Puri - Place To See Around| May 9, 2012
Golden Beach: The beach is ideal for surfing and cool for a dip. The beach is covered in golden sand. The waves can also be high and rough during full moon. Puri Beach Festival held in November every year also attracts tourists.
Shree Lokanath Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva is said to be the place where Lord Shiva hid himself from Shani, under a pond. The Shiva Lingam here is partially submerged and the pond is teeming with fish. Places like Sunara Gaurang Temple, Bedi Hanuman Temple, and Mausima Temple are a treat to watch.
Puri Konark Marine Drive: This road was recently renovated and hence is in superb condition. Is peppered with deserted beaches and many rivers fall into the sea in places visible, if not accessible, from the road. Some beaches are said to have quicksand. Along the way there is a temple Ramchandi which is a popular picnic spot amongst the locals as non-vegans are allowed in the temple.
Balihar Chandi Temple: Is secluded with a beautiful and very calm beach nearby view from the temple of which is obscured by a forest.
Major attractions: The Chilkha Lake, renowned as the biggest inland salt-water lagoon, Gundicha Ghar and the Chilkha Wildlife Sanctuary are a major tourist attraction. Tourists make it a point to visit other places like Temple of Child Krishna at Indradyumna Tank, Markandeswar tank, the Museum and Sudarshan Workshop and Atharnala Bridge.
Konark Sun Temple is less than an hour journey. Rath Yatra also attracts huge number of Hindu pilgrims. The annual festival held during June – July, is associated with the Jagannath temple.