11 Puri Tourist Spot | Visit best places from Bhubaneswar

Puri tourist spots are the natural resources of Orissa. There are lots of historical tourism spots in Bhubaneswar & Puri beach in Odisha. It is one of India’s best cultural centre hubs. Orissa, the land of Oriya’s, was known as Kalinga in ancient days.

So When you plan for Puri, stay in Bhubaneswar one day and start the tour from Bhubaneswar. It will reduce your cost and time.

Puri Tourist Spot
Puri Tourist Spots

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All Puri Tourist Spot History

In 286 BC, Emperor Ashoka has sent a powerful army to conquer Kalinga, which offered stubborn resistance. Kalinga was subdued, but the carnage which followed struck Ashoka with remorse, and after the death of Ashoka, Kalinga regained its independence.

10 Places are:-

  1. Udaygiri and Khandagiri
  2. Lingaraj Temple
  3. Mukteshwar Temple
  4. Rajarani Temple
  5. Nandankanan zoological park
  6. Dhabalgiri
  7. Sri Jagannath Temple
  8. Konark sun temple
  9. Pipli
  10. Ragurajpur
  11. Chilika Lake

Bhubaneswar local tour

Bhubaneswar stands in a region which harbours a rich historical and cultural heritage. Many civilizations flourished on this rich soil; tangible remains of some are still visible in and around the city.

The history stretches at least 2200 years in the past. Bhubaneswar means the lord of the universe. In 1948, they shifted the capital of Orissa from Cuttack to Bhubaneswar. Many temples are found in this temple city.

Bhubaneswar Temples

  • Lingaraj Temple
  • Mukteswar temple
  • Rajarani temple
  • Vaital temple
  • Brameswar Temple
  • Bhaskareswar temple

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1. Udaygiri and Khandagiri

Udaygiri is a Buddhist cave, and Khandagiri is a Jain cave. The twin hills contain excavated rock-cut caves called Lena in the inscriptions and are essentially dwelling retreats of the Jaina ascetics. There are altogether 18 caves in Udaygiri and 15 caves in Khandagiri hill.

These caves were excavated by Kharavela and his successors in the 1st century B.C. The activities, continuing until Somavamsis of A. D. 10-11 cent. Most of the caves include a row of cells that opens either onto the veranda or to the open area before.

Udaygiri Bhubaneswar
Udaygiri Bhubaneswar

In later periods some cells were converted into shrines with minor alterations, such as increasing the height of the chamber and by the excavation of the floor to a deeper depth.

The doorway of cells has pilasters on either side with crowning animal figures, and arches over them are decorated with flowers, creepers, and animal motifs.

Among all the caves, Ranighumpha and Swargapuri-Manchapuri caves are double stored. The famous inscription of Kharavela is found engraved on the brows of the Hathigumpha cave, written in Brahmi script in 17 lines. It records many of his expeditions, including the victory over Magadha and retrieval of the Jaina cult-image taken over by the Nanda king.

The depiction of 24 Tirthankaras along with their Sasandevis in the Barahbhuju cave, Gjalaxmi, Surya, Swastika and Nandipda symbol in ancient Gumpha relief is a noteworthy achievement in early Indian art. It’s just 8 km from the station.

dhouli bhubaneswar tour guide
Dhouli Bhubaneswar

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2. Lingaraj Temple

The world-famous Lingaraj temple is one of the many sacred edifices in Bhubaneswar. It’s just 3.6 km away from the Bhubaneswar railway. It’s the largest conglomerate of shrines with nearly 180 series, depicting the culmination of the Orissan style of architecture.

The temple is 147 feet high and was built by Lalatendu Keshari of the Somavamsi Dynasty in 617-657 AD. The Natamandap and Bhogamandap were later added to the temple over different historical periods.

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3. Mukteshwar Temple

One of the most delightful expressions of the Kalinga school of architecture is the luminous beauty of the Muketeswar temple. Often called the “Gem of Orissa Architecture.” It has some of the most ornate carvings and renditions of stories from the Panchatantra.

It also shows an excellent combination of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain flavour. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mukteshwara is carved with figures of ascetics in various poses of dedication.

Mukteshwar Temple
Mukteshwar Temple 

4. Rajarani Temple

This 11th-century temple is an elegant example of finesse. The temple architecture is interesting, as it has no goddess. The name of this temple is supposed to be derived from the red-gold sand used. Rajarani being the local name for the stone.

The artist’s talent enhances the sensual beauty of the female form and the filigree sweetness of flowers and fruits. It’s just 1 km from Bhubaneswar railway station.

5. Nandankanan zoological park

Nandan Kanan zoo
Nandan Kanan zoo

Nandankanan meaning the garden for the gods, must not forget. They are covering 426 hectares of land in the Chandrika forest. Lion and tiger safari is the prime attraction. It’s one of the biggest and famous zoos in Asia.

Nandankanan zoo timing is 07:30 am to 5:30 pm. Entry tickets can buy online also to avoid the queue. Nandankanan zoo entry fee is 40 rupees, and we can make ticket booking from the Nandan Kanan website.

6. History of Dhabalgiri /Dhouli / Dhaulagiri temple orissa

The place is just 5 km from the railway station. Dhouli had the historic battle in 261BC between Emperor Ashok and the king of Kalinga. The excessive number of casualties (over 1 million) of the war had moved the victorious emperor into repentance. He took the vow of opening an alternative path of victory through love instead of the sword. 13 edicts of Emperor Ashok have been found at Dhauli, inscribed in the Brahmi script on a 5*3 meter stone slab.

