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About Konark

Country: India | State: Orissa

Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Nearest City to Konark: Bhubaneswar (61 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Konark: October to March

Peak Season: November to February

At a distance of 36 km from Puri, 61 km from Bhubaneswar, 111 km from Ratanpur, 394 km from Rourkela, 408 km from Jamshedpur, 462 km from Vizag, 482 km from Raigarh and 522 km from Ranchi, Konark is a small town in Puri district of Odisha along the coast of Bay of Bengal. Renowned world over for the Sun Temple, Konark is one of the top tourist destinations in Odisha and also one of the popular places of heritage in India.

The name Konark is derived from two Sanskrit words - Kona meaning angle and Arka meaning sun, in reference to the temple which was dedicated to the Sun God. Also known as the Black Pagoda, the Sun Temple was built in black granite during the reign of Narasimhadeva-I. The temple resembles the mythical chariot of the Sun God and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. The temple is now mostly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Konark Tourism presents a multitude of attractions that fascinate tourists from all over the world. Konark Beach, Ramachandi Temple, Kuruma, Astranga Beach, Varahi Devi Temple at Chaurasi and Maa Mangala Devi Temple at Kakatapur are some popular places to visit in Konark apart from Sun Temple. Konark was also one of the few places in India to experience a total solar eclipse.

Besides the magnificent Sun Temple, Konark is also famous for Konark Dance Festival. This five day long cultural extravaganza is one of the most famous classical dance festivals of India which attracts tourists from all over the world. It presents a delightful ecstasy of the ancient classical dance forms like Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and the local Chhau dance. 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 a dip in the sea.

Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneshwar is the nearest airport which is about 62 km from Konark. It is well connected by flights with Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Puri is the nearest railway station which is about 36 km from Konark and it has trains from Patna, Rourkela, Mumbai, Bikaner, Howrah, Tirupati, Guwahati, Okha, Bangalore, Haridwar, New Delhi, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat, Ajmer, and Shirdi. Konark is well connected by buses with Puri and Bhubaneswar. Puri is the nearest major bus station, which is about 36 km from Konark.

Konark has limited accommodation options to stay. Travellers can find mid-range to budget hotels in the city. Government accommodation is also available at the Panthanivas Yatri Nivas run by the OTDC. Puri and Bhubaneswar offer more choices because they are considered to be more famous travel destinations.

The best time to visit Konark is from September to March. Summers are very hot and humid and should be avoided. more

Other Info
Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 06758
Languages Spoken: Oriya, Bengali, Hindi & English
Major Festivals: Konark Dance Festival & Sun Festival

How to Reach Konark

By Air

Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar - Biju Patnaik Airport (62 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Puri Junction Railway Station (36 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Konark Bus Stand (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Konark


#5 of 8 Places to Visit in Konark

At a distance of 7 km from Konark Bus Station, Kuruma or Kurum is a small village in Puri district of Odisha. It is one of the famous Konark Tourist Places due to its historical significance.

Kuruma is one of the major archeological excavation sites in Orissa and is mentioned in several Buddhist texts from Asoka and Ceylon and also appears in the writings of the Chinese traveller Hieun Tsang. The origin of the site is dated to be between 8th-9th century AD and is a must visit for everyone who likes to explore the history of India.

The site was first reported by a school teacher named Brajabandhu Das and subsequently excavated by Odisha state Archaeology from 1971 to 1975. Prior to this excavation, a stone slab containing the beautiful image of Lord Buddha was found on the bank of a tank at one end of the village. Here, Buddha is seated cross legged with right hand in Bhumisparsa mudra while the left hand placed over his left knee. The image also wears a beautiful crown and ..... more


#6 of 8 Places to Visit in Konark

At a distance of 34 km from Konark, Astaranga is a stunning beach in Puri district of Odisha. Situated near the mouth of Devi River, it is one of the famous and beautiful tourist places in Konark.

It lies on the coast of Bay of Bengal and is famous for the lovely and long sandy beach. It attracts lots of visitor to enjoy the natural scenery of the beach. The sunset at Astaranga Beach is incredible for tourists. In Oriya language 'Asta 'means 'Sun set' and 'Ranga' means 'Color', So 'Astaranga' means 'Colorful Sunset'.

Known as famous fishing center of Puri, the small market sits near the beach where the fishermen sell out their catches to the waiting vendors. The crowd in the early morning consisting of the boatmen returning with their nets from the sea and the intending buyers give a perfect picture of man's co-existence with nature. The famous shrine of Pir Jahania is located near the beach. more

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#7 of 8 Places to Visit in Konark

At a distance of 27 km from Konark, Varahi or Barahi Temple is an ancient temple situated at Chaurasi near Konark in Puri district of Odisha. Situated on the banks of Prachi River, it is one of the best places to visit near Konark.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Varahi. This temple was built in the first quarter of 10th century AD during Somavamsi rule. Locally known as Matsya Varahi, the presiding deity Goddess Varahi sits in lalitasana on a plain platform with her right foot resting on the buffalo mount carved on the pedestal. She is presented as the pot-bellied goddess with the face of a boar. She has two arms and holds a fish in her right hand and a bowl in her left hand. A third eye is tightly engraved into her forehead. Here Barahi is worshipped in accordance with the tantric rituals. Goddess Varahi is offered fish every day.

The Varahi Temple has marvelous architecture and is the most beautiful monument in the Prachi Valley. The temple is east facing and built with ..... more


#8 of 8 Places to Visit in Konark

At a distance of 21 km from Konark, Maa Mangala Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Kakatpur in Puri district of Odisha. Also known as 'Sarba Mangala Mandir' and 'Bata Mangala Temple', it is one of the most renowned Shakti Peethas in Odisha and also one of the famous places to visit in Konark.

Goddess Mangala is the presiding deity of this temple. Built in 15th century, the temple is a symbol of the ancient heritage of Kalinga. According to legend, the Goddess Mangala kept herself hidden under the waters of the River Prachi. One day a boatman was unable to cross the river in full spate when Maa Mangala told him in a dream to recover her from the middle of the river and establish her in the village of Mangalapur. He dived and recovered goddess idol and built the temple. Later, the boatman saw a crow dive into the exact spot in the river from where the deity was recovered but the crow never came out. In local Oriya language 'Crow' means 'Kaka' and 'Detained' means 'Atka'. Thus the ..... more

Most Asked Questions on Konark

  • What is the best season to visit Konark?

    Post Monsoon and Winter from September to March is the best time to visit Konark. Summers are very hot and humid and should be avoided.

  • How many days are required to visit Konark?

    Konark usually requires full day to visit the most important attractions. There are several wonderful places to visit around Konark like Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack which usually take additional one day for each place.

  • What is the budget required to visit Konark?

    Budget of Konark trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Konark tour packages offered by start from as low as INR 4900 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 6800 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Konark?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Konark like Lingaraja Temple, Brahmeswara Temple, Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves, Mukteswara Temple, Rajarani Temple, Shri Ram Mandir, Bhaskareswara Temple, Kedar Gauri Temple, Regional Museum Of Natural History, etc.

  • Is Guide necessary in Konark Temple?

    The guide is necessary to get information about symbols and important statues. You can take a guide for 1 to 2 hours depending on your interest to know about the carvings. Government-licensed guides cost 200-250 rupees per hour and you'll find a list of them near the ticket booth at the temple entrance.

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