About hotels in Puri
Hotels in Puri - A popular Beach and Temple Destination
A popular destination in eastern India, Puri attracts beach lovers and pilgrims in equal measure. Located in the state of Odisha, hotels in Puri
draw travellers and tourists throughout the year. The Jagannath Temple, Puri’s unending sea beaches, its mild weather and promixity to Konark and Chilika Lake has made it a magnate for a wide variety of travellers from religious tourists, history and culture enthusiasts to birders and water sport buffs. Puri hotels
cater to all these segments. From budget hotels lining the city’s main sea side avenue – Chakratirth Road – all the way to sprawling resorts on the Puri-Konark Marine Drive, there are plenty of options to choose from. Puri hotel booking online
is a great option, what with Yatra.com oferring attractive discounts on hotel bookings through the year. Use hotels coupon code HNY2021
for great deals up to 40% off. And this is the peak season for Puri. From Toshali Sands Nature Escape, Mayfair Waves and Pramod Convention & Beach Resort at the upper end of the price spectrum to Hotel Naren, Om Leisure Resort in the budget range, there are 435 hotels in Puri to select from.
Adventure sports in Puri
In recent years Puri has emerged as a hub for water sports in a big way. The annual surfing festival draws surfers from all over the world – Brazil, Australia, Thailand among many other nations. Held at the Ramachandi Beach, between Puri and Konark, which offers excellent surfing conditions with high waves and strong wind conditions. This festival is a visual spectacle. Try your hand at kayaking, surfing, stand up paddling, skateboarding and kite surfing among others. The backwaters offer safe haven for new entrants of the above mentioned water sports. The Kushabhadra river meets the Bay of Bengal here, forming backwaters that are shallow and safe. For more advanced water sport practitioners, the wild sea waves beckon a little further ahead. If one visits around the surfing festival time, the vibe is relaxing with yoga, music, meditation sessions mixing seamlessly with high-octane surfing. The state tourism department sets up an excellent eco-resort during the winter season at the location. Tailor-made for glamping buffs, these luxury tents are once-in-a-lifetime experience. Housed on a sand bar sandwiched between the sea and the backwaters, this is a mesmerising experience for those who enjoy pristine nature and adventure. Lotus Eco Resort is another great option in this area. Constructed with eco-friendly materials, this resort incorporates sustainable tourism practices. Low environmental impact and quiet surrounding make it the perfect hideaway. Another advantage of this stretch around Ramachandi Beach is its proximity to the Sun Temple at Konark, a short 15 minute drive away. Look out for Puri Hotel Deals & Offers
on Yatra.com a few weeks prior to the surfing festival held in winters, for an enjoyable holiday that is easy on the pocket as well.
A haven for Budget Friendly Holiday
For centuries Puri has been a pilgrim’s destination. One of the four dhams in the Hindu faith along with Badrinath, Dwaraka and Rameswaram, Puri’s Jagannath Temple has attracted saints and common folk alike. Built by the king Ananta Varman of the Eastern Ganga dynasty in the 12th century CE (Common Era), it is a Vaishnavite shrine. The wooden statues of Lord Jagannath, brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra in the garbha griha or sanctum sanctorum being the prime attraction. Legend has it that upon Krishna death in Dwaraka, his body floated in the sea and was found near Puri by a sabara (tribal), who installed the figure atop a hill called Nilagiri, and called the deity Nila Madhav. In course of time, King Indradyumna came looking for the attractive Nila Madhav, after hearing about deity. The king was instructed by the lord to worship him in the form of a wooden statute. And thus began the cult of Jagannath. The wooden statues are replaced with new statues once every twelve years. This event is known as Navakalevara. The high priests go looking for a special neem tree, out of which the three deities are formed.
The annual Rath Jatra (Yatra is pronounced with a J phonetic sound in Odia) draws lakhs of devotees to pull the Rath/Chariot from the Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Temple, at the end of the Bada Danda Road. One of the unique characteristics of the Jagannath cult is that the trinity is treated as living deities who wake up, go through their daily routine before finally going to bed. As part of the trinity’s annual vacation is a trip to their aunt’s house – Gundicha Temple – where they are pampered through their stay.
