Konark Sun Temple
Let’s begin this unconventional journey with a customary visit to the Sun Temple. It was built in the 13th century as a gigantic chariot to the Sun God Surya, by King Narasimhadeva. The temple looks like a 100 ft. high chariot with enormous wheels and horses, carved from stone. Once towering over 200 ft., it is a definitive illustration of the prowess of Kalinga architecture, which is now mostly in ruins. The structures and elements that remain are famed for their ornate artwork and iconography. The cause of this iconic temple’s destruction is unclear and remains a controversy.
Beaches, beaches, beaches!
Located on the coast, on the fringes of the land and sea, Konark is an endearing city that carries the allure of the shore proudly. Don’t miss out on the humbling opportunity to surrender to the stoic breezes, loose sands, vibrant colours and the crashing waves of the beaches in Konark. Chandrabhaga Beach, commonly known as Konark Beach, is a popular spot that boasts golden sands, tall green trees and beautiful sunsets. If you crave some peace and quiet, you can head over to Baleshwar Beach, an unfrequented beach that is renowned for its mesmeric sunset views. Ramachandi Beach, on the other hand, is located at the confluence of River Kushabhadra and the Bay of Bengal, making for picturesque coastal views.