The main enjoyable area of the Puri beach is the area in front of Puri Hotel. During morning time there are very less crowd but as the evening arrievs beach becomes alive in the evenings with full of tourists and vendors.
On the Beach
One can see and enjoy traditional fishermen in hundreds playing their catamarans and soil boats and drawing into their nets a rich catch of prawn, pomfret and other fish on this long and wide beach. The beach resounds with shouts of vendors selling puffed rice (in local language this is known as jhal mudhi), cocanut water, Dahi vada, samosas, sweets, tea and coffee. You can try the delicious fish, prawn and crab dishes sold on carts at Swargadwar beach. You will also find vendors selling products made up of different types of sea shells. You can find various shops selling handloom products and famous Pipili applique products at Swargadwar market.
Children and adult can also enjoy horse and camel ride on the beach. Through out the year tourists can enjoy the atmosphere of various cultural programmes, exhibitions and festivals in Puri beach. Every year Puri hosts the famous Beach Festival on the beach which includes dance, music performances and sand art compeetitons.
Activities at Puri Beach - Photo Gallary
Puri beach is also famous for sand arts. Tourists can enjoy various sand art sculptors created by Sudarsan Pattnaik, famous sand artist of Odisha, on the beach. The famous sand artist creates sand sculptors based on festivals, international events, natural disaster and also of world eminent personalities. You may find sand structures of Hindu Gods and Goddess, portrayals of the World Trade Center bombings, the tsunami that struck Asia in December 2004, Global warming and even Olympic game events. Sudarsan Pattnaik also runs a sand art institute on Puri Beach, near the Mayfair hotel.
Sand Art - Photo Gallary