At a distance of 2 km from Jagannath Temple and 2.5 km from Puri Junction, Puri Beach is a pristine sea beach located along the coast of Bay of Bengal in Puri, Odisha. It is considered as one of the cleanest beaches in India and also one of the best Puri Tourist Places.
Known for its fine white sands and crystal clear waters, Puri Beach is quite famous for its peaceful and calm surroundings. The beach has continued to be a sacred venue and is visited by an endless number of pilgrims for a purification dip who come to Puri to pay their homage to Lord Jagannath. The long white sandy beach draws large numbers of foreigners and Indians. Visitors can take a stroll, browse pearls and seashell souvenirs sold by local vendors.
The beach is also famous for the sand sculptures made by internationally known sand 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. The beach is also the venue to the annual Puri Beach Festival. Taking place for five days in every November, this event attracts locals and tourists alike.
The beach at Puri offers a unique opportunity to witness the striking sunrise and the sunset on the same beach. A comparatively clean and quite place for sunbathing and be careful while swimming at the beach as currents in Puri are quite strong and prove to be dangerous. The stretch on the Chakra Tirtha side is much more tranquil and pleasant for a long stroll.
Timings: 6 AM - 7 PM