Best Places to visit in Puri District

Puri, the land of Lord Jagannath is a city in the state of Odisha on the eastern coast of India. Biju Patnaik International Airport of Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport to reach Puri. The heritage city Puri is famous for Lord Jagannath Temple, which is one of the four Char Dham pilgrimage sites of India. It is also famous for Pattachitra paintings and Chandua art works.

Here are a complete list of 20 Best Places to visit in Puri District:

Shree Jagannath Dham, Puri :

Shree Jagannath Dham is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Lord Vishnu. Lord Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra are worshiped at the temple. There are also a large number of small temples and mandapas inside the temple premises. Mahalakshmi temple, Vimala temple, Kanchi Ganesh temple, etc. Mukti mandapa, Saraswati temple, Rama temple, Hanuman and Ishaneswar shrines are also present.

Puri Jagannath Temple
Puri Jagannath Temple |Best Places to visit in Puri District

The famous festival of Puri is Rath Yatra or the Chariot festival, which is celebrated annually in the month of June/July during rainy season. Rath yatra is also celebrated worldwide. In this festival, the three deities travel in their chariots (Raths) to Gundicha Temple. The huge chariots are pulled by the devotees. The temple of Lord Jagannath is remarked as one of the magnificent monuments of India. Non-Hindus/ foreigners are not allowed inside the temple. 

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Puri Sea Beach :

Puri Sea Beach is a another best places to visit in Puri district , its a major tourist attraction place, located in the city of Puri on the shore of Bay of Bengal. It is also a destination for travelers who love holidaying near the seashore, the blue sun-kissed waters and golden beach sands gives this place a perfect traveler destination. You can take a bath in the sea; it is not much risky. This sea beach offers a great chance to watch the colorful and pleasantly sunrise and sunset. Puri Beach Festival is a wonderful and colorful festival which happens during November for around 5 days. Different types of folk and classical dances from different parts of Odisha and India are performed along with handicrafts and handloom exhibitions.

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Narendra Tank :

Narendra Tank is one of the largest holy water tanks situated at a distance of just 1 km from the Jagannath Temple. The famous festival of Lord Jagannath, the ‘Chandana Yatra’ during Baisakhi month is celebrated every year at this very place. On this occasion, the lords of the Jagannath temple are decorated and taken in colorful processions to this tank and are cruised in boats. 

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Balighai Beach :

Balighai Beach is near the Puri-Konark marine drive road and the beach is covered by casuarina trees from all sides. The calm river Nuanai meets with the turbulent sea Bay of Bengal at this place. It is one of the cleanest sea beaches in Odisha. Olive Ridley Turtles and migratory birds can be seen in the seashore during winter season from November to February. Sea Turtle Research Centre is also a major attraction located near it.

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Konark Sun Temple :

Konark Sun Temple is one among the seven wonders of India. The Sun temple of Konark has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is also called as ‘Black Pagoda’. The sanctuary is built from red sandstone and black granite and a giant ornamented chariot. It is dedicated to the Sun god, Surya.

It is believed that the rays of the sun, falls first on the entrance of the temple. And if you see the rise and dawn of the Sun from inland, the temple seems to rise up out of the profundities of the blue ocean conveying the sun. One of the biggest dances and music festival of Odisha- ‘the Konark Dance Festival’ is held every year in this temple dance mandap during December. Dancers are invited from all over the world to take part in this festival.

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Chandrabhaga Sea Beach :

Chandrabhaga Sea Beach is situated near Konark sun temple. It is one of the cleanest beaches in Asia which has got blue flag certification. It is called as ‘the place of Rising Sun’. A large number of visitors come here every day to enjoy the scenic beauty of the beach. The Konark International Sand art festival is organized every year in this beach by OTDC in the month of December. People from Odisha, and all over India and also from outside India (foreigners) come here and participate in this Sand art festival.

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Ramchandi Beach :

Ramachandi beach is just 8km away from Konark Sun Temple and located on the junction of the Kushabhadra River and the Bay of Bengal. Goddess Ramchandi(the most benevolent chandi), the presiding deity of this locality is worshiped here. Unlike most beaches in Odisha, Ramchandi beach of Konark is a very isolated, a lot clean, and pristine beach where the water is not so turbulent. People get some very beautiful visuals during the sunrise and sunset and the most interesting fact about this spot is the sunset and rising moon can be visualized here at a time. The Lotus Beach Resort, which is scenically nestled at this place (on the convergence of the Kushabhadra River and the Bay of Bengal) is a perfect getaway to spend some quality time on the silvery sands of Ramchandi beach which is surrounded by lush greenery.

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Sakshi Gopal Temple :

 Sakshi Gopal means ‘The Witness Gopal.’ Sakshi Gopal temple is 20kms from Puri on Puri-Bhubaneswar expressway and is devoted to Lord Krishna and his companion Radha. It is accepted that Lord Krishna have come here from Vrindavan to settle a contest between two Brahmins.

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Gundicha Temple :

 Gundicha Temple is the destination of annually celebrated festival, named Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival of the Lords of Shree Jagannath temple. A 9-day festival takes place during which Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra are driven each on their wooden car and dwelled in Gundicha temple. It is the place of Lord Krishna’s worshiping auntie Gundicha.

