Chandipur, or now referred to as Chandipur-on-sea, is a quaint seaside resort located in Orissa. The beach there is famous and is the hotspot for tourists from around the area and from different parts of the country. A unique feature of the beach is that the water recedes to about 1-4 kilometres during the ebb tide. Owing to this fascinating feature, the beach helps support biodiversity. This quaint seaside resort has a thriving fishing community with the Horseshoe Crab the most famous. There are innumerable picnic spots which dot the shoreline.

A major influx of tourists arrives from Orissa and West Bengal during the year, especially between November and March. One of the enduring features of this location is the beautiful sight of a sunset and sunrise. One can also find some antiquities and holy shrines which add a touch of charm to the old sea town. Therefore, Chandipur provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life for a weekend of calm and peace amidst nature and the beautiful sea beach as company – the perfect setting.

Travel Tips

One of the best ways to travel to this place is by train to Balasore and then avail of buses to the location. Tourists are advised to do as much walking as possible as it then offers them the opportunity to truly scout the location.


17C – 35C

When to visit

  • Jan
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  • July
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  • Nov
  • Dec
sprinkles Pleasant
  • 32° Max
  • 26° Min
  • 19.2 mm
Things to do

There are a few antiquities and holy shrines that one can visit when in Chandipur. However, the beach remains the focal point of a visit to Chandipur. The area also does not have much scope for shopping too. Most outdoor activities are relegated to the beach, with tourists taking walks along the sea beach while they enjoy some much needed peace and quiet. There are quite a few good restaurants which serve great sea food near the beach. One must try the crab curry when in Chandipur as it is the local delicacy there. It is prepared with some local spices and a lot of attention to detail.

However, the highlight of a stay in Chandipur would have to be the Golden Beach Festival usually held in December for around four days. This festival has been celebrated since 1997 by the Golden Beach Festival Committee and Hotel Owners Association of Chandipur.

Getting Around

One of the best ways to make your way through Chandipur is on foot, especially when near the beach vicinity, or by auto rickshaw. A visit to Balaramgadi by boat offers a wonderful experience for tourists especially when they get the chance to see fishermen cast their nets into the sea to catch fish. A jeep ride on the beach is also possible.

Places to Stay

Mid range:

Panthanivas Hotel

Chandipur Ph.270051

Hotel Subham,

Chandipur Ph.270025/270225

Price range: Anywhere between INR 800 – INR 1500

Facilities: car parking, laundry services, children’s park, among others


High range:

Hotel Muktangan, Chandipur Ph.270027

Hotel Golden, Chandipur Ph.270021

Price range: INR 900 and above

Facilities: AC/Non-AC rooms, room services, car hire facilities


Low range hotels:

Hotel Shantinivas, Chandipur Ph.270018

Hotel Chandipur, Chandipur Ph.270030/270033.

Price range: INR 400 and above per night

Facilities: beach-facing rooms, amiable staff

How to Reach

  • The two nearest airports are in Bhubaneswar (230 km) and Kolkata (314 km).
  • The nearest railway station to Chandipur is Balasore (16 km), situated on the South Eastern Railway where a number of fast trains operate from Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai, Puri, Tirupati, Bhubaneswar, among others.
  • Chandipur is connected to other cities and towns by an all-weather road. This seaside resort is around 16 km from Balasore on National Highway 5, around 230 km from Bhubaneswar and about 314 km from the city of Kolkata. There are regular bus services which are available. One can also avail of taxis and auto rickshaws from the town of Balasore.

Surrounding Attractions

Panchalingeswar (45 km) : This area is known for its scenic beauty. It houses the popular Saiva Shrine. One is required to lie flat on the rock parallel to the stream in order to worship the lingams, an exciting prospect. Elephants can be spotted in and around the surrounding areas. It is also an ideal place for trekking.

Remuna (25 km) : It houses the famous Khirachora Gopinath shrine, the seat of Vaishnavite culture.

Nilagiri (40 km) : This place is famous for the Kuldiha Sanctuary. It is ideal for trekking and is known for the Jagannath Temple. It is definitely a charming place.

Sajanagarh (45 km) : This historically significant place was once the seat of the Shakti cult.

Similipal (100 km) : It is home to a wildlife sanctuary and a few tiger reserves. One can also catch a glimpse of elephants, reptiles and deer. There are close to 200 species of birds which also can be spotted. The lush greenery and the rolling clouds add a certain charm to the place.

Deokund : This picturesque location is blessed with a number of waterfalls as well as a Shakti shrine.

Important Numbers

Police: 91-06782, 262802