Jagannath Puri Tourist Guide

Jagannath Puri Tourist Guide - Destination Overview
  • Location: orissa,India -
  • Nearest Airport: Bhubaneshwar's Biju Patnaik airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Puri

Jagannath Puri Tourist Guide

Jagannath Puri Tour Package: Overview

Puri is a city which is situated  on the Bay of Bengal, 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of the state capital of Bhubaneswar. This is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus, Puri also known as Jagannath Puri, is located in the state of Orissa. Famous for the Jagannath temple, Puri is believed to be the final resting place of Lord Vishnu. Temple has 4 entrances and remains open from 5 am to 12 midnight. The Sahana mela or the public darshan is usually following the abakasha puja between around 7 to 8 am in the morning. Parimanik darshan happens after the dhupa pujas at around 10 am, 1 pm and 8 pm. Puri is also widely popular for its unique sea beach where one can witness the sunrise as well as sunset! This 3 days package covers Jagannath Temple, Gundicha Mandir, Atharnala Bridge, Puri Beach and a beautifull Chilika Lake. Holidaytravel.co designed  this pilgrimage package specially for Families with Kids, Couples and Holiday Makers.

(Jagannath Temple)

Jagannath Puri Tour Package: Rates & Dates

Total Package Cost Per Person on twin Sharing Basis (INR)
Package category Hotels Valid from 1 jan to 31 march Valid from 1 april to 30 sep
Standard Package Hotel Dolphin Rs.5,499 Rs.4,499
Delux Package Hotel Chanakya BNR Rs.6,999 Rs.5,999
Luxury Package Hotel Hans Coco Palms Rs.9,999 Rs.8,999

Package Inclusion:

  • Room on twin sharing foundation at Hotels.
  • Well ac rooms in standard package & luxury rooms in Luxury package.
  • Every day Breakfasts
  • Tour and Transfers through AC Swift Dzire/Innova as indicated by the number of pax
  • Private vehicle for 3 days
  • Arrival and Departure support.
  • Toll taxes, Parking, Driver night hault.

Why you should visit Puri?

1. Puri also known to many as Jagannath Puri after the Jagannath Temple, which was built in the late eleventh century.

2. Puri is one of the oldest cities in the eastern part of the country. It is situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal and is a popular beach resort

3. Puri is Positioned at a unique place so that both sunset and sunrise can be viewed from the beach.

5. Jagannath Temple at Puri (Lord Jagannath is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) is a major pilgrimage centre and it comes alive in the month of June and July because this is the time when the famous Jagannath Rath Yatra is held (7 to 10 lakhs of pilgrims visit during this time).

Jagannath Puri Tour Package: Itinerary

Day - 1: Arrival at  Puri

Pickup from railway st. and transfer to  Hotel/Resort at Puri, after get ready and had lunch you will go for Jagannath temple, Gundicha Ghar Temple and in the evening visit puri beach. Over Night Stay at Puri.

Day - 2: Puri – Chilika – Puri (37 km / 1.5 hours)

Early morning after breakfast you will proceed to Satapada (Chilika), Cruise in Chilika Lake, Sightseeing of Irrawaddy  Dolphins, Sea – Mouth & Rajhans Island. Back to Hotel. Over Night Stay at Puri.

Day - 3: Departure from Puri

After Break fast & check out from hotel and proceed to Atharnala Bridge then drop to railway st. for onwards journey. Tour end

(Puri Beech)

How to Reach Puri

By Air: Puri is 60 km from the domestic airport which is in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of orissa. Bhubaneswar is connected by air with flights to major Indian cities like New Delhi, Calcutta, Visakhapatnam, Ranchi, Chennai and Mumbai etc. All major domestic airlines like Air Deccan, Jetlite, Kingfisher, Indian Airlines have daily flights to/from Bhubaneswar. The nearest International Airport is at Calcutta (Kolkata).

By Rail: Puri is the last point of South Eastern Railway. A major rail head on the South Eastern Railway, Puri has fast and superfast train connections to Calcutta, New Delhi, Chennai, Banglore, Mumbai and other major cities and towns of the country.

