Konark Sun Temple, Odisha, India

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About Konark Sun Temple

Konark Sun Temple, a 13th-century CE Sun Temple, is one of the best historical places in Konark, Orissa. It is believed that the temple was built by king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty in 1255 CE. The temple complex is shaped like a gigantic chariot, with elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars, and walls. A significant part of the structure is now in ruins. A temple dedicated to the sun was built at Konark in the 19th century BC, which gave its name to the temple and sun worship at that time.

How to reach Konark Sun Temple

There are different ways to reach the Konark sun temple:

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Puri which is 35 km away from the temple. Puri railway station is a large junction, so tourists can reach from anywhere in India.

By Air:

The closest Airport is Biju Pattnaik International Airport which is 62 km away from the sun temple.

By Road:

Taxi and cab are available, or you can choose a bus to reach the temple.

Things to do in Konark Sun Temple

1. Explore History & Architecture:

There is an air of grandeur and splendour inside Konark Temple. This temple has all the classical elements of Kalinga architecture. According to legend, the day's first light fell on the Surya image in the Garbha Griha of Konark Surya Mandir because the temple's architecture was so precise and intricate.

2. Konark Sightseeing

Enjoy the temple's beauty and other nearby places like Chandrabhaga beach. 

FAQ's Related to Konark Sun Temple

There are many places near Konark sun temple where tourists can enjoy with their families, like chandrabhaga beach, ramchandi beach, ASI muesum.

The best time to visit the Konark sun temple is from September to March.

The entry fee for Indian tourists is INR 35 per person and INR 550 per person for foreigners.

The distance from Konark temple to chandrabhaga beach is 3.5 km.

UNESCO has designated Konark Sun Temple as a World Heritage Site for its unique architecture. Decorative geometric patterns and carved wheels served as sun dials.

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