Puri – One of the Char Dhams (four most sacred places in India), is a beautiful coastal town in the state of Odisha known at global tourism map for famous Shri Jagannath Temple and Puri Beach along with its proximity to Konark Sun Temple – the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated at the distance of around 65 km from Bhubaneswar – the capital city of Odisha, Puri has different names like Shri Jagannath Puri, Purusottama Puri and the Abode of Lord Jagannath.
For those who love to capture traditional temple architecture or want to collect some evidences of rich architectural history of Odisha, Puri is a place to make their dream come true. There are various prime tourist attractions and holy temples in the city and in its surrounding area.
Shree Jagannath Puri Temple – Explore the Reign of Lord of the Universe
Shri Jagannath Puri Temple is a must see place for the followers once in their lives. Constructed in 11th century and is the starting point of the world famous car festival (Rath Yatra) held in the months of June-July. Entry is limited to Hindus. Do lean against the Shani temple and watch the summit of the temple and do savour the temple Mahaprasada.
Beach of Puri – Charm of Its Own to Keep You Enticed
Being a home to golden sands, soothing sun-bath and colourful sunrise and sunset overlooking the Bay of Bengal, Puri beaches make you feel as if you are in the world of sea waves, cool air from sea side and tranquillity. Here you can bathe and laze or enjoy seeing, the local fishermen plying their catamarans and sail boats.
Shree Lokanath – Lord Shiva Temple
Temple Dedicated to Lord Shiva is said to be the place where Lord Shiva hid himself from Shani, under a pond. The Shiva Linga here is partially submerged and the pond is teeming with fish. Priests here tend to be very strict so do maintain etiquette.
Shree Jagannath Puri Temple
- One of the four dhams i.e. four most sacred pilgrimage places of Hindus. Constructed in 11th century and is the starting point of the world famous car festival (Rath Yatra) held in July. Entry is limited to Hindus. Do lean against the Shani temple and watch the summit of the temple and do savour the temple Mahaprasada. The temple complex is huge and has some very interesting stories associated, priests or pandas are generally the ones who conduct the non Oriya people around and generally mention all these stories although they can demand exorbitant amounts; bring it down to something reasonable. It is possible to go into the sanctum sanctorum and touch the deities in the main temple for a fee.
Beach of Puri
- Puri beach is famous for its golden sands, soothing sun-bath and the colourful sunrise and sunset overlooking the Bay of Bengal. There you can bathe and laze or enjoy seeing, the local fishermen plying their catamarans and sail boats. This beautiful beach is quite long and wide extending for miles.
- Temple Dedicated to Lord Shiva is said to be the place where Lord Shiva hid himself from Shani, under a pond. The Shiva Linga here is partially submerged and the pond is teeming with fish. Priests here tend to be very strict so do maintain etiquette.There are so many other places to visit like:
- » Sunara Gaurang Temple
- » Bedi Hanuman Temple
- » Chakra Tirtha Temple
- » Mausima Temple
- » Shree Gundicha Temple Destination of Rath Yatra
- » Shankaracharya’s GOBARDHAN Pitha
Famous Places near Puri
- Surrounding area of Puri is also attractive that has a lot to explore. Some of the amazing and picturesque places to visit are:
- Sun Temple of Konark: Sun Temple of Konark are the must see destination for those who live for dance, music and art. Constructed from oxidizing and weathered ferruginous sandstone. The temple is one of the most well renowned temples in India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Chandrabhaga – A Beach to Explore
- It is a famous Sea Beach known for the sacred Dip on Magha Saptami. It is also a must see beach during your Puri tour. Viewing sun rise and sunset here is a sense soothing experience. An evening at the beach rejuvenates the spirit and pacifies the mind.
Chilika Lake – The Largest Water Lagoon and Inland Lake in India and Asia
- the largest brackish water lake in Asia can also be reached while staying at Puri. It is the abode of rare migratory birds who alight on the lake in winter. Boating experience in the lake is pleasurable.
Satapada (Satapara) – A Home to Dolphins and Scenic Sea Mouth
- Satpada is one of the most popular tourist places of Orissa, where Dolphins and the scenic Sea Mouth attract large number of tourists every year.
Pipili – A Place Known for Appliqué Work
- Pipili is a famous destination known for unique Appliqué Work.
- Famous for Appliqué and Patta Chitra (Palm-Leaf Arts).
The Puri-Konark Marine Drive
- This road was recently renovated and hence is in superb condition. Is peppered with deserted beaches and many rivers fall into the sea in places visible, if not accessible, from the road. Some beaches are said to have quicksand. Along the way there is a temple Ramchandi which is a popular picnic spot amongst the locals as non-veg. is allowed in the temple.
Other Famous Places in Puri
Sunara Gaurang Temple, Bedi Hanuman Temple, Chakra Tirtha Temple, Mausima Temple, Shree Gundicha Temple Destination of Rath Yatra, Shankaracharya’s GOBARDHAN Pitha, etc are some of the famous and must see attractions of Puri