Puri Is A Captivating Place, There Is A Lot To Explore

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Puri is the spiritual capital of Odisha. It is a centre for tourism. Puri is very famous for its historic antiquities, religious sanctum, magnificence architectural views, and seascape beauty.

The beach city of Puri is one of the four Char Dhams or pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Puri is located along the coast of Bay of Bengal. This sacred place in the Orissa state is considered as Lord Shiva’s resting place. Puri along with Konark and Bhubaneswar form the Golden triangle of Orissa. These three places are flocked by tourists for their religious importance and cultural heritage.

The beautiful locales of Puri are dotted with many lakes, beaches as well as the very famous Jagannath temple and Sun temple of Konark. If you haven’t visited there yet, you should plan your trip to Puri, it is not an expensive place and will suit your budget. You can book your hotels through MakeMyTrip hotels, and by using MMT hotel coupons you can also avail higher discounts on your booking.

Why Go There: Rich Culture & Heritage | Beaches | Temples
Ideal For: Nature Lovers | Religious people
Things to Bring Back: Patachitra and Palm Leaf Painting, Oysters and Shells, Applique Lamps and more items

Also Read: Places To Visit in Bhubaneswar

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Some of the must visit places from Puri are listed below:


Places to Visit in Puri

10. Ganesh Temple

This small temple is located inside the famous Jagannath temple. It houses Natya Ganesh (Dancing Ganesh), an exclusive Ganesha image. The Ganesh idol is said to gifted by Kanchi King. A small stone made water pot called as Rohinikund is present in front of the Ganesh temple. Though the temple is small, it is thronged by many devotees to offer prayers.

Distance from the City: 52 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for:  Religious people
Best time to visit: July- March


9. Lakshmi Temple

This temple lies in the vicinity of Jagannath temple. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi invited Lord Shiva and Parvati to this temple after their marriage was solemnised.

Distance from the City: 3 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for:  Religious people
Best time to visit: July- March


8. Markandeswara Temple

This architectural marvel is believed to have constructed in the 13th century. The Markandeswara temple is an architectural marvel. A statue of Nataraja with ten arms is placed at the entrance of the temple. Small statues of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha are placed in the main shrine. Shrines of Lord Shiva in varied avatars are adorned at the corners of the temple.

Open Time: 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Distance from the City: 47 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for:  Religious people
Best time to visit: July- March


7. Lokanath Temple

It has been long believed that Puri was the epicentre of worshipping Lord Shiva. The Lingam was placed by Lord Ramachandra himself. The lingam lies submerged in water which adds weight to the belief that Goddess Ganga flows like a stream through the top of the Shivalinga. The only day the Shivalingam is visible is on Pankodhar Ekadasi which comes before Shivratri, when lingam is removed of all the water. At this day, the temple is flocked by devotees for darshan.

Distance from the City: 3 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for:  Religious people
Best time to visit: July- March


6. Narendra Tank

This 15th century tank is the Orissa’s largest tank. A number of temples encompass this tank. An island lies in the centre of the lake and is adorned with a small temple named Chandana Mandapa.

Open Time: All days of the week: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Distance from the City: 1 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for:  Nature Lovers
Best time to visit: July- March


5. Chilika Lake

The pear shaped Chilika lake is Asia’s biggest internal salt water pond. The lake’s landscape is studded with fisheries and salt pans near its shores as well as some small islands. The Chilika lake is home to many rare species of flora and fauna. Birds like the white-bellied sea eagles, flamingos, golden plovers etc can be sighted at this place.

Chilika lake is also visited for the most enthralling sunrises and sunsets. Places such as Bird Island, Breakfast Island and Honeymoon Island are other attractions. The lake has the privilege of being only one of the two sites in the world where the rare Irrawaddy dolphins can be sighted.

Distance from the City: 53 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for:  Nature Lovers
Best time to visit: July- March


4. Konark Beach

Konark beach lies close to the famous Konark temple and is a clean beach. You should visit this beach during sunrises and sunsets as the place simply lits up and becomes more alluring with the golden rays of sun

Distance from the City: 4 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: Nature Lovers
Best time to visit: July- March


3. Puri Beach

The Puri beach forms the Bay of Bengal’s coastline. It is located about 35 kms from the Sun temple. The beach is frequented by people to take a holy dip in its pristine waters. The beach is also the drawing canvas for the famous sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik.

The beach is adorned with silver sands and crystal-clear waters. Local fishermen serve as lifeguards at the beach and also take visitors on their boats to witness the beautiful sunset.

