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    Best time to Visit Konark: Jan,Oct,dec

    Category : Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage

    Duration(days) : 1 Days

    Description

    Konark is a serene beach town, situated at a distance of 66 km from Bhubaneswar and around 35 km from the popular sea beach of Puri.
    Konark is famous for its Sun Temple, which is now a World Heritage Site. 

    The Sun temple is built in the form of a chariot of Sun God. This mammoth chariot has 24 wheels of 10 feet diameter and looks to be dragged by 7 horses. This Kalinga style temple is filled with extravagant carvings and beholds divine experience.

     

    Konark is a part of the Golden triangle of Orissa, along with Bhubaneshwar and Puri.

     

    The name Konark is derived from two words: Kona meaning Corner and Arka meaning Sun.
    According to the legends, Samba, the king of Jambavati angered Krishna by his deeds, and was thus cursed with leprosy. The king later learnt that he can get rid of the curse by worshipping the Sun God, on the sea coast. Thus, when the found an image of Sun seated on a lotus, he worshipped the God with whole heart and was able to get rid of the curse.

     

    Festivals:
    The Annual Dance Festival of Konark is a 5 day long cultural extravaganza which invites unique dancing talent from all over the country. The event is held with the backdrop of the Sun temple, adding to the grandeur and magnificence to the whole program.


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    Konark Sun temple

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    The famous Konark Sun temple is a 13th century temple, which is dedicated to the Sun God. The magnificent structure resembles the shape of a chariot, with intricately carved wheels, walls and pillars made out of stone. The temple features how Sun moves around on the chariot.
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      Konark Beach

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      Konark Beach is located at a distance of 3 km from the Sun temple. This clean and pristine beach is a popular tourist spot.
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        Nine Planet Shrine / Navagraha temple

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        Nine Planet Shrine houses Sun and the remaining planets of the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. This temple is located close to Sun Temple and attracts lot of devotees.
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          Archaeological Museum Konark / ASI Museum

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          Museum of Archeological Survey of India, displays a collection of various artifacts recovered from the excavations of Sun temple.
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            Ramachandi Temple

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            The Ramachandi Temple is located at the banks of the Kusabhadra River which flows into the Bay of Bengal from this spot. The beautiful surrounding of the temple makes it a wonderful picnic spot.
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              Chandrabhaga beach

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              Chandrabhaga beach is a beautiful sandy beach close to Konark. Formerly Chandrabhaga was considered a place of natural cure for lepers.
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                By Air
                The nearest airport is Bhubhaneswar (64 km)

                By Train
                Puri is the nearest railhead (31 km)

                By Road
                Konark has good road connectivity.
                The Puri-Konark Marine Drive is one of the best driving routes in the country.