One of the popular tourist destinations in India, Puri is land of recreation and pilgrimage. It is a city in the state of Orissa. Located by the coastline of the Bay of Bengal, the place is visited by thousands of tourists and pilgrims all over the year. Puri is a holy place and is the site for the famous Jagannath Temple.
Puri in Orissa is an ancient city. It was a center of religion from the ancient ages and was one of the four cardinal institutions established by Sri Adi Shankara Charya. The Jagannath Temple was built in the late 11th century. Puri is full of ancient buildings and monuments and has a rich historical tradition.
There are plenty of tourist attractions in Puri. The beautiful sea attracts hundreds of tourists. The city has a wonderful beach where tourists can enjoy to the fullest. Shree Jagannath Puri Temple is also one of the holiest places for the Hindu community and thousands of pilgrims come here every year. Numerous sightseeing tours and holiday trips are offered by the tourist department and other travel agencies. Some notable points of interests in Puri are:
- Jagannath Temple
- Shree Lokanath Temple
- Chakra Tirtha Temple
- Shankaracharya’s Gobardhan Pitha
- Bedi Hanuman Temple
- Mausima Temple
- Shree Gundicha Temple
Tourists who visit Puri can also undertake trips to the nearby tourist attractions which are within easy reach from the city. Some of these places are:
- Chandrabhaga Sea Beach
- Sun Temple of Konark
- Chilika Lake
- Japanese Peace Pagoda
There is a wide range of lodging facilities in the city. There are lots of lodges, guest houses, holiday homes and hotels in Puri. Most of the hotels are located near the main city center at Swargadwar and are easily accessible. There are luxury hotels, middle range hotels as well as budget hotels.