is 60-km from Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa and 35-km
from Konark on the Marine Drive. For centuries now, the beach
at Puri has been the venue of countless pilgrims taking the
traditional purification dip. Puri is the abode of Lord Jagannath
and considered one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage destination.
However, for decades now, both Indian and foreign beach lovers
have made it their special haunt. The fine white sands of Puri
beach and the roar of the breakers rolling in from the Bay
of Bengal have fascinated visitors throughout the ages. As it
is with all the beaches of Orissa, overcrowding is never a problem
and the sight of holiday-makers having entire stretches of the
beach to themselves is not uncommon. The local fishermen, with
their catamarans and wide brimmed cane hats are welcomed by tourists
for they not only provide you with a ride on their boats but also
act as lifeguards if you wish. And yes,they are also expert masseurs.
With excellent beach facing hotels and guest houses, the Puri
beach is an ideal holiday spot where you can easily spend a lot
Puri Temple:- The holy city of Puri , 60 km from
Bhubaneswar, is one of the four holiest points of piligrimage
for Hindus. The deity of the city, Lord Jaganath, whose temple
was built way back in the 12th century, is not only of great religious
significance to the people of Orissa but is revered by thousands
of piligrims who seek His blessings from every part of the country.
This intense veneration of Jgannath, or the Lord of the Universe,
reaches its zenith during the annual rites of the RathaYatra in
the month of June-July.
Temple:-The magnificient Sun Temple at Konark
is the culmination of Orissan temple architecture, and one of
the most stunning monuments of relegious architecture in the world.
The massive structure now in ruins, sits in solitary splendour
surrounded by drifting sand. The temple was built by the King
Narshimadeva in the 13th century. The entire temple was designed
in the shape of a colossal chariot, carrying the Sun God (Surya)
across the heavens.
TO REACH THERE:
RAIL: From Calcutta, New Delhi, Tirupati and Ahmedabad there
are direct trains to reach Puri.
BY ROAD: By Road Puri is 60-km from Bhubaneswar and 35-km
from Konark on Marine Drive.
PLACES TO STAY:
There is excellent accommodation and eating facilities over here
for the tourists.