Puri tour: Sightseeing in Puri

This is our first day in Puri . We have already checked in hotel and hit the sea beach with full enthusiasm. After sea bath and sumptuous Lunch, our team members meet at Balcony, we are planning now for Puri Darsan or Puri Sightseeing. How to book private car? At what price? We have checked price and options from 2-3 local travel agents. Finally we have selected a private car for Puri sightseeing …

I have shared some useful travel information at the end of this blog post :

At day 2 in Puri :

Finally we hit the road for Puri sightseeing :

Our car driver was young man ( may be 19 years old ) , has parked car in front our hotel , Out team come out from hotel with preparation , with snacks  ,  travel list and  Wiki travel Guide etc .

Our Guide cum Driver Ratan welcomes us at hotel gate and informs we are on the way to Dhauligiri . This is our first travel spot

1. Journey to Dhaulagiri: This place is very close to Bhubaneswar ( 10 Km from city  ) , since this is the far  off place from Puri , we plan to visit there first . Our car now zooming through Puri –Bhubaneswar Highway. It’s a almost 1 hour journey from Puri . Road condition is very good. So biting popcorn, listening music , watching natures , we finally come close to the hill of Dhaulagiri. From the highway we could see the Dhaulagiri at the top of hill .

Dhaulagiri - view from Puri -Bhubaneswar  Highway

Dhaulagiri – view from Puri -Bhubaneswar Highway

Our car left the highway and took the village road. This is a very quiet and  bucolic environment . I went there 32 years back, at that time , we came here by man pulled  rickshaw , he  dropped us at the bottom of hill  and we walked along the road taking to hill top . But lot of changes happened in 30 years. Now car can directly reach to the top of Dhauli hill.

Dhaulagiri -  dazzling white peace pagoda  on the top of the hill

Dhaulagiri – dazzling white peace pagoda on the top of the hill

Dhauli hills are located on the banks of the river Daya, 8 km south of Bhubaneswar  . It is a hill with vast open space adjoining it. We have seen major Edicts of Ashoka engraved on a mass of rock, Local people showed the vast green space near Daya river ( at the beneath of Dhauli hill ) is presumed to be the area where the Kalinga War was fought.

History of Shanti Stupa at Dhali

History of Shanti Stupa at Dhali

On the top of the hill, a dazzling white peace pagoda welcomes  us there and it has been built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sanghain the 1970s .

Inscription at Dhauli Hill

Inscription at Dhauli Hill

We have spent about 30 minutes there, we could see the river Daya  at one side of the hills and other side we could the sky line of Bhubaneswar city. We are enjoying quite environment and impressive presence of Lord Buddha statues, beautiful sculptures on while marble stones , scripts .

Lord Buddha at Dhauli Supta

Lord Buddha at Dhauli Supta

Our family at Dhauli Hill

Our family at Dhauli Hill

Lord Buddha at Dhauli Supta

Lord Buddha at Dhauli Supta

When I looked around from the hill top , still we could see and feel history the Kalinga War .

Daya liver at Dhauli , hill  top view , place of Kalinga War

Daya liver at Dhauli , hill top view , place of Kalinga War

We slowly came to our parking lots, leaving behind the sweet memories of Dhauligiri.

Our next trip to Lingaraj Temple

2. Lingaraj Temple: This is second spot in puri sightseeing

After Dhauligir , we have entered into Bhubaneswar city , heading towards Lingaraj Temple . This is one of the oldest temples of Bhubaneswar.

Lingaraj Temple

This temple had been dedicated to Harihara, a combined form of Vishnu and Shiva. Shiva is worshipped hare as Harihara . The temple is believed to be built by the kings from the Somavamsi dynasty, with later additions from the Ganga rulers. The temple represents the quintessence of the Kalinga Architecture and culminating the medieval stages of the architectural tradition at Bhubaneswar.

After reading this history, we come back to share our experience :

This is very old temple, architecture wise we have found lots of similarities with Jagannath temple. We have kept our all belonging (phones , cameras ) in nearby by counters ( as those are not allowed . We spent 30 min there, then we moved to next destination Udaygiri and Khandagiri .

Note: I suggest don’t spend more time here, as lots more to see at Udaygiri and Khandagiri

3. Udaygiri and Khandagiri :

Udaygiri Cave

 

This place is again inside Bhubaneswar city. Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are just located in two adjacent hills and are partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar . Udayagiri means “Sunrise Hill” and has 18 caves while Khandagiri has 15 caves.

