How to Get There
By Air :
The Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar located 60 km from Puri provides all the modern and international facilities to the passengers. The airport provide domestic services and you can find major Indian airlines here and regular flights from New Delhi, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Mumbai are operated.
By Rail :
Puri is a terminus on the East Coast Railway having direct express and super fast train links with New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Okha, Ahmedabad, Tirupati etc.
By Road :
The bus stand near the Gundicha Temple provides connections to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, service every 10-15 minutes. There are direct buses for Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.
Two mighty lions of stone guard the eastern entrance to the magnificent Jagannath Temple. The huge temple houses the resplendent and immense idols of Lord Jagannath, his sister Subhadra and brother Balabhadra. Lord Jagannath is, according to Hindu legends, the Lord of the Universe and is an avatar of Lord Krishna. The temple is an important pilgrimage site for the Hindus and non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the place.
The temple complex is incredibly huge and is spread over an area of 400,000 square feet. Each day, the idols are ritually dressed for various pujas, a feat that can be accomplished only by an army of men. In fact, the temple hires 6000 men simply to care for the idols.
The beaches of Puri are not lined by palm trees. However, ample shade is provided by many umbrellas used by innumerable stalls covering the beach. The beaches are scenic and seem to go on endlessly on either side. You can take part in a number of different activities here. A leisurely stroll through the beaches can be as relaxing as a swim in the sea. You can enjoy some local delicacies in the many stalls here.