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Introduction

Konark is a small town in Puri district of the state of Orissa, India, on the Bay of Bengal, sixty-five kilometres from Bhubaneswar.The Sun Temple of Konark, often called as the Black Pagoda, was constructed in the mid thirteenth century by Raja Narasinghs Deva-I of the Ganga Dynasty. It is an ample testament to the artistic glory of the time. Conceived in the form of a huge chariot drawn by seven spirited horses on 12 pairs of exquisitely decorated wheels--after the mythical seven horse chariot of Sun God--the temple was unique in its architecture and implementation. The temple is a World Heritage Site.

Area 5 sq km
Altitude 2 m above sea level
Temperature Summer-Min.-30.0C,Max.-43.0 C Winter,Min.-10.0C,Max.-32.0C
Language English, Hindi
STD Code 06758
Rainfall 152.4 mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit October-March

Konark MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :-The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar, Konark is 65 km from Bhubaneswar by road.
  2. Rail:- The railheads nearest to Konark are again at Puri and Bhubaneswar. These two stations are connected to all the major cities in India through long-distance trains.
  3. Road:- Konark is well connected with other parts of the country through a good network of roads.

Places to Visit

Sea Beach Museum Ramachandi Vishnu Temple
Sun Temple      

Excursion

BALIGHAI KAKATAPUR PURI BHUBANESWAR
KURUMA KONARK MATHA BELESORE ASTARANGA

Shopping

Stone and Wood carvings, Patta paintings, the famous applique work of Pipli, and many other handicrafts of Orissa can be selected as souvenirs from the local market.

Accommodation

OTDC Panthanivas Yatrinivas Labanya Lodge