Puri, being a coastal district of Orissa, is famous for its historic antiquities, religious sanctuaries, architectural grandeur, seascape beauty, moderate climate. It holds a wealth of attraction for the visitors. It boasts of a continuous history from the 3rd Century B.C. to the present day, and its unique monuments like those of Lord Jagannath at Puri, the Sun God at Konark are famous in the world. It has the Chilika Lake--one of the largest brackish water lakes in India that holds a picturesque Seascape beauty. It offers an ideal resort for birds which migrate from different parts of the continent. By virtue of its geographical location, the climate of Puri is equable through out the year.
Jagannath Rath Yatra :the much famous Chariot Festival of Lord Jagannath’s, which gives Odisha a place in world map in tourism. The famous car festival is one of the prominent annual festivals of Odisha. The festival is getting much popularity because this is the time, when every atheist gets chance to see Lord in necked eyes, as apart from Hindus any other religion can’t enter into temple. On the first day, all the three lords are coming out of the temple in their respectable newly built chariots and visit to another temple named as Gundicha temple for nine days. Nine days later, the journey is repeated in the opposite direction. If you want to enjoy this experience never give a miss to Rath yatra at Puri.
Konark : From Puri, one can visit the World Heritage Monument-- Konark Temple, 35 Km on the Marine Drive. One can enjoy the natural beauty of the Marine Drive 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.The entrance ticket may be purchased (Rs 5/- per Indians and US $ 5 for foreigners) from ASI ticket Booth.
Pipili : Futher ahead on the National highway 40 Km from Puri one can reach Pipili, again a craft village for 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.
From Pipili one can straight way proceed to Dhauli, an important historical site famous for Shanti stupa and Asokan Rock Edicts on a Hillock.
Sakhigopal : At a distance of 17 Km from Puri, ahead of Chandanpur, Sakhigopal--also known as Satyabadi--is famous for the shrine of Lord Krishna. Although the temple was built during the 19th century, the legend has it that the Krishna image was brought here by King Prataprudra Deva after his victory over Kanchi (South India).
The life-size image is standing with flute and Radha is standing on the left side. The images are very beautiful and impressive. The temple is just like a miniature temple of the Lord Jagannath. Sakhigopal is also important as it was one of the educational centres during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Raghurajpur : Raghurajpur is 12Km from Puri on Bhubaneswar road in 203 National highway, near Chandanpur. One has to take a right turn from Chandanpur Bazar by noticing the Orissa Tourism signage to Raghurajpur. Famous for Pattachitra, 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 papier mache, masks, stone idols, sculptures, wooden idils and toys and many more.
Satapada on Chilika : 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.