Konark Temple Travel

Quick Getaways near Konark

Kuruma - 8 kms from the world famous Sun Temple at Konark, Kuruma is a small village. Recent excavations here have brought to light the memories of some ancient antiques like the image of Buddha seated in Bhumisparsa Mudra along with the image of Heruka, and a 17 mtrs long brick wall. Scholars are of opinion that this was one of the sites containing Buddhist stupas described by Hiuen T'sang.

Chaurasi - Chaurasi is situated 30 km from Konark and is the abode of Barahi, the Mother Goddess with the face of a boar worshipped according to Tantra in a temple built in the 9th century. There are shrines to Amareswar and Laxminarayan too.
Pipli - 23 km away from Konark, enroute to Bhubaneshwar lies the town of Pipli. The town announces itself with loud colourful splashes of bright colour in the shop fronts. Welcome to Orissa's appliqué center. Bedspreads, cushion covers, bags, wall hangings and small canopies, umbrellas or chhatris, normally hung above household and temple shrines, are on sale in shops that line both sides of the main highway.

Ramachandi - A beautiful spot, 7 kms from Konark, Ramachandi is located  at  the  confluence  of  the  river  Kusabhadra  and  the Bay of
Bengal. The deity of Konark, Goddess Ramachandi, is worshipped here.
Events in Konark

Konark Dance Festival - The Konark Dance Festival is held in the month of Febuary every year in the amphitheatre at Konark with the famous Sun Temple as the backdrop. Some of the best dancers in the country come to perform amidst the splendour of this ancient temple. It is performed with special illumination and set-up to transform the Sun Temple, a monument of art, into an atmosphere of fantasy.

Magha Saptmi (Sun Festival) - Held on the 7th day (Saptmi) of the bright half of the month of Magda (January/February), the pilgrims gather here in lakhs. The deities are bathed and then the pilgrims take dips in the water, believed to have curative powers. After special prayers for the Sun god, the grand finale is the worship of the Navagraha - the nine planets. Nowhere have the divine and the human associated with each other in such an amazing fantasy.

Getting There Away to Konark

Flights to Konark
The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar, 65 km away, which is connected to Calcutta, Delhi, Madras and other airports.
Trains to Konark The city is well connected by rail to Bhubaneshwar and Puri.
Car and Bus Service to Konark
Konark is 65 km from Bhubaneswar and 35 km from the coastal town of Puri. It is 85 km from Puri if you take a diversion via the colourful village of Pipli, which is famous for its appliqué work. You can also travel by road to other places in Orissa.
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