When we think of Puri, one thing that comes to our mind is the popular Lord Jagannath Temple. While it’s one of the major attractions in the city, here I am listing a few other things that Puri is known for, and a few things that you can add into your itinerary if you’re planning to book a Bhubaneswar to Puri taxi service.
Visit Chilika Lake between November-February:
Chilika is Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon and is also habitat to thousands of bird species. It’s probably most recognized for its remarkable views of thousands of migrant birds flying from far and near. The best time to visit Chilika is between the months of November to February, since the flock of migratory birds generally commence by the 2nd week of October. Chilika is also recognized to house a wide range of flora & fauna that need to be experienced first-hand. Here you can also enjoy boating, watch the beautiful sunrise & sunset. If you’re fortunate you might even see a few dolphin during your boat ride.
If you’re keen to shop while in Puri, you can purchase some textiles that makes Odisha proud in the global arena. Sambalpursarees& dress materials, Ikat and Bomkai are some of the recognized options. Orisa silk sarees are well-known for their elegant & gleaming beauty. The old ikat or double ikat weave has traversed across the globe, with several other areas having their own versions. Nonetheless, the ikat textiles prepared in the state are absolutely unique, with a fine weave & artistic designs.
Orissa is blessed with some of the finest beaches, with a shoreline of 485 kilometers along the Bay of Bengal. ‘Puri Beach’ is the most popular among all and it always remain packed with tourists. If you’re in search of something more then there’re quite a few beaches to explore such as Gopalpur Beach, Paradise Beach and Astanga Beach. Also, Chandrabhaga beach is well exploring as it is renowned for its outstanding sunset views. You can also explore Blaighai beach which is an immaculate beach that stays relatively undiscovered.
Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary:
Just 26kms from Puri, the Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit destination for nature lovers.
Spread across an area of 72 km square, the wildlife sanctuary is situated between Puri & Konark along the Bay of Bengal. Black-buck, spotted deer, striped hyena, jungle cat Olive Ridley sea turtles are the major attractions here.
A car rental in Bhubaneswar is perhaps your best mode of transportation from Bhubaneswar to Puri.