Konark Tourism

Captivating beauty, deep serenity, majestic seashore and mythical charm of Konark make it a wonderful tourist destination in India. Located on the coast of Bay of Bengal in Puri district of Odisha, Konark is world famous for its spectacular Sun Temple that is renowned for its architectural splendor and UNESCO has also declared it a world heritage site. Konark is also known as ‘Konaditya’ which means corners of sun and this name is derived after adjoining words, Kona (Corner) and Aditya (Sun God). Far from razzmatazz and fast-paced lifestyle of metro cities, Konark is much traditional and serene. From ancient temples to historical ruins, stunning sculpture to vibrant culture, mesmerizing beaches to enthralling classical dance performances, mouthwatering traditional food to unique local handicrafts, Konark offers a lot to its visitors to explore and choose from.

Konark Tourism
Sun temple, Konark

Tourist Helplines and Important Contact Numbers

Department Of Tourism
Govt. of Odisha, Paryatan Bhawan
Lewis Road, Bhubaneswar-751014
Phone: +91-674-2432177
Fax: +91-674-2430887
E-mail: ortour@orissatourism.gov.in
Website: www.orissatourism.gov.in

Konark Tourist Office
Address: Open Air Auditorium (OAA), Konark, Dist- Puri, Odisha, PIN - 752111
Tel: 06758-236821

Odisha Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
Address: OTDC Head Office, Panthanivas (Old Block)
Lewis Road, Bhubaneswar - 751014
Tel: +91-674-2430764
Email: otdc@panthanivas.com
Website: http://www.otdc.in/

OTDC Helpline: 1800 208 1414 (Toll free)

Best Time to Visit Konark

Being located close to the sea, Konark has a smooth and pleasant weather throughout the year. Best time to visit Konark is during October to March when weather remains extremely enjoyable. Konark Dance Festival and Magh Saptami Mela (or Chandrabhaga Mela) both are also held during this period. Hence, one can get a golden chance to explore and observe magnificent art and culture along with rich historical heritage of this city during this time.

Tourist Attractions In and around Konark

Konark Tourist Destinations
Konark Beach

One of the most visited destinations in Odisha, Konark houses several historical monuments and ruins, scenic beach, famous temples as well as hosts various cultural and religious festivals. There are number of interesting places in Konark that serve as perfect tourist spots in this part of Odisha. Some of the popular tourist attractions in and around Konark Include:

Konark Sun Temple

Famous for its magnificent architecture and sculptural excellence,Konark Sun Temple is a 13th century temple. This temple is also known as ‘Black Pagoda’. The temple is marvel of Indian temple architecture and is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built around AD 1250, by Narasimhadeva I, the famous King of Eastern Ganga Dynasty. Konark Sun Temple, dedicated to Sun God, is made in shape of gigantic chariot carried by seven horses, with 24 artistically carved stone wheels. About Konark, the famous poet, Rabindranath Tagore has remarked, “Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man”. Undoubtedly, Konark leaves everyone spellbound and speechless, with its marvelous architecture and stunning beauty.

Konark Beach (Chandrabagha Beach)

For those, who love serenity of sea and enjoy watching sunrise and sunset walking along the sea shore, Konark Beach (also known as Chandrabagha Beach) is one of the perfect places to visit. Located at just 3km distance from Sun temple of Konark, this beach is much popular among all the beach lovers and is the most visited tourist spot in Konark. Seeing fishermen with their fleet catching fish is another interesting experience of this beach. Magh Saptami Mela (Chandrabhaga Mela) of Konark is held annually on Konark Beach when this beach illuminates with colorful lights and people from across the region visit to take dip in the water.

Konark Archaeological Museum

Established in 1968 by Archaeological Survey of India, the Museum of Konark is located near Sun Temple in north direction. The museum of Archaeology houses several rare sculptures and antiques. It comprises four galleries showcasing around 260 sculptures and architectural pieces that were fallen from Sun Temple and found during clearance work of the temple vicinity. Konark Archaeological Museum is must visit place in Konark for all the history lovers and the best way to explore rich heritage of Orissan architecture.

