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Puri: From Spiritual Merit To Fun On The Beach

Home to the famous Jagannatha Temple of Odisha, a blue flag beach, shops selling local handicrafts, Puri is an explorer's delight

Puri Beach, Odisha Photo: Sudeshna Sahoo/Unsplash
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Puri, the abode of Odisha's guardian deity, Lord Jagannatha, attracts pilgrims round the year. But what prevents Puri from turning into a typical pilgrim centre is the nearly 400 metre long golden sea beach that borders the town. Excursions from Puri include dolphin sanctuary in Chilika Lake, artists' villages, etc. Puri is one arm of Odisha's Golden Triangle circuit, the other two destinations being Bhubaneswar and Konark.