Best Time to Visit Puri

Puri is one of the four holiest cities for the Hindus in India. Resembling a ‘Dakshinavarta Shankha’ (right-oriented conch-shell) and extending for more than 16 km, Puri is also called as Shank Kshetra. It is a quiet seaside resort where domestic and foreign tourists enjoy the beaches without ever mixing. During the Rath Yatra, in the beginning of summer, hordes of pilgrims take over the city. Puri is home to Jagannath Temple and both are synonymous to each other. In addition to Jagannath Temple, there are some other famous temples like Gundicha Temple, Alarnath Temple, Mausi Maa / Ardhashosini Temples, Varahi Temple etc. Historical monument of Konark Sun Temple and the best of natural beauty in the form of Chilika Lake too are prime tourist attractions in Puri.

Summer Season in Puri: The summer season is generally hot and the temperature varies from 27 to 45 degree Celsius. The months of March, April and May are the summer months. The weather is pleasant in March, but the months of April and May are unbearable due to scorching heat.

Monsoon Season in Puri: The holy city of Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath, receives good amount of downpour in the form of light / heavy rainfall during the monsoon. In comparison to the intense summer, the monsoon clouds rain over the city in the month of June and continue till September. Visiting Puri is highly recommended during the monsoon season as the weather and climate turn out to be quite soothing. The landscape gets extremely beautiful these days.

Winter Season in Puri: The winter season though starts from November and lasts till February but the weather commences to be pleasant from the month of October. During winter season, the atmosphere becomes cold and the temperature varies between 10 and 18 degrees Celsius. This season is suitable for picnics and for other tourist activities. Tourists must carry light woolen clothes during their visit to Puri in winter.

Though there are several reasons and attractions in Puri but the chief reason to visit Puri to have ‘darshan’ and perform ‘puja’ Lord Jagannath. Annual Jagannath Rath Yatra is also a grand crowd puller. June to March is the best time to visit Jagannath Puri. The first and most important reason is that the world famous Rath Yatra is mostly celebrated in the month of July. Other festivals are also celebrated with great reverence at this time of the year. Apart from this, the weather also remains fine. The best time to visit Puri is from October to March. A tourist should wear light cotton clothes in hot weather and warm clothes in winter season. If you also want to see Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra during Puri tour then come in June-July

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