5 Major Tourist Attractions in Konark
Intricate Stone Wheel Carving at the Sun Temple in Konark
Konark is a town in Puri district in Odisha, a state in East India. It is located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Around 17,000 people live in Konark.
Have you visited Konark?
How to Reach Konark?
Biju Patnaik International Airport is the nearest airport to Konark; it is around 61 kilometers from Konark. Puri Railway Station is the nearest railway station; it is around 31 kilometers from Konark. Konark is well-connected by road to various cities and towns in the region.
Hotels in Konark
Sun Temple Hotel
This beautiful 13th-century temple is built in Kalinga architecture. It was built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty. This colossal temple is dedicated to Sun God.
This masterpiece was designed in the form of a chariot mounted on 24 wheels and drawn by seven horses; it is a chariot for the Sun God. The diameter of each wheel is around 10 feet.
You will find exquisite stone carvings in this magnificent Hindu temple, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. It is a stunning monument of religious significance.
Do you worship the sun?
This temple is located just outside the Sun Temple compound. Inside this holy temple you will find a large chlorite slab. This slab is six meters long, 1.2 meters high and two metres deep. It contains richly ornamented idols of nine planets, which are known as Nava Graha in Sanskrit. Surya, Chandra, Mangala, Budha, Guru, Shukra, Shani, Rahu and Kethu are the Nava Grahas. These beautiful idols are made with black chlorite stone. People having Rahu dosha come here during Rahu Kalam and perform Abishekas.
Located around three kilometers from the Sun Temple, this beach is one of the finest beaches in the east coast of India. Many cultural activities are held in this beach.
In June 2018, this beach became Asia’s first beach to get the Blue Flag certification — a tag given to environment-friendly clean beaches, equipped with amenities of international standards for tourists.
To achieve the Blue Flag standards, a beach has to strictly comply with 33 environment and tourism-related conditions. The standards were established by the Copenhagen-based Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) in 1985.— Arvind Nautiyal, project head of the Society for Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM)
Chandrabhaga Beach Images
Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary, which is in between Puri and Konark, covers an area of around 72 square kilometers. It extends from Banki Muhan near Puri to Keluni Muhan near Daluakani. Black buck is the star attraction in this sanctuary, which also houses other animals like spotted dear, stripped hyena, jungle cat and Olive Ridley sea turtles. Undulating sand dunes, lonely beaches, cashew plantations and casuarina groves in this area make it a memorable tourist destination.
Crabs at the Balukhand Reserve Forest beach
Ramchandi Beach is named after Goddess Ramchandi. This virgin beach is around seven kilometers from Konark sun temple. It is located on the convergence of the river Kusabhadra and the Bay of Bengal. This beautiful beach is well-known for its serene atmosphere and silvery sands.
Wonderful treat to the eyes, the river meets the sea, just about here! The temple is not far away, a visit to the shire and learning the history makes for a great experience.— Raja M
Follow rules. For instance if you are asked not to swim in a particular beach, do not swim. Avoid poorly lit streets, deserted areas and narrow alleys after sunset. Do not get into unnecessary arguments with strangers, especially on sensitive topics like culture, religion, language, etc.
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