Ranigumpha Cave

Ranigumpha Cave

Udaygiri cave is really worth to spend time. I am  more interested to see Hathigumpha inscription . When I  look at caves in hills, I am  thrilled to explore history . So I take  a local guide . In fact if you go there without guide, you can’t feel the history associated with these caves . If you love history, then you can spend Rs 100 ( about USD 1.7 )  for guide.

The caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri, called lena or lea in the inscriptions, were dug out mostly during the reign of Kharavela for the abode of Jaina ascetics. The most important of this group is Ranigumpha in Udayagiri which is a double storied monastery

Ranigumpha Cave:

Ranigumpha Cave - sclupture:  depicting women also participated in Kalinga War

Ranigumpha Cave – sclupture: depicting women also participated in Kalinga War

 

Our guide tokes us to Cave no. 1 and then to cave 2 which is most famous . Cave 2 is Ranigumpha , our guide explained the history of this Cave , where king sit , sleeping place of monks , we entered into a bit inside the cave , we have found a secret cave let to take us  it to other side of hills .

Ranigumpha Cave - beautiful sclupture

Ranigumpha Cave – beautiful sclupture

We spent some time there in the cave, we have seen how the women participated in Kalinga War . All are depicted in Cave pictures.

Ranigumpha Cave - our team members

Ranigumpha Cave – our team members

 

From there we climb up the hills, looking at other caves. From here you can see the hill top of Khandagiri, After some climbing we have reached main cave , where we find  Hathigumpha inscription written on roof of the cave . Hathigumpha Inscription   is the main source of information about Kalinga ruler Kharavela. This inscription, consisting of seventeen lines has been incised in deep cut Brahmi script of the 1st century BCE, on the overhanging brow of a natural cavern called Hathigumpha, in the southern side of the Udayagiri hill.We have also seen the English transcription of Hathigumpha inscription written on metal plate in front of the cave .

Hathigumpha inscription written on roof of the cave

Hathigumpha inscription written on roof of the cave

View of Khandagiri from Udaygiri hill

View of Khandagiri from Udaygiri hill

We have seen monks cave, meditation caves , caves for high spiritual gayn .

Udaygiri Cave - main cave

Udaygiri Cave – main cave

We have spent about an hour there. We have been  engrossed into learning and feeling history that we forgot to catch Khandagiri cave tour  . So we skipped Khandagiri cave.

Udaygiri Caves for monks

Udaygiri Caves for monks

In fact I went there 30 years ago when I came to this place with my parents. our team members are getting  exhausted , so feel to take some rest . So I need to plan Khandagiri cave darsan in  next trip .

Note: If you like natures, history, idle chatting with history at hill top, then this place is the BEST place to spend time.

4. Journey to Nandankanan Zoo:

Nandankanan Zoo welcomes us

Nandankanan Zoo welcomes us

If you go for puri sightseeing , I think this is  the best place to spend time with children . Our next destination is Nandankanan . Driver informs us it’s an hour drive from Udaygiri cave. It is about 11:30 am. So we plan to finish lunch before entering Nandankanan zoo . Started from Udaygiri , we almost passed through  Bhubaneswar city , then reached other side of the city .

It looks we are leaving city now to reach zoo. Driver has parked the car just 2 KM before the zoo. This is a  good restaurant, we quickly finish  our lunch as we plan  to spend about 3 hours in zoo.

Few minutes’ drive after lunch, we have reached Nandankanan . Like pandas at Puri temple, here we have found many guides surrounding and all of them are claiming themselves as Government registered guides. They charge 100/- for an hour guided tour.

An entry fee to zoo is Rs 20 per person. Since we have 2-3 hours, we plan to see some important places there. We have found many attractions and rides mentioned over the tourist guide boards to enjoy. So we initially think to take guide but later we deserted that plan and we go out on our own to explore the zoo.

This is a huge place, so many things to see. If you come here for 2-3 hours trip, then you need to plan your time wisely. Since we have to set out for Konark temple by 3:30 PM, so plan to cut short the tour short.

We have visited dear parks, fish aquariums, Crocodile Park, snake gardens etc. These are not much different from Kolkata Alipur zoo. Only difference is that this place is more clean and  spacious .

I feel best place to explore Nandankanan safari . This is one of  the best experience in 4 days puri travel plan .

