Puri is a coastal city in the east Indian state of Odisha . It is situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal Ocean, and 60 kilometres south of the state’s capital city Bhubaneshwar .
Puri has many temples, beaches, parks, museums and other historical attractions. Here are some of the popular attractions in Puri:
- Puri Beach – One of the popular beaches in the city; a pristine and beautiful beach located about 35km away from Sun temple
- Chilika Lake – The most popular lake in Odisha
- Raghurajpur Artist Village
- Baliharachandi Beach
- Daya River
- Blue Splash Water Park – An aquatic amusement park
If you are planning a trip to Puri, do not forget to pay a visit to these below listed places :
- Shri Puri Jagannath Temple – Puri is known for this temple all over India; It is one if the most visited temples in the country
- Sakshi Gopal Temple
- Gundicha Temple
- Lokanath Temple
- Ganesh Temple
- Alarnatha Temple
Some of the best museums to visit in the city are:
- Sudarshan Crafts Museum
- Netaji Museum
Some of the major festivals celebrated in Puri are:
- Puri Rath Yatra – A Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath, celebrated in the popular Jagannath temple each year.
- Chandan Yatra – A 12-day temple festival dedicated to Lord Jagannath, celebrated in April-May.
- Navaratri and Dussehra – A 10-day festival where Goddess Durga, the destroyer of evil, is worshipped (also known as Durga Puja); generally, in October.
- Ganesh Chaturthi – A major Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
Puri is a great place to shop for handicraft items for home décor and idols of God (local handicraft, brass items); and traditional clothes, accessories and jewelry. Here are some popular shopping spots in the city:
- Pipili – An area that is famous for the handicraft products which are sold here abundance; in fact, he entire economy here depends on these crafts, which are a must buy, for their unique beauty.
- Chandan Bazaar
- Grand Centre
- Sahoo Super Bazaar
- Bazaar Kolkata Puri
- The Family World
- Jay Shreeram Complex
Here are some of the best local delicacies to try in Puri:
- Khicede – This is a twist to the popular Indian food Khichdi, and is prepared from a mix of rice and lentils cooked in pure ghee, and flavoured with coconut, sugar, and cinnamon (mainly served during festivals at temples).
- Chungdi Malai – A rich and creamy prawn dish that is cooked in thick coconut milk and spices, and served with steamed Basmati rice.
- Dalma – A popular dish of lentils and vegetables cooked together with some local spices.
- Ukhuda – A sweet dish made of fried puffed rice, ghee and jaggery (also served at temples, as “prasad” – meaning offerings.
- Rasabali – A sweet dish, made of farmer’s cheese that is shaped into flattened round balls, deep fried and then soaked in milk that is flavoured with cardamom.
Some of the best restaurants in Puri to try the aforementioned dishes and a lot more are:
- Bhojohori Manna
- Wildgrass Restaurant
- Honeybee Bakery & Pizzeria
- Swaad Restaurant
- The Gajapati
- Agarwal’s Pure Veg Restaurant
- New Parijat Restaurant
- Dalmia Athithi Vihar
- Pink House
- Phulpatna Restaurant
Puri has many good hotels for a comfortable stay. Here are some of the best places to stay at in Puri:
- Empires Hotel Puri
- Hotel New Shankar International
- Mayfair Waves, Puri
- Chanakya BNR Hotel
- The Hans Coco Palms, Puri
- Sterling Puri
- Hotel Golden Dust
- Hotel Holiday Resort
Puri STD Code – 06752 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
- Police - 100
- Fire – 101
- Senior Citizen Helpline – 1090
- Child Helpline – 1098
- Coastal Helpline – 1093
- Women Helpline – 1091, 181
Odia is the official language of Puri.
- What is your name? - Tumoro naamo
- What happened? - Kono hela
- Did you have your lunch? - Khayilo ki?
- Come home - Gharo ku aasa
- Please sit - Doyakari basontu
- Thank You - Dhanyabado