The sandy beaches and roaring waves of Puri invite holiday-goers from all over the country and backpackers from the world over every season. But it is an especially popular vacation spot for the travel-bug Bengalis for whom Puri is just an overnight journey away
For Hindu pilgrims, the beach town is of particular significance because of the Jagannath temple and the annual Rath Yatra festival which sees swelling crowds take over the roads, beaches and temple premises of the city.Come evening, and the Puri beach turns into a flea market of sorts, with vendors selling anything you can imagine made of shells. Slip on a shell necklace as you savor a corn on a cob or bhutta, while the waves spray your face as they dance along the shoreline. Head to the Jagannath temple during the day and, believe it or not, you can make this trip on bullock cart—it’s the real Puri experience. But the best part, perhaps, about Puri is that you’ll feel right at home, no matter where you are—from the people and the food to the accommodation options, everything has a calm, homely feel to it. If you grew up in the East of the country, there’s a good chance that Puri was already your family’s top getaway destination, and if not, a visit is long overdue.Puri’s beach is undoubtedly its strongest attraction. Spend the day there, get a massage, and enjoy a dip in the sea or a picnic on the beach. In the evening stroll down the sandy beach and shop for souvenirs for those back home—there is little that you won’t find here.The Jagannath temple, in all its ancient and religious glory, is a must-visit. If you’re up for the challenge, visit Puri during the Rath Yatra festival—it’s truly a spectacle, when hordes of people crowd the streets to get a glimpse of the giant Rath making rounds of the city. If crowds are not your thing, we suggest you stay away and plan your trip during the off-peak season.There are a number of other temples and festivals that Puri is known for, and the smaller ones offer a great opportunity to experience the local culture without the fear of being crushed! Walk around the streets, eat the homely food and unwind on the beaches—let Puri’s laid-back vibe take over your holiday spirit.Auto-rickshaws and buses are easily available throughout the city and are the most popular modes of transport. If you want to explore the city on your own, you can hire a cycle or a bike for the day, both options being fairly inexpensive. If you want to splurge a bit, hire a car for your entire trip. And, as mentioned earlier, you can even hop onto a bullock cart to take you short distances for a more traditional experience.Women should avoid roaming the beaches alone, even during the day, as there have been attacks in the past.Be careful while swimming in the sea as the currents have become dangerous. Keep a lookout for fishermen or lifeguards
Puri is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar at a distance of 47kms.
Airports: Biju Patnaik Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Puri from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Puri