You can find counter of Safari tour near snake garden. We book 6 tickets each costing Rs 50. It is 45 minutes bus tours in four different safaris. They run 4 number buses to guided tours . We take ticket and start in queue for our Bus number 2 .

Tiger safari

Finally  we have got our bus   and  our  first trip is  to visit tiger safari , thanks god we managed to see white tiger . Each bus comes with a guide, he informs us that tiger is in a good mood, our bust goes  close to tiger , but tiger doesn’t care us . We wait sometimes there, while leaving safari , we have seen pea cock spreading wings dancing on road . As if she welcomes us to  her  nest.

Nandankanan Zoo - Tiger safary

Nandankanan Zoo – Tiger safari

Nandankanan Zoo - Tiger safary - tiger goes away from our Bus

Nandankanan Zoo – Tiger safary – tiger goes away from our Bus

Nandankanan Zoo - Tiger safary - pea cock spreading wings and  dancing on road

Nandankanan Zoo – Tiger safari – pea cock spreading wings and dancing on road

Lion safari

Then we move to Lion safari, thanks God , again God is favoring us , we manage  to see 4 lions on road side . Our bust stopped there, we take snaps. A junior lion made an eye contact with me. It was just 10 ft away from my bus window. They are in relaxed mode. So we say good bye, but lion king gives  us empty look .

Nandankanan Zoo - Lion  safary - we spotted lions

Nandankanan Zoo – Lion safari – we spotted lions

Nandankanan Zoo - Lion  safary - lion king in relaxed mood- not caring our presence .

Nandankanan Zoo – Lion safari – lion king in relaxed mood- not caring our presence .

Bear Safari

Now we come out from lion safari and enter into Bear Safari. Our guide advises us to be cautious . As few days back, a bear suddenly came very close to bus window. We travel whole safari, but couldn’t trace bear. This time we fill we don’t have any luck for bear . Wait …

Nandankanan Zoo - Bear Safari - it suddenly comes colse to  our Bus window

Nandankanan Zoo – Bear Safari – it suddenly comes colse to our Bus window

While leaving safari, guide hints the bus driver to stop , he might have  spotted something inside jungle . We all keep silence. Guide silently opens the bus door, just made some sound and closed the door again. Suddenly we have heard a thud behind our bus . Someone is scratching bus !! Yes ,  now we could see a bear comes from our back and stands straight near our window . But its sudden appearance  surprises  us a lot  , kids among the bus are  nervous . But we ensure  them we are safe  inside the  Bus, so not to worry . After few minutes  , we after waving good bye Deer Bear .

Deer safari

Then we move to Deer safari. This place is safe. So guide opens  the door , but stops at many places . Few of us venture outside for a brisk walk in quite safari.

Nandankanan Zoo - Deer Safari

Nandankanan Zoo – Deer Safari

One bong data, start singing Rabindra Saneet . I saw his nervous face in Bear safari. Now he feels safe .  We have seen many species of deer. Finally,  our hour long safari journey is  ended about 3 PM . Bus is taking us back to booking office .

We call our driver from Zoo as he might have parked car in some parking lot outside Zoo.

We need to reach Konark by 4:30 PM . We came out from zoo with memories of jungle book.

Note: I feel we are time pressed. So could not spend quality time here. If you have 4-6 hours or a whole day, then this is best place to spend time . Hope next time, I will manage more time for this place.

Konark Temple:

Konark Temple

Konark Temple

This is the second best place where you can feel history and and at same time enjoy some country life (if you have time to go for a shopping and local tour in nearby area). I have read some story about this monument. Though I have engineering back ground, but I love history. So we did some research for this location .

Konark Temple - main temple

Konark Temple – main temple

Konark Temple is a  massive structure  surrounded by drifting sand is located three kilometers from the sea, but originally it was reported to be closer for which it was used as a navigational point by European sailors, who referred to it as the ‘Black Pagoda’.

Marvelous architecture of Konark Temple

Marvelous architecture of Konark Temple

Built by King Narasimhadeva in the thirteenth century, the entire temple was designed in the shape of a colossal chariot, carrying the sun god, Surya, across the heavens. There is also a legend of Samba behind this. But you can get all these from online resources. From here I take you along my tour journey.

Journey from Nandankanan to Konark was awesome.

