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Ramchandi Beach

Ddas
26th Oct 17

Beautiful sea view

Beautiful sea view  Video Review
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Ramchandi Beach

Jagannathpaha
26th Oct 17

Nice but not clean

Nice but not clean  Video Review
00:52

Ramchandi Beach

Palsudip
26th Oct 17

Awesome in the evening

Awesome in the evening  Video Review
00:33

Ramchandi Beach

Sitesh Mishra
10th Sep 17

Good beach

Good beach  Video Review
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Kork Beach

Namur
22nd Dec 17

Peaceful beach

Peaceful beach  Video Review
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Ramchandi Beach

Namur
22nd Dec 17

Beautiful

Beautiful  Video Review
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Chandrabhaga Sea Beach

Bhavya boww
8th Mar 18

Very good beach to spend good time

Very good beach to spend good time  Video Review
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Ramchandi Beach

Subhradip
16th Jan 18

Good beach

Good beach  Video Review
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Ramchandi Beach

Satya
9th Jan 18

Nice beach

Nice beach  Video Review
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Kork Beach

Satya
9th Jan 18

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Reasons to go to Konark

1A massive ornamented chariot of the Sun God
A massive ornamented chariot of the Sun God

HolidayIQ reviewer Deepak Mishra says, "Konark is known for its Sun Temple and is a delight for the cultural tourist who is remotely interested in history and heritage." HolidayIQ reviewer Siddhartha adds in, "Other than the Sun Temple one should certainly visit Chendrabhaga beach and should also explore the new museum and open air theatre."

HolidayIQ reviewer Manishi Mangla says, "Take a guide at the temple to know about the various carvings and sculptures on the temple. An amazing architecture. Better to take something to eat and drink before entering the temple. Outside the temple, there is a local crafts market.

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2Marvel Of Architecture
Marvel Of Architecture

Go to Konark to experience some mind-bogglingly beautiful architecture.Konark translates as ‘Essence of the Corners’. HolidayIQ traveller Prateek says, "The Konark temple is in shatters and is being renovated and reconstructed to by the archaeological survey of India. The Sun temple is a place of historical significance, which is why it is one of the must-see destinations in India. Here the first rays of sun fall so it is called Sun temple. It is a beautiful temple with intricate architecture and rich in heritage. The entry ticket is Rs. 10. One can also visit the Chandrabhaga beach and Ramachandi beach near Konark. But beware of crooks as many of them are present here who will try to convince you and fool you. Otherwise it is a classic place to visit which is a symbol of India's glorious past but is losing it's beauty."

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3Pay a visit to the famous Konark temple
Pay a visit to the famous Konark temple

The Sun Temple in Konark is an architectural marvel apart from being breathtakingly gorgeous. HolidayIQ tourist Jai says, "Although the 800 years old, 13th century temple is in remains now, whatever structure we get to see is marvellous in itself."

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4Konark Sun Temple Was Initially Built On The Sea Bank
Konark Sun Temple Was Initially Built On The Sea Bank

Konark Temple was initially built on the sea bank but now the sea has receded and the temple is a little away from the beach. It’s kenned as 'Black Pagoda' due to its dark colour and utilized as a navigational landmark by ancient sailors to Odisha. HolidayIQ Traveller Santhosh Wilson from Thirvanthapuram shares, "The thirteenth century temple, presently preserved by the Archeological Survey of India is a visual treat for history buffs. The temple is located at about 1. 5 km from Konark town. The place was calm as we reached there in the morning itself. The shops on either side of the road were yet to open. Rejuvenated from the tender coconut we got from a shop, we strolled along the way leading to the Black Pagoda (the sobriquet used to refer to Konark temple). The temple, subjected to the elements of weather, is currently in a partly damaged condition. The inside part is sealed due to safety concerns and we can only marvel the beauty of the outer portion. When viewed the temple sideways from a distance, we get the whole view of the temple in the form of a chariot, drawn by horses, with twelve wheels on either side."

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5The Wheels At Sun Temple Konark Serve As Accurate Sun Dials And Are Inspiration For Modern Day Watches
The Wheels At Sun Temple Konark Serve As Accurate Sun Dials And Are Inspiration For Modern Day Watches

The main attraction of the temple is its twelve pairs of wheels located at the base of the temple. These wheels are not ordinary wheels but tell time as well – the spokes of the wheels create a sundial. One can calculate the precise time of the day by just looking at the shadow cast by these spokes. HolidayIQ Traveller Lalat Kumar Sahoo from Puri shares, "One of the most stunning monuments of religious significance, a true masterpiece of architecture proudly stands in the form of Sun Temple at Konark. A culmination of Oriya architecture, the temple is a wonderful place as the language of stone defeats the human language here. This is the world's most beautiful monuments. Like the titanic temple of Khajuraho female dancers in stand stone combine with male figures in the act of titanic love and also Twenty-four wheels are set around the temple symbolizing the wheel of the chariot of the sun God as he around this planet travels from dawn till dusk. This is located near to Sea While bathing in the sea following day, We found an image of God, fashioned out of Surya's body by Viswakarma. I've had another experience today, which is light surrounding a part of my selfish ego, and my ego submitted. The light has won for this issue. It is no longer possible to tolerate some of my selfish behaviours. Now I feel very peaceful."

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Reviews (51)

Anirban Saha

Anirban Saha3.6/5

1 review

Bhubaneswar to konakh

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 ...

Biswaranjan Dehury

Biswaranjan Dehury5.0/5

11 reviews

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

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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Konark Overview

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.

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Chandrabhaga Sea Beach, Konark

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Pratik Jena

Enfield looking royal infront of beach
Konark, Odisha

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World Heritage site

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