When you travel to Puri, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Puri, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Puri to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Puri things to do can include exploring Puri attractions and visiting the places of interest.
Puri has a number of archaeological sights. Kurum, 8 km from Konarak has unearthed 10CE artefacts of the Buddhist era.
Manikapatana, a place from where the remains of the medieval era were found, is in Krushnprasad block.
Kilkha Patana, from where 15th century remains were found is on the Puri Konarak Marine Drive Road.
Puri is a fun place for children. The attraction of the sea beach is always there, where kids can spend innumerable hours at a stretch. Nevertheless, The Nandankanan Zoo also forms a major part of the attraction! The zoo has safari rides for kids too which is fun and engaging entertainment for them and keeps them preoccupied.
The temple is the most important religious place in Puri. The architecture is that of Kalinga architecture and has the ‘Panchatantra’ engraved on it.
The Pancha Tirtha Shetra in Puri, the five sacred spots of the holy bath comprises the The Sea or the Mahodadhi in the Swargadwar, the Indradyumana Tank, Rohini Kunda, Markandeya Tank and the Swetaganga Tank. It is a popular belief that, a dive into these five sacred water bodies can help get rid of all the ill deeds and sins that one committed in a lifetime. The pilgrimage is not complete unless you bathe in the Pancha Tirtha.
It is situated in the epicenter of a garden. Another example of the Kalinga form of architecture, this temple of is made up of yellow sandstone. It is also known as the garden of Jagannath. It is only during the Rath Yatra that Lord Jagannath is worshipped here. The rest of the year, the temple remains empty.
The Sudarshan Craft Museum is a must watch when in Puri. It was a huge collection of the handicrafts made in Odisha. The variety and the history attached to each make the visit worth every bit.
The District Museum of Puri has a vast number of paintings of various kinds, handicrafts, sculptures and so on and so fore. It has everything creative that Odisha produces and is a branch of the Odisha State Museum. It is located on the Station Road.
The Sand Art Park, which is famous for its masterpieces of sand art created by various artists throughout the year, is located in the Grand Road.
Rath Yatra Festival is the most famous festival that happens in Puri. People from all over the world come each year to be a part of one of the largest festival and fair in India. The deity trio of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram and Goddess Subhadra are brought outside the temple premises only once a year. They are put on a chariot or a ‘Rath’ and are brought outside for public view, irrespective of religions. This happens during the rainy season in the months of June to July or the “asara’ month. This is the biggest festival in Puri and the largest fair happens at this time where cultural programs are organized as well.
Puri is a photographer’s delight, but it is during this festival that photographers, documentary filmmakers, performing art artists, and painters visit Puri the most.
The other festivals are the Chandan Yatra, the day on which the initiation of the work of the chariot happens on the Akshay Tritiya; the Snana Yatra when the deities are bathed and adorned on a full moon night; the Anansara, a day on which the deities go on a secret room for a vacation.
There are a number of other festivals too like the Maha Shiva Ratri, the Siruli Mahavir Mela, the Konarak Festival, The Puri Beach Festival, the Basant Utsav, The Konarak Music and Dance Festival, the Magha Mela, the Makar Mela to name a few. In Puri, celebration happens round the year.
The Sun Temple of Konarak, the Chilika Lake, the Chandrabhaga Beach, the Satapada Dolphin Sanctuary are all near the territory of Puri and a must watch. There are many places to visit from Puri. Nearby Udaigiri and Khandagiri also attract tourists by the dozens.
There are many rivers and lakes in and around Puri like the Kushabhradra River, the Daya River, the Kadua River the Sar Lake and you will really lobe strolling in the banks of these rivers and lakes.
The other most important landmark in Puri beside the Jagannath Temple is the Sakkhi Gopla temple.
You can go sailing, sea rafting, and diving, under the supervisions of the professionals. Adventure sports are gradually coming into existence here due to rising demand. Many of the private beach resorts have their own offering for adventure sports.
Sunrises and sunsets on the beach, visiting the Temples during the morning and evenings ‘arti’, long walks on the beach and splashing in the sea- Puri has the most therapeutic relaxation catalysts.
The luxury accommodations like Toshali Sands Resort, Mayfair Resort; the deluxe ones like Asian Inn, Holiday Resort, Camelia Resort, Chanakya BNR; the regular hotels like the Hotel Sonar Bangla, Hotel Diamond Palace, Hotel Chariot, Hotel Puri Beach Resort, Hotel Berries are only a few named. Puri has accommodation facilities for all kind of budgets.
The government guesthouses like the Circuit House, the forest IB, the Irrigation IB, and the Court Guest House require prior booking and are in great demand.
Food is quite integral to Orissa; Puri is no different. Along the sea-front, you will find a spate of the best hotels and restaurants serving the best fares. Hotels like Puri, boasts of a popular restaurant that attracts tourists by the dozens. Other must visits include The Gajapati, Chung Wah, Bhojohori Manna, New Parijat Restaurant, Joney Bee Bakery and Pizzeria, and Wildgrass Restaurant among others.
The Oriya cuisine, a mix of subtle and strong spices, is a must try. It includes an abundance of crabs and fish. Six percent of the population is vegetarian and chicken and mutton are less preferred over various types of fishes and crabs.
Pakhala, Chuda Dahi, Buta Dali, Dalma, Mandia Jau and Chatua, Bati Chura, Maach Besara, Patua, Bundia, Chuda Ghasa are some of the names of the Oriya dishes which should be tasted.
The temple ‘Bhog’ of the Jagannath Mandir, prepared by thousand cooks are internationally famous because of both the religious significance and the high quality of the food.
Visiting cinema halls for night shows, cultural performances, and a stroll on the beach- this is the nightlife in Puri. Being a place of immense religious importance, there are no discos or bars. In fact, late night partying is not something Puri is accustomed with.
The sea beach has many small shops that sell conch shell mirrors, home decoration items and costume jewellery. Fish and crab are also widely bought to bring back home. Jewellery made of conch shells are also popular souvenirs.
On the Grand Road, various types of clay models especially of Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Balaram are available. The vegetable market on this road is famous for fresh fruits and vegetables to take back home. The stretch along the Swargadar Road has a thriving street market where you can purchase gifts, souvenirs as well as edibles.