Bhadrak District is an administrative district of Odisha state in eastern India.The district is named for the town of Bhadrak, which is the district headquarters.

The district includes Rakta Tirtha Eram in Basudev Pur, where about 30 people were killed by the British police while fighting for independence.The legendary history of Bhadrak District dates back to the age of the Puranas when Odisha achieved thriving maritime and agrarian prosperity. As far as the history is concerned, king Mukunda Dev was the last sovereign indigenous ruler of Bhadrak. The Muslim population began to settle in the District around the year 1575 following the discomfiture of the Afghans under Usman at the hand of Raja Man Singh. During the Mughal period Bhadrak District survived as a Subha under the Nawabs of Bengal. When the majestic Muhgals diminished from the political scenario of Bhadrak District. In course of time Bhadrak District has passed on to different hands and colonized by different dynasties till the British occupied the entire region of Odisha.

Since independence, the history of Bhadrak has been the history of multifarious progress in Education, Industry, Agriculture, Trade and commerce and with the birth of a new star it is leaping towards the twenty-first century with hope and promise.

There are many historical places and monuments to visit in the Bhadrak District. Palia is famous for Biranchi Narayan Temple. Sri Radha Madanmohan temple is one of the most visited temples of Bhadrak District. Aradi situated at a distance of 10 km from Chandabali is famous for the temple of Akhandalamani.

Bhadrak railway station is the biggest railway station of Bhadrak district and serves Bhadrak city. An important upcoming town in Bhadrak distinct is Dhamara, which is upcoming newly built Mega port of the district. New railway line from Bhadrak to Dhamra is constructed.

According to the 2011 census Bhadrak district has a population of 1,506,522,roughly equal to the nation of Gabon or the US state of Hawaii.This gives it a ranking of 332nd in India (out of a total of 640).The district has a population density of 601 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,560/sq mi).Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 12.95%.Bhadrak has a sex ratio of 981 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 83.25%.

The language mostly spoken by the people is Odia, though some people speak Urdu.