Puri or Jagannath Puri is a charming Indian temple city based in Odisha. Each year it welcomes scores of travelers who like visiting the stunning 11th century Jagannath Temple that the city is named after. The shrine is an architectural marvel entrenched in years of tradition surrounded by a number of other places of tourist interest.
The Extraordinary Govardhan Matha
The Govardhan Peeth is a major attraction with a beautiful façade built by Adi Shankaracharya who was believed to be an avatar of God Mahadev. The 9th century structure is an important part of Orissa’s heritage and is a much frequented pilgrimage site, visited by the devotees of Lord Shiva.
Tourism in Puri
The temple city holds a lot of old world charm in its temples and bazaars. It presents itself as the perfect vacation destination with the presence of a serene beach and Chilika Lake that attracts numerous species of water birds. The famous Gundicha Ghar shrine that is popularly referred to as the ‘Garden House of Jagannath’ is another sightseeing locale along with being an important place of worship. Out-of-towners can make day trips to the Atharnala Bridge as well as the striking Puri Beach.
The beach festival is an exciting event not to be missed for it is a grand fiesta celebrated at Puri and attended by tourists and locals alike. Another carnival that is much awaited is the grand Rath Yatra that has the locals celebrates the festival of the chariots with a 9 day fiesta.