Visiting Hours:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday to Thursday)
Closed on: Friday and other Government Holidays
Entry Fee: Rs. 5/- per person

Ramchandi Temple

Ramchandi Temple is another popular ancient temple situated in southwest direction of the Konark Sun Temple. There are several myths and opinions over presiding deity of this temple. As per some beliefs it is believed to be named after Goddess Ramchandi, its presiding deity and the goddess of this Kshetra(Land). Thus, it is popularly known as Ramchandi Temple and Today it is one of the most popular religious places in Konark.

Konark Matha

Konark Matha is a monastery (or math) located on the southern side of the Konark Sun temple. This math is dedicated to the Nirankar Brahma and principles of Buddhism are followed here religiously. Well, locals address it as the Ashram of Samba, son of Lord Krishna. It is believed that Samba, cursed with leprosy by Lord Krishna, had visited this place and worshiped Sun God who cured hi from his ailment.

Pipli

Pipli is a small village widely famous for its unique appliqué work and beautiful handicrafts. Pipli is situated approx. 23km far from Konark city. Applique work of Pipli is most popular among traditional handicrafts of Odisha. While visiting Puri, one can come across a number of local shops selling beautiful appliqué work products.

Kuruma

Kuruma, known for its Buddhist architectural heritage, is a small village situated about 8km away from Konark. This village is much famous among archaeologists and tourists interested in archaeology and historical monuments and sites.

Chaurasi

Chaurasi is situated 14km away from Kakatapur on the way to Konark. This place is known for revered shrines of Amareswara, Laximinarayana and Barahi. Chaurasi is majorly famous for shrine of Barahi deity who belongs to 9th century A.D. Barahi is known for being the Mother of Goddess with face of boar and pot bellied, holding a fish in one hand and a cup in the other one. It is said that Barahi is mainly worshipped as per tantric practices.

Ashtaranga

Located 55 km far from Konark, Ashtaranga is famous for its splendid sunsets. A magnificent panoramic view on a multicolored horizon during sunset at Ashtaranga simply leaves one amused. This place is main centre for fishing and salt production as well as one of the must visit scenic places around Konark.

How to Reach Konark ?

By Air: Nearest airport is located at Bhubaneswar about 64km from Konark.

By Rail:
There are two railheads one at Puri, about 31km distant and other one at Bhubaneswar, about 64km away from Konark city. These railheads provide rail connectivity with other parts of the country.

By Road:
Road network is good in Konark and state highways and national highways link Konark within state and with surrounding regions. Public and private bus services can be availed to reach Konark from Puri and Bhubaneswar.

Internal Transport in Konark

Due to presence of all weather roads and various local means of transport, internal transport is convenient in Konark. Auto rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and taxis are available for traveling in the city. Apart from that state bus service is also available as a cheaper option of transportation in Konark.

Where to Stay in Konark ?

Hotels in Konark
Hotels in Konark

Konark is a small city and thus there are limited options available for accommodation in this city. OTDC also runs its own hotels in Konark providing all necessary amenities to the tourists. However, few private budget hotels, lodges and luxurious resorts are also present ensuring comfortable stay in this city. Some of the famous accommodation options available in Konark are:

Panthanivas

Address: OTDC, National Highway 203, Konark, Puri, Odisha
Phone: 06758-236831

Yatrinivas
Address: OTDC, SH 13, Konark, Puri - 752111, Odisha
Phone: 06758-236820
Email: otdc@panthanivas.com

Lotus Resort
Address: Ramchandi Beach - Konark, Lotus Eco Village, Konark, Odisha
Tel: 09090093464, 06758-236162
Fax: +91-236163
Email: fokonark@lotusresorthotels.com
Website: http://www.lotusresortkonark.com

Labanya Lodge
Address: Konark Road, Konark, Dist. - Puri, Odisha, India
Phone: +91-6758-236824
Website: http://labanya.eodisha.com/

Sun Temple Hotel
Address: Near Bus Stand, Konark, Puri - 752111, Odisha
Tel: + 91-6758-236890, 09437205163
E-mail: info@suntemplehotel.com
Website: http://suntemplehotel.com/

