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Konarak

Konarak (India)

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
40mins by rickshaw from Puri
When to go
From October to May
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Konarak

Simon Hoffmann Seasoned Traveller
185 written opinions

Konark is a small town in Odisha State (once called Orissa) and is home to the famous Sun Temple.

My suggestion:
If you're looking for a great beach, I suggest you go to Chandrabhaga, which is 3 kilometers from