Puri Beach Carnival – 2017


Puri, one of the most famous attractions in Odisha and the highest rated tourist destination in the State has started a new initiative of “Puri Beach Carnival” that was organized from Jan 20th- 26th, 2017. It is one of a kind of an event that is inspired by Goa, yet very different from the Western India event. Puri is famous worldwide for Jagannath Temple and the serene beaches and currently stays host to guests from all around the world.

The Carnival, which was a weeklong gala, saw some great events such as the Camel Race, Boat Race, Horse Race, Dog Show, various Musical Nights, DJ performances, Fire Shows, Classic Carnival Parade, Surfing Competition, Sand Art Exhibition, Rangoli Exhibition, and various entertainment programs.

In addition to the Carnival, Palishree Mela was also held at the same venue with cultural stalls of various places all over the state. Puri is garnering attraction and the tourism of the whole state is getting boosted through this noble and entertaining events. The Carnival was stretched 3km throughout the beach. For the first time, Puri was a witness to a tantalizing match of Beach Rugby.

Various celebrities and entertaining entities graced their presence in the Carnival and made the function a grand success. Musical Artist Fazilpuria, Dancing sensation MJ5, Bollywood Actors Govinda and Tushar Kapoor entertained the Carnival Crowd on 25th and 26th January. Ollywood Actors Babushaan, Sambit, Sabyasachi, Archita and Elena spread their magic on the audience who welcomed this event with a count of thousands almost each day!

Food delicacies were yet another major attraction for the event with fresh sea food.

(Content and photograph contribution by Sandeep Hati)