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India is a blend of beauty and culture, with each place offering something new and different. From spectacular beaches to magnificent hill stations, you will find all kinds of locales when you are in India. The rich architecture and history are spread in almost every city, whether they are tokens from various emperors, or marks left during the British Raj. Indulge yourself in the beauty of beaches and get a relaxing holiday tour.
Puri is a beautiful little city located on the Bay of Bengal and is about 60 kilometres from the capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar. Despite its small size, the city has several temples like Shree Jagannath Temple and Gundicha Temple, as well as the famous Puri Beach. Tourists highly visit these places throughout the year, making it a perfect location for a holiday tour.
Konark itself is a small town, located in Puri, and is known for the immensely famous Sun Temple. The place was built in around 13th century and is dedicated to the Hindu god of Sun, Surya. Accredited to ruler Narsingha Deva 1 of the East Ganga Dynasty, this temple was initially 61 meters high, but due to natural causes, half of it is in ruins now, and today, it is about 30 meters high. It is fascinating to note that the Sun Temple is a perfect example of a Hindu Temple that has all the traditional elements of the same.
Pipli Artist Village was established back in the day by the Emperor of Odisha. The sole purpose of this “Artist Village” was to accommodate the various craftsmen who showcased their skills by beautifying the locale during the annual Jagannath Yatra. They made appliqué umbrellas as well as canopies to add grace in the place. Even today, this skill can be seen every year during the Rath Yatra.
Khandagiri and Udaygiri Caves, also called the Kattaka Caves and Cuttack Caves, are the ancient caves located in Odisha. These caves are a must-visit for everyone interested in archaeological and historical sites. These caves are partially natural and partially man-made. They were dug out for the domicile of Jaina ascetics, during the reign of Kharavela.
Bhubaneswar is the capital of Odisha and is one of the most beautiful places in the state. From Lingaraj Temple to the Nandankanan Zoological Park, to Odisha State Museum and Mukteshvara Temple, Bhubaneswar is an abode to several spectacular locales. Moreover, the several sandstone temples are surrounded around the Bindusagar Lake.
Chilika Lake, spread around Puri, Ganjam and Khurda districts, is the lake famous for salty water. It is placed at the mouth of Daya River and emerges into the Bay of Bengal. Located on an island in this lake is the well-known Kalkaji Temple, which is a famous temple among devotees and tourists.
With each stop, this The Beach Holidayspackage tour of Odisha and Puri Beach tour is bound to enthrall you more and more, and give you a perfect holiday.
Relax at Puri Beach and enjoy the sunset
Visit the Sun Temple in Konark
Walk around the Artistic Pipili Village
Explore the Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves
Indulge in the beauty of Bhubaneswar
Welcome to Bhubaneswar – The Temple City of India and get transferred to the hotel. Hotel check-in time is noon.
The seat of Tribhubaneswar or ‘Lord Lingaraj’, Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage site. There are hundreds of temples in the old town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. As the city bustles with modern life, the skyline awakens curiosity with its sky-kissing spires of the Lingaraj Temple, the white-domed Peace Pagoda on Dhauli hill and the ancient Khandagiri Caves. The three epitomize the advent of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism during different periods of Odisha history.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Bhubaneswar.
Breakfast at the hotel and explore the ancient temples of the city.
Lingaraj Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, built in the 11th century is the biggest temple in Bhubaneswar. The temple features beautiful sculptures, carved on the spire. Bindu Sagar Lake, lying to the north of the Lingaraj Temple, is also one of the major tourist attractions in the city. Besides, there are many other temples in Bhubaneswar, such as Mukteshwar Temple, Parashurameswar Temple, Rajarani Temple, etc. Tourists can also spot different species of plants in the area near the temples.
