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