Travel Guide

Puri is a coastal District on the eastern part of Odisha, India. This district is famous as the abode of Lord Vishnu, most popularly known as Lord Jagannath. The district derives its name from the heritage city of Puri, one of the four pilgrimage centres of India. The number of rivers flowing through the district helps in sustaining the agriculture. Being in close proximity to the Bay of Bengal, this district has tropical climate.

Handicraft and cottage industries of this district is very famous around the world, its original source being the temple craft of Lord Jagannath and the Sun Temple at Konark. The rich traditional culture and heritage of the District gives a boost to this industry. The important products of this industry are in applique, stone carving, patta chitra, wood carving, modern patch work, terracotta, bell metal, and sea shell items etc.

Jagannath Temple

Shree Jagannath Puri temple, is one of the most impressing monuments in Puri. It was constructed by the king Ananta Varman Chodaganga Deva of the Ganga Dynasty in the 12th century at the seashore of Puri. This astounding Vaishnava temple is an enshrine to Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Balabhadra. The main temple of has an amazing structure constructed in Kalinga architecture, with a height of 65 meters placed on an elevated platform.

Lord Jagannath is believed to be the symbol of Universal peace, love and brotherhood and is a manifestation of Lord Krishna. The important annual festival here is the Rath Yatra, during which hundreds of thousands of devotees throng to this temple.

Ganesh Temple

Puri has numerous temples that have archaeological significance. One of them is the Ganesha temple, dedicated to Sri. Vinayaka. The temple is assumed to be built long back and has many carvings showcasing Hindu religious beliefs and cultural heritage. Hindu devotees frequently visit this temple to offer their prayers.

Lakshmi temple

A small temple situated near to Jagannath temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the temple plays a very important place in Rath Yathra. It is believed that the marriage of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati took place on the sixth day of bright fortnight of Jyeshta, (during May-June), on the day known as Jyestha Sukla Sasthi.

Chilika Lake

Chilika is largest brackish water estuarine Lake of Asia in the Satapada district. It sprawls over an area of 1100 sq kms. Covering parts of three districts of Odisha i.e Puri on the East, Khurda on the North and Ganjam on the South. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the World. Satapada is one of the most popular tourist place of Odisha. Irrawady Dolphins are major attraction of Satapada.

Apart from that the scenic beauty of Sea Mouth, Islands like Nalabana, Honeymoon, Breakfast & Rajhans attract large number of tourists throughout the year. It has the second largest congregation of migratory Birds in the world after Lake Victoria in Africa.

Pipili

Pipili is a small town with an area of 6.4 Square Kms and is famous for applique works which is a traditional craft of the local People. They prepare Chandua (colorful Arts on clothes), umbrella, cloth bags, purses, wall hangings, carpets, garments for ladies & other applique works which have a good market in India and abroad. During the world famous Ratha Yatra, the chariots (Raths) are decorated by colorful clothes made in Pipili.

Sakhigopal

Sakhigopal or Satyabadi is famous for the shrine of Sakhigopal. It is one of the pilgrimage centre in the district and it is widely believed that the pilgrimage to Puri is incomplete without visiting Sakhigopal. The name sakhigopal literally means witness Gopal (Srikrishna). The temple of Sakhigopal is 60 ft height & the image of Shri Krishna and Radha is 5 ft & 4ft height respectively.

Sun Temple Konark

The 13th century Sun temple is situated in Konark, which is a small town in the Puri District in the state of Odisha. It is also known as the Black Pagoda, built in black granite during the reign of Narasimhadeva-1 a distinguished ruler of Ganga Dynasty. The temple is declared as a World Heritage Site. The temple is now mostly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Chandrabhaga beach

The Chandrabhaga beach is about 3 kms from the Sun temple. The beach provides a picturesque view of the sunrise and sunset and is very famous among the tourists. An International Sand Art Festival held on 1st to 5th December of every year at Chandrabhaga Beach.

Puri beach

Golden sands, amazing sceneries of sunrise and sunset, soothing effect of sunbath and seclusion in tranquility, Puri Beach offers all these to her most privileged guests. A favorite tourist spot, Puri beach is very lengthy and quite wide. This place offers physical and spiritual calmness for the body and soul.

Swargdwar beach

Swargadwar, literally means the door to heaven is a secluded beach and a holy place in Puri. This beach is unaffected by the modern cultural offing and still maintains the sacred nature. Many Hindu devotees visit this beach to have a dip at sea. Legends claim that this was the bathing place of Sri Chaithanyadev who attained the state of Brahma stands for the divine soul.

  • Air: The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik airport at Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport to Puri, which is nearly 56 km away from the heart of the Puri city. The airport is connected to Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Train: Puri is a major railway junction. Regular direct train services are available from Puri to many cities in India, including Bhubaneshwar, New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata.
  • Road: Puri is connected with all major cities in Odisha, There are frequent bus service offered by the Odisha road transport corporation from Bhubaneshwar, Cuttak and Konark.

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  • State: Odisha
  • District: Puri
  • Famous for/as: Religion
  • Languages: Oriya, English, Hindi
  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Weather: Summers 19 to 45°C, Winter 3 to 32°C
  • Pincode: 75200x
  • STD code: 06752
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://www.ordistricts.nic.in/

 

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