There has not been a single head in the whole country who does not know about the great historical sun temple of Konark holding the distinguished magnitude and gravity. This exceptional effigy with impressive artifacts was fabricated by the king Narasinghs Deva - I of the Ganga Dynasty in the mid thirteenth century. Often known as Black Pagoda, this rare creation truly boasts of the exemplary artistic charisma of the then period. Constructed in the shape and semblance of a grand chariot pulled by seven vibrant horses on twelve pairs of spectacular ornamented wheels, the temple is extra-ordinary impressive creation with striking design and formation. This awe-inspiring creation has often been observed and contemplated as the best model among the temples of its stature and has also been considered to be the most substantial one when judged with the two other appreciable formation of Odissha namely the great Jagannath Temple and the Lingaraja Temple. In spite of the fact that the sun temple in Konark does not hold the same carves and niches it was built with centuries ago, it still manages to bewitch the enchanted viewers and proves the exquisite artistic power and credit of the Vaishnav culture. Let me tell you that, this place is not very far from you as it is situated in the holi and renowned Puri district under the Odisha state of India.

The Konark sun temple, with its intricate stone sculptures, is a UNESCO World heritage site. Even though it ceased to be a living temple a few decades after its consecration in the 13th century.

Life in Konark revolves almost completely around tourist activities related to the temples.

Odhisa language is the official language in this place.


Travel Tips

As it’s a very popular and enchanting destination to spend nice holidays so, it’s always suggestible to book hotels well in advance and avoid the possible hazards and hassles on reaching there. A good quality camera should always be your companion to gift you with the pleasant memoirs that will be your rich resource for the entire life. You should also carry a travel guide not to miss the surrounding attractions and to gain fantastic experiences.

The best time to visit in this place is October to March.

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Things to do

Archaeological Museum: This intriguing serene and quiet museum, just west of Yatrinivas, can turn out to be an exotic place to hang around with your family members. It contains many impressive and unique carvings and sculptures found during the excavations of the Sun Temple.

Sun Temple: Believed to be constructed in the mid-13th century, probably by the Orissan king Narasimha Dev, this massive edifice used to mark his military victory over the Muslims, and it was only for three centuries that it used to be catered by the kings. When you will be roaming around the magnificent creation, you will surely to be transported in the world back to the time when artistry reached to the summit of excellence and the aftermath of it was nothing but the fructification of this unbridled artifice.

Chandrabhaga Beach: This exotic beach is just a few minutes’ walk away and if you are planning to have a trip in Konark then never forget to visit the place as you will miss an inordinate beauty if you don’t make your foot fall in one of the splendid beaches in Orissa.

Konark Beach: To engross yourself in super exciting and fun activities, you should always opt for Konark Beach, as there are multifarious water sports including scuba diving to indulge in and have a great time to remember. You can also take a refreshing long walk along the beach and enjoy the soothing cool breeze to your heart’s content.

Getting Around

As the transport system is quite praiseworthy here so, getting around in Konark is fairly easy. You can rent private taxis or other four-wheelers to reach and visit the surrounding attractions that happen to add extra value in the tour.

Places to Stay

You will get a large number of varieties to choose from when it comes to the point of staying comfortably in such a beautiful place in Orissa. Offering staying accommodations of various ranges, the hotel industry in Konark has also flourished a lot in the last decade.

The Orissa Tourism Development Corporation runs Yatri Nivas close to the temple. Their restaurants serves Indian and Chinese meals.

How to Reach

  • The Bhubaneswar airport is the most advantageous and convenient point for entering the city with numbers of flights adjoining Konark with Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi flying on a regular basis.
  • Being 31km away, Puri is the nearest railway station from Konark. Puri rail station is well linked with all the major destinations in the country by regular train service.
  • An advanced and large-scale road network within Konark links it well to the rest of India via State highways and National Highways connecting it with Bhubaneswar, Puri and other cities in Odisha (Orissa) and its neighboring states.

Surrounding Attractions

There are also places encircling the area that can provide enough mirth and joy to you along with your near and dear ones. The famous Jagannath Temple, Kuruma Village (8 km), the confluence of Ramachandi (7 km), Pipli- Orissa’s appliqué capital (23 km), Chaurasi (30 km) and Astranga (35 km) can give you a time of your lifetime.

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