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About Puri
Puri is a beautiful city situated in the state of Odisha in Eastern India, just 60 KMS away from the capital. It is located along the bay of Bengal and offers a beautiful sunlit landscape with palm leaves and the glimmering waves on the shoreline. The city flourishes with diverse tourists including the holy worshippers in the temples and sun basking tourists on the beach making it one of the most admired places to visit in not only India but all across the world.

It is one of the Char Dham i.e. the four most pious pilgrimage sites for Hindus and acquires a huge crowd during the magnificent Rath Yatra every year. It has world famous temples such as the Jagannath Temple, Gundicha temple, Vimala Temple, Loknath Temple and many more. It also has the panch tirtha, a bath into which one completes the pilgrimage to Puri. Along with beautiful places to visit, the city offers great work of artisans to admire and buy from the local shops.

It also offers a glance into the lives of tribals and the traditional Odia culture and heritage of their people. 
Puri is often known as the beach city and has become a key location for short hippie trips amongst travelers around the world. Tourists love to sit by the shore of beaches and try out various activities such as water sports, boating or even fishing at the shoreline.

The city offers a pleasant coastal climate throughout the year although it gets very humid in summers. The highest the temperature goes in summers is around 36°C and the lowest in winters is around 17°C. The best time to be in Puri is around winter times as it is neither too hot nor too cold.
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Puri FAQ's

What are the best places to visit in Puri?

1. Sri Jagannath Temple: It is one of the most revered Temples across the world known famously as the starting point of the Rath Yatra. It is a part of the Char Dham of Hindu pilgrimage and is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Lord Vishnu.

2. Gundicha Temple: Just 3kms away from the Jagannath temple is The Gundicha temple which although remains vacant around the year, becomes intensely occupied during the Rath Yatra, making it a sight to behold.

3. Narendra Tank: It is a holy tank located in Mauza Dandimala Sahi of Puri in which devotees come to bathe off their impurities. There exists a temple in the middle of the tank for individuals to visit.

 Puri beach: It is renowned to be the cleanest hence a very popular beach in India. It is also a popular destination for sand sculptures so If you’re lucky, you may find one! It is also known as the Golden Beach for it's fine Golden sand that is visible at sunrise and sunset. An annual festival called the puri beach festival is organised here by the Ministry of tourism.

5. Chilika Lake
: The lake offers a great diversity in the ecosystem and a multitude of birds migrate here from far places. It is a scenic site for eco-tourism through which you can explore the various species inhabiting the area. You must visit the Nalbana Bird Sanctuary beside the river during your trip.

6. Raghurajpur Village: This village is a hub for arts and crafts that have been a part of the city’s cultural heritage. Various types of art forms such as Pattachitra paintings, palm leaf engravings, papier mache, wood and stone carving and more can be found at this place.

7. Sudarshan Crafts Museum: A treat for art lovers, this museum situated on the station road was established by Sudarshan Sahoo. It is designed as a Japanese style Buddhist temple and features art pieces such as statues, wood carvings, handicraft items and fine paintings.

8. Prominent Beaches: There are a multitude of beaches which you can visit like Chandrabhaga Beach, Swargadwar Beach, Astaranga Beach, Baleswar Beach, Baliharachandi Beach, Balighai Beach and Golden Beach. A lot of the beaches are close to beautiful temples and what sets these beaches apart is that they are the perfect amalgamation of nature's beauty, faith of devotees and the heritage of the Odia. All the beaches are well maintained and some offer water sports as well.

9. Pipli: It is a small town thriving with artisans and their handicrafts. This place is known for its infamous Applique handicrafts in particular which is locally known as Chandua. Grabbing a souvenir or two is a must from this place.

10. Pristine Heritage Sites: Puri has an abundance of temples all across the city each having their own cultural significance. Some prominent ones are Konark Temple, Markandeshwar Temple, Bedi Hanuman Temple, Alarnath Temple, Loknath Temple, Vimala Temple and Lakshmi Temple.

What is the name of Puri Sea beach?

The most popular Beach in Puri is rightfully named after the city and is called the Puri Beach. It is also known as the Golden Beach. It is located near the Puri Railway station and gathers the most crowds in the town.

Which beach is better: Digha or Puri?

