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Destinations :: Puri

Puri is located 60 km from Bhubaneshwar on the coast of the Bay of Bengal and is one of the oldest cities in the eastern part of the country. It is considered as one of the four holy dhamas of India - Puri, Dwarka, Rameswaram and Badrinath. It is also agreed that a pilgrimage of the temples of India is not complete without making the journey to Puri. Puri is also called as Sri Purusottama Dham or Martya Vaikuntha.

Puri At A Glance
Puri is well known for its Jagannatha Temple, which is considered to be one of the major temples in India. The worship of Lord Jagannatha is very ancient here. The name Jagannatha literally means Lord of the Universe. It is said that the present temple was begun by King Chora Ganga Deva and finished by his descendent, Anangabhima Deva, in the 12th century. The main temple structure is 65 m high and is built on elevated ground, which gives it a larger look. Lord Chaitanya spent his quality time here in this temple. Non-Hindus or better say non - Indians cannot enter the temple complex.

Besides being an important holy town, Puri also has one of the best beaches for swimming in India.

 

 

 

Climate
Puri experiences a Temperate climate and this makes the place worth a visit all the year round. You will find a low of 17 degree in the winter and a high up to 32 degree C in summer. You can swim in the ocean or sun bathe all the year .

Accommodation Facilities
The accommodation options in Puri are aplenty and offer a wide range of services to the tourists. The Hotels in Puri offer you the lap of luxury and comforts making you feel at home even away from your home.

Puri has a rich tradition of handicrafts. Puri is a beach side destination, shells and oyster are available in abundance. The craftsmen of the place have mastered in making artefacts out of shells and oysters. You can get to see and buy a number of variety of saris like Passapali, Bomkai and Ikat. Stone Crafts, Silver works and Palm leaf painting are important items of 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 colourful bazaars and stalls erected by the local vendors if you are comfortable with a little bit of bargaining.

Puri Times
http://www.purionline.com/news/

 

 

 

Puri Map
http://www.mapsofindia.com/maps/orissa/puricity.htm

Getting There
By Air
Puri can be reached by air as its nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar, 56 km away. From Bhubaneswar, one can easily opt for either train or bus services that can be found easily.
By Rail
Puri railway station is a major railway station having links with several of the important cities in India. The railway station is easily accessible from the main town area.
By Road
Puri is very well connected by a network of roads and road transport to all major towns of Odisha (Formerly Orissa) and surrounding areas

Places around Puri

Balighai
(8 km)*

The Casuarina fringed Balighai beach is a famous picnic spot. The Sun and fun at the mouth of the river Nuanai is unforgettable.

Brahmagiri
(25 km)*

Brahmagiri is known for the living shrine of Alarnath. Streams of pilgrims visit Alarnath during Anabasara of Lord Jagannath. Nearby is the shrine of Baliharachandi on the solitary sand dunes.

Satyabadi
(20 km)*

Satyabadi or Sakshigopal is known for the shrine of Lord Sakshigopal. It is believed that the visit to Puri is incomplete without a visit to Sakshigopal. The temple is only 2 km away from the main road leading to Puri and is convenient to visit.

Baliharachandi
(27 km)*

27 km to the south-west of Puri is the temple of Baliharachandi. Situated on a sandy hill near the sea and adjacent to the mouth of the river Bhargavi, Goddess Durga is worshipped here as Baliharachandi. The scenic beauty of this place is ideal for group picnic.


Raghurajpur
(16 km)*

One of the most famous artists village in Odisha (Formerly Orissa), the village of Raghurajpur boasts not only of the exquisite pattachitra's and talapattachitra's, but also of being the native place of Guru kelucharan Mohapatra, the famed Odissi dancer. Even today, under the tutelage of renowned Guru's, young boys can be seen practicing the Gotipua dance here. A visit to Odisha (Formerly Orissa) would definitely be incomplete without a visit to this little village. 

Satapara
(52 km)*

Satapara, a retreat in nature on Chilika Lake, has been thrown open to visitors. Its location near the confluence of the Lake with the Bay of Bengal, and proximity to Puri (52 km), makes it an ideal spot to enjoy Chilika. The thrilling sight of dolphins round the year and abundance of migratory and resident birds in winter make it a preferred place for a vacation with nature. 

* Distance from Puri