Puri is a popular seaside resort, famous for the great `Car Festival’ held at the Temple of Jagannath in June or July.

During this festival, the image of Jagannath is placed on an enormous 15 metre high wooden chariot and drawn through the streets by thousands of penitent devotees. In times past, ecstatic pilgrims would hurl themselves under the wheels of this rumbling “juggernaut”.

What to see

  1. Atharnala Bridge : Built in 13th century, an engineering marvel of the anceint days, the Atharnala bridge over the Madhupur stream is still in use.

  2. Gundicha Ghar: This is a small sanctum sanctorum where the deities from the Jagannath temple were brought for a sojourn of one week during the Rath Yatra.

  3. Jagannath Temple: The main temple, a stupendous structure of 65 mts, stands on an elevated platform in the heart of the town comprising an area of about 10 Km. Built in the 12th century by Chodaganga Deva, this temple has all the richness and the plasticity of the Kalinga school of architecture. The biggest event in Puri is the annual ‘Rath Yatra’or the Car festival held during the monsoon. The chariot of Lord Jagannath in this yatra is the ;largest.. It is 45 feet high and is supported on 16 wheels.

  4. Puri Beach: Endowed with an attractive coastline and scattered with fine beaches with silver crescents, golden sands and deep blue seas extending for miles, Puri is gaining popularity as a beach resort on the eastern coast.

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar 62 km connected by Indian Airlines with major cities in India.

Rail: Puri is a railway terminus on the South-Eastem Railway.

Road: Puri is connected by good motorable roads with Bhubaneshwer 62 km, Calcutta 541 km, Chennai 1285 km & Vishakhapatnam 486 Km.

General information

Air: The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar 62 km connected by Indian Airlines with major cities in India.

Rail: Puri is a railway terminus on the South-Eastem Railway.

Road: Puri is connected by good motorable roads with Bhubaneshwer 62 km, Calcutta 541 km, Chennai 1285 km & Vishakhapatnam 486 Km.

Excursions

  1. Balighal (8 km): On the estuary of river Nuanai, another virgin and unspoilt beach.

  2. Raghurajpur (16 km): This artist village is filled with traditional painters and palm leaf sketchers. They are famous for making patta chitras, a folk painting of Orissa.

  3. Sakshi Gopal Temple (24 km): It is an impressive temple with a charming life size image of the child Krishna or Gopal.