Puri is an ancient temple town of Odisha. The district is also known as Jagannath Puri after the 12th century Jagannath Temple located in the city. This is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites of India. The city is also famous for its lakes, rivers and beaches. The city influences its travelers with its rich culture and heritage. The city’s temples, festivities and cultural festivals are also very famous.
The main places to visit include:
Jagannath Temple: This is one of the main Hindu temples of India. The temple was built in 1161. The main deity of the temple is Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The statue of Lord Jagannath is carved out of wood and is replaced every 12 years.
Puri Beach: This is the site of annual beach festival and is also considered as a sacred place for Hindus. This peaceful beach is a common sight for sand art.
Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary: This is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuaries pf Odisha. The Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across an area of 1100 sq kms. This is located by the name of Chilika Lake which makes the area the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest in the world. The sanctuary houses a large variety of fauna and avi-fauna species.
Atharnala Bridge: This is a medieval bridge built by the kings of the Ganga Dynasty in the 13th century. The bridge comprise of about 18 passages. The 85 meters long bridge is now a protected archeological heritage.
Gundicha Ghar Temple: The temple was built by the queen of King Indradyumna the founder of the 1st Jagannath temple in kalinga style. This temple is located near to the Jagannath Temple and is a common place of the festivities during the annual festival ‘Ratha Yatra’.
The best time to visit Puri is from November to February. The nearest airport to Puri is Bhubaneshwar's Biju Patnaik airport. Puri is well connected by rail and road transport.
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