It’s about 1.5 hours’ journey. This place is now close to Puri . While  we are returning from  Bhubaneswar along Puri-  Bhubaneswar Highway , we have turned left , then it is a cool 1 hour journey through the country side , green village landscape  , paddy fields , village markets .Most of my family members have fallen asleep as they are tired . I am  tapping my feet to Orissa song and watching village scenes and doing some occasional chatting with our driver.

Finally we have reached Konark about 4:30 PM and booked tickets (remember counter close by 6 PM) .so you should reach there by 5PM to book tickets and watch the entire site .

Marvelous architecture of Konark Temple - Wheel

Marvelous architecture of Konark Temple – Wheel

We entered the site, we are amazed to see huge architecture, I have opened my history notes and try to match with description. It is beautifully old and the dilapidated structure brings more charms to richness of this place. We have seen parts of horses fallen out  chariot. Someone put them back on side platform. My daughter and I have travelled the entire area . Other family members are  tried, so they were taking rest in nearby garden . We sit there sometime to feel the history of this place .Sun is on the way for day off.  Then slowly we start our journey towards Puri .

Marvelous architecture of Konark Temple 1

Marvelous architecture of Konark Temple 1

Chandrabhaga Sea Beach

It is 5:45 PM at Konark; we are planning to return Puri. It was about 35 Km journey. Driver now takes us to our last sport Chandrabhaga Sea Beach. It comes on the way from Konark to Puri . It’s evening by then ,  we go  to beach , It’s very quite beach , waves are tired of being neglected  ss most of the visitors are puri bound tourist and spending their tiresome day at this beach. We have found hardly any guys chasing waves there and enjoying sea bath .

Chandrabhaga Sea Beach - distant view of temple

Chandrabhaga Sea Beach – distant view of temple

Chandrabhaga Sea Beach

Chandrabhaga Sea Beach

We have found a temple at a distance near the beach. There is very small guest house on the other side  . We have spent 20 minutes there, While coming back , we found a lagoon like place along Puri bound road and  boasting facility is there  . Driver informs that this is a beautiful boating place   . But it is already evening, So our car has taken road to  toward puri . Again it’s superb road , we are tuned to evening song , recalling whole day experience . Finally after a daylong tour we are back to Puri .

Chandrabhaga Sea Beach- an evening - time to say good bye

Chandrabhaga Sea Beach- an evening – time to say good bye

Puri travel information:

I have collected some information for my readers :

There are two options of  travel for Puri sightseeing :

1. Book your own private car

2. Avail service from local bus tour operators.

Duration is: About 12 hours and It covers about 10 important spots.

Since we are 6 people in our group, we have decided to go by private car. I have checked 2-3 agents. Here are the price lists:

1. Tata Magic – 1400/- for whole day (8 -10 people)

2. Tata Suma – 1800-2000 for whole day ( 8 people )

3. Bolero – 2000-2200 for whole day now

Note: price includes all parking charge

We are lucky, we have met Gopal (our Travel agent – 09938862030) who helped us to get Hotel , so we have contacted him again  and booked Bolero at 1900/- ( I feel this is the best Price ) . So finally we are ready for whole day Puri sightseeing.

I have collected some information of Local Bus tour Puri sightseeing:

I have just mentioned this information for my readers:

Tour by Bus:

Super Luxury coach – Rs 180 per head (6:30 Am to 7 PM )

I managed to get one travel agency name: N N Mukherjee ans Sons :

Phone – 09238-648294/9237-956013

Note: I don’t know whether they are good, just shared this for your reference if any. I am not promoting any company here.

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51 responses to “Puri tour: Sightseeing in Puri

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  11. Hello Gobinda,

    Thank for sharing your thought about odisha tourist place. This information is very helpful for tourist lovers. also they get idea about Odisha tour package.

  12. Number mentioned of Gopal is invalid. if possible pls refer any others

  13. On 21 March 2015 at 10:53, gurudas pai wrote:
    Dear Sir,
    I am Gurudas.G from Mangalore,Karnataka.I am planning to take my parents to PURI – KONARK and Bubaneshwar tour.So i came to know that you had visited these places.Si request you to please guide me and also provide me the mobile number of that CAR driver with whom you visited all these places.You have mentioned that the driver was well experienced and a guide too.

    Is it better to visit Puri first or Bubaneshwar?

    I will be reaching on monday and our return train is on Thursday at night.

    Waiting for your kinsd reply.

