PLACES TO VISIT IN KONARK
Konark lies on the coast by the Bay of Bengal at a distance of 65 km from the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The most attractive place for which it is famous is the site of the 13th-century Sun Temple, also known as the Black Pagoda. The temple is a master piece of architecture. Built in black granite during the reign of Narasimhadeva-I, the temple is now a World Heritage site.
Tourists whose heart craves for an aesthetic experience of nature, Puri Konark Marine Drive where tourists can witness a perfect blend of nature - sea on one side and coastal forests on the other – giving them a mesmerizing journey.
CHANDRABHAGA BEACH: Chandrabhaga Beach is situated three km east of the Sun temple of Konark. Interestingly it was once considered a place of natural cure for lepers and has been an ideal place for religious activities like performing shradh in memory of forefathers especially during the holy Hindu month of Magha when lakhs of people throng the sea beach to take holy dip. It has been a big hunting ground for poets, artists and lovers. A moments pause at Chandrabhaga is believed to be a great fatigue healer. Numerous visitors to Konark make Chandrabhaga a positive stop. It is considered one of the finest beaches along the eastern coast of India. The beach holds great importance in the cultural and traditional identity of Orissa. Chandrabhaga Beach is believed to have witnessed the rise and fall of the Konark Temple. Because of the cultural importance it holds, many cultural activities are held at the beach. Chandrabhaga Beach experiences cool and pleasant weather throughout the year. So, the beach can be visited anytime in the year. However, the best months to visit the beach are February, October, November and December. Chandrabhaga Beach is well-connected to different parts of the country and the world via air, rail and road. Apart from the pilgrimage and cultural activities, tourists also have an option of enjoying beach activities like sun bathing, surfing, swimming and many more.
Nearest Airport: Biju Patnaik International Airport (65km)
Nearest Railway Station: Konark (Not Frequent) Puri Railway Station (65km) OR Bhubaneswar Railway Station (70km)
Nearest Bus Stand: : Local Bus Stand, Konark