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Puri

Puri,Orissa

Puri

Attractions

Jagannatha Temple


Puri is one of the most sacred cities in India and is called the temple town of Orissa. It is home to the world famous Lord Jagannatha Temple and the Puri beach which are the most visited destination in Orissa. This is also the place where you can be the part of the divine Rath Yatra. Apart from all these, you can also make a day excursion to Konark, which is famous for magnificent Sun Temple.


Rath Yatra


Rath Yatra is without a doubt the biggest festival in Orissa. Held in the month of July, the Festival of Chariot of Lord Jagannatha attracts pilgrims from all parts of the country. They all gather around the path of the yatra. The procession extends from Jagannatha Temple to Gundicha Mandir which is at a distance of 3 km. Lord Jagannatha with his brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Goddess Subhadra ride on three gigantic chariots which are magnificently decorated. The chariots are pulled by thousands of devotees. It is believed that the Gods are visiting their aunt in Gundicha Mandir and stay there for five days. After five days they return back in the same chariots in a procession called 'Ultarath'.


Puri Beach


Beaches in Puri are probably the best of all that are there on the eastern side of India. Tourists flock to the beach almost throughout the year, but the best time to visit the beach is during the famous Puri Beach Festival which is held early in November. This five day festival is a lot like the Goa festival with fashion shows and Rock concerts continuing throughout the night. There are also classical dance performances. In fact, the Puri Beach Festival turns out to be a perfect mirror of Orissa culture.


Excursions from Puri

Konark Sun Temple


Konark is situated just 35 km from Puri. It is famous for the magnificent Sun Temple which is dedicated to Sun God. Built in 1278 CE by Ganga King Narsimha Deva, the temple became renowned for its architectural supremacy and spectacular carvings. The temple is thought to be the chariot of Sun God. It has 24 wheels around the temple, 7 horses pulling the temple, two lions guarding the entrance. It is situated on the eastern coast and is said to be


Chilka Lake


Chilka Lake is definitely the most favored natural attraction in Orissa. Situated southwest to Puri, it is the largest freshwater inland lake in Asia. It covers an area of around 1165 sq. km. Although the size decreases drastically during the dry season and sometimes reaches to 906 sq. km. The lake is located just by the side of Bay of Bengal and is separated by a sandy area. The lake is considered as an important wildlife habitat. Chilka sanctuary is home to more than 150 species of migratory as well as resident birds. You will find most of them on the Nalaban Island which has been recognized as a bird sanctuary. The aquatic life here is also quite varied. There are around 225 species of fish found here along with dolphins.

 

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Puri,Orissa

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Puri is one of the four holy dhamas of India-Puri, Dwarka, Rameswaram, and Badarinatha-and it is considered that a pilgrimage of the temples of India is not complete without making the journey to Puri. Puri is located on the eastern side of India in the province of Orissa. 


                          			  
                          
Hotels near Puri

The Chariot Resort And Spa

The Chariot Resort and Spa. ( Earlier Konw As Aveda Chariot Resort and Spa )  Located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal and surrounded by the peaceful serenity and backwater, The Chariot Resort and Spa is a unique place where you find absolute bliss! Spanning across 3.5 acres,


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Toshali Sands Ethnic Village Resort

Toshali Sands Ethnic Village Resort at Puri (Orissa, India) is an orchard retreat at 8 kms from Puri on the Konark Road. Toshali Sands is spread over a 20 acre area full of mature trees and Large lawns.


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Hans Coco Palms

Hans Coco Palms Resort is located in the Puri (Orissa - INDIA) on the beach, 5 kms from the railway station and 1.5 kms from the downtown area.


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