Bhubaneswar, Konark and Puri are viewed as a virtual triangle in tourist circles, often referred to as the golden triangle. Thanks to the smooth road connectivity, road trip enthusiasts prefer to take this route, ditching the other modes of transportation. The best part of a road trip is the flexibility it allows, and the scope of exploring other places that fall on the route. The pit stops not only ensure the convenience of extending your trip but also satiate the wanderlust in you, as you can go off-route as per your whims and fancies.
The Route in Question
The route for the road trip from Bhubaneswar to Puri roughly measures 100 kms and as soon as you leave the capital city behind, you will be greeted by a warm carriageway with sprawling green fields over vast expanses on both sides. The 67 km stretch to Puri has very little traffic, and you will hardly find any buildings or shops between the villages. However, you should look out for cattle, careless villagers and occasional bikes, cars, trucks which might drive on the wrong side of the road. The Puri bypass is a single smooth carriageway where you will travel for the remaining 40 kms, crossing the Balukhand-Konark Reserve Forest. Again, these roads are close to perfect and mostly empty, which means that you will have a great time behind the wheels. Your co-travellers too will be in for a delightful experience, since the road barely has any curves; however, if you are driving during monsoons, the forest, although beautiful, might give you a rather eerie feel.
After crossing the forest, you will end up on a road running adjacent to a mesmerising but isolated beach for about 3 kms before you enter the forest again and finally head for the Konark temple. It is advisable to carry your food supplies over this stretch as the eateries on this road are few and far between. If you are keen on a scenic and relaxing drive, this route will leave you more than satisfied. What’s more, car rental from Bhubaneswar for Puri Konark road trips are easily available and affordable too, especially if you opt for Revv.
Some other Tips of Bhubaneswar-Konark-Puri
If you are taking a Puri-Konark-Bhubaneswar connected road trip, we also recommend you to make a pit stop at Pipli, a must-visit for art and antique lovers. The journey will be a treat for sore eyes, with the beautiful rural countryside and soothing views of green fields and rustic village-life. Dhauli Shanti Stupa is yet another popular pit stop en route, which is approximately 8 kms away from Bhubaneswar. Famous as a peace pagoda, it is a revered place for followers of Buddhism. Built by Fuji Guruji, the stupa sits on the banks of the Daya River. It is believed that the foundation of some of the pillars of this area was laid by King Asoka. If you are keen to check out places to see during Bhubaneswar to Puri road trip, you can explore the Chandaka Forest, renowned as a wildlife reserve. It occupies an area of about 174 sq. kms, and is today known for a concerted effort towards saving the Indian Elephant species in the area. The forest received recognition as an elephant reserve in 1982 as an attempt to minimize human intrusion and to safeguard the forest ecosystem.
Puri-Konark Marine Drive is one of the best long-drive routes in Odisha, a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. While you book your Revv self drive car rental for Puri Konark short trip, you can expect one side of the road to be surrounded by green canopies while the other is no less spectacular, thanks to the crashing waves of the sea. This route is sure to guarantee an unforgettable drive, being a perfect amalgamation of two different facets of nature. Likewise, the new Puri-Bhubaneswar highway has to something to offer to the devout travelers as well as thrill-seekers, including a number of popular food joints to self drive during your Bhubaneswar trip. The rolling sea waves of course, add to the charm.
Best Time to Visit Bhubaneswar-Konark-Puri
Also note that while October to March is considered to be the best time for a Bhubaneswar Puri weekend road trip, you can also go for a long drive across the state in February, when the Konark Dance Festival is held. The proximity of the state to the sea ensures a tropical monsoon climate all round the year, which also means that between July and September, there are incessant rains. On the other hand, summers from April to June get scorchingly hot with occasional showers, which is not at all a comfortable combination for sight-seeing. However during the winter season (October to March), the sky remains clear, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
So without any further ado, pick up your keys, hit the ignition, and thank us later!