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Alarnath Temple :

Alarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is around 20kms from Puri. It is believed that Lord Brahma worshipped Lord Vishnu on the top of the hill at this place and asked to construct a 4- armed idol, with shankha (conch shell), chakra (disk), gada (kaumodaki) and padma (lotus flower) and name it as Brahmagiri. Don’t forget to eat the special kheer of Odisha served as prasad at this place.

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Lokanath Temple :

Lokanath temple is having the most significant Shiva shrine which was set up by Lord Rama while on his way to Sri Lanka. In this temple, the shivalinga is submerged in a natural fountain throughout the year and is visible only once in a year during Pankoddhar Ekadashi- 3 days before Shiv Ratri. The individuals who are suffering from incurable diseases come to this place for prayers and by eating the prasad they get relieve too.

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Raghurajpur Artist Village :

Raghurajpur artist village is a major tourist attraction of Odisha, it is around 10 kms from Puri. It is the first heritage crafts village of the state. This is a must visit place to watch the creativity and culture of Odisha. Beautiful handmade art works are available for buying. It is popular for Pattachitra paintings, which is made using dried palm leaves. Stone idols, wooden toys, coconut crafts and papier mache crafts can also be found. The paintings are done with free hands & dyes and colors are extracted naturally from dyes of plants.

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Pipili :

Pipili is a popular handicraft village in Puri. It is around 38 kms from Puri. This place is well-known for Chandua applique works, which is the traditional fine art of Odisha. Chandua means colorful arts in clothes. Items you can find in Pipili are attractive handbags, purses, eye-catching umbrellas, wall hangings, stylish lanterns, bedsheets, etc. The chariots (raths) of the Lords of Jagannath temple are being prepared with applique designed clothes only. 

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Sudarshan Crafts Museum :

Sudarshan Crafts Museum created by Sudarshan Sahoo. It is a best place for art lovers. The place features sculptures made from stone, wooden carvings, paintings, and handcrafted things. It has a Japanese-style Buddhist temple in its premises. It also has a workshop and a library.

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Blue Splash Water Park :

Blue Splash Water Park is situated in the Puri Konark marine drive road, is a good place to chill out with family and friends. It is also a major tourist attraction place by both youngsters and children. It has about 7 rides and a variety of pools for diving. There is also a Rain dance place, which has DJ. There are also toddler’s and kids pool for children. Mostly people are attracted during summer to beat the heat. 

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Chilika Lake :

Chilika Lake is the India’s largest brackish water lake. It spreads over Puri, Khurdha and Ganjam districts of Odisha on the eastern shore of India. It has a large variety of flora and fauna in the world. A large number of Migratory birds come here during the peak season, i.e., winter. It has the highest population of Irrawaddy Dolphins in the world.  Nalabana Bird Island, Breakfast Island and Honeymoon Island are mostly attracted by the tourists. Kalijai temple is also a must visit place, mainly during Makar Sankranti.

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Nalabana Bird Sanctuary :

Nalabana Bird Sanctuary is a small island, called as Nalabana island in the middle of Chilika Lake. A large number of migratory birds come here during winter season to feed in the tidal mud flats. Flamingos, storks, grey and purple giant herons, Siberian cranes, egrets, peregrine falcon, Asiatic dowitchers, gadwall, pintails, white bellied sea eagles, Brahminy ducks, black necked ibis and sandpipers are all seen during the peak season. So, the best time to visit this place is from November to February.

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Satapada :

Satapada means a group of seven villages, located around 48 kms from Puri. Attraction of this place is Chilika lake boating and watching the dolphins. It is a home to the famous endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins. The highest number of Irrawaddy Dolphins in the world can be seen in this place. You have to go to Satapada by the OTDC boats. This place has a scenic view during the sunrise and sunset. 

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Konark Archaeological Museum :

Archaeological museum at Konark is one of the most important  museums of Archaeological Survey of India which is Located on the northern side of the Konark temple about 10-15 minutes walk from sun temple in Puri district of Odisha. This museum started in 1968 contains the various pieces of carvings and reconstructed portions of the Konark Sun temple (some of the rest are housed in the British museum). The Idol of god Sun is also seen here which is not worshiped in Sun temple. Although,this  museum is very small – but it provides you a depth information about the Konark Sun Temple. So if you want to get the whole knowledge about the Konark temple and the ancient culture of odisha, then must visit this place and know something extra about our past glory.

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Kuruma Buddhist Site :

Kuruma is widely known as a land of Budhhist Monastery and popular as a spiritual place of Buddhist site. Kuruma, a small village is located in Konark Tehsil of Puri district in Odisha. situated at a distance of 8 kilometers to the south-east of the Konark sun temple. This site was built between 9th – 10th centuries A.D. This site was first reported by a local school teacher, named Brajabandhu Das and subsequently excavated by Odisha state Archaeology from 1971 to 1975. Earlier to this quarry, a stone slab was found on the bank of a tank, containing the beautiful image of Lord Buddha. Here the Lord Buddha is seated in lalitasan position, with his right hand in Bhumisparsa mudra and the left placed over his left knee.

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