Distance from the City: 4 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for:  Nature Lovers
Best time to visit: July- March


2. Konark Temple (Sun Temple)

This temple is also referred to as Arka khetra. The three different sides of the temple are adorned with three images of the sun god. These images are positioned in such a manner that they catch the sunrays at morning, noon and evening. This 13th century temple was built King Narasimhadeva I over a span of 12 years with the help of 1200 artisans. The temple was made in the form of a chariot of sun god. The temple is designed in the form of a chariot mounted on 24 wheels. Though now in ruins, this majestic temple is still considered an architectural wonder.

Distance from the City: 4 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for: Religious people
Best time to visit: July- March


1. Sri Jagannath Puri Temple

This is the most revered temple built by King Indradyumna in the 11th century. This magnificent temple is believed to be residing place of Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple is one of the sacred Char Dhams besides Dwarka, Badrinath and Rameswaram embarked by Hindu devotees. Besides the main shrine, many small temples are housed in the temple complex. The intricate carvings on the four gates of the temple exemplify the Oriya architecture. You should not miss out on the Mahaprasad, which is a lip smacking meal served to devotees every day. This food is cooked in one of the largest kitchens of India. The temple is also associated with many religious festivals especially the Rath Yatra which is celebrated with great fervour.

Open Time: All days of the week: 5:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Distance from the City: 2 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Religious people
Best time to visit: July- March

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Other Attractions of Puri

Beaches & Lakes

  • Swargadwar Beach
  • Baliharachandi Beach
  • Baleshwar Beach
  • Balighai Beach
  • Daya River
  • Narendra Sarovara

Temples

  • Vimala Temple
  • Alarnatha Temple
  • Sakshigopal Temple
  • Gundicha Temple
  • Sri Sri Sonar Gouranga Mandir
  • Varahi Deula Temple

Wildlife Sanctuaries

  • Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nalabana Bird Sanctuary

Things to Do in Puri

Enjoy Water Sports Activities in Puri

Puri is dotted with many beautiful beaches making it an ideal destination to pursue activities such as angling, boat ride, swimming, surfing, jet-ski rides, sea cruising and many such activities.


Immerse in Biodiversity at the Wildlife Sanctuaries

Indulge in photography and birdwatching at these sanctuaries. Many rare Avian species such as the white-bellied sea eagles, flamingos, golden plovers etc can be sighted at the wildlife sanctuaries of Puri.


Get Enamoured By the Cultural Festivities

Witness the Puri Rath Yatra which takes place either in June or July every year. The decorated chariots, the singing and dancing of devotees with full fervour and the general emotional euphoria is a once in a lifetime experience.


Enjoy Orissa’s Delectable Cuisine

You should definitely try out the local delicacies such as Chhencheda, Alu-Potal Rasa, Khaja and such other local delicacies.

Some of the popular restaurants of Puri are listed below:

  • Bhojohori manna
  • The Gajapati
  • Wildgrass Restaurant

Go Shopping in Puri

Puri though regarded as a beach and religious destination, can also be explored in terms of shopping.

  • You can buy traditional sarees such as Passapali sarees, Bomkai sarees and ikat sarees.
  • Shell and Oyster based handicrafts
  • Palm leaf or Patta Chitra paintings
  • Silk & cotton handloom fabrics
  • Other items such as cigar boxes, stone bowls and stone figurines can also be purchased

Popular Shopping Destinations of Puri

  • Pipli
  • Boyanika
  • Raghurajpur
  • Utkalika
  • Patachitra Centre

How to Reach Puri

Flight | Train | Bus

Nearest Airport:

Biju Patnaik International Airport (BBI) (49 km away)

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Nearest Railway Station:

Puri Railway Station

Nearest Bus Stops:

Regular bus services of both Government and private bus operators ply from Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar.

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Where to stay

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Nearby Places to Visit

  • Konark (36 km)
  • Bhubaneshwar (67 km)
  • Cuttack (82 km)
  • Dhauli (49 km)
  • Gopalpur (174 km)
  • Digha (342 km)

Hidden Gems

Visit the Raghurajpur Artist village and witness the superb handicrafts done by the villagers here. Infact you will find almost every household busy with some handicrafts work. The palm leaf and coconut shell handicrafts are quite exemplary.


CashKaro Recommendation

  • You should try out flat water paddling, camping and nature walk amidst the many natural habitats and water bodies of Puri.
  • Stay at beachfront hotels or beach resorts to get enthralling views of the Bay of Bengal

Fun Way to Travel

Puri is well connected by road to cities such as Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata etc. You can take a road trip to reach Puri. Travel by your own car especially when travelling with family and kids. If you do not wish to take your car, you can rent one from:

Zoomcar | Myles | Mychoize

 

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