Konark Tourism

Konark Tourism

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  • State: Odisha
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Puri
Konark is a small town in Puri district in the state of Orissa. Konark translates as ‘Essence of the Corners’. Konark is famous for the Sun Temple, a World Heritage Site, which was built in the 13th century. It is an ancient place which was once ruled by the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.

The Sun Temple, dedicated to the Sun God, is made of black granite and belongs to the Kalinga School of Indian Temples. It was built by the Eastern Ganga Dynasty  in 1236-1264 AD. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is 229 ft. high.  The temple is visited by pilgrims and visitors every year from October to March.

Apart from the religious significance, the temple is also known for its unique architecture. It is in the form of a giant chariot of Lord Surya. This is drawn by seven horses on twelve pairs of intricately decorated wheels.

The main entrance of the temple is guarded by two lions and has a ‘nata mandir’ where the temple dancers performed for the Sun God. The temple has many floral patterns, and human and divine figures posing in various forms.

The site is preserved by the Archeological Survey of India, which established a museum exhibiting the ruins of the temple during the excavation around the site. Besides Konark there are some other famous sun temples like Biranchi Khetra, also called Biranchi Narayan Temple.

Among other attractions of the destination are Konark Beach and the Konark Dance Festival. The Konark Beach is known for its calm waters while the Konark Dance Festival is an annual dance festival which is devoted to classical Indian dance, especially Odissi, held in the month of December. A Craft Mela and Handicraft Exhibition are other attractions of the festival.

Apart from the Konark Dance Festival, held in December, another annual event called the Konark Dance and Music Festival is held in February. Organised by the Orissa Dance Academy and Konark Natya Mandap, the 24th edition of this festival will be held from 19th-23rd February, 2012. Renowned dancers and musicians will perform dance forms like Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathakali, etc and music from different music gharanas.

Konark can be reached from Bhubaneshwar, which is at a distance of 65 km, by taxis and rented cars. Bhubaneshwar is well connected by flights to major Indian cities. The nearest train station is at Puri, which is around 29 km away.

Konark is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

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Anirban Saha

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  • Anirban Saha
  • Lives in Calcutta
  • 1 Review
  •  18 readers

"Bhubaneswar to konakh"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We go to baramunda bus stop from here a good number bus go to konarkh. Baramunda is a few kilometer from colony and you get bus from baramunda to konarkh every hour and it is very cheap and every one can afford it. You can book bus seat from here Ac/non AC available here ...
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Biswaranjan Dehury

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  • Biswaranjan Dehury
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 2 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  105 readers

"Konark - The song on sand and stone where time measured by wheels shadow"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 15, 2017
My sin wanted to see Konark.. We drove from Cuttack through newly built national revamped during Nabakalebar time.. The Konark wheels true to magic.. Gave the impression that it is still ready to fly and bring sun God to the chariot.. You can measure time from the shadow.. It simply prove that Italy architecture is second to none in terms art and technology.. You can have the history of temple if you have some time to visit the archaeological museum near by which is neatly maintained.
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Lipsa Pany

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  • Lipsa Pany
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 24 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  9854 readers

"Educational trip !!!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2016
I was never a history buff when I was a kid. But visiting Hampi regularly I was in awe. So when I finally got a chance to visit Konark I was in awe. It was sex education centre at time and entertainment centre. Intricate depiction of life is extraordinary. You can definitely learn a lot. It was educating even for me. It is highly maintained and it is still being restored. You have to walk a bit from parking and there are many shops for eating and buying some gifts. We hired a guide and that was quite informational. It is advisable to hire a guide as you get to see monuments from a different perspective.
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Bipin vaidya Vaidya

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  • Bipin vaidya Vaidya
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 29 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  5022 readers

"Konark Surya Temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2016
It is historical place. Inside carving is marvelous. To understand full details, it requires at least three days. One see history how temple was made. One pen put at centre of wheel and one can match time with clock, it's so accurate. To understand this you require a very good guide. It is a marvel of art work. Each pillar has got some meaning.
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Rapolu Nikhil

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  • Rapolu Nikhil
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 14 Reviews
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"Superb place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2016
One of the great place of India. Indian history lies in the temple. This is a sun temple. Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century CE Sun Temple at Konark in Odisha, India. It is believed that the temple was built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty in 1255 CE.  It has wheel looking construction called pagodhas. But due to many reasons the Pooja's are not going in this temple.
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  • 5 votes

Samarendramuduli

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"Wow ,, very interesting place is this"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 23, 2016
Such a nice place ,, I never seen this type of facility and believe me people are very good ,, wow its an really good place ,, I love this place, nice place for me ,, you also enjoy this once you come here and you also participate this type of enjoyable place ,,
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
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"A Trip to Konark"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2016
I had been to Konark by road in June 2016. Konark is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of modern Odisha. The must-visit attractions near Konark include the Sun Temple and the Archaeological Site Museum. The Sun Temple is among the seven wonders of the world and built around 1250 AD by King Narasimhadeva I of the Ganga Dynasty. This is also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Archaeological Site Museum was built in 1968 housing archaeological artefacts and sculptures of the Sun Temple. This iconic museum has 4 galleries.
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Rohit Kumar

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  • Rohit Kumar
  • 26 Reviews
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"Sun Temples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2016
Even though no longer a "temple", this place still holds huge historical significance as one of the resting places of the Sun God. The art and architecture here is quite famous as well. You came here by bus or other vehicle. So many foreigners tourist came here. This temple is a best examples of architecture. Byeee
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"A must Visit place on your Puri Trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 31, 2016
This historical place is just at 40 km north to Puri city. This place could be reached by private car or tour bus. Winter would be the best season to visit this place as you need stand in-front of it or walk around it for couple of hours.

There is a entry ticket to this Sun Temple which is 30 INR for Adult Indian. There are few street food stalls outside of this temple. Therefore, lunch can be taken at Puri.

There are few Guides at this temple who can explain more details about this temple at reasonable price, 100 INR only. Try to use your own camera and selfie stick to take photos.

Wish you nice and Happy journey.
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  • Basab Ray chaudhuri
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"An Architectural Marvel - Now in ruins"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 9, 2016
I have been visiting Konark from my childhood, but the recent visit to this world heritage site has raised a question in my mind as to whether this architectural wonder will remain in existence after 30 - 50 years. Although now under repair, adequate attention is missing. Most of the damaged stone structures are being replaced by stone slabs and thereby losing the beauty of stone carving.
Built in the 13th century, this architectural wonder must be preserved for the next generations.
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