PuriIndian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa).
Puri is well connected by railways. Trains are from Kolkata (Howrah junction), New Delhi, Ahmedabad, etc. It is also a major railhead on the East Coast Railway, bifurcated from Khurda Road Jn. is located in the heart of the town and near to all hotels. If you arrive by train go to the Odisha State Tourist counter at the station for advice; they are usually very helpful and speak English. The MCO Booth is also quite helpful.
A cycle rickshaw is in the range of ₹520.
Swarga Dwar or The Gateway to HeavenSite of cremation of almost all famous Oriya people.
Golden Beach of Puri
Shankaracharya's Gobardhan PithaA Hindu Math.
Shree GundichaTemple Destination of Rath Yatra.
Shree Jagannath PuriTemple. One of the four dhams i.e. the four most sacred pilgrimage places of Hindus. Constructed in the 11th century and is the starting point of the world-famous Rath Yatra, held in July. Entry is limited to Hindus. Do lean against the Shani temple and watch the summit of the temple and do savour the temple food or bhog. The temple complex is huge and has some very interesting stories associated, priests or pandas are generally the ones who conduct the non Oriya people around and generally mention all these stories although they can demand exorbitant amounts; bring it down to something reasonable. It is possible to go into the sanctum sanctorum and touch the deities in the main temple for a fee.
Shree LokanathTemple Dedicated to Lord Shiva, is said to be the place where Lord Shiva hid himself from Shani, under a pond. The Shiva Linga here is partially submerged and the pond is teeming with fish. Priests here tend to be very strict so maintain etiquette.
Sunara Gaurang Temple
Famous Places Near Puri
Balihar Chandi TempleIs secluded with a beautiful and very calm beach nearby view from the temple of which is obscured by a forest.
PipiliFamous for Applique Work
Puri Konark Marine DriveThis road was recently renovated and hence is in superb condition. It is peppered with deserted beaches and many rivers flow into the sea in places visible, if not accessible, from the road. Some beaches are said to have quicksand. Along the way there is a temple Ramchandi, which is a popular picnic spot amongst the locals, as non-vegetarian food is allowed in the temple.
RaghurajpurFamous for Patta Chitra (term for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting) as well as the location of several interesting temples.
Sun Temple of Konark
Enjoy the splendour of the Golden Beach of Puri. It is ideal for surfing and cool for a dip. The beach is covered in golden sand. The waves can also be high and rough during purnima (full moon). Also, "Please Do not litter the beach" to keep its magnificent view intact. You have to be careful about swimming off the Chakra Tirtha Rd end of the beach because there is a canal that carries raw sewage into the ocean.
Chung Wahaddress: VIP RoadGood Chinese food.
Wild Grassaddress: VIP RoadTheme restaurant serving local delicacies.
Puri is a very popular holiday resort for people from all over India but they tend to stay in the hotels nearer to Swargadwar (rather than C.T Road). These hotels are often affordable and offer quality services at very reasonable rates.
Asian Inn Beach Resortaddress: New Marine Drive Road, SwargadwarThis 3-storey resort has modern facilities including elevators, with a good view of the Bay of Bengal. There's an air-conditioned restaurant and a conference room. There is also a doctor on call, laundry, locker and secretarial services.
Balananda Tirthasram & Restaurantphone: +91 6752228727address: Sea Beach RdFamily hotel with sea views from each balcony. You can see the sea from your room balcony. You have to order and collect your coupon each morning before 10 for lunch starting at 12:30PM. Same for dinner and breakfast. Phone no. 06752228727 / 06752694108
Gochikar Houseaddress: New Marine Drive Road, SwargodwarSea view rooms, travel desk.
phone: +91 80 4809 1108address: Baliapanda New Marine Drive Road, SwargdwarQuiet location and a swimming pool. The hotel has a private beach, although there are only two canopies for guests. There are no lifeguards (nulia), but you can hire one if you wish. Breakfast (especially the Hans Coco Palms Special) is a good value and wholesome. Try the tomato shorba and 'thaali' for lunch/dinner.
phone: +91 6752 230300address: New Marine Drive Road, Gourbad Sahi
phone: +91 6752 254157address: New Marine Drive Road, Gourbad Sahi
Hotel Sairamaddress: Hotel Sairam , CT RdRooms are neatly furnished and are sea facing. Warm and friendly staff.
