The most sacred pilgrim center for Hindus in India, Puri is also known as the Jagannath (the Lord of Universe) and is credited with the famous Jagannath temple and is along the coast of Bay of Bengal in the state of Orissa in India. Puri is an emerging industrial area with the major industries like rice milling, handicrafts and fish curing. Puri is a religious place and a most wanted holiday attraction. The major attractions nearby Puri includes the Chilka Lake, renowned as the biggest inland salt-water lagoon, Puri beach, Gundicha Ghar and the Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary.
Languages: Oriya, Hindi, Bengali
Best Season: October to March
Weather: Summer 19 to 45°C, Winter 3 to 32°C
STD code: 06752
Travel within city: Cycle rickshaw, auto rickshaw and motorbike
How to Reach
The nearest national airport in the state is at Bhubaneshwar. There are frequent flights from Calcutta, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. Puri is 62 km away, a distance that can be covered by road or by rail.
Direct express trains link Puri with Delhi, via Varanasi or Agra. There are trains to Calcutta and Guwahati too. Puri has a branch line of South Eastern Railway network connecting the southern Indian states to Puri. From other places in India, trains arrive at the nearest major junction at Bhubaneshwar, 62 km away or at Khurda Road, 44 km from Puri.
Puri and Bhubaneshwar are well connected by road; with frequent and fast state transport buses and minibus services that do the journey in a few hours. Cars, Jeeps and other private vehicles also ply on the same route as do luxury buses run by the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation.