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"The city of the Sun Temple"

Konark Tourism

Konark, in the state of Orissa is renowned world over for the Sun Temple which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Annual dance festival and its beautiful sandy beaches.

Konark's Sun Temple is an architectural marvel and is one of the most beautiful monuments of India. The Annual Dance Festival is a five day-long cultural extravaganza which invites unique dancing talent from all over the country. This festival is a grand celebration of our country's rich cultural and artistic legacy, an event to truly rejoice the various dance forms that our country has invented. The celebrations happen with the backdrop of the Sun temple, adding grandeur and magnificence to the whole program. Besides this, Konark also hosts the Sun Festival, where devotees offer prayers to the Sun God by taking dips in the sea. The Dance Festival also hosts a Handicrafts Mela where one can buy unique and exquisitely handcrafted pieces which beautifully reflect the Oriya art form.

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The city of Sun Temple

Konark is a beautiful coastal town near the Puri district, in the state of Odisha. It is most famous for the historic Sun Temple, dedicated to the mythological form of the Sun. Constructed in the 13th century, by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga dynasty, this temple complex was made in the fashion of Lord Suryadev holding the reins of his chariot. Due to the heavy structure and the weak soil of the area, the main structure collapsed in 1837, but the audience hall is still preserved and well maintained. Adjoining the structure is the beautiful beach of Konark. Annually, a famous dance festival at the Sun Temple Complex, which invites dancers from every part of India.

Restaurants and Local Food in Konark

One can find a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food in the main market place near the beach. The region's specialty is the fish-fry prepared in Bengali-style. The other local delicacies that one must try, include Pakhala (a preparation of rice), Dali, Mandia Jau, Dahi Baigana, Dahi Machha, Dahi Bhindi (fried eggplant, fried fish, fried ladyfinger dipped in spicy yogurt sauce), Khatta, Aludum, a variety of Pithas, Dahi Badi, Rasgulla, Chhenapodapitha, Gulab Jamun and a flattering variety of seafood. Continental and Chinese food is also served in the restaurants here.
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What's Great?

A charming amalgam of culture and spiritualism.

What's Not So Great?

Congested in peak seasons. Beware of swindlers.

For Whom?

Ideal for tourists of every kind. Suitable for backpackers from places like Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack etc.

How To Reach Konark

The nearest major railway station is in Puri, which is around 31 km away and the nearest airport is in Bhubaneshwar which is 64 km away fro Konark. You can commute from the railway station and airport to Konark via paid taxi or state-run buses.

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