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Puri Tourism



Puri travel guide helps the tourists to learn more about this beautiful city of Orissa where the famous Jagannath Temple is located. Situated on the eastern coastline of India, Puri is around 60 kilometers away from Bhubaneswar.

A famous tourist destination of Orissa today, Puri had been a provincial outpost linking Southeast Asia with eastern India. With the passage of time, the city emerged as one of the important centers of pilgrimage in the country. The Jagannath Temple, a shrine built during 12th century AD, is one of the popular appeals of the city for those who travel to Puri.

Puri is a renowned pilgrimage site in Orissa.The land has a rich history along with its religious association. Adi Shankaracharya, the great Hindu saint and philosopher, established the oldest math in the city.

Puri along with Bhubaneshwar and Konark form the "Golden Triangle" in eastern India. Jostling crowds, narrow lanes, blaring traffic, congested bazaars, aggressive pandas (priests of the temple) although are very unlikely of a spiritual pilgrimage but the within all this clamor and clutter the vibrant Puri comes alive.

A travel to Puri would take you to a land of numerous temples where myths and legends still shroud over.

The famous temple of Lord Jagannatha welcomes you as you travel to Puri. The temple apart from its religious significance is a superb architectural specimen too. Many other temples, ashramas, maths that are peppered in and around the city of Puri would for sure give you a religious overdose in your travel to Puri.

Travel to Puri during the time of Ratha Yatra (Chariot festival), when the image Lord Jagannatha is shifted from one temple to another on a huge chariot and the city plays host to one of the greatest congregations in the world.

Although a beachside destination, Puri is not a typical beach retreat. Do spend some time on the sun-kissed sandy beach along the boisterous Bay of Bengal, or take a dip in Sawrgadwar to secure heaven after death, as you travel to Puri.

Tourists visiting Puri can avail the roadways and the railways that connect the city to different parts of the country. The railway station of Puri, facilitated by a number of mail and express trains, links the city with the other cities of India. In order to reach Puri by air, travelers can take a flight to Bhubaneswar and thereafter take a mode of road transport. Tourists can also arrive at Puri via Road from Bhubaneswar and buses ply to and from Durgapur, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Ranchi.

How to Reach Puri

Puri in Orissa is a major pilgrimage destination for the Hindus. Several number of temples coupled with the beautiful beach on the Bay of Bengal are the biggest tourist attractions in Puri.

Myths and legends still linger in the sacred temples in Puri where devout Hindus throng is large numbers to pay homage. The most famous temple in Puri is that of Lord Jagannath that draws a huge number of visitors especially at the time of Rathyatra festival.

By Air

Puri does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is located in Bhubaneswar the capital city of Orissa. Bhubaneswar is connected by air to cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad.

By Road

An important district in Orissa, Puri is civered by extensive network of roads. Main cities and tourist destinations, like Bhubaneswar, Konark in Orissa are connected to Puri by road.

By Rail

Puri has a Railway Station too. Many important stations link Puri to places like Kolkata, Rourkela.

Shopping in Puri

Puri is a very popular destination in Orissa. For the discerning shopper, shopping in Puri may turn out to be a true delight. The state of Orissa has a rich tradition of handicrafts.

Being a beachside destination, shells and oyster are available in abundance in Puri. Over the years the ace craftsmen have perfected the art of making artifacts out of shells and oysters. A variety of utilities, decorative showpieces are definitely a feast to eyes and may leave you spoilt for choice. Do pick up a few items while shopping in Puri.

Weaving saris is a traditional craft of Orissa. Even in Puri you would find many outlets dealing in textiles where shoppers flock in large numbers. Do check out the exquisite Passapali, Bomkai and Ikat saris while shopping in Puri.

Palm leaf painting, Patta Chitra is also a popular craft in Orissa. The craft has earned worldwide renown. The item serves well to decorate the interior of your home. An item or two must feature in your shopping cart in Puri.

At the same time, stone crafts and silver works are also favorite items for shopping in Puri.

There are lots places for shopping in Puri. From government run emporia to private outlets - shopping joints are galore. You may choose to go on shopping from the colorful bazaars and stalls erected by the local vendors if you are comfortable with a little bit of bargaining.

Last Updated on : 29/08/2013