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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular tourist attractions in and around Puri?

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Doesn't a thought of being near the sea bring a smile to your face? Now imagine sand beneath your feet and sea roaring in front of you. Situated on the coast of Bay of Bengal, Puri offers you exquisite beaches and a chance to be near water bodies. Interested? Read on.


In Puri


  • Shree Jagannath Puri Temple

    The word Jagannath means the lord of the universe, and is an important pilgrimage site for the worshippers of Lord Vishnu and Krishna. The temple was built in the 11th century by the progenitor of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty, Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva and still retains its importance among devotees and archaeology-enthusiasts alike across the world.
    The Lion Gate /
    Singhdwar or the main entrance is grand and is graced with the Arun Stambha , a sixteen-sided monolithic pillar in front of it. Also, there are several shrines and smaller temples within this temple complex. The main temple is built at an elevated platform in the Kalinga architectural style.
    The temple opens at 5 in the morning and the rituals go on till 12 in the midnight. The temple, in a way, stands for the religious importance of Puri, and therefore you cannot afford to miss it during your trip to Puri.


  • Puri Beach

    The city is uniquely located so that you can get spectacular views of both sunrise and sunset from the Puri beach. Take a stroll or just sit and enjoy the waves, anytime of the day, it's truly one of a kind experience. You are sure to get mesmerized by the calmness and beauty of the long golden beach which draws a large number of both international and domestic tourists. The beach is the site of the annual Puri Beach Festival and it also hosts sand art displays. Don't forget to grab a few seashells and pearls sold by local vendors on the beach.


  • Sand Art Park

    Set up by the first sand animator in India, Manas Kumar Sahoo, it is the pioneer sand art park in Puri. Situated at a distance of 12 kilometre from the city on the Giral beach, the motive behind the set up is to take the art to a whole new level. The park houses beautiful and meaningful sculptures which are designed and animated so as to be imprinted on the visitors' mind. Even though its a very recent construction, the park will surely enchant you.


  • Swargadwar Beach

    Swargadwar literally means "Door to Heaven". Located just two kilometres from Shri Jagannath temple, it is a secluded beach unaffected by the modern cultural influence and hence maintains the sacred nature. According to the legend, it was the bathing place of Sri Chaitanya Dev and his devotion was rewarded as he merged into Brahma and went to heaven. Devotees believe that taking a holy dip in its waters opens the gateway to heaven. The beach also attracts non-religious tourists because of its magnificent locales and serene atmosphere.



Around Puri


  • Chilika Lake

    The journey from Puri to Chilka Lake will itself charm you as it brings alive the rustic life of Orissa. Known as the largest brackish water lake in Asia, it is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent housing various rare species of birds. Apart from various domestic birds, the lake also habitats many migratory birds from Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Himalayas. The birds come to the Chilka Lake in between October and March, best time to visit being winters. You can reach the lake through buses or taxis which are readily available in Puri.
    Rich in waterbirds and other aquatic creatures as well, the major attraction of this place is the
    Irrawaddy Dolphin that one can get to see swimming in the waters of the lake. You can also see the famous Chilika Dolphins in Satapada(50 kilometres from Puri), which is the junction of Chilika Lake and Bay of Bengal.



  • Sun Temple, Konark

    The temple is dedicated to the sun god "Surya". A UNESCO world heritage site, it was constructed in 13th century from oxidized and weathered ferruginous sandstone by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. It is one of the seven wonders of India and is famous for its intricate stone carvings. The entire complex is in the form of huge chariot of the Sun God, drawn by seven spirited horses on twelve pairs of exquisitely decorated wheels at its base. The complex also contains erotic sculptures similar to Khajuraho temple. The work is exquisite and the details are uncanny. Located at a distance of 35 kilometres from puri, it's a must visit place for anyone who enjoys archeological wonders.


The roaring waves, golden sand beneath your feet and the serenity give you a picturesque effigy of the beautiful city, isn't it? Be it the beaches or the monuments, they're sure to titillate you.

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