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Puri Beach

Location: 56 kms South of Bhubaneswar
Best time to visit: October to April
Beach Activities: Beach walk, swimming, temple-visit, sightseeing
Attractions in and around: Jagannath temple
Hotels and Resorts: The heritage BNR Hotel, Vijoya International, Toshali Sands, Mayfair, Hotel Holiday Resort, Coco Palms.
STD Codes: 06752

Fishers on Puri Beach, Orrisa Puri Beach, situated on the eastern coast of Orissa is one of the sacred destination in India. The beach holds the strong religious belief of Hindu Pilgrims and the localities also call the place as Madhodadhi. According to the mythological legend, Lord Jagannath was found floating as log on the sea shore, here and in order to pay homage to Lord's strange form, the Jagannath temple is built on the beach premises. Devotees belief that a sip of this saline water and a holy dip into the sea is a way to receive nirvana in their life time.

Kerala BeachesThings to see and do on Puri Beach
The narrow Puri beach stretches for about 5 kms and is marked with sacred spots, of which Swargdwar counts high. The place reverberates the shouts of the fisher folk rolling their fishing nets and the no of vendors selling samosas, Jhal Muri(puffed rice) and sea-shell items. The morning and evening hours on the beach is as charming as the voluminous waves which flatters the thoughts of the beach-lovers. Water-sport lovers can sprinkle themselves with a hand full of saline water. The nearby Jagannath temple on the beach makes a worthy trip to Puri beaches

Shri Jagannath Temple
This religious complex on Puri beach has lofty spire, shimmering with the fixed flag which can be witnessed as far as 7 kms away. Dedicated to Lord Jagannath, the temple culture indicates its strong Hindu religious faith. Its main gate of the temple follows the 35-foot high pillar- the Arunastambh, while its fine architecture depicts the power of its builder-Yayati Keshari, who set up the temple sometime in 10th century CE. Unlike the peak visiting season, the temple calls for closest attention during the Rath Festival, held every year in the month of July.

Puri Beaches Shopping
Puri is undoubtedly the best place to shop some exquisite handicrafts and handlooms products. Apart from showing interesting at the beach stalls, visitors can go out shopping at the Grand Shopping Arcade, Padma Complex, Nayak Plaza, Utkalika, Boyanika, Amlan Sudarshan Crafts and at Priyadarshini Handlooms.

Eating at Puri
Puri is known for its culinary delights. The beach is full of way-side food-stalls and also a number of restaurants like the Grand Complex, Annapurna Restaurant, BNR Hotel, Puri Hotel and Wild Grass are set up at the back lanes. All the food-courts serves both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines like fish and crab pakoda, paneer fry, Kheera(local delicacy) etc. Visitors who desires to relish the Chinese dishes can move on to Chung Wah, situated on VIP Road.

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Hotels in Puri Beach
The sheer range of accommodation in Puri beaches is impressive. Counting from cheap hotels to luxury resort, the beach has it all. Toshali Sands, Mayfair, Hotel Holiday Resort, the heritage BNR Hotel, Vijoya International, OTDC Panthanivas, Coco Palms are a few to name.

Besides, visitors can also check out the hotels kile Shreehari, Puri Beach Resorts, Hotel Sapphire International and Hotel Lee Garden, all located a little away from the beach.

Best Time To Visit Puri
The popular beach can be explored all the year round, but the ideal time is between October to April.

How to reach Puri Beach
By Air
Biju Patnaik Airport, situated 56 kms away from the beach, in Bhubaneswar is the nearest railhead. Serviced flight operating to and from the major international airport, aids visitors reach the place.

By Rail
Puri Railway Station on the East Coast Railway operates express train and connects the place with major Indian cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Haridwar and Guwahati.

By Road
The National Highway 203 connects Bhubaneswar to Puri. Private and state-owned buses offers a comfortable journey to the visitors.

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