Tourist Places of Puri
The holy city of Puri, 60 km from Bhubaneswar, is one of the four holiest places of pilgrimage for Hindus. Puri is a land of temples and religious architecture. The Lord Jagannath temple which was built way back in the 12th century, is not only of great religious significance to the people but is respected by thousands of pilgrims who seek His blessings from all over the world. This intense feeling of respect of Jagannath, or the Lord of the Universe, reaches its pinnacle during the annual Rath Yatra in the months of June July and is a treat to be a part of it. Puri offers a huge variety of colourful fairs and festivals round the year. The town is also famous for its many Mathas (monasteries of the various Hindu sects).
Puri is one of the oldest cities in the eastern part of India and is a popular beach resort too. Puri provides tourists the rare opportunity of witnessing the colorful sunrise and sunset on the same beach on its golden sands.
The city has become a synonym for Temples, golden beaches and picturesque lakes that is visually fascinating , crafts that are colourful and vibrant and the numerous exhilarating festivals.........Puri has then all and much more for you......
Excellently connected by Air, Rail and Road, Puri invites you to its hospitable environs and to witness an experience you will remember forever. Come to Puri, she has been waiting for you for centuries.
Balighai The confluence of calm flowing river Nuanai and the voilent sea represents the amazing place of Balighai. The place is known for its peaceful environment and rejuvenating nature. Tourists from all over the places throng this place to enjoy the natural splendor. It is 8 km from the city of Puri.
Brahmagiri - According to a ritual 15 days before the Rath Yatra there is no public darshans of the Lord Jagannath. There is a popular belief that Lord Jagannath during this period appear as Alarnath Dev at Alarnath Temple in Brahmagiri, which is about 23 km from Puri. Close to it is the shrine of Baliharachandi on the solitary sand dunes.
Satyabadi 20 km from the holy city of Puri, Satyabadi is a ritual site and a revered place of Lord Sakshigopal. According to a popular adage the visit to Puri is incomplete without darshan of Sakshigopal at Satyabadi. The place buzzes with religious activities all over the year.
Baliharachandi Vast stretched sandy coastline and fringes of casuarina plantations is synonym for Baliharachandi beach. Baliharachandi is famous for most respected religious temple of Goddess Harachandi which attracts tourists from all over the world. Its a delightful trip for nature lovers and peace seekers alike. It is approximately 27 km from Puri.
Raghurajpur Surrounded by the tropical trees of coconut this tranquil village is on the world map for its rich cultural heritage. Raghurajpur boasts of the intricate and beautiful age old paintings of pattachitra's and talapattachitra's. It is birth place of the famous Odissi dancer Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. The village is also named as artisans viallage as almost all the families are involved in creating one or another form of art and craft.
Approach : By air to Bhubaneswar (Puri is 62 km from Bhubaneswar). Puri is well connected to all major cities of Orissa as well as neighboring state by road and rail.
Best time of visit : October to March.
Balighai (8 km) The Casuarina fringed Balighai beach is a famous picnic spot. The Sun and fun at the mouth of the river Nuanai is unforgettable.
Brahmagiri (25 km) - Brahmagiri is known for the living shrine of Alarnath. Streams of pilgrims visit Alarnath during Anabasara of Lord Jagannath. Nearby is the shrine of Baliharachandi on the solitary sand dunes.
Satyabadi (20 km) - Satyabadi or Sakshigopal is known for the shrine of Lord Sakshigopal. It is believed that the visit to Puri is incomplete without a visit to Sakshigopal. The temple is only 2 km away from the main road leading to Puri and is convenient to visit.
Baliharachandi (27 km) 27 km to the south-west of Puri is the temple of Baliharachandi. Situated on a sandy hill near the sea and adjacent to the mouth of the river Bhargavi, Goddess Durga is worshipped here as Baliharachandi. The scenic beauty of this place is ideal for group picnic.
Raghurajpur (16 km) - One of the most famous artists village in Orissa, the village of Raghurajpur boasts not only of the exquisite pattachitra's and talapattachitra's, but also of being the native place of Guru kelucharan Mohapatra, the famed Odissi dancer. Even today, under the tutelage of renowned Guru's, young boys can be seen practicing the Gotipua dance here. A visit to Orissa would definitely be incomplete without a visit to this little village.
Satapara (52 km) - Satapara, a retreat in nature on Chilika Lake, has been thrown open to visitors. Its location near the confluence of the Lake with the Bay of Bengal, and proximity to Puri (52 km), makes it an ideal spot to enjoy Chilika. The thrilling sight of dolphins round the year and abundance of migratory and resident birds in winter make it a preferred place for a vacation with nature.