Nearby Attractions Puri

Nearby Attractions Puri

Puri as a Popular Tourist Destination in Odisha, India

Puri is the most preferred location for travelers. It is a tourist place that is suitable for all generation. Best months to visit Puri are January, February, March, June, July, October, November and December.Surrounded by a number of places of tourist attractions in & around Puri you can choose wide range of packages to make your vacation in this spiritual capital of Odisha. Puri Travel Guide is vivid with numerous tourist attractions of Puri, making Puri sightseeing is worth thing to do along with enjoying a relaxing holiday. So explore in and around Puri with all the great following places :

Raghurajpur Painting Village :

Raghurajpur is 12Km from Puri on Bhubaneswar road in 203 National highway, near Chandanpur. Raghurajpur - the artisans’ village, is a living museum itself. Every household has a painter and can show you lavishly painted, the age-old tradition paintings on canvas, skil (tassar) and other varieties like Pattachitra, papiermache, masks, stone idols, sculptures, wooden idils and toys and many more.

Raghurajpur is 12Km from Puri on Bhubaneswar road in 203 National highway, near Chandanpur. Raghurajpur - the artisans’ village, is a living museum itself. Every household has a painter and can show you lavishly painted, the age-old tradition paintings on canvas, skil (tassar) and other varieties like Pattachitra, papiermache, masks, stone idols, sculptures, wooden idils and toys and many more.

Pipili Applique Works :

Futher ahead on the National highway 40 Km from Puri another craft village awaits for you known as Pipili. This ancient land is famous for its Applique work. One can find a series of shops decorated with many applique works with bright colors. The varieties are like umbrellas, lamps shades, wall cloths, table covers, sofa covers, children cloths, bad covers and many more. These are prepared by skilled craft persons, perhaps, a remnant of Mughal days. People love to see the varieties they even like to purchase the handicrafts.

Konark Temple :

From Puri, one can visit the World Heritage Monument-- Konark Temple, 35 Km on the Marine Drive. Konark One can enjoy the natural beauty of the Marine Drive Konark while driving. On the way, there are a few scenic spots with Temple, like Beleswar (14Km) and Ramachandi. While driving from Puri, you can cross Tosali Sand Resorts, a luxurious hotel. On approaching Konark, one can see the beauty of the sea at Chandrabhaga, which is regarded as Tirtha also. Here, sunrise is very beautiful and enchanting. This is 3 km away from Konark.

Now you can enter in the marvels of time and space, the elegant stone house of art and architecture -- the Sun Temple of Konark. The entrance ticket may be purchased (Rs 5/- per Indians and US $ 5 for foreigners) from ASI ticket Booth.

Konark since ancient times is a celebrated centre for Sun worship. Konark as ArkaKshetra finds mention in SambhaPuran. Sambha, the son of Sri Krishna as the Puranic story goes, worshiped the Sun here and installed the image and got cured from Leprosy. It has a long tradition of Sun worship interwoven with many legends and stories.

Often named as Black Pagoda, The Konarak temple was built by King Narasimha of the Eastern Ganga dynasty in the thirteenth century. The temple is today known for its amazing legendary stories and unique Kalinga architecture. Konark Sun temple is located on the shores of Bay of Bengal and signifies the glory of the Sun God. The entire temple is in the form of a chariot for the Sun God with twelve giant wheels depicting the twelve months of a calendar and driven by seven horses resembling the seven days of a week. It has three significant sections known as the Sanctrum with images of the sun god, natyamandir or the area where the devadasis used to perform their dances and Jagamohana. Mayadevi Temple and Vaishnava temple has also been discovered near the main temple. It is included in UNESCO as a world heritage site, unfolds many mysteries about the architectural excellence of those days.

Chilika Lake Lagoon In Odisha :

This largest coastal lake of India and Asia's largest in-land salt water lagoon enriched with picturesque view that soothes to your soul. This huge lake has many islands treasuring many beautiful assets. The migratory birds visit the Nalaban forests around the lake all the way from regions like Siberia for nesting during the winters, the lake also proudly flaunts the 'bird island' which is extremely popular amongst the tourists for its rich aquatic life and an impressive population of the native and the migratory birds. The Kalijai Island is famous for the temple of goddess Kalijai. Satapada houses the astonishing Chilika Dolphins in their natural abode. Parikud and Malud are the other islands while Brahmaputra is known for its scenic beauty.

Satapada Irawwaddy Dolphin Point : Satapada is a lake side resort located on the southeast side of Chilika lagoon which is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. 50 Km. From Puri, on the road leading to land's end you find Satapada. A tiny cluster of seven islands 'sata' means seven and 'pada' means village. This is where the lake meets the Bay of Bengal.

Chilika covers an area of 1,165 square Kilometers over the district of Puri, Khurda and Ganjam. Chilika is home to more than a hundred species of fish and dolphins. With the onset of winter, birds begin to arrive in Chilika.

Bhubaneswar :

The state capital has several names as per its treasures. From very old known as temple city Bhubaneshwar of Odisha is now got a new name as Smart city of India houses many places of tourist attraction. It is the site for many ancient temples, Bhubaneswarthe prominent ones amongst them being the Lingaraj Temple, which was built in the medieval period, when the architecture was in its zenith in Odisha. Lord Shiva is worshiped in this temple made up of granites. The 7th century Parshurameshwar temple is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar. The Rajarani Temple is popularly known as the love temple because of the graceful sculptors of females and couples carved on the temple wall. The 10th century Mukteshwar temples are the classic examples of ancient Kalinga Architecture. The city also has a state museum showcasing coins, stone inscriptions paintings and other articles of historical significance. You can explore the art works of Odisha in the Handicrafts Museum of Bhubaneswar. The city also has many parks and a zoo for your kids.

Dhauli : From Pipili one can straight way proceed to Dhauli, an important historical site famous for Shanti stupa and Asokan Rock Edicts on a Hillock. It is said that the famous Kalinga War was fought here during the 3rd century BC. It is also a Buddhist site and many archaeologist relics are discovered here. It is only six Km away from Bhubaneswar.

Udaygiri And Khandagiri Caves : Bhubaneswar is fortunate enough to have treasures like ancient Jain monuments which are turned as most popular tourist destination for world over tourists. Located at distance of 6 kilometres this is the site for the caves on the hilltops of Udayagiri earlier known as KumariParvata and Khandgiri known as Kumara Parvata. There are thirty three 2nd century built caves built by King Kharavela of Chedi dynasty. Rani Gumpha, HathiGumpha, BaghGumpha and Ajanta Gumpha are the impressive caves, with symbols of Jain religion and paintings depicting the glory of the kings, on their walls.

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