Places Near By Puri

Orissa is a beautiful coastal state located at the Eastern fringes of the country. The state is not only known for its spirituality and rich culture and traditions but for its awe-inspiring natural and man-made attractions that draws a large number of tourists every year. If you are planning a trip to Puri, there are a few must-visit attractions that should be an integral part of your itinerary. These attractions are

Jagannath Temple

Your trip to Puri is incomplete if you miss out visiting the world-famous Lord Jagannath Puri Temple. It is the major attraction of the state and one of the biggest temples in the country. Every year, thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the temple to seek blessings from the divine deity, especially during the famous Rath Festival.

Konark Sun Temple

This temple was constructed in 13th century and is known for its heritage appeal, architectural splendor and spirituality. Designed immaculately, it looks like a chariot or a rath. Situated in Konark, a small town in Orissa, it is quite close to Puri. The temple bathed in warm sunshine and serenity overwhelms the visitors with its sheer beauty. The carvings on its border are erotic and looks like Khajuraho carvings.

SatapadaChilika

This is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers and ornithologists. It is considered as one of the most photogenic and beautiful lakes in India. It is sprawled in an area of a 1000 square km. It is also Asia's largest brackish lake. It is also home to local dolphins.

Lingaraj Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, the famous Lingaraj Temple is one of the largest shrines in Bhubaneshwar where he is worshipped as Lord Hariharan. It is almost 180 feet high. It has 50 other smaller shrines in its premises. The temple is known for its architectural marvels.

Dhauligiri

Located at the banks of River Daya, Dhauligiri is known for several reasons. To begin with, it is the place where the famous Kalinga War was fought between Emperor Ashoka and the Kalinga Warriors. The destination is also known for Vishwa Shanti Stupa which built atop the Dhauli Hill.

Khandagiri

Khandagiri is known for its caves that are located approximately 6 km away from Bhubaneshwar. The place stands as an evidence to the Kalinga War which transformed King Ashoka completely into an ambassador of peace. The caves display the carvings of majestic royal processions, court scenes, Jain monks and more.

Nandankanan Zoo

This famous Zoological Park is located 20 km ahead of Bhubaneshwar. Its tranquil and dense forests house a wide range of wild animals. It is also a ghariyal breeding center. People love to enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the natural habitat. Some major attractions of this park are wild safaris, white tiger, boating, aerial ropeway, reptile park and a cable car. Several popular tourist attractions are located in the vicinity of this National Park.
When visiting Puri, make it a point to visit all these attractions and enjoy the diversity of the destination.