Puri in Odisha is one of the holiest pilgrim centres in India, which attracts a large number of visitors. This holy town is also known as Jagannath Puri. The place is the abode of art and architecture of Odisha and many come here only to catch the beauty of the place and nothing else. Puri along with Bhubaneshwar and Konark together form the golden triangle of Odisha.
The place is well known not only for its spiritual values but also for its beaches which are perfect for swimming.
The beaches here are a speciality as both the sunset and sunrise can be viewed from a single place.
During the 1970s, the travellers who were on a hippie trail through Asia were attracted by the sea and 'bhang' here, which is not the scene today. But people often come to chill out, and also visit the much famed Sun Temple at Konark.
Best Time To Visit Puri
Puri is a year around destination, which can be visited anytime during the year. Being a town on the seashore, place gets humid and hot during the summers and remains pleasant after and before summers. If would love to get a sun tan then head to the beach here and enjoy the waves.
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How To Reach Puri
By Air: The nearest airport to Puri is the Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar which is located at a distance of 53 km. The airport has regular flights which connects to major cities across the country such as Delhi, Bangalore etc.
By Train: Puri has a railway station of its own and has regular trains which operates to all major towns and cities in the country.
By Road: Puri is well-connected by roads and has regular bus services which operate from Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.
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1. Jagannath Temple
The beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath or the Lord of the Universe, Vishnu. The present structure was built in 1198, the entry to the temple is strictly for Hindus..
The presiding deity of Jagannath is worshiped along with his siblings Balbhadra and Subhadra. The idols are carved out of neem logs and dressed according to the climatic conditions of the region. An interesting factor here is that the idols here are incomplete and get changed every 8 to 12 years, or a maximumof 18.
The idols are ceremoniously replaced by new ones and the old ones are buried with all due respect within the temple premises at Kolli Vaikuntha.
2. Model Beach
Puri has no palm filled beaches, but its beaches are wide with quick and nasty tides and offers no shade. The Model beach is part of a sustainable community run beach which is an initiative of the tourism department. The beach is one of the finest and cleanest beaches.
The beach has palm umbrellas and lifeguards who are called sea riders.Apart from this there are massage services for those who are willing to spend some money.
3. Chilka Lake
The lake is of the most famous and largest coastal lakes in the country.A It is also known as Asia's largest inland salt water lagoon. The coastal lake has many islands which are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Visitors come here in large numbers to catch the beautiful sight of the migratory birds who makes the Nalaban Forest around the lake as their temporary home.
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4. Konark Sun Temple
The Sun Temple at Konark was constructed in the year 1250 under the patronage of King Narasimhadeva I. The temple is also known as the black pagoda owning to its colour. The remains of the temple were excavated sometime during the 19th century.
The temple is structured in the form of a chariot which is driven by seven horses. The wheels of the chariot is said to symbolize the hours of the day. The temple is now a World Heritage Site and due to its size and stonework it captivates the attention of its visitors.