    Regards
    Gurudas.G

  14. ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Gobinda Roy
    Date: 21 March 2015 at 21:37
    Subject: Re: URGENT ENQUIRY
    To: gurudas pai

    Dear Gurudas ,

    Thanks for your mail .

    You can book cab from neaby travel agency and always check price from 2-3 sources.

    It’s always good to visit Puri when you are taking your parents . Nothing to see much in Bubaneshwar. Better you start in Puri and do sight seeing . Hope this would help .

    Thanks,
    Gobinda

  15. Very informative, Thanks!

  16. thanks for most valuable information

  17. Thanks a lot Govind for such a nice and beautiful post. You described well about the visiting spots puri and near puri. I just ask you one thing do you know nabakalebara of lord Jagannath? This one of the most important ritual of lord Jagannath of Puri. There is a new mobile app on nabakalebara of lord Jagannath is in the air now. Get updates and information on Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebar (New Life)Festival on your android mobile phone wherever you may be. Install the app on your mobile so that your friends and relatives can get updates on Lord Jagannath’s Historic Event every time. This exclusive apps is for every lovers of lord Jagannath. You can get the app link here.
    Nabakalebara of Puri Jagannath

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  19. Puri is not only a land of temples, beaches and secnic spots, but also a land of fairs and festivals. Every season in Puri brings a host of colourful fairs and festivals presenting joy to the visitors. Out of all, the most significant is the Car Festival and it becomes most important when associated with the Navakalevara. The literal meaning of Navakalevara is: ‘Nava’ means ‘New’ and ‘Kalevara’ means ‘Body’ (New Body or re-embodiment). During the Navakalevara ceremony the old figures of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Shubhadra and Lord Sudarshana are replaced by new onces. The figure of Lord Jagannath shelters a mysterious Brahma Padartha (The Supreme Matter) and is known as Daru Brahma. During Navakalevara this Daru Brahma (Prime-Soul enshrined in wood) is also transferred from the old figure to the new one.
    Next Navakalevara Festival July/August 2015
    The Nabakalebara ceremony of the deities takes place in the year when the month of Asadha (June-July) happens to be an intercalary month (Double Asadha or two months of Asadha), which means when one lunar month of Ashadha is followed by another lunar month of Aashadha. The month of double Ashadha is composed of four fortnights, so the Anabasara period of the Navakalevara year actually extends over a period of one month and fifteen days. During this period, the temple remains closed for general public. During the first fortnight, the new deities are engraved on the Nirmana Mandap. The second and third fortnights of the double Ashadha months are known as Mala Masa. In the second fortnight (i.e. the first fortnight of Mala Masa), the Dayitapatis observe the obsequies because of the death of their family Lords as they are the descendants of the Lords. In the third fortnight (i.e. the second fortnight of Mala Masa) the wooden statues are covered with cotton and silken clothes and the Anabasara duties are performed.
    Generally double Asadha come once in every 12 years but not strickly so. It may occur also in 8 years or 16 years or 19 years depending on the auspicious day. The Nabakalebar function is essentially unavoidable as an importance of the fact that the Deities of the Jagannath Temple are made of Neem (Margo) wood and wooden images are normally subject to decay in such a span of time, so changes of the Deities during such interval are felt essential. Nabakalebara is a very old ritual of the Grand Temple, but it’s very difficult to guess the exact time since when it has been celebrated. In the 20th century, the Nabakalebara function was celebrated in the Temple in 1912, 1931, 1950, 1969, 1977 and 1996. The idols that are currently being worshipped in the Jagannath Temple were installed in the year 1996. Next Nabakalebar Festival will be celebrated in the month of Ashada(July/August) at Puri in 2015.
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  20. Nice Post. Thanks for such a nice post. To take cab service in Bhubaneswar anyone can visit us at our Office, We are available 24x7x365 @ 9439913316 to offer our services. You can visit us http://www.orissacabs.com

  21. Thank you for sharing awesome information
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  22. Dear Govindroy ji

    your blog helped me a lot to gain knowledge.i pray you to provide me some tour and travels bus contact number to visit in and around puri and bhubaneswar.

