Balasore is one of the major tourist destinations of Orissa. It is situated 212 km to the northeast of Bhubaneswar, near the southeastern coast of India. The city boasts of immense scenic beauty and a plethora of historical monuments and temples. Balasore is the main town of the Balasore district. It served as the residential place of the famous Fakir Mohan Senapati, who is considered to be the savior of modern Oriya language. The city is important from tourism point of view and also has a strong industrial base.
Renowned factories like Birla Tyres, Oriplast, Balasore Alloys and
Emami Paper Mills are located here. Rubber, Plastic, Paper and Alloys
industries are also mushrooming around the Balasore. Apart from this,
the city has a strong affinity towards education and art forms. It
boasts of a number of schools, colleges and Universities, where
knowledge is imparted to the students native to Orissa as well as those
coming from the rest of the country. Besides this, Balasore has a strong
involvement in the field of art and literature.
There are many theatre and cultural groups in the region, which have
contributed significantly to its cultural heritage. The best season to
visit the town is between December and February as the climate is very
pleasant. During the rest of the year the weather is usually hot and
humid. During the rainy season, the southwest monsoon brings plenty of
rainfall. The city experiences heavy downpour in monsoon, especially the
months of July and August. Owing to its coastal location, it is quite
prone to cyclones as well.
There are a number of tourist attraction in the district namely,
Biranchi Narayan temple, Khirachora Gopinath temple, Panchalingeswar
temple, Chandipur seabeach, ITR Chandipur, Chandaneswar, Talasaari,
Raibania fort, Bhushandeswar, Langaleswar, Balaramgadi, Rajagarh,
Bhudhar Chandi, Kashafala, Ayodhya, Astadurga temple, Bardhanpur
Maninageswar and Chasakhand's Bagha Jatin memoir.