Top things to do in Puri

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Puri

Jagannath Mandir

This mighty temple is home to Jagannath (Lord of the Universe), an incarnation of Vishnu. Built in its present form in 1198, the temple – closed to non-Hindus – is surrounded by two walls, its 58m-high flag-draped s…
Top Choice Odishan in Puri

Wildgrass Restaurant

Grab yourself a table at this tranquil restaurant, either in one of the thatched pavilions or the AC dining room, and tuck into excellent house specialities served by super-courteous waiters. The tandoori pomfret is…
Religious in Puri

Rath Yatra

Immense wooden chariots containing Lord Jagannath, brother Balbhadra and sister Subhadra are hauled from Jagannath Mandir to Gundicha Mandir, beside Puri’s main bus stand. The Ulta Rath Yatra (return trip of the cha…
Sweets in Puri

Puri Cheesecake

Bikram Sahoo and his six brothers have been churning out the unique Odishan delight known as chhena poda (‘burnt cheese’) — a cross between a cheesecake and a flan — for more than 45 years from their sweetshop in Pu…
Beach in Puri

Model Beach

Puri is no palm-fringed paradise – the beach is wide, shelves quickly with a nasty shore break and is shadeless. But Model Beach, part of a sustainable, community-run beach tourism initiative, offers a 700m stretch …
Multicuisine in Puri

Peace Restaurant

A Puri stalwart that relocated to a quieter location off the main road, the Peace is a pleasant budget option. It does nice work with Western breakfasts and pasta dishes, but excels at simple local thalis and seafoo…
Indian in Puri

Two States

This excellent restaurant inside the Mayfair Heritage hotel specialises in two cuisines: Odishan and Bengali. Seafood is the star here and all items on the succinct menu are well executed. Try the prawn cutlet or th…
Chinese in Puri

Chung Wah

Inside the Lee Garden Hotel, this place certainly has the look of a classic Chinese restaurant: dark-wood booths, lattice screens and lots of red and gold and dragon imagery. The food is excellent Indo-Chinese — we …
Cafe in Puri

Honey Bee Bakery & Pizzeria

Decent pizzas and pancakes, espresso-machine coffee (₹80), toasted sandwiches and breakfast fry-ups (including bacon) are all here at this cute cafe-restaurant with rooftop seating. It's a popular spot for breakfast…
Cultural in Puri

Puri Beach Festival

A festival featuring song, dance, food and cultural activities, including installations on the beach by sand artists from across India.