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Shri Jagannath Temple
Shri Jagannath Temple
Puri

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Puri Beach

HOW TO REACH
Puri is 60 km from Bhubaneswar by road and 35 km from Konark on Marine Drive. It has direct trains from Calcutta, New Delhi, Tirupati and Ahmedabad.

WHERE TO STAY
OTDC Panthanivas
Tel : 91-671-22562/ 22740
For AC, non-AC rooms/suites
Rs. 1000/- to Rs. 350/-

Other Hotels
For Budget Tourist & High Spending Groups

ASSISTANCE
Puri Tourist Office
V.I.P. Chhak, Station road, Tel  22664,
Gram : ORISSA TOUR  Tourist Counter, Railway Station, Tel : 23536.

PURI

PURI, the city by the sea, is a major pilgrim centre in India. Adi Shankara founded one of the Peethas here. Puri is also famous for its Golden Beach, ideal for swimming and surfing.

But the fame of Puri emanates most from the Jagannath Temple, which contributed the word ‘Juggernaut’ to the English language. This 12th century temple is known for its annual Rath Yatra or Car Festival. Within its precincts are the smaller temples of Vimala, Lakshmi, Vishnu and innumerable Gods and Goddesses and the Ananda Bazar, the world’s biggest food market. Gundicha Ghar is a small sanctum about 2 km from the main temple, where the idols are taken during Rath Yatra for a week’s sojourn. On the outskirts of the city is Shri Lokanath, an honoured shrine of Lord Shiva.

The grand road called Bada Danda is a shopper’s delight. It offers typical Puri handicrafts like miniature stone sculptures, wood carvings, sea-shell items, patta-paintings on cloth and applique work. Shoppers have another avenue at Swargadwara at the southern end of the beach. The atharnala Bridge near Puri spans seven centuries. Built in the 13th century A. D. this engineering marvel over the Madhupur stream is still is use. Talking of beaches, never miss the Balighai. This is an estuary of the river Nuanai, 8 km north of Puri. A famous picnic spot, it abounds in deer and colourful birds.

Brahmagiri, 25 km from Puri, is known for the Alaranath shrine. The Baliharachandi shrine is nearby. Only 27km from Brahmagiri is Satpada, an ideal place to enjoy Chilika and to have a glimpse of cavorting Dolphins. The Sakshigopal Temple, with a life-size image of Lord Krishna and the Artists village, Raghurajpur are 25 km and 15 km respectively from Puri.

Hotels For Budget Tourist Groups:

Name of the Hotels

Tele

Name

Tele

Puri Hotel 22114 Hotel Samudra 22705
Victoria Club Hotel 22005 Hotel Jyoti 23269
Sagarika Hotel 24036 Hotel Sonali 23545
Hotel ‘Z’ 22554 Sea-view Hotel 23417
Hotel Subhadra 23686 Youth Hotel 22424

Hotels for High-Speeding Groups:

Name of the Hotels Telephone Places
Hotel Neelachal Ashok 23651 PURI
South-Eastern Railway Hotel 22063 PURI
Hotel Holyday Resort 22440 PURI
Hotel Vijoy International 22702 PURI
Hotel Hans Coco Palm 22638 PURI
Hotel May Fair Beach Resorts 24041 PURI
Marine Resorts 25578 PURI
Sterling Holiday Resorts 24650 PURI

A number of Dharmasalas and Lodging Houses are available for low-budget tourists.

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