One of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus (Char-Dham), Puri is a beach city with its most famous attraction as the Jagannath temple.
Known as the resting place of Lord Shiva, Puri in the state of Orissa is situated alongside the coast of Bay of Bengal. This town is home to one of the most sacred temples in Hindu mythology, the Jagannath Temple. The majestic history and heritage of Puri date back to the 3rd century B. C. Puri, Konark and Bhubaneshwar complete the Golden Triangle of Orissa, with their religious significance and cultural heritage being the centres of tourism in this state. There are a lot of places near Puri that one must visit, like the Chilika lake, Puri beach, Gundicha Ghar and the very famous Sun temple of Konark. Puri is soon turning into an industrial hub with major manufacturing companies coming here. The Rath Yatra(chariot festival) which takes place during the month of June-July should not be missed if you are planning to visit during this time.
Before setting out for Puri, make sure to pack several cotton clothes, since it is an extremely humid place. Carry sunscreen and umbrellas to save yourself from painful sunburns. I would suggest you to go to the beach near Panthnivas if you are looking for some peace and calm. This part of the beach is less crowded and very good for photography and privacy. Try getting a guest house or a hotel near the beach since you will need to walk back to your accommodation in wet clothes after taking a dip in the sea, so the nearer the guesthouse or hotel is to the beach, the better.
- It is advisable to avoid street food sold near the Puri Beach, avoid the local hospitals and go to Bhubaneshwar in case of a medical emergency. The pandas in the temples will try to get as much money out of you as possible, so keep some change handy so that you can avoid them without creating a scene. Stay away from monkeys and don't lure them with food.
Beautiful beaches. Ancient temples. Great place for relaxation and recreation.
Can be very crowded during peak season.
Puri is a religious place and attracts lots of tourists every year. The splendid temples and shrines of Puri, along with its Rath yatra have become sacred to religious pilgrims as well. However, it is also a great place for a weekend getaway and relaxation by the beach.
Culture is a blend of mind and spirit where people exist in an environment with their growing art, customs and practices. Puri, in Odisha, adapts its culture from various festivals which are celebrated through the year. Amongst these festivals, Rath Yatra at Jagannath Temple is of great significance. In addition to these festivals, Puri extracts its culture from other festivals like the Snana Yatra, Chandan Yatra and the Car festival. The Chariot festival or Rath Yatra is however native to the state of Odisha, yet it is celebrated across India. Puri is also a birthplace of many religious cults such as Vaishnavism. The historic Jagannath culture of Puri was also sculpted out of Vaishnavism. Since Puri is situated on the shore of the state, its traditional art form includes seashell crafts. Puri?s culture is a symbolic representation of its history, architecture, literature, art and craft with a dominance of worship culture.
Other than the famous Jagannath Yatra and various temples, Puri is also popular for its beaches. Puri Beaches are a great place to swim about or simply even lie around enjoying the lashing waves. Water lovers and pilgrims alike visit and relax at the tempting beaches in Puri.There are around five beaches of great prominence in Puri namely Balighai beach, Beleswar beach, Swargadwar beach, Puri beach, and the Chandrabhaga beach.
Puri beach or the Golden beach is considered as Hindu holy place which also organises the annual Puri Beach Festival in November. Furthermore, it is famous for sand sculptures made by Sudarsan Pattnaik, the world-famous sand artist.
Puri showcases a rich tradition of handicrafts. You could choose from a variety of handicraft items such as brass items, shell products, wood carvings, handloom sarees, bangles and other handicraft and handloom items.
Day 1: Arrive at Puri. Start your day with visiting the famous Jagannath temple and its surrounding local markets. Later on, hang out and relax at Puri beach, see the sand sculptures, soak in the heat and enjoy the pleasing sunset view from the shore.
Day 2: Visit Konark, the Sun temple and its architectural beauty. Revive your energy at Ramachandi and Chandrabhaga beaches situated at a distance of 30km from Puri and engage yourself in thrilling water sports like water skiing, parasailing etc.
Day 3: Revel in at Chilika lake, especially if you happen to visit the place in winters you can find different species of migratory birds as Chilika is the largest ground which supports more than 200 species of migratory birds. Furthermore, visit the Baliharachandi temple, Nalabana bird sanctuary and Satapada beach.
Day 4: Bid goodbye to your journey by visiting Bhubaneshwar and relish the local site seeing. Catch your train/flight.
Puri being a pilgrim city mostly offers pure vegetarian food in its restaurants. One can have local Oriya cuisine as well as South-Indian delicacies. The city is also known for a lip-smacking Chinese cuisine that one must try. Other than this, being in Puri, on must experience food from the Jagannath Temple which is known for having largest kitchen in the world and the enthralling setup serves simple yet delicious food.
Diwali Day might be crowded at Jagannath Temple. Choose a day or two before that, or after that.