temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. According to popular legend, the deity of Gopinath was found by King LangulaNarasimha Deva who was on a pilgrimage and was installed at Remuna by the King between 1238 AD and 1264 AD.The temple derives its name from the folklore that revered Saint Madhavendra Puri during his visit to the temple got enamored by the kheer (sweetend milk) served to the Lord and had the urge to taste it, but being a saint he reconciled. Lord Krishna appeared in the dream of the temple priest and said he had hidden a pot of kheer and ordered it to be served to his beloved devotee Saint Madhavendra Puri. The name KshirachoraGopinath (lord who stole the kheer) stuck and the temple came to be known as thus.

Bichitrapur Mangrove Reserve

Odisha’s second mangrove forest, Bichitrapur is the perfect weekend destination for tourist seeking solitude and seeking a break from the maddening city life. For details log onto –

Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary

Abode of the elephants and the Indian Gaur, Kuldiha leaves the visitors stunned with its natural beauty and rich flora and fauna. For details log onto –

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Nearby Destinations

Wish to make the best of your trip to Balasore ? Make sure your itinerary covers these below must-see destinations close to Balasore.Most of these are highly coveted on every tourists bucket list and can be reached from Balasore in a matter of hours. We have found 2 such places close to Balasore that will maximize your Experience-Odisha!


There's a variety of options for you to stay at. From Star Rated Hotels, Eco Tour Nature Camps equipped with state of the art swiss tents and facilities to OTDC Government Hotels, Bed Breakfasts and Homestays to choose from. Browse the list below to choose your preferred accomodation.

Trails/ Packages Covering Balasore

Like what you see? Looking to have a well-rounded experience in Odisha? Presenting a list of some curated, pre-packaged tours covering some of the most coveted destinations in Odisha. Browse and see details of the trail/package which interests you the most. Reach out to the Department of Tourism (DoT) recognized travel agents, who are here to provide you with some memorable experiences and moments.

Find a Travel Agent

Below is a list of travel agents/tour operators who are our trusted local specialists. Contact them today to plan a well-rounded trip to Odisha, and for getting the best deals. Their packages cover everything - from the most visited to the off-beat, from ancient to urbane, from mountains to beaches, from city life to stargazing nights. Click on the contact button and get a call back!

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