The renowned city, Puri is located in the state of Odisha in the eastern coast of India. It is a well-known tourist destination for its splendid golden beach, beautiful view of the Bay of Bengal and the famous Shree Jagannath Temple. Puri is considered to be a holy land for the Hindus as it is one of the ‘Char Dhams’ (four pilgrimage sites). Shree Jagannath Temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Balaram and younger sister Subhadra. According to popular beliefs and chronicle, the temple was built by King Indradyumna in 318 A.D but the recent structure dates back to 11thto 12thcentury with splendid Kalinga architecture. The temple was invaded several times by many rulers to plunder the treasure of the temple.
The Ratha Yatra (chariot ride of the deities of the Jagannath Temple) is the most popular festival celebrated every year in Puri with millions of pilgrims and tourist flocking the town. Another tourist site is the Gundicha Temple where the deities of Jagannath Temple are worshipped during the nine days of Ratha Yatra. The beaches with its amazing golden sandy stretch, array of casurina trees and beautiful view of sunrise and sunset lures numerous tourists from all over the country and outside. The sand art on the beach is quiet popular among the tourists. With easy accessibility to all three modes of transport – air, road, and rail, Puri has a good connectivity.