Hotel Sea Queen Innphone: +91 6752 222846Between the beach and the hotel is a small restaurant called Pink House. Lovely food and friendly people. Adjacent to the hotel is an Ayurvedic Center providing body massage and other ayurvedic therapies.
Hotel Vijoya InternationalA beautiful hotel on a clean private beach for which tent facilities are available. Pickup and drop facilities are available from the station and you will be welcomed with flowers and welcome drink. Rooms are neatly furnished and are sea facing. The restaurant is good and will customise your menu for any special requirement (for a kid, for example). Try the fish tikka.
Krishna Resortsphone: +91 6752 220448Colour TV and hot water facility. Eco Friendly Pure Vegetarian Garden Restaurant attached. Two minutes' walk from Railway Station.
phone: +91-6752-654800, +91 90401-47447, +91 98610-1060025 furnished rooms with kitchen facilities only for holiday home, authorised Indian Rail travel agent on-site.
phone: +91 6752 230650, +91 6752 231222address: New Marine Drive Rd
Mayfair PuriBeach resort with SPA services. This hotel has its private beach with couple of lifeguards roaming around. Elegantly furnished rooms with tasty cuisine served at the restaurants.
phone: +91 9556609676, +91 8599808415address: Gopal Ballav Road, Sea BeachRooms and other facilities, described as modern and luxurious. You can also book online from their website.
Railway Hotelphone: +91 6752 222-063address: Puri Railway StationYou have to show your ticket.
Shree Vishnu Darshan Holiday Homephone: +91 6752-252155address: Marchikote Chowk, Grand RdLuxury hotel.
address: Toshali Ethnic Resort in PuriApproved by Department of Tourism, describes its own staff as warm and friendly. Spread across acres. Resort has Russian language interpreter.
phone: +91-6752231500 or +91-8895295238address: Marine drive roadMost of the rooms sea facing.
phone: +91-6752220700 or +91-7653018543address: Marine drive roadMost of the rooms facing the sea.
Sterling ResortThe resort is located away from the crowded places of Puri and has its own beach. There is a swimming pool, gym, spa, restaurant and conference hall. It also provides facilities for destination weddings. The resort organizes curated tours to the heritage village of Raghurajpur and also to Chilka Lake.
phone: +91 6752 222114You get a full sea view straight out of balcony from most of the rooms.
There are mouthwatering foodstalls on the beach selling fish, mutton, chicken kebabs, chops and cutlets. DO NOT try these, unless you want to experience the medical system of Puri. Even weather-beaten, battle-hardened, super-immune Indian stomachs can not tolerate these tasty but unhygienic attacks on your digestive system. Eat out of hotels, perfectly fine. But do NOT try the seashore roadside food stalls.
Stay safe from pandas of any temple. They will extract money from your pocket ruthlessly in the name of God. They are very influential and nothing can be done with the help of law. Avoid entering the innermost sanctum of any living temple (even if you are Hindu/Indian). They will ask you to offer puja or pay respect to innumerous Gods here and there of same temple very politely/affectionately but will demand money in the name of each God separately. No use arguing with them. If you are a bit religious/curious then carry enough change so that you can donate ₹1, ₹2, ₹5, ₹10 to get rid of them without any commotion.
Stay away from monkeys. Don't lure them with food and other stuff.
From the main bus stand in Puri you can get buses to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack which are less than 60-70 km away. Bhubaneswar, which is a major hub, further increases connectivity.
- The temple of Konark is nearby and definitely a must visit.
- Satapada on Chilika Lake is nearby and is a great place for sighting dolphins.