of the four celebrated religious centers of India, Puri, the abode
of Lord Jagannath needs no 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.
By air to Bhubaneswar (Puri is 62 km from Bhubaneswar), road
time to visit: Round the year