A Pilgrimage Site
Sri Jagannath Temple
: Puri Beach Festival
Looking forward for an amazingly wonderful holiday? Welcome to the beach of Puri. The pious land of Puri is probably one of the finest beaches in India on the coastline of Orissa. Situated on the shores of the breathtakingly beautiful Bay of Bengal.
Though the pulsating beach of Puri attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year the best time to check out the beautiful beach at the pious Puri is early November when you may participate in the annual Puri Beach Festival. The combination of the crafts, cuisines and cultural of Orissa will not fail to charm you. The catamarans the cane hats will get embossed in your mind.
While at the Puri beach you may take a holy dip or swim in one of the finest beaches in India. Water lovers and pilgrims alike throng the pleasant and pious Puri. The golden memories of the golden glowing sands, the scintillating surf and the beauty of the beach all are unparallel. With time at hand you may move another 8 kms from Puri to the Balighai Beach whose natural beauty has made it a popular picnic spot.
Accommodation is easily available with the options from the excellent guesthouses, star hotels and budget hotels. You just cannot miss the superb sunrise and the sunset at the beach! Shopping at the Bada Danda will complete your trip to Puri. The traditional items that are typical to Orissa and Puri may be picked up easily as gifts and souvenirs.
Puri may be easily accessed
Puri is at a distance of 60 kms from the capital city of Orissa, Bhubaneshwar and is well connected through
air, rail and road networks. The nearest airport of Bhubaneshwar connects Puri with other major cities of India through frequent flights. The Puri railway station caters to the need of the rail transport. In terms of the road transport buses to and from Calcutta, Vishakhapatnum, Guwahati, Chennai et al ply to Puri.
Best Time to Visit
Puri has a moderate temperature throughout the year. Temperature in the summer months touches a high of 35°C and a low of 23°C, respectively. Winter months are relatively cold with a maximum and minimum temperature of 27°C and 16°C, respectively.
Activities on the Beach
The local fishermen, with their catamarans and wide brimmed cane hats provide you with a memorable ride on their boats. The local fishermen are also expert masseurs.
The water currents are not favourable for swimming, so swimmers need to take care.
Puri is 60-km from Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa is also one of the four holiest Hindu pilgrimages in India. Since last many centuries, Puri has been the venue of millions of pilgrims, who visit this place to pay a visit to the Jagannath Temple. The abode of Lord Jagannath, Puri also boasts of an appealing beach which is thronged by Hindu pilgrims, who take a holy dip here, believed to purify there souls.
Puri is also famous for the Chariot procession or Rath Yatra at Jagannatha Temple in the months of June - July.
The Puri Beach festival (November 23 -27) is another delightful event for the art loving visitors and locals alike. Taking place at the beautiful beach of Puri, the Puri Beach Festival offers a music, dance and various other cultural activities giving multidimensional charms of Orissa. The Puri Beach Festival is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the Department of Tourism, Government of Orissa, Development Commissioner of Handicrafts and the Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, Calcutta.
How To Get There
Rail : Puri has direct trains from Calcutta , New Delhi , Tirupati and Ahmedabad.
Road : Puri is 60-km from Bhubaneswar by road and 35-km from Konark
on Marine Drive.
WHERE TO STAY
Excellent accommodation and eating facilities are
major plus points for extending your trip.