Before the 19th century AD, Chandabali was a small fishing village, and a natural river port. In 1866 trading began from this port to Bengal and in 1881 it was declared a government port by the British government. This led to growth and development of a market for agricultural produce.
The 650 km2 Bhitarkanika National Park is about 35 km away, accessible via ferry. The park, one of the few marine parks in India, was established to protect saltwater crocodiles, with the special status of Crocodile Sanctuary. The Odisha government has established a saltwater crocodile-breeding center in the park. Other attractions are the remains of two 9th century monuments and a temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. Largest Big Pond and Best Maa Patana Mangala Temple (Chhatrapada) is about 25.0 km(30 min) away from Chandabali.One of the major famous festival for “Patua Yatra” held at Chhatrapada April 14th to 21st April its Maa Patana Mangala’s big festival in Bhadrak. Chandabali is home to the Sri Aurobindo Dibyadham Ashram, its Relics Temple and Integral Education centre. The Baba Akhandalamani shiv temple is around 15 km away from Chandbali and is one of the renowned saiva pitha’s in Odisha. There is a famous temple of Goddess Kali at one end of chandabali market and a Goddess Durga at other end. The river bank of Chandabali is very attractive.