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Konark Beach

Location: Orissa
Best time to visit: October to March
Beach Activities: Sightseeing
Attractions in and around: Chandrabagha Beach, Konark Light House, Konark Sun Temple, Archaeological Museum
Hotels and Resorts:Yatri Niwas, Sun Temple Hotel
STD Codes: 06758

Konark Beach, OrrisaA 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 imagination.

Kerala BeachesThings 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.

Archeological Museum
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.

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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
By Air
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.

By Rail
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).

By Road
Interstate buses and deluxe coaches plying over NH203 connects the major cities and towns of Orissa.

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