7 Days Jagannath Puri Travel guide from Kolkata in 2022

Bhubaneswar is called the city of the temple, and Puri is a famous holy historical place in Odisha, India. We visited this year, and I would like to share my experience. I have done a few little tricks in this Jagannath Puri Travel guide from Kolkata, especially on transport and tourist spots. It helped me to save my budget. Follow this guide; it will help you.

A Good News is Sealdah puri Duronto express is started, fare 600 rupees for non-ac and 1100 rupees for AC 3 tire including meal. The time is 8 pm departure from Sealdah, and Puri arrival is 4:00 am.

Puri Travel guide
Puri Travel Guide

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Puri Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:  (Bhubaneswar) – Megeshwar temple, Rajarani temple, in the morning and in the afternoon we go to Nandankanan zoo. In the evening, we reach Dhouli from Nandankan for a light and sound show.
  • Day 2: Dhabalgiri (Dhouli), Udaygiri, Khandagiri, Lingaraj, and catch the train from Bhubaneswar for Puri at @12:45 pm. Evening at the Puri beach.
  • Day 3: We visited Raghurajpur, Pipli, Shree Gundicha Temple, Shree Jagannath Temple, Markandeshwar Temple, Shree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Buddhist Temple, Puri beach, and did some marketing.
  • Day 4: Chandrabhaga, Konark, Ramachandi Temple. In the evening, we visit for the flag opening ceremony at Shree Jagannath Temple.
  • Day 5: We Visited Puri beach, marketing at Swargadwar market.
  • Day 6: Chilika lake, watch dolphins and return to Swargadwar.
  • Day 7: Puri local Side seeing and picking up return train from Puri station.

Note – The journey starts with – HWH PURI EXP 10:35 pm reach Bhubaneswar 05:05 am. Continuing – DHOULI EXP from Bhubaneswar at 12:45 pm, reach Puri at 02:20 pm. Journey end – DURANTO EXP- Puri to Sealdah 07:45 pm, reach Sealdah railway station – 4:00 am. It’s a seven days trip from Kolkata. The Kolkata to Puri is 496 KM, and the temperature is 34 degrees in March. Four people with one child.

Puri tour Guide

Our 7 Days Puri tour guide

We started our journey with a group of 4 people, boarded from Howrah station, and the Howrah Puri express left the station around 10:40 pm. The next morning we reach Bhubaneswar at 5:10 am. 

Bhubaneswar, a smart city, is called the city of the temple, and Puri is the most famous holy place in India; it’s also called the glory of Orisa.

Bhubaneswar tourist spots map
Bhubaneswar tourist spots map

After reaching Bhubaneswar, we hired an auto and visited Megeswar templeRajarani temple, and checked in to our hotel. The railway station is 2 km from there, and it’s in a perfect place. The hotel surrounds many temples within walking distance. They have an attached restaurant serving good quality food at a reasonable price.

mukteswar temple
Mukteswar temple

We reached the hotel, took a rest, had breakfast, and went for the Bhubaneswar local sightseeing. We visit some temples, Udaygiri, and Khandagiri locally. In the afternoon, we hired an Uber for Nandan Kanan. We already booked an entry ticket from the Nandankanan site earlier. We save time because the queue is huge, which I saw. It’s one of the best and largest zoos in Asia, and kids can enjoy it a lot there.

The next day We visited Pipli and left Bhubaneswar, and reached Puri. In the evening, we spend time at puri sea beach and return to the hotel. 

The next day went to Chilika lake and returned. You can see dolphins here. It’s a full-day journey. Book OTDC for sightseeing; it’s the best.

On the last day, we did a local side seeing visit to Sri Jagannath Puri Temple, Markandeswara Temple, Sudarshan Crafts Museum, Gundicha Temple Golden Beach, Buddhist temple, Raghurajpur Gourio math etc. In the evening, we boarded from puri station to return to Kolkata.

My Puri Packing list 

I always carry extra clothes for the beach, Tharmas, mosquito coil, power bank, Hitting cup, medicine etc.

puri hotels

Puri expense for four people

TravelExpenses
Train Fare (total) Kolkata – Bhubaneswar to Puri4740
Auto fare (Bhubaneswar station to hotel)200
Bhubaneswar Hotel ( 2 rooms)1400
Uber at Bhubaneswar (all the temples)1500
Swargadar to Jagannath temple up down160
Puri hotel2400
Jagannath Temple to Markendeswar temple100
Swargadar, Pipli, Raghurajpur, Gouriya math, others by auto1000
Swargadar to Konarak  by car1700
Food6000
Extra1000
total20200
Per person5050 rupees (Shopping Extra)
Puri tour cost

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11 Famous places in Puri Sea Beach and Bhubaneswar near me

There are many places in puri, but the following places are always in the hype.