    Debaraj
    dkpattnaik@gmail.com

    • Hi Debaraj,

      Thanks for your comments. There are many tarvel agents near swargadar. Don’t worry about predatory price from agents. Check 2-3 agents before you book tickets. Thanks

  23. Your article is really very helpful.ill b visiting Puri very soon. Thank you very much.regards

  24. Thanks for the info. ..
    The travel agent Gopal. .. is he bengali or oriya?

  25. Hello friend
    Plz guide about hotels u know . We are going to visit very soon.

  26. Madhubrata kunti

    Hi
    Your blog is very helpful.
    But didnot mention the sarting time of journy to see sightscene.
    I want to know howmany hours did it take to complete the whole day journey.
    I will vist puri tomorrow.
    Pls kindly reply.
    Thanking you.

    • Thanks for your view and I am to know that you find Puri sightseeing blog useful. For covering nearby places (including Bhuboneshwar) with private car you need a whole day.

      We started about 7:70 Am from Puri and returned Puri around 7 PM after covering all places.

      You can book Puri bus service. They also conduct whole day puri sightseeing tour.

      Chilka tour is separate, you need keep another 1/2 day for that.

      Hope you finding this informtaion useful.

      Wishing you a happy journey. Let me know your experience on this post once you back.

      Thanks,

  27. Thnk u very much for this information

  28. Thanks Your article is really very helpful. I will be visiting Puri last week of Jan.’ 17 for 4 days and today I finalises all days program with your guidance.
    Thank you very much.regards

    • Thanks Sanjay for your mail. I am happy to know that you find this information about puri blog helpful. Enjoy your stay there and also share your experience on this blog so that other also get benefited. Regards, Gobinda

  29. Hi Mr Roy,
    It was an awesome travelogue. I felt like going through Odisha countryside roads taping my feet to the local Melody. I enjoyed the historical description of Konark temple. Finally thanks for mentioning the contact details of the travel agent, since I’m planning for a 3 days trip to Puri with my family.

  30. Shailendra Mishra

    Thanks. The information will be useful for our travel to puri next week. Can you suggest how to spend our day 3 as we have our train in evening.also family veg eating places.

  31. Awesome Travelog ,Puri is a devine place and Jagannath temple the one dham among fours always attracts us towards it again and again.

    So we have written about all facts and events about Jagannath Temple, Puri , Have a look for detailed information about Jagannath Darshan

  32. Perfect information mitra. Very nice.

  33. I want to travel local sight scene just like Nandan kanan, konark, Udaygiri, khandaguti etc which ever are in your route package on 28-10-2017. This is totally family tour. Your car will pick up near Puri Hotel & drop near Puri Hotel. I want a Qualis Ac car. We are 6 adult members. Pl let me know that what will be cost for mentioned sight scene. I am requesting you to send about the total time of this tour in details.
    I am waiting for your response.
    Thanks.

    • Hi Anindya,

      We were six people in our team. That time we explored various options. In the end, we booked Mahindra Bolero. That charnged me around 2600-2800 rs. for the whole day trip.
      Time for puri sightseeing: We spent 8AM to 7 PM in the evening. Hence it was about 11 hours. We travelled around 180 km.
      For qualis AC car, I feel should check the rates from 2-4 place. Near your hotel, you would find many travel agents, check with them the present rate.

      Hope this information will be useful for you.

      Let me know your experinec. Thanks

  34. Thank you for such a good & informative article.
    We are planning to visit in March 2018 around holi festival . How much days are needed to cover the puri tour ? We have 3 days . Are these days sufficient or we have to increase one more day to cover puri and around surrounding places . Pl do reply .

    • Thanks for sharing your view on Puri Tour, Actually, 3N/4D would be enough for you to cover sight seeing places near by places in Puri. We have followed schedule

      Day 1: Reached Puri from Kolkata in the morning. Sea bath and visited Puri Temple in the evening. In the evening we booked Car for next day tour.
      Day 2: Outs side puri tour – started 6 am from Puri and returned Puri by 8 PM same day. Covered all Puri sightseeing places. (except Chilka)

      Day 3: Again visited mandir in the morning and offered Puja.
      Day 4: Day long tour for Chilka.

      Hence, 3-4 days enough for Puri tour.

      In next time trip, we again stayed there for 3 days and mostly enjoyed sea beach and Puri Temple visit every day.

      Hope this information would be useful.

      Thanks

  35. My last tour in Odisha was really memorable. Really childlike has been the one of the best tourist destination ever. After Chilika I visited many places in Bhubaneswer and was staying in the Hotel Hindustan International. Nannandankanan zoo was the most memorable place in Bhubaneswer

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