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One of the four celebrated religious centers of India, Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath needs noPuri Beach introduction. According to tradition Puri was once a thickly wooded hill inhabited by the Sabaras (Pre-Aryan and Pre-Dravidian tribes of the Austric linguistic family). The sunny beach at Puri is one of the finest in the world. Watching the sunrise in a symphony of colours is a wonderful experience. It is one of the most popular sea-side resorts where visitors from any part of the globe can comfortably relax.

Places of tourist interest in Puri :
The Temple of Lord Jagannath built during the 12th century A.D. by Chodaganga Deva dominates the landscape for kilometers around. Being the tallest temple (65 metres) in Orissa, it is one of the most magnificent pieces of monuments of India. In front of the main gate stands a 16 sided monolithic pillar (11 metres high), called Aruna Stambha which formally stood in front of the Sun Temple and was brought to Puri during the 18th century A.D. Some of the other important temples are Gundicha, Lokanath, Sunaragauranga, Daria Mahabir and Tota Gopinatt. There are also a number of holy tanks like Narendra, Markandeya, Sweta Ganga and Indradyumna. There are many Monasteries locally known as Mathas also of touristic interest.

Approach : By air to Bhubaneswar (Puri is 62 km from Bhubaneswar), road and rail.
Stay:Stay arrangements can be done with the local hotels and in the OTDC Guest House (Panthanivas), Puri. The list of hotels with their phone numbers is given below:

Name

Telephone(06752)

Hotel Hans-Cocopalms

222638, 223752, 223763

Hotel Holiday Resort

222440, 224371, 224372

Hotel Mayfair Beach Resort

224041, 224254, 224313

Hotel New Victoria Club

222005, 222583

Hotel Nilachal Ashok

223651, 223671

Hotel Sun-n-Sand

223107

Hotel Toshali Sands

223571, 222888

Hotel Vijoy International

223705, 222702

Hotel 'Z'

222554

S.E. Railway Hotel

222063, 223005, 223006

Sterling Holiday Resorts

230090

Puri Hotel

222114, 222744

Victoria Club Hotel

222005, 222583

Hotel Grand Central

2230599

Panthanivas

222740, 222562

Handicrafts of the Region: Soap Stone, Sea-shell, Pattachitras and Palm Leaf paintings, Horn work, Wood carvings, and Solapith work can be purchased from Puri.

Fairs and Festivals of the region: Puri offers a plethora of colourful fairs and festivals round the year. However the Ratha Yatra or Car Festival, Puri Beach Festival, Ganesh Puja, and Jhulana Jatra are among the more widely celebrated ones.

 

 

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 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 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

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