Puri is just about 60 km from the capital of Odisha, Bhubaneshwar. It stands the holy beach town of Puri surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and the rice-growing alluvial plain on its east, Khurda district on its west, Sambalpur on its south and the state capital Bhubaneshwar on its northern side. It is an important sacred site for the Hindus. Puri is the neighbor of another important Hindu site of India, The Sun temple of Konark. The district of Puri encompasses most of the Chilika Lake. Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark in this region forms a beautiful tourist circuit called Golden triangle tour of east India.
Puri is commonly known to Indians as Jagannath Puri, which is one of the four major sacred sites for the Hindus all over the world. The seat of the hallowed God, Lord Jagannath, Puri, was once part of the Kalinga Kingdom which was brought under the rule of the Maurya dynasty, under the mighty Ashoka. Puri used to be a hilly region in the ancient times and is believed to have been inhabited by the Sabaras, a tribe belonging to pre-Aryan and pre Dravidian Austric linguistic group. Most famous for the Jagannath temple, Puri also has a beautiful and virgin beach. This is one of the most unexploited beaches in India .
This is a small town and the life of this town is all centered around the activities related to the Lord Jagannath and the temple. It is as if the sleepy town wakes up to the glory of the Lord during the annual Car festival or the Rath Yatra of the Lord; this when the whole town comes alive with devotees and enthusiasts who come from all over the world to watch this mega event.