The city of Puri in Odisha has become a magnet for more than temple devotees. For the last five years, surfers from India and abroad have been congregating on its sandy shores to compete in the India Surf Festival, or just catch a wave in good company. The India Surf Festival returns to Ramachandi beach from Sat November 12 to Mon November 14, 2016.
Turn up to cheer on the competitors in the surfing, stand-up paddling, and skateboarding championships. Or better yet, pick up skills from workshops led by the pros. Test the waters with a stand-up paddling workshop, nicknamed “Walk on Water”. Certified instructors will be on hand to coach amateur surfers. The venue will also feature paved roads and mini ramps, where visitors can get the hang of skateboarding from experts.
The festival line-up includes yoga classes on the beach, lessons in stand-up paddling, and performances of surf music, a genre of rock music that was born in California in the 1960s. Photos courtesy India Surf Festival
Take a break from the sand and surf to groove to live music, or wander over to the art installations and photography exhibition on adventure sports. Visitors can also sign up for filmmaking and photography workshops at the festival.
Puri is most famous for its temples. Take time to marvel at the 11th-century Jagannath Temple, and make the 35km-ride out of town to see the Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To get more out of your trip to Puri, use our guide.
Where Ramachandi Beach, 26km/40min from Puri via the Puri-Konark Marine Drive.
When November 12-14, 2016
Getting There Bhubaneswar is the closest airport to Puri (70km/1hr30min by road) and is connected to most major Indian metros. Puri is a major railhead, which is connected to Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi as well as other towns. There are several luxury buses between Kolkata and Puri. The journey takes a minimum of 10 hours and fares begin around ₹500.
Passes Three-day passes start at ₹7,000, and include access to the festival campsite; tents are available for a fee. Passes for day visitors will be available soon. Check the festival website for details.
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