By Road: The bus stand near the Gundicha Temple provides connections to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, service every 10-15 minutes. Minibuses to Konark leave every 20-30 minutes and also from Jatiababa Chhak. There are direct buses for Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.

Places to visit in Jagannath Puri

Jagannath Temple: Built in 1161, the Jagannath Temple is one of the major Hindu Temples in India. The primary deity of the temple is Lord Jagannath, who is a form of Lord Vishnu. Interestingly, unlike the statues found in other Hindu temple, the statue of Lord Jagannath is carved from wood and is replaced every 12 years. The Temple is a part of the Char Dham Hindu pilgrimage and is a must visit attraction in Puri.

Puri Beach: Located at the shores of the Bay of Bengal the Puri Beach is the site of the annual beach festival and is also a sacred place for the Hindus. The beach is a common sight for sand art and is one of the most peaceful beaches to visit while visiting in winters.

Chilika Lake: The largest brackish water lake in Asia, this lake is the favourite haunt of several migratory and aquatic birds, especially flamingos. There is the Nalaban Island in the middle of the lake, which is a classified bird sanctuary. This lake is also home to the Irrawaddy Dolphins.

Atharnala Bridge: Built by the kings of the Ganga Dynasty in the 13th century, Atharnala is a medieval bridge that is exemplified by the 18 passages it comprises of. The Bridge is considered a protected archeological heritage and is 85 meters in length. The best time to visit again is during the winter months when the views of the surroundings can be enjoyed at their best.

Gundicha Ghar Temple: Built in a distinctive kalinga style, the Gundicha Ghar Temple was built by the queen of King Indradyumna the founder of the 1st Jagannath temple. The temple is located right next to the Jagannath Temple and is a common place of the festivities during the annual car festival known as the ‘Ratha Yatra’. The architecture of the temple is a marvel to behold and is ornate with intricate and artistic stone carvings.

(Chilika Lake)

Best Time to Visit Puri

While one can visit Puri any time of the year, the winter months from November to February are the best time to visit as the weather is at its balmiest best. If you don’t mind being part of a crowd of thousands of people and are seriously devout, then come here during June and July when the Rath Yatra takes places. It is the annual Chariot Festival of the Jagannath Temple when devotees throng this town to pull the Lord’s chariot. The rainy season (June to September) is best avoided as the southeast monsoon really pours its heart out.

Shopping in Puri

Grand Avenue, Puri's broad main street is lined with shopping options. Shops and stalls that sell rudraksha (holy seeds) and sandalwood beads, Ayurvedic cures and the images of Lord Jagannath.

Things to do in Puri

Take the temple trail and visit the Jagannath temple. After that head to the beach - relax, lie in the shade of the swaying palms or try your hand at some water sports. Go fishing with some of the fishermen in their boat or take a holy dip in the sea. Surfing is another popular activity in Puri that you can enjoy.

Eating Out in Puri

A range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served at the restaurants of the upmarket hotels. Chinese, Indian and European Continental figure on all the menus, though visitors might not always recognise the taste of the food served! Seafood is fresh from the waters of the Indian Ocean. Inexpensive eating out options are limited to the handful of cafes that dish up local food in platefuls. Vendors on and around the beach serve Indianised versions of fast food like burgers and noodles and of course, all the Indian favourites.

Hotels in Puri

Hotel Dolphin: This hotel is a great combination of Luxury amenities and a homely atmosphere Dolphin Group makes for all one of the best choices a traveler can make looking for, easy on the pocket and yet Luxurious vacation.

Hotel Chanakya BNR: The mid-rung hotels that cost a little less are older establishments with wide verandas and balconies facing the seafront. To stay in mid-rung accommodation you can choose Hotel Chanakya BNR.

Hotel Hans Coco Palms: If you are looking for luxurious facility then Hotel Hans Coco Palms suitable for you.  The property, formerly the retreat of Orissan royalty, is located conveniently away from the hustle and bustle of this ancient pilgrimage town on a stretch of pristine coastline – the perfect natural setting for rejuvenating and relaxing the body and mind.