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Puri

Beach

Location: 62-KM from Bhubaneswar, Orissa.
Approach: By air upto Bhubaneswar, Rail and Road direct upto Puri.
Attractions: Lord Jagannatha Temple and Puri Beach.
Significance: One of the four dhams of pilgrimage for Hindus.


The sea beach at Puri offers a unique oppertunity to witness the striking sunrise and the sunset on the same beach. Often crowded with holiday makers for bathing in the afternoon, and enjoying the brightly lit kiosks in the night. The stretches parallel to the main Marine Drive Road with domestic tourists with a row of hotels, food stalls and kiosks selling souvenirs. A comparatively clean and quite place for sunbathing and a relaxed swim can be found at the eastern end.

Puri Beach

The local fishermen easily distinguishable by their triangular straw hats and dhotis serve as lifeguards on the beach and take visitors out to sea in their boats to watch the sunsets. On the Chakratirtha side the long stretch of the golden sand is more tranquil and pleasant place to stroll.

Take enough precaution while swimming as the currents can be treacherous in Puri Beach. It is interesting to visit a fishing village along the coase with dozens of boats off the coast during the day. Once landed the rich catch of prawn, pamphlets and other fishes drawn into the nets is transferred to baskets. The best time to pay a visit is around dawn, when the fishermen head out from the village and row the fleet towards the rising sun over the sea. The beaches of Puri are also renowned for the sand sculptures created particularly by the internationally famed Sudarshan Patnaik. The subjects are generally inspired by sculptures covering the temple walls, characters and episodes from the mythology and also the contemporary events.

An additional bonus is its proximity to the spectacular Jagannath temple, one of the holiest temples in the country. The beach is also the venue for the famous dance and music festival held every year at the beach.