The Sri Jagannath Temple, Sun temple of Konark, Puri Beach, Chilika Lake and the Narendra Tank bewitches every tourist. There are private tours and city tours arranged by the Odisha government to enjoy the real unexplored paths of Odisha.
Puri Jagannath Temple
This temple remains as the pride of India for its sanctity which was built in 11th century by a king called Indradyumna. It is the abode of Lord Jagannath who is a form of Lord Vishnu that is one of the Char Dham Yatra while the others are Badrinath, Dwarka and Rameshwaram. There are other small shrines surrounding the sky high main shrine. We can witness the marvellous odia architecture with four gates around that are designed with intricate details . We will surely regret if we return without tasting the Mahaprasad that is cooked in one of the largest kitchens of India that are made in earthen pots and served to thousands and thousands of devotees every day. It is a must visit place in Puri that fulfills the expectations of each and every tourist. The temple is open from 5 in the dawn to 12 in the midnight. The ratha yatra is a car festival that is celebrated extravagantly in Puri during the months of June and July invites a lot of tourists to watch the deities dressed in vibrant colors.
It is a coastline of Bay of Bengal with glimmering sun rays upon the rippling water. It lies at a distance of 35 km from the Sun temple of Konark which is thronged by the devotees to take a dip to purify themselves from the sins and sorrows. The sand sculptures made by a sand artist named Sudarshan Patnaik are treat to the spectators. The beach is enjoyed during the sunrise and sunset which is enjoyed by taking a ride on a fisherman’s boat who are uniformly dressed with triangular hats made with bamboos and colorful; dhotis.There are camel rides, horse rides, cuba diving, surfing, swimming and sunbathing to entertain the tourists. We can also take a stroll along the shoreline and admire the serene beauty of the beach while looking at the spectacular horizon. The Puri Beach festival invites tourists all around the country to enjoy the vivid and vibrant culture and heritage.
The clean and pristine waters invites flocks of birds to this lake which is the largest saltwater lake of Asia that is shaped like a pear with tiny islands amidst the lake with salt pans and fisheries along the shoreline. The rich flora and fauna can be admired into the lenses of the photographers with its hues and shades from its enchanting wings of the migratory birds. Some notable birds are white seagulls, Flamingos, Golden plovers and sandpipers. Bird Island, Breakfast Island and Honeymoon Island are enjoyed by the tourists after some bird watching. Irrawaddy dolphins which are the endangered species of the world can be admired in this charming lake. The sunsets are the most beautiful scenery that must be enjoyed in this tranquil lake by everyone to get a fullest experience.
Built in the 15th century, the Narendra Tank is one among the largest tanks of Odisha which is considered to be holy with temples of various sizes bounding the tank. There lies another small island at its heart called Chandana Mandapa.