Attractions

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Konark

Sun Temple

Conceived as the cosmic chariot of the sun god Surya, this massive, breathtakingly splendid temple was constructed in the mid-13th century, probably by Odishan king Narashimhadev I to celebrate his military victory …
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Puri

Jagannath Mandir

This mighty temple belongs 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, but you can spot its 58m-hig…
Bird Sanctuary in Chilika Lake

Nalabana Island

Many of Chilika Lake's million-plus migratory birds – including grey-legged geese, herons, cranes and pink flamingos – spend the winter (November to mid-January) within the bird sanctuary on Nalabana Island, coming …
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…
Religious Site in Puri

Swargdwar

These hallowed cremation grounds are the end stop of choice for eastern India’s Hindu population and beyond – some 40 bodies are cremated here daily. You can watch or walk among the open-air ceremonies as long as yo…
Hindu Site in Puri

Markandeya Tank

This bathing place, where Vishnu is said to have resided as a neem tree, is particularly interesting in the mornings, when locals come here for their daily ablutions. For some it's a matter of personal hygiene, whil…
Hindu Site in Puri

Narendra Tank

The largest of Puri's holy tanks, this is where locals bathe on a daily basis and it's also where a replica deity of Jagannath is brought on an annual basis for its ritual bath during the Chandan Yatra festival. A n…
Hindu Temple in Chilika Lake

Kalijai Island Temple

Closest to Barkul, this island temple really comes to life when it throngs with pilgrims during the Makar Mela festival in January.
Museum in Konark

Archaeological Museum

This museum contains many impressive sculptures and carvings found during excavations of the Sun Temple.
Library in Puri

Raghunandan Library

The world's saddest library (a row of dusty, locked bookcases) does a lucrative trade in great views of Jagannath Mandir for non-Hindus. For a 'donation', the librarian will grant you access to the library roof; don…