trip to Orissa is incomplete without visiting the famous Konark beach. It is
situated on the eastern coast of India and one of the popular religious
destination for Hindu devotees. The beach
got its identity from the ultimate
Konark Sun Temple and is highly splashed during the festival of Maghamela,
held in January. Despite the religious belief, the beach guarantees solitude
with the charm of the dense casuarinas grooves, fringing the light house and
the orange-red sun mingling with the sea, which is certainly the beyond
to see and do on Konark Beach
Konark beach, also known as the Chandrabhaga Beach is away from the traffic
of the busy roads and a day-trip, here, provides some balmy time to the
visitors. The choppy water of the beach are meant for are not safe for
swimming or other water sports and visitors task lies in feasting their eyes
with the glorious sunrise and sunset. Besides, the main attraction of the
beach is the Konark Lighthouse and a climb here offers the spectacular
bird's eye view of the sea and its surrounding.
Located at the adjacent part of the Yatri Niwas, this must-visit center
displays the archaic collection of myths and reality. Visitors can enhance
their historical knowledge with observing the ruins of Sun Temple, the
colossal sandstone of Surya, chariot wheels and the sculptures of Varaha,
Tribikrama and Narasimha. The museum also displays the stone panels
furnished with the motifs in the form of plant, animal and bygone musicians.
Eating at Konark
The main market area, near the beach is developed with a number of dhabas
and Marwari bhojanalayas. All this food-stalls
serves the delicious Indian
and Chinese cuisines at an affordable rate. Apart from relishing the local
delicacies, fish fry is highly suggested.
from Konark Beach
Konark Sun Temple
The place prominent attraction, Konark Sun Temple is just 3 kms away from
the beach. This sacred shrine is dotted with exquisite stone sculptures and
is pronounced as one among the number of World Heritage Sites. It is shaped
in chariots, drawn by seven horses and 24 decorated wheels are constructed
on ether side of the Sun God. The temple was built in 13th century by
Narasimhadev, the Ganga dynasty ruler and took 12 years fro its completion.
Besides, having a worthy glance at the finely intricated works, visitors can
enjoy the superb floodlights, switched on after sunset. During the peak
December, the temple jitters with the Konark Dance Festival and receives the
highest number of attention, as compared to the other visiting season.
Place of accommodation at Konark Beach
A clean and comfortable stay in Konark Beach is possible with booking space
in Yatri Niwas, (under the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation) or in the
Sun temple, situated in the nearby main market.
When to visit Konark
Konark beach can be visited through out the year, but the ideal time is in
winter months i.e fro October to March.
How to reach Konark Beach
The nearest Airport to Konark beach is at Bhubaneswar, some 65 kms away.
Regular flights, operating from the aerodrome connects the place to
International Airports in India. Visitors on reaching Bhubaneswar, can hire
private vehicles and reach the beach.
Puri Railway Station, situated 34 kms from Konark beach is the nearest
railhead. Express train, serviced from major train station in India links
Puri and visitors on reaching there can opt for the available local
transport and reach the beach. Another wise option lies in boarding train
from railheads at Bhubaneswar(65 kms).
Interstate buses and deluxe coaches plying over NH203 connects the major
cities and towns of Orissa.