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Puri Beach

Puri beach is one of the ideal destinations that you can think of for a wonderful beach holiday. It is one of the most magnificent and frequently visited beaches in India that is favoured by the family holidaymakers and the honeymooners. It offers breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset. Puri beach is an ideal place for lazing around, bathing, swimming or simply viewing the priceless scenery of the advancing waves with their frothy exuberance; shimmering in the sunlight.

Puri beach is characterized by widespread white sand, plethora of hawkers busy selling their wares, and the wonderful loving breed of people called nuliah, who help you tackle the huge waves of Puri with tact and adventure. It is a good place for the pleasant evening walks while sipping through tender coconut water. As you see the catamarans floating in the far flung waters, you too may feel a longing for embarking on a journey to nowhere… Yes you can also enjoy a boat ride in the sea. Puri beach also has religious significance. Besides the regular tourists, devotees too throng the beach to take a dip in the holy waters of this holy city of Lord Jagannath.

Puri beach can be easily accessed from the city of Puri. It is well-connected to the holy and historic city by road. Bhubaneswar Airport is the nearest airport. The beach is located at a distance of about 62 km from Bhubaneshwar. From Bhubaneshwar, one can take a bus, train or hire a car or taxi to get to Puri.

The month of November is the ideal time to visit Puri beach. In this month, Puri Beach Festival is organized under government patronage. This festival is organized by the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Orissa, in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the Department of Tourism, Government of Orissa, and the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts and the Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, Kolkata.

The beach shines beautifully throughout the day and night during this festival. One must participate in this festival to get an insight of the culture, lifestyle and the vibrant aesthetic skills of the people of Orissa. The five-day long cultural fiesta includes, among other things, showcasing of various forms of dances from all corners of the nation, and handicrafts. In addition to that, this festival offers an opportunity to pamper the taste buds of the tourists with mouth watering local delicacies. The visitors can also get the right platform to purchase the local craft works of Orissa, for a steal, which are indeed priceless.

Puri beach is also well-known for the sand sculptures. They are created by taking the inspiration from the sculptures from temple walls, mythological characters and the latest events. They can act as your memento for the Orissa trip.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/14


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Prithwish Ganguli

Posted on 2011-10-14The Puri sea beach is not a pleasant place at present. The whole sea beach is hawker infested and the remaining place are occupied by beasts like camel, horse etc. The tourists get no place to stand and enjoy the sea. In my opinion it is better to go to new Digha rather than Puri. Besides these the lack of security is another reason for avoiding Puri. The misbehaviour of the local people cannot be reduced into words.I promised not to go to puri again in my life