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Fine white sands, roar of the waves breaking against each other, noise issuing from all directions and countless devotees flocking the place for a purification dip! This is the Puri Beach. Like the ageless sea, the beach at Puri has been the venue of countless pilgrims taking the traditional purifying dip from a eons. Puri is the abode of Lord Jagannath and considered one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage destinations. However, the beach at Puri is a special haunt for the visitors and attracts both pilgrims and sea lovers alike. No doubt Jagannath Temple of puri holds special place in the tourist map of Orissa, but the beach of Puri also attracts many visitors and scores high as a place of importance in Orissa tourism.
The pulsating beach attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year and the sight of holiday-makers having entire stretch of the beach to them selves is not uncommon. The golden glowing sands, the scintillating surf and the beauty of the beach are all unparalleled. The beach at Puri offers a unique opportunity to witness the striking sunrise and the sunset at the same time. Often crowded with holiday makers bathing in the afternoon, and enjoying the brightly lit kiosks in the night, the stretches, parallel to the main Marine Drive Road, form the domain of the domestic tourists, with a row of hotels, food stalls and kiosks selling souvenirs. A comparatively clean and quite place for sunbathing and a relaxed swim can be found at the eastern end. Local fishermen easily distinguishable by their triangular straw hats and dhotis serve as lifeguards on the beach, and take visitors out to sea in their boats to watch the sunsets. On the Chakratirtha side, the long stretch of golden sand is more tranquil and pleasant place to stroll. Another point of attraction in the Puri beach is the sand sculptures created particularly by the internationally acclaimed artist Sudarshan Patnaik. The subjects are generally inspired by sculptures covering the temple walls, characters and episodes from the mythology and also the contemporary events.
It is interesting to visit a fishing village along the coast, with dozens of boats made of solid trunks ply off the coast during the day. Once landed, the rich catch of prawn, pamphlets and other fishes drawn into the nets is transferred to baskets. The best time to pay a visit is around dawn, when the fishermen head out from the village and row the fleet towards the rising sun over the sea.Travel to Puri once and relish the experience forever!
Although Puri can be visited any time during the year, it is best to visit the place in the month of November when one can participate and enjoy the Puri beach festival. The entire beach goes live with cultural activities and the unique mixture of art, craft and cuisines always endears the visitor during this annual festival.