Puri is located in the Puri district of Odisha which is also known as the Abode of Lord Jaganath. It is the pilgrimage town with the famous temple of Jaganath. If we go with tradition it was a thickly wooded hill which was inhibited by the Sabaras (Pre- Dravadian and Pre- Aryan tribes of the Austric linguistic family). It’s really a wonderful experience of watching the sunrise with symphony of colors and is one of the popular sea side resorts where people from any globe could relax easily.
How to reach Puri?
It is famous for Ratha Yatra or the festival chariots which is an annual festival when the deities Balabhadra, Jagannath and Subhadra are brought out of the temple and are placed on the chariot procession. It occurs on various dates specifically in the month of July. It is famous for lots of Mathas.
- Via Air
Biju Patnaik airport is the nearest airport at Bhuwneshwar which is 56 Km from the heart of city of Puri. It is connected well with Mumbai and Delhi. International Tourists need to connect via Delhi or Kolkata.
- Via Train
It is one of the major railway station junctions. Regular direct train services are available from across India which includes Delhi, Bhuwneshwar, Kolkata and Chennai. It is around 1 km north of town and one could easily get rickshaws and auto rickshaws competing aggressively to make tourists comfortable.
- Via Road /Car
It is connected with neighbouring locations with well constructed roads. Buses are considered to be the main option for travelling to Puri as it is near the Gundicha Temple. Cuttack and Bhuwneshwar could be reached in 15 minutes by bus.
Top 10 places to visit in Puri
- Shree Jagannath Puri Temple
- Golden beach of Puri
- Sunara Gaurang temple
- Bedi Hanuman Temple
- Shree Lokanath Temple
- Chakra Tirtha
- Damodar Gaudiya Matha
- The Pancha Tirtha of Puri
Where to Eat and Stay?
A range of non-vegetarian and vegetarian food is served in different restaurants of the upper market hotels. Indian, Chinese, European etc do figure out on all the menus. You could find sea foods which are fresh from the waters of the Indian Ocean. Inexpensive options of eating out are limited and handful of cafes which are dishing up local foods at platefuls. Vendors who are on the beaches do provide Indianised versions for food like noodles, burgers and of course all the Indian favourites. Some of the leading restaurants and food joints are as under-Shyama, Krishna Resort, Bhojohori Manna, Wildgrass Restaurant, Jabari Garden, Rasoi, Lee Garden’s Chung Wah etc.
It is quite famous holiday destination for people across the world but most of them tend to stay in hotels which are nearer to Swargadwar. These hotels are generally in expensive and do offer high quality services at quite reasonable rates. In case you are checking out the hotels at Marine drive road then ensure that you don’t opt for those which are just after the light house at the Marine Drive. Some of the renowned hotels which people prefer are as under- Hotel Diamond Palace, Hotel Sairam, OTDC Panthanivas, Mayfair Puri, Deep Resorts etc.