  1. Dhabalgiri temple
  2. Udaygiri and Khandagiri
  3. Nandan Kanan zoo
  4. Puri sea beach
  5. Swargadwar
  6. Puri Jagannath temple
  7. Pipli and Raghurajpur Artist Village
  8. Puri local Side Seen – Gundicha, Buddhist Chinese temple, Sri Gouria Bihara, and others
  9. Konark Sun Temple
  10. Chandra Bhaga and Ramchandi Temple
  11. Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary and Lake

1. Nandan Kanan zoo

Nandan Kanan zoo is the 2nd largest zoo in India, famous for its white tiger safari. Tourists mainly came to Puri first and took the package for the side seen like Dhouli, Nandan Kanan etc. So it’s a full-day tour plan with less time, only a long journey achieved during this travel.

But if you stay one or two days in Bhubaneswar, it will help you reach those places very comfortably, and you can spend extra time in those places after we move to Puri. On our first day at Bhubaneswar, we first visit this place.

nandan kanan zoo
Nandan Kanan zoo

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2. Dhabalgiri Temple

After spending 3 hours in Nandan Kanan, we booked another Uber for Dhabalgiri/Dhouli. There is a unique attraction that I should share with you. Light and sound show happened in the evening based on the entire Dhabalgiri as a frame; they do not use any standard screen. It’s a 45 minutes show, and the ticket is just 45 rupees.

The show is based on king Ashoka and the story of how to make the stupa. It’s a unique one. In the evening, we again book Cab from Dhouli and return to the hotel to have dinner and rest.

The next morning, we booked a cab and went to Dhabalgiri again because we could not see the entire Dhabalgiri properly on the last evening. However, the Dhabaliri and stupa looked magnificent in the sunlight. Outside there we bought some Prasad.

dhouli bhubaneswar
Dhouli Bhubaneswar

3. Udaygiri and Khandagiri

That same day we went to Udaygiri and Khandagiri. Both have historical values; Khandagiri means khanda means broken, and Giri means hill. In the Khandagiri temple, Jain Tirthankara’s sculpture is made with “Kastipathar.”

The entry fee was 2 rupees only. Beware of monkeys in Khandagiri. I have a terrible experience with them. Many monkeys suddenly jumped on me because a local person gave me some fruits in my hand, and I was very scared.

Monkey attack at Udayagiri Bhubaneswar
Monkey attack at Udayagiri Bhubaneswar

From Khandagiri, we hired an app cab for the Lingaraj temple, it’s the most famous temple in Bhubaneswar. After that, we reach the station and catch Dhouli express for Puri.

Bhubaneswar tourist spots map 2
Bhubaneswar tourist spots map 2

4. Puri sea beach

When I reached Puri and passed the beachside road, I waited to reach the hotel, put the luggage in the hotel and ran to the Puri sea beach to enjoy the waves.

Puri is one of the significant holy Dhams in India. Located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, It has one of the finest beaches in the world. It is just the place to witness and participate in colourful festivals. Puri is famous for its annual festival of chariots, the Rath yatra. The pilgrimage town is also the abode of artisans and craftsmen who produce unique handicrafts.

But when I reached the hotel, I found it was a budget hotel in Puri sea beach. It’s near the beach, and it has a cooking facility.

Puri Hotels
Puri sea beach

5. Swargadwar Market

Puri sea beach is also known as Swargadwar. We finished our lunch, and we went to the beach again in the evening. Moreover, my daughter enjoyed the beach more than we. Lastly, we buy some dinner and go back to the hotel. ‘Chanapora’ is a delicious sweet dish; it’s the main famous local sweet in Orissa. Khaja is also very famous there. In Jagannath temple, “Khaja” is treated as Prasad.

Puri tourist spot map
Puri tourist spot map
Shopping in Puri Sea Beach Swargadwar

6. Puri Jagannath temple

The following day we went to the Sri Jagannath temple at 6:30 am. Mobile shoes etc., have to be put outside of the temple counter. A lot of pandas (priests) guide you inside the temple. There are many temples inside the main temple. You can find many exciting stories about all the temples.

