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Puri Beach:

Puri Beach is one of the most famous geographical landmarks of Puri attracting a large number of tourists all through the year. With its crystal clean sand and lovely shoreline, Puri Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Orissa region. The beach has a number of shops and eateries selling snacks and jute based souvenirs attracting shopping enthusiasts. Puri beach is one of the best beaches to spend some quality time with nature.

 

Chilika Lake:

Chilika Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Puri. Famous as Asia's largest salt water lagoon, Chilika Lake has a small stretch of land separating it from the Bay of Bengal. Chilika Lake is one of the most beautiful natural landmarks attracting tourists, nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike. Chilika Lake also houses a large number of migratory birds and is a popular bird watching hub.

 

Lord Jagannath Temple:

Lord Jagannath Temple is by far the most significant religious shrine in Puri attracting a large number of tourists and pilgrims from all over the globe. Considered to be an epitome of vaishnava sect of Hinduism, Lord Jagannath Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna also called as the Lord of the universe. Lord Jagannath Temple is one of the finest specimens of wonderful Indian architecture with its sprawling pillars adorned with mural paintings of Lord Krishna and several incidents for his various human incarnations. Lord Jagannath Temple attracts a large influx of pilgrims during the annual Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra or chariot festival. During the rath yatra, idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra are taken from the Lord Jagannath Temple premises to the Gundicha temple and then brought back. Lord Jagannath rath yatra is one of the most spiritually colorful events in Puri attracting tourists and devotees from all across the world.

 

Narendra Tank:

Narendra Tank believed to have been built in the early 15th century is one of the most popular historic sights of Puri. Located at Mauza Dandimala Sahi, Narendra Tank is one of the largest tanks of Puri. The water level of the Narendra Tank is believed to be at least 10 feet below the road level. Narendra Tank also has a great religious significance as it celebrates the annual chandana yatra or Lord Jagannath. Narendra Tank attracts pilgrims, archeology lovers and tourists alike all through the year.

 

Swargadwar:

Swargadwar located at the shore line of Bay of Bengal is one of the most popular beaches of Puri. Swargadwar literally meaning the gateway to heaven, popular belief is that anyone passing through this region goes to heaven in the afterlife. According to popular belief Swargdwar was the bathing place of Sri Chaithanyadev one of most highly evolved souls ever lived. A large number of pilgrims and devotees throng to the Swargadwar region and take holy dip in the waters of the beach.

 

Markandesvara Temple:

Markandesvara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a popular religious shrine of Puri attracting a large number of pilgrims. Built in the first part of the 13th century, the Markandesvara temple is famous for housing a magnificent bronze statue of Nataraja as the dancing god. The Markandesvara temple attracts a large number of pilgrims and art lovers all through the year.

 

Sakshi Gopal Temple:

Sakshi Gopal Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha is one of the major religious landmarks of Puri. Built as a smaller version of the grand Jagannath temple, Sakshi Gopal Temple completes the pilgrimage of the devotees visiting Jagannath Temple in its totality. The idols of the lord in the Sakshi Gopal Temple were believed to have been brought by the erstwhile ruler King Pratapruda Deva.

 

Gundicha Temple:

Gundicha Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is one of the most well known religious landmarks of Puri. Built in the early 16th century the Gundicha Temple is shaped like the dome with Vinshu's wheel located on top of the monument. During the annual Jagannath Yatra, the idol of Lord Jagannath is brought to the Gundicha Temple for a period of seven days. Gundicha Temple has a picturesque garden located in the middle of the shrine attracting large number of nature lovers and pilgrims alike.

 

Lakshmi Temple:

Lakshmi Temple located at a close distance to the Jagannath Temple is one of the most famous religious shrines of Puri. Dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Lakshmi Temple attracts a large number of tourists and pilgrims. It is believed that when the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati takes place, Goddess Lakshmi invites them to this shrine.

 

Loknath Temple:

Loknath temple is one of the oldest religious shrines of Puri attracting a large number of pilgrims and tourists all through the year. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Loknath temple is believed to have been built in the early 11th century. The shivalinga at the Loknath temple is believed to have healing properties helping in curing ailments and diseases of the faithful devotees. The shivalinga at the Loknath temple is always submerged under water considered to be a metaphor for River Ganges.

 

Sudarshan Craft Museum:

Sudarshan Craft Museum is a popular tourist attraction showcasing artistic works of a wide range of artists of the region. Started in 1977 by Sudarsan Sahoo, the Sudarshan Craft Museum has an in house library with a wide number of literary journals describing the ancient cultural heritage of the region. The Sudarshan Craft Museum also conducts regular workshops on various art forms attracting a large number of tourists and art lovers.

 

Ganesha Temple:

This temple in Puri is believed to be built long back and it showcases several marvelous carvings related to Hindu mythology and cultural heritage.


The nearby Kapalamochana Temple is a small shrine of Lord Shiva.