If one looks from the perspective of spiritual tourism in India, Puri Tourism in Odisha has bypassed the ancient city of Varanasi on a spiritual scale. Subsequently, the search for salvation for Vaishnavite Hindus ends in Puri. It is located 62 kilometers (approx.) from Bhubaneswar, the capital town. Puri is one of the most revered cities of India and experiences a strong footfall of tourists annually. Famous for spirituality and devotion, Puri also makes the tip of the Odisha’s Golden Triangle and Bhubaneswar and Konark.
Most importantly, this coastal town along the coast of the Bay of Bengal is the Eastern Dham of India. As a result, Puri manages to attract Hindu devotees in droves. The Rath Yatra Festival in June/July at Jagannath Temple is the soul of Puri Tourism. Also, the Golden Beach (Puri Beach) is now a Blue Flag coveted beach because of its clean waters.
Put on your reading glasses to browse the Puri Tourism Travel Guide, where we have chalked down everything about Puri. Scroll on!
Places to Visit in Puri
The whole Puri town constitutes a chain of temples. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything in Puri apart from the temples. If you look from the touristy lens, the sightseeing places in puri cover lakes, beaches, museums, and even heritage and artistic villages like Raghurajpur. History connoisseur must-visit Sudarshan Craft Museum to unfold the history of Odisha and Puri under one roof!
Sanath Dharam Hindus must visit the Jagannath Temple, where the Rath Yatra Chariot Festival scores thousands of devotees. Then, whether you are a couple or family traveler, Golden Beach (Puri Beach) beacons you to unwind at its blue waters, followed by watersports. Lastly, boating at Asia’s biggest inland saltwater lagoon, Chilika Lake, is icing on the cake when you are in Puri.
Best Time to Visit Puri | Seasons, Months, Climate, Temperature
Weather-wise, season-wise, month-wise, climate-wise, and temperature-wise, November to February is the best time to visit Puri. This is a peak tourism season when the humidity, scorching sun, and the sea are calm. Therefore, beach activities are easy to enjoy without hindrance under the 17°C to 27°C (approx.).On the other hand, summer in Puri marks its presence from March to May (shoulder season), where the minimum and maximum hovers between 24°C - 37°C (approx.).
The summer period in Puri is hot, but still, tourists throng to the towns. Whereas monsoon is the another best time to go to Puri because of the annual Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) in June/July. Humidity and the scorching sun provide relief as the minimum and maximum hover around 25°C to 33°C (approx.). But remember, the sea is not calm, and watersports are not suggested.
How to Reach Puri | Air, Train, Road
Suppose you are coming from a flight either from domestic or international locations. In that case, arrive at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. It has two terminals for Indian and international flights. At the same time, Odisha has only one international airport in the capital town, Bhubaneswar. The distance between Bhubaneswar to Puri is approximately 62 kilometers.
If you are coming from the train, Puri has its own Junction (Puri Railway Station), which is well-versed with trains across Indian destinations. In short, visitors have to make Bhubaneswar their base point if air travel is the commute mode. At last, road travel to Puri from Kolkata, Chhattisgarh, Raipur, Andhra Pradesh is possible with excellent National and State Highway networks.
Things to Do in Puri for Every Type of Tourists
Your Puri holidays will likely revolve around the sightseeing of temples because Puri is the Eastern Dham of India. The sheer name of Puri conjures up the images of attending the aarti ceremony at Jagannath Temple, Lokanath Temple, Gundicha Temple. But there is more to enjoy in Puri apart from the mainstream experiences.
For instance, visit the Lighthouse close to the Puri (Golden Beach) between 4 PM - 6 PM after the watersports activity. If you are visiting Puri in June/July, attend the famous Rath Yatra (Annual Chariot Festival) at Jagannath Temple, followed by a holy dip at the Puri Beach. Click here to read in-depth about the best things to do in Puri for every type of tourist.
Culture and Tradition of Puri
The official Tourism website of Puri claims that even millions of tourists who have been to Puri will resonate with what we will say! Puri’s culture is based on the Jagannath cult. At the same time, Puri is the principal center of Vaishnavism in India, and Lord Jagannath is worshipped here. Lord Jagannath is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is worshipped on approximately 24 different occasions.
Puri’s culture and traditions are all about temple architecture and the fascinating legends associated with it. The famous Ratha Yatra, Chandan Snana, and the Raghurajpur Artistic and Heritage Village showcase the best of the culture and traditions of Puri. An added bonus will be if you explore the several museums upholding the ancient heritage artifacts and inscriptions associated with the ancient culture of Puri.
Restaurants and Local Food in Puri
Tourists in Puri will have no shortage of options to satiate their thirst with the local food of Puri. You will be amazed to know that the famous food of Puri is prepared in temples for devotees. Moreover, the restaurants and local food joints in Puri serve Khaja to those with insatiable teeth. At the same time, the 56 types of Bhogs offered at Jagannath Temple are the real slice of Puri cuisine. If you are on Puri’s street food tour, taste the Oriya version of Indian Khichdi, Chungi Malai made from the spice, fried rice, and coconut.
Places for Shopping in Puri
After you end your food hopping tour, join the shopping hopping excursion in Puri. The best places for shopping in Puri are encircled around the temples. Outside the temples, vendors sell Puri souvenirs like Lord Jagannath Temple sculptures, Konark Sun Temple Chariot Wheels, and more! But if you want to bowl over with the authentic shopping experience in Puri, head to Raghurajpur Village, just 15 km (approx.) from Puri. Rajghurajpur village is one of the best places for shopping in Puri to shop Pattachitra - palm leaf etching paintings made by talented craftsmen.