Outside the temple, there is an Orissa Govt store called Banani. You can buy different kinds of clothing like Kottke sari, Sambalpuri sari, Kottke bed sheets, etc. Next, we went to the Markendeswar temple by “Riskha” for 60 rupees. After visiting the Markendeswar temple, we moved to Raghurajpur and Pipli by hiring an auto, and it cost 1000 rs from there. Both places are very famous in Orissa.

Sree Jagannath Temple in Puri Odisha

7. Pipli and Raghurajpur and Puri local side seen

After, we went to Pipli and had breakfast from a roadside ‘Dhaba.’ You can visit Pipli in Bhubaneswar to Puri car journey. We bought some handmade and aplic work products like an umbrella, bag etc., and went to Raghurajpur. Please visit Raghurajpur whenever you do sightseeing for tourist places in Puri. It would help if you appreciated the village because of their talent for crafts and painting. We finished our lunch in a Dhaba, had some coconut water, and visited ‘Gunchicha temple.’ The entry fee is 5 rupees only.

Raghurajpur artist village
Raghurajpur artist village

8. Puri local Side Seen – Gundicha, Buddhist Chinese temple, Sri Gouria Bihara, and others

Gundicha temple is also known as ‘Jagannath’s Masir bari“. The temple has lots of a statue of Lord Krishna and another goddess. It can be added when you visit the Puri mandir tour.

Then we visited the Chinese temple. It’s a small temple, but it’s a unique one. All the props which are used for the Buddhist religion are stored there. You can buy many types of Buddhist sculptures from there.

After that, we reach for “Sri Gouria Bihara” math. The environment is enjoyable, but the road is narrow and damaged. After spending some time there, we returned to the hotel and took a rest. In the evening, we went to the beach and hired four seated cars for the next day’s Konark tour (which cost 1700 rupees). We spent the rest day on the Puri sea beach and did some shopping in the Swargadwar market. Our tour end on this day.

Puri tourist spot map 1
Puri tourist spot map 1

9. Konark Sun Temple

The following day, we first visited the Konark sun temple (entry fee 30 rupees). On the way to the temple, many shops are there selling Kaju, Pesta nuts etc. If you wish to buy, you should bargain for the best price. Then, we take a guide ( for 100 rs) to the Konark sun temple. He describes all the engraving designs and details of the (chariot) rath’s wheel. In March, those days, Puri’s temperature is very high (38 degrees).

Puri tourist spot map 2
Puri tourist spot map 2

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Konark light and sound show

While you are in Konark, don’t miss the light and sound 3D show. It happened every day. The Program’s name is “Aarunaday.” The show’s time is 7:30 pm, and it is a 35 minutes program. The ticket price is 50 rupees. At 6:00 pm ticket counter opened every day. The theme is how the Konark mandir was built at that time. There are 250 seats there, and support three languages, Hindi /English / Oriya in the headphone.

English -Kabir Bedi, Hindi – Sekhar Suman, Oriya – Vijay mahanti.

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konark sun temple
Konark sun temple

Note:- Don’t try to swim in the Chandrabhaga river. It’s dangerous. You can rent Scooty for 350 rupees per day. Security deposit 350 rupees.Bike rent 800-1000 rupees per day. Contact My Puri Bike Rental, ONNROAD – Bike Rental Company, Puri.

10. Chandra Bhaga and Ramchandi Temple

Next, we visited Chandrabhaga, and It’s a beach with beauty. Kushbhadra river and the bay of Bengal both can see nicely. After spending a few minutes there, we went to the Ramchadi temple. After we returned to the hotel, we took lunch and rested. Again we visit Jagannath temple at 4:30 pm for the flag uploading ceremony. It happens every day, and many people stay outside to see it. After that, we did some shopping (Utkalika is the govt. registered shop) and bought some sweets to bring back to Kolkata.

11. Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary and lake

If you want to visit the Chilka river, take your one day more, as it is a 4 hours journey from Swargadwar. You can find one small temple on the hilltop after boating and seeing the tiny dolphins in the river.

Book a boat (220 rupees) and an AC bus (355 rupees) from OTDC per head for boating. Don’t go for private boats; the boat sounds heavy, and dolphins have fled from the sound. On the way to Chilika, they also visit the Alarnath temple and Chilka nature interpretation centre.