The main gate of the Jagannath Temple is called the Simhadvara or the Lion Gate. Facing south it opens into the Bada Danda Road. There are three other gate facing north, east and west respectively. As one enters the temple precincts, travellers are welcome by the Aruna Stambha, a monolith pillar made of chlorite stone. Originally a part of the Sun Temple at Konark, it was installed at the Jagannath Temple in the 18th century by the Marathas. The steps lead into the Bada Deula or the big shrine where travellers get to worship Bada Thakura or big deity – Lord Jagannath (lord of the universe). Another attractive feature of the temple visit is savouring the Mahaprasad. Food made in the divine kitchen is distributed among devotees after it is offered to the lord.
The famous Advaita saint Adi Shankaracharya visited Puri and established the Govardhana Mutt here. Ever since then Puri has been revered as a holy site, there are many budget hotels in Puri
near the iconic temple such as Hotel New Rockbay. A liitle further up in the Baliapanda area are Hotel Om Leisure and Hotel East West among a host of others. In this vicinity there are many ashrams and guesthouses as well.
High End Hotels in Puri
Puri is blessed with many long beaches. The main beach runs along the Chakratirtha Road over several kilometres. On either end of the beach are high end properties. 5 star hotels in Puri
and sprawling sea side resorts include the two Mayfair properties – Mayfair Waves and Mayfair Heritage. Located bang on the beach, one can hear the crashing sea waves through the day. An ideal choice for beach bums and nature lovers alike. While the former offers contemporary design, the later is more spread out with cottages. It is also reasonable close to the Shree Jagannath Temple. For travellers with a yen for heritage, look out for Chanakya BNR hotel. A British Raj era property, it exudes an old world charm with its stately rooms, long running verandas, and big front lawns. Further down the road towards Konark is Toshali Sands. One of the first resorts in Puri, it is spread over a big area with paths leading to independent cottages that are set amidst leafy tropical gardens. Built in local laterite material, it blends in with the surroundings. Ideal for those looking to stay slightly away from the city centre in quiet, peaceful surroundings. If you wish to stay near a backwater with ample water activities options, then Lotus Eco Resort could be a great choice. One can either walk or take a boat across to Ramachandi Beach, a quiet beach away from the hurly burly of town. A drive or mobike ride along the marine drive road that runs from Puri to Konark is highly recommended. Dotted with sweeping sea views, casurina plantations, rivers meeting the sea; it is a scenic stretch. The new marine drive, a smaller stretch along the sea coast, is another hotspot with properties such as the Chariot Heritage Resort & Spa.
Couple Friendly Hotels in Puri
Puri is a popular getaway for couples. It’s lovely beaches and multitude of hotels at every price point, offers plenty of options to choose from. Given the city’s high tourist influx through the year, the local hospitality ecosystem caters this segment without any issue. The couple friendly hotels in Puri
caters to an easy stay for couples, without any intrusion into their privacy. The couple-friendly tag on Yatra.com ensures hassle-free check-in at these select hotels for couples, either married or unmarried. In more high end hotels it is a touchless check-in through mobile apps. Proof of local ID is the only thing required. The couple-friendly tag features properties across hotel categories from 5 star to budget along the Chakratirth Road, Baliapanda and Puri-Konark Marine Drive. From upscale properties such as Mayfair Waves, Mayfair Heritage, Pramod Convention & Beach Resort, The Chariot Resort & Spa to smaller properties like Jamindar’s Palace, Hotel Naren Palace among others. Most of these properties also come with Yatra’s Clean Pass tag which ensures quality assurance for hygiene and cleanliness – sanitized rooms, sterilized interiors and strict adherence to World Health Organisation standards. Use the promo code TOGETHER for great discounts up to 40%.
Hotels Near Popular Landmarks in Puri
Puri has many hot stops that travellers throng to. Its many beaches are a perennial favourite, for avid birders it is Chilika Lake little over an hour’s drive away. Konark, through the scenic Marine Drive route attracts visitors for its stunning Sun Temple. An absolute architectural gem! Hotels near popular landmarks in Puri
are plentily available. Given Puri relatively small size, finding an appropriate hotel is never a challenge.
Hotel near Puri Beach
Most travellers to Puri, aside from pilgrims, would head straight for the beach. And for good reason! The exhilaration of viewing high waves on the beach is simply refreshing. Hence it is no surprise that most opt to stay at a hotel near Puri beach
. Chakratirth Road is dotted with hotels across categories – budget to high end – Hotel Sonar Bangla, Hotel Pushpa, Hotel Balaji International, Hotel Niladri, Mayfair Waves, Mayfair Heritage among a host of others. One simply needs to cross the road and the sandy beach begins. Another great advantage is viewing the rising sun from the sea every morning. The east facing location offers a vantage point.
Hotels near Swagadwar
The Swagadwar literally meaning the ‘gateway to heaven’. In the Hindu faith it is believed that if one takes the his or her last journey from this place, moskha or salvation will be achieved. It is with this belief that many come here for the last rites of their near and dear ones. Hotels near Swagadwar
like The Saien caters to this segment.
Birding and an ancient Sea Port
Chilika Lake is a unique eco system. Located in Puri and Ganjan districts of Odisha, this brackishwater lake is situated at the edge of Bay of Bengal. It is separated from the sea by many sandbars with openings at several places like Arakhakuda. These openings bring in salt water from the sea whereas freshwater comes from rivers such as Daya, Bhargavi, Salia and Kusabhadra. During monsoon months the freshwater share goes up within the lake. This seasonal play of fresh and salt water lends the lake its characteristic brackishwater, making it a major draw for migratory birds which come from Siberia, Aral Sea and Himalayan regions during winter months. These birds normally make the lake their home for 3 to 4 months. The island of Nalabana at the heart of the lake is a bird sanctuary, with viewing towers for serious bird watching. Over a million birds from 160 species are spotted here. Spottedbilled pelican, Dabchick, Large and Little Cormorants, Darter, Giant Heron, Large Egret, Pond Heron, Blackeared Kites, Pied Harrier, Common Crane, Perigrine Falcon are some birds to look out for. Dolphins are another attraction in the waters Satapada coast of Chilika Lake. Many conservation efforts have yielded favourable results. Villagers who were indiscriminately killing birds earlier are now part of the conservation drive. November through February is the ideal time for birding and planning a stay at hotels near Chilika Lake
, especially the on Satapada side.
Close to the Satapada coast of Chilika Lake is the archaeological site of Manikpatna port that played an important part in the ancient maritime trade between Kalinga and South Asian and Southeastern Asian countries such as Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Abul Fazal, the Mughal historian during Akbar’s reign mentions Manikpatna as a large port from where salt revenue was collected. Most of the hotels near Sree Jagannath Temple and Chakratirth Road like Mayfair Waves, Mayfair Heritage, Pramod Convention & Beach Resort, The Chariot Resort & Spa are ideal for visiting these two attractions.
Sun Temple at Konark
About 45 km from Puri, the Sun Temple at Konark is a mesmerising monument. Designed in the shape a chariot for the Sun God – Surya – the structure is a piece of creative genius. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was built in the 12th Century CE by King Narasimha Deva I. From a conceptual brilliance perspective, it is probably the finest structure in India. A chariot pulled by six horses with 24 wheels with the Jagamohana (the entrance hall), the Natya Mandap (dance hall) and the Garbha Griha (sanctum sanctorum) representing the temple structure is simply outstanding as a concept. This coupled with the execution of its massive scale, awe inspiring symmetry, precision and sculptural quality leaves the artist in each individual in a thrall. Small wonder Rabindranath Tagore wrote: “Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.” Also known as the Black Pagoda, it was a landmark for European sailors as they passed the shores of Odisha. For the artistically inclined visitors, time your visit around the first week of December to coincide with the Konark Dance festival. It is hosted at open air auditorium with the well-lit Sun Temple as the mesmerising backdrop.
The Lotus Eco Resort and Toshali Sands Nature Escape are the best hotels near Konark
Booking Puri Hotels during Covid Times
Yatra.com has taken many initiatives in tandem with hotels across Puri and Odisha at large. Hotels that stringently follow WHO guidelines of keeping rooms sanitized, and sterilizing indoors periodically have been issued ‘Clean Pass’ by Yatra.com
. It is a quality assurance from Yatra.com. While booking online please look out for the ‘Clean Pass’ tag against hotels on search results page.