In 1970, the Dhauli was crowned with a snowy white peace pagoda built by the Buddhist sangha of Kalinga and Japan. Four types of Gautam Buddha images are installed there; it’s also known as a Buddhist temple in Odisha. The ancient temple of shiva is there at Dhauli. Far below flows the river Daya.

7. Sri Jagannath Temple

The Jagannath temple in Puri is one of the four most sacred places (Dhams) of worship for the Hindus. The reigning deity who holds the devotees in intense religious fervour is Jagannath, with his system Subhadra and brother Balabhadra. Its 65-meter conical tower slashed the skies with its Vishnu Wheel and flag punctuating its glories ascent.

Lord Jagannath’s annual trip to the Gundicha Ghar during Rathyatra are symbols of enormous importance. Over 20,000 people are known to be dependent for their livelihood on temple activities.

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8. Konark sun temple

Konark is globally famous for its Sun Temple. According to the Puranas, 5000 years ago, Sambwa, stricken with leprosy by the curse of his father Sri Krishna, had come to Maitreyaranya (Konark) by the river Chandravaga to worship the Sun god.

The Sun God pleased after 12 whole years of rigorous worship given on Sambwa his blessings. Sambwa cured consequently built a temple with the Sun God as its deity. A festival is held on the 7th day of the fortnight of the waxing moon (Sukla Saptami) in the month of Magh (Jan-Feb) by the Chandravaga bay of Bengal confluence.

It was made with Orissa architecture and sculpture and built in the 13th century; the golden year of Orissa art is poetry in the stone and on the world heritage list.

The “Mukkhasala” or entrance hall continues to interest both devotees and visitors. The sun god Surya is celebrated in the three colossal statuses installed over the three “dwars.” The walls of this magnificent temple portray exquisite sculptures covering all aspects of life.

Scenes of love and war, trade and court transactions, hunting catching of elephants, sages teaching, childbirth, amorous dalliances, dancers and legendary fighters.

It takes attention to the panels and niches of this immortal work of art. Surasundaris, heavenly damsels, free-standing, larger-than-life mono-block female statues playing the cymbal and drums, flutes and trumpets adorn the top of the temple.

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konark sun temple
Konark sun temple

Konark light and sound show

Konark light and sound, 3D show runs every day called “Aarunaday.” It’s a must-visitable Puri tourist spot. The timing is 7:30 pm and 35 minutes program.

The ticket is 50 rupees per person. The Konark mandir was built in the concept of that show.

Total 250 seats and support three languages, Hindi /English / Oriya in the Beyerdynamic. English version -Kabir Bedi, Hindi – Shekhar Suman, Oriya – Vijay Mahanti.

9. Pipli

The prime attraction of Pipli is colourfull applique embroidery. The place is famous for Odisha handicrafts. We can find incredible Indian paintings in Raghurajpur.

The Darjisahi Mahalla, or the locality where the craftsmen related to this art live, is on the bus route. Rows of houses and shops abound with various bags, umbrellas and little knickknacks of interior decoration. Handicraft items can be seen and purchased. I must include it in my Puri tourist spot list.

Pipli is just 40 km from Puri; Raghurajpur is an extraordinary village. All the members are worked with crafts and painting. Pipli and Raghurajpur is famous for village tourism in India.

10. Ragurajpur Odisha painting

The fame of Odisha painting in Ragurajpur rests on the mythological paintings done in the “Pat” style. It’s a typical feature of Orissa itself. The Pat style painting was discovered as a filler to substantiate the absence of the Holy Trio (Balaram-Subhadra-Jagannath/ Artists, also called Chitra painters.

They, encouraged by Halina Zila-a, a connoisseur of the dying Pot-art, are now drawing on various things like- anasara, the legendary palm leaves, and coconuts in the Pat style post-independence days. Painting can be purchased from here as well. The Pat style is easily can take place in Indian culture art family.

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11. Chilika Lake – The famous Puri tourist spot

You can visit Chilka lake from Puri; it’s a 4-hour journey. You can enjoy boat riding, see a small dolphin in the lake and a temple on the hilltop.

What is the famous of Puri?

Puri is famous for
1. Jagannath Dev Mandir
2. Puri sea beach
3. Konarak
4. Nandankanan Zoological Park, etc.

Which is the best time to visit Puri?

You can visit puri at any time of the year. But October to February is the best time to visit.

How can I travel to Puri?

You can visit here by train/ flight/ car/ bus. Puri is the nearest station and Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport. Air and train services are available from any place in India.

One-day tour in Puri conducted by taxi fare

Car fares for Konark and Bhubaneswar are 2500 rupees and for Chilka 1500 rupees approx. (in 2021). Book one day in advance before your trip and must bargain with the price.

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    Very useful article. Do you have any contact nos. of drivers and pandas in Puri please?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Rajarshi
      I feel glad that my article helped you. There is no need to book panda/car earlier. In the main temple of puri pandas are ready to catch you aggressively. Ha ha.. And for car my suggestion is stay in Bhubaneswar for one day. It is more convenient. Also uber service is available there, it can save your pocket. You can also read my travel guide Puri Tourism Guide | Place for Odisha beach travel guide planner

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