Attention: – There is a trap for the Visitor in Chilka by local people. In a halt, local bikers came and acted as help you. They will say there is a short route for the lake but don’t leave NH316. The boat charges are almost triple, approx 4500 rupees, but if you come from the main road (NH316), the boat ride charge is 1800 rupees.

The last day of Puri

The last day it’s homecoming day. We spent all day on the sea beach, taking a bath for a long time and enjoying the waves. Around 5 pm, we check out from the hotel and take an auto for Puri railway station. Duranto express is a very comfortable train (departure at 8:30 pm), it provides dinner included in the ticket. At 4 am, we came back to Sealdah railway station.

Travel savings plan

At Bhubaneswar, we visit all the tourist spots by Uber cab. Coming from Puri and sightseeing in Bhubaneswar it’s a huge journey. So better to stay one day in Bhubaneswar. It’s my first money-saving trick for the Puri tour.

Puri Best time to visit

You can visit Puri throughout the year. Mid- April is best in the summer and is the season for the famous Chandan yatra, and June- July is famous for the Rathyatra of Lord Jagannath.

Puri Shopping

We buy a handmade umbrella, wallet from Pipli, a handmade toy from Raghurajpur, Kokti saree, bedsheet, baby dress, t-shirt, Salwar, Panjabi, shirt from Puri. Compared to the Kolkata Puri clothing market is a little cheap, and the product quality was good.

Puri food

Bengali food is available. Sweets are exceptional, like – ChenaporaKhaja, Madanmohan etc.

Puri Khaja shop

Nrusingha Sweets( near Jagannath temple), Kakatua sweets, and Ganguram (near Swargadwar) are famous for Khaja.

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Not to-do list

If you want to stay in Puri, then cooking is a good idea, but If you wish to visit tourist places in Puri Orissa, it will be a hectic job for you. You may be short of time.

If you go to Pipli, Raghurajpur, do not take the auto. It will take lots of time.

Things to remember:

All-time carry ID proof. Carry food if you have a baby.

Emergency contact numbers
Shri Jagannath Temple 06752-222001
Puri Temple Office06752-222002
Temple Chief Administrator06752-223002
Tourist Officer06752-222664
Town Police Station06752-222039
Puri Sea beach Police Station06752-222025
Puri Singhadwar Police Station06752-252470
Baselisahi Police Station06752-230191
Baliapanda Police Station06752-254044
Puri Municipality Executive Officer06752-222122
Electricity Executive Engineer06752-223521
PWD Executive Engineer06752-223433
Water Supply Control Room06752-222081
Emergency & Immediate Assistance1800-200-2524
Puri Emergency contact numbers

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What is the expiry date of Jagannath Puri temple dry Prasad?

The dry Maha Prasad can be stored for a couple of months. But it would be best if you store it in a cool and dry place. At average temperature, “Khwaja” prasad stays suitable for up to 3 months.

What should I wear in Puri?

Puri is a beach and is a religious place, so it is advised to wear Indian cotton clothes.

Is Ola or uber available in Puri?

Ola/Uber or any app cabs are not available in Puri till now. For side seen you have to book a private taxi or Orisa govt tourist bus.

How can I go from Puri to Chilka Lake?

Chilka can be reached by train or car. By car, it takes 2 hours. Popular trains are 1. Puri to Gunupur Passenger-Unreserved (all day) time 3:30 hours approx. Dep: 7:35am, ARV:11:13am 2. Puri to Tirupati Express (exp Tuesday and Saturday) time 2:30 hours approx. Dep:1:15 pm ARV:3:45pm.

How many days are enough for Puri?

A 6 to 7 days trip is ideal for a puri tour from Kolkata. Start with a night journey by train and reach Bhubaneswar. On the first day, visit Konark, Nandan Kanan, Dhouli, Udaygiri, khandagiri, etc.

The next day, move to Puri and enjoy a sea bath. The next day goes for Jagannath Dham and local sightseeing. The next day goes to Chilika, Rambha boat ride. Next morning go to Raghurajpur and Pipli. Last day do shopping and reach puri station to come back to Kolkata.

Which month is best to visit Puri?

Summer is the ideal time to visit Puri. June to March is the best time to visit. However, Jagannath rath yatra happened in July.

What is famous for buying in Puri?

Sweets like Madanmohanm Chanapora and Khaja are very famous. Cotton garments are also good.

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  1. Your way and detail of explanation is wonderful. I am planning to go to puri. All of your advice are worth noting.

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