Both Puri Sea Beach and Digha sea beach are prominent tourist spots. Puri Beach offers a long stretch of shoreline and features sand art made by recognized artists from time to time. It also has a multitude of statues and food stalls. Digha Beach on the other hand has more gentle waves but the shoreline is covered with stones and it isn’t as clean as the puri beach.

What is Famous in Puri?

The most famous destination of the town is ofcourse The Jagannath Temple and its sea beaches. Besides them it is known for the annual car festival and a multitude of handicrafts such as palm leaf engraving, statues, wooden statues, papier mache masks and solapith.

The traditional Sarees found here are passapali, bomkai, sambalpuri and ikat saris all of which show true craftsmanship.

What is the best time to visit Puri?

The ideal time to visit is in the winters (Temperature: 10-18 degrees) during the months of October to February so as to avoid humidity and enjoy pleasant coastal climate.

How many days are enough to visit Puri?

A duration of 3-4 days is perfect to explore all attractions in Puri which would include a day for the jagannath temple, Puri beach, Konark temple and crafts museum; second day at the Chilika lake and nearby temples; third day at Pipli and other markets and another day to cover the rest of the beaches and temples.

How many beaches are there in Puri?

There are around 8-10 beaches in this coastal city. The prominent ones are Puri Beach, Chandrabhaga Beach, Swargadwar Beach, Astaranga Beach, Baleswar Beach, Baliharachandi Beach and Balighai Beach.

What is the height of Puri’s Jagannath Temple?

The Jagannath temple stands tall at 214 feet above the inner Sanctum of the temple.

Which are the Best places to stay in Puri?

The best place to stay in a beach city has to be near the coast; for both, the proximity to visit a beach and also for the scenic views it has to offer. The hotels near the beach are also close to the market area of Swargadwar. There are beach resorts, hotels as well as some budget options which range from 1 star to 5 star. Some favorites of tourists are 

1. Mayfair Heritage: It is a Luxury hotel providing rooms, cottages and suites with a great ocean view. They have a pool along with a spa and gym inside and the hotel is not far from prominent temples and other landmarks.

2. Panthaniwas Puri: This hotel located on the Chakratirtha road is a government of India undertaking in the state of Odisha. Along with other facilities, they also offer transportation through the OTDC transport fleet.

3. Victoria Club Hotel: It is a luxury hotel with stays ranging from 2000 to 7000 per day. It is rated to have the best food, rooms with proper cleanliness and provide great attention to the needs of customers. It is located on the Sea beach.

4. Hotel New Shankar International: Located on the CT Road, this hotel is a good budget option with good services and proximity to prime locations. It is close to the railway station and a few beaches.

5. Nitaai Gaudiya Math: It is a guesthouse located 400 m away from the Puri Beach which provides family rooms and also boasts a huge playground for children. It also provides shared kitchen and room service.

Puri Reviews

Niranjan Pothuvaal
Reviewed: 06 Jun 2020
We had an amazing time in Puri. All the days were perfectly planned for us. We really liked the way Thrillophilia team helped us all through this trip. We really appreciate the way they was continuously in contact with us.
Jyotis Ganaka
Reviewed: 04 Jun 2020
Fully Satisfied with the tour , Stay food and sightseeing were Excellent. If you travel with your family book with thrillophilia only
Bishnu Bhattathiri
Reviewed: 04 Jun 2020
Excellent, serene, religious place, is worth visiting. Very nice locals. Climate is the ultimate. Nice tour and much recommended to everyone who is planning to visit Puri
Brijesh Marar
Reviewed: 24 Dec 2019
3-days is enough to explore this place, Thrillophilia arranged this Jagannath Puri Tour Package with perfection everything went so nice... The stay, food, transport and the services we get from the local-operator and Thrillophilia was EXCELLENT. Thanks for this memorable-trip
Ajit Sethi
Reviewed: 19 Dec 2019
Saw this package through Thrillophilia the package seems very interesting as the itinerary was very well-planned and all the sightseeing places were nicely selected... It was a great feeling seeing something new like the Ancient temples, caves, sun temples, Chilika lake, and more... the tour went so... Read More
Esha Trivedi
Reviewed: 16 Dec 2019
I never thought that this tour will be this much perfect, the picked-up and dropped-off were on-time with a nice-vehicle and a professional-driver, the accommodation was comfortable, the place has beautiful beaches, lush-greenery, temples and the local sightseeing we had in Puri was the major part o... Read More

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