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Weekend Getaways from Kolkata: Panchalingeshwar

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Panchalingeshwar Quick Facts
  • A tranquil tourist spot in Orissa
  • Good for a holiday with family and friends
  • A 2-day holiday destination
  • Nearest City – Balasore, 30 km

Panchalingeswar located in Balasore district of Orissa may not be your usual weekend gateway given the fact that one of the most beautiful beaches in the country is located just a few kilometers away. But the serenity and beauty of its surroundings coupled with the lack of utter chaos that surrounds a temple is what had made this place a perfect weekend gateway.

Places to see in Panchalingeshwar
Panchalingeswar Temple

The Panchalingeswar Temple so named after the five 'lingams' of Shiva that are enshrined in the temple is located on top of a hillock near the Nilagiri hills. The lingams are said to have been enshrined by Sita, the consort of Lord Rama during the period of their exile while another story holds that it was King Banasura himself who installed the lingams at this place given the tranquility and captivating beauty of the place. A perennial stream, which is the main attraction of the area regularly, washes the lingams as it flows over them. To reach to the temple one has to lie flat on the rock parallel to the stream in order to touch and worship the lingams.

Apart from the Panchalingeswar Temple, visitors can soak in the beauty of the region. One can also take a trip to Sajanagarh - the seat of Bhudarachandi and an area rich in archaeological find. Those who like adventure can try to trek the

Nilagiri Hill or visit the Kuldiha Elephant Sanctuary and the Jagannath Temple located nearby.

Places near Panchalingeshwar
Chandaneswar Temple

Remuna - the seat of Vaishnavite culture famous for its 19th century temple of Khirachora Gopinath (Butter stealing Krishna); Chandaneswar - for the beach and temple of Lord Chandaneswara; Khiching - famous for its 10th century Chamunda temple and the 7th century Kichakeswari temple, and Chandipur – one of the finest beaches of the eastern coast are some of the nearby places where one can go after visiting Sri Panchalingeswar.

Places to Stay at Panchalingeshwar

There is Panthasala, a property run by Orissa Tourism Department Corporation and some basic hotels. Check Hotels in Panchlingeshwar

How to reach Panchalingeshwar

By Air: The Nearest airports are at Bhubaneshwar (294 km) and at Kolkata (206 km).

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is Balasore (30 km) which is well connected to all major cities.

By Road:
Panchalingeswar is 30 km from Balasore and 85 km from Baripada. There are regular buses, taxis and shared auto-rickshaw plying from Balasore and Baripada. You can also get an OTDC tour bus from Chandipur that goes to the nearby temples in the area.

Best time to Go: Though Panchalingeswar is a round the year destination the months of   Feb/March when the Magha Saptami fair and Maha Shivratri fair are held are the best time to visit.

About Panchalingeshwar: Information & Fact File
Altitude Sea-level
Summer 40 (Max) & 20 (Min) ) Degree Celsius
Winter 28 (Max) & 14 (Min)  Degree Celsius
Best time to Go October to April
Monsoon June – September
Summer March – May
Winter November-February
Clothes Light cotton in summer and light woolen in winter
Nearest Airport Kolkata, 206 km away
Nearest Railway Station Balasore, 30 km away
Bus Station Panchalingeswar
Hospital & Doctor

Good medical facilities are available at Balaore, 30 km away

Places to see Panchalingeshwar Temple, Sajanagarh, Nilagiri Hills, Kuldiha Elephant Sanctuary, Jagannath temple, Remuna, Chandipur beach, Chandaneswar,  Khiching
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