Welcome to Puri
In the 1970s, travellers on the hippie trail through Asia were attracted here by the sea and bhang (marijuana), which is legal in Shiva’s Puri. There’s little trace of that scene today (though the bhang hasn’t departed); travellers come to chill out and visit the Sun Temple in nearby Konark.
The action is along a few kilometres of coast. The backpacker part of town is bunched up towards the eastern end of Chakra Tirtha (CT) Rd, while Bengali holidaymakers flock to busy New Marine Rd, where there is lots of hang-out action on the long esplanade.