Puri Beach or the Golden beach is a beach in the city of Puri in the state of Odisha, India. It is on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is known for being a tourist attraction and a Hindu sacred place.The beach is the site of the annual Puri Beach Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Indian Ministry of Tourism, the city of Odisha, the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts, and the Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, Kolkata.The beach hosts sand art displays, including work by international award-winning local sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik.The Golden Beach at Puri was awarded the prestigious 'Blue Flag' tag on October 11, 2020 by the Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark.
The pilgrim town is famous for its golden beaches which forms its eastern boundary. Considered one of the safest beaches in the country, one can find tourists taking to sea and enjoying a leisurely bath. The beach congregation of people throughout the day except may be in the afternoon.Puri is one of the few destinations which offers spiritual salvation along with the thrill of nature. The Beach offers tourists the solitude and serenity to soak in the mystical charm of the city. Lined across the beach of Puri are some of the most important relics of history, like the Baulimatha – where Guru Nanak stayed during his visit to Puri. The Matha located near Swargadwar houses, where The Holy Guru Granth Sahib is placed right next to Lord Jagannath.
The beach is mostly secluded at the break of dawn, an early morning walk or simply sitting by the shore and watching the sunrise and the waves splashing against beach makes for a magical experience.Always enlist the help of Nulia (life guard) before going into the sea.The beach market springs to life in the evening, the shops sell anything from souvenir to utility items.In the evening’s kids can enjoy the camel ride or horse ride in the beach,The road side stalls prop up along the beach selling popular Indian snacks to sea food.There are many shops selling Odisha handloom and textiles dotted along the road next to the beach along with artefacts. For the shopaholics it makes for an exciting prospect.
Puri offers the tourist the rare opportunity of witnessing the colourful Sun rise and Sun set. Puri sea beach is the right place to spend and enjoy morning and evening. Thousands of people from different part of India and world spend their morning and evening at Puri sea beach each and everyday. Sea shells are collected here in large quantity. These are the main wealth of Puri sea beach. It is highlight witnessing the dawn over the sea and fishing boats.The crude construction of the boats is unusual. They are made of solid tree trunks and are enormously heavy. Buoyancy is achieved purely from the buck of wood. They are made in two or three pieces, split longitudinally and bound together, when not in use they are untied and the pieces laid out on the beach to dry.