In the afternoon, you will visit Kala Bhoomi. It is a crafts museum, spread across 13 acres of land. The museum is divided into two sections, viz. handicrafts and handloom. The unique artworks of craftsmen of Odisha are preserves in the handicraft section, while the handloom section showcases traditional textiles. One can also come across appliqué work, etching, palm-leaf paintings, stone and wood carvings, tribal art, bell metalwork, etc. in separate galleries of the museum.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Bhubaneswar
Breakfast at the hotel and visit Jain caves.
It is said that Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves were carved out as a residence for Jain monks. Most of these caves were dug out under the reign of King Kharavela. Udayagiri is a group of 18 caves while Khandagiri has 15 caves.
Dhauli hill is located on the banks of River Daya, 8 km south to the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha. There are major edicts of Ashoka engraved on a mass of rocks in the region. King Ashoka renounced the idea of war at Dhauli hills only. Later, he converted to Buddhism and built various pillars, stupas, and chaityas at the site.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Bhubaneswar.
Breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive to Gopalpur-On-Sea en-route visiting Chilika Lake.
Spread across three districts in Odisha on the east coast of India, Chilika Lake is the largest coastal lagoon in the country. Considered as the second-largest brackish water lagoon in the world, it is a hub of bird watching. This is because the region serves as a home to a large number of migratory birds. Moreover, it shelters various threatened plants and animals.
Mangalajodi is a quaint village, located at the northern edge of Chilika Lake in Odisha. The vast wetlands of Mangalajodi are a hotspot of migratory birds, especially water birds. Apart from being a popular destination of bird watching and eco-tourism, the town is also famous for its rituals and festivals.
Overnight at the hotel in Gopalpur on Sea.
Breakfast at the hotel and visit Chandragiri to explore Padmasambhava Mahavihara Monastery. It is said to be the largest Buddhist monastery in East India. During the visit to the monastery, tourists can interact with the resident monks and local people.
Later, you will visit Taptapani, which is one of the major tourist attractions in the state. It is renowned for its hot water springs, which are said to have curative properties. According to the information provided by the locals, the hot spring has been there for more than 300 years. Afterward, you will explore the little hamlets of Saora tribes. These tribal people are proficient in art and crafts. They make use of trees, animals, etc. as the motifs of their artwork.
At last, you will be driven back to Gopalpur-On-Sea.
Overnight stay in Gopalpur-On-Sea.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive to Puri en-route visiting the local villages.
Then, you will proceed towards Puri. Pilgrims from across the world visit Puri to take a holy dip at the beach. The golden sands of beach appeal to tourists. Hence, the destination is also suitable for beach lovers.
In the afternoon, you will visit Jagannath Temple, which is one of the major pilgrimage sites in East India. Built in the 12th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath – The Lord of Universe. The temple has idols of three deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra.
Then, you can stroll around the narrow lanes of the town.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Puri.
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to visit the Sun Temple of Konark.
Konark is often said to be the third vertice of the Golden Triangle of Odisha. The town represents one of the finest specimens of religious architecture in the world. Dedicated to Sun God, the Sun Temple at Konark stands tall on 24 chariot wheels. This symbolizes the march of time. Built in the 13th century, the temple is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Afterward, you will visit the villages of local fishermen and interact with them.
Then, you will return to Puri for an overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Chilika Lake-Satpada.
You will visit Raghurajpur, the heritage crafts village.
The major attraction of the town is that the whole village is engaged in making handicrafts. Some men have also won national awards for their artwork. There are around 100 homes and 300 artisans in the village. Every aspect of the lifestyle of people living in the village is connected to art and crafts. There is a work division in the family. Men and boys work on paintings, while women prepare the canvas, boil the gum, and powder the pigments in a mortar. Tourists can take a stroll around to observe the colorful painted murals on the houses. They can also have interaction with the local people. Another specialty of the village is Pattachitra, a traditional cloth-based scroll painting. People in the village make a wide variety of items, including stone carvings, wooden toys, and palm leaf engravings.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Puri
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Bhubaneswar Biju Patnaik International airport for departure
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