Hotel Chandrabhaga
Address: Ring Road, Konark, Odisha – 752111
Phone: 09337438047

Surya Inn
Address: Konark, Near Canara Bank, Odisha, India – 752111
Phone: +91-9337566655, +91-6758-236841
E-mail: suryainn.in@gmail.com
Website: www.suryainn.in

Nature Camp Konark Retreat
Address: Vill. - Khalakata Patna, Konark, Puri, Odisha
Contact: 09337505022, 08908621654, 09437016054
E-mail: reservation@naturecampindia.com, tours@easternindiatours.com
Website: http://www.naturecampindia.com/konark.html

Sun Villa
Address: Konark, Dist. - Puri, Odisha 752111
Phone: 06758-236821

Travel Agents in Konark

Travel Agents in Konark
Travel Agents in Konark

Konark is one of the famous tourist places in Odisha and thus draws a number of tourists across the world. Hence, tourism sector is flourishing in this part of Odisha however facilities are limited as compared to other modern cities of the state. Konark enjoys its serenity that is the most fascinating part of this small town. Today, several travel agencies or travel agents are providing tour and travel services in Konark. Here is the list of popular travel agents in Konark.

Sun Tour & Travels
Address: Near Sun Temple, Konark HO, Konark - 752111
Contact: +(91)-9437189143, 8763210201, 9090483143

Kalinga Tours & Travels
Address: Konark HO, Konark - 752111

Gomusafir
Address: Marine Drive, Konark HO, Konark - 752111
Contact: +(91)-9238079776
Website: http://www.gomusafir.biz/

Konark Tourist Office
Address: C/O Yatrinivas Hotel, Konark HO, Konark - 752111
Contact: +(91)-6758-236821, 236820

Konark Travel Tips

Be it a known or unknown place, it is advisable to follow some basic guidelines to ensure safe and convenient journey. While visiting Konark, make sure to follow these basic travel tips to enjoy hassle free and comfortable stay in the city.
  • Keep your identity proofs and all important documents along with you during your trip to Konark
  • Keep all your important contacts and emergency numbers handy while visiting Konark
  • Book appropriate hotel or lodge in advance to ensure comfortable accommodation in the city
  • Though GPS devices are helpful in searching directions, make sure to carry a hard copy map of the city
  • Due to strong waves, swimming is not advisable on Konark Beach, so avoid it
  • Keep a medical kit or common first aid box ready with you all the time
  • Don't trust any unknown person during travel and keep your money and credit/ debit cards with yourself

Where to Eat in Konark ?

When it comes to food, one can find vegetarian and non-vegetarian both types of cuisines in Konark. Located near Sun Temple Complex and beach, main market area is the perfect place to find lip smacking food in Konark. A number of food joints or dhabas are present in the market area serving delicious local food of the region. Well, Bengali dishes are much popular in this city and fish fry, cooked in Bengali style is a must try non-vegetarian cuisine. Indian to Continental to Chinese, all types of cuisines are easily available in this city.

Where to Shop in Konark ?

Konark in Odisha
Handicraft Items in Konark

Apart from being famous for its magnificent Sun Temple, Konark is also known for its local art and crafts that showcase its artistic craftsmanship. Trip to Konark is surely incomplete without shopping of local handicrafts, handlooms and stone carvings especially. Just check out local markets and shops to find out some unique art pieces and special items of the region. Nicely carved images of Hindu gods and goddesses are among much popular items of the region. Beautiful Patta paintings, appliqué work, stone carvings, embroidered umbrellas, seashells and conches, woodcarvings and various items made of horns make a long list of options to select from. Government emporiums are also present where you can find fabrics and handicrafts of the region at reasonable prices. Read More.........................

Konark Quick Facts

State: Odisha
District: Puri
Latitude: 19.90°N
Longitude: 86.12°E
Altitude: 2 m above sea level
Average Temperature: 27°C
Rainfall: 1383 mm
Languages Spoken: Oriya, Hindi, Bengali and English
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Time Zone: IST (UTC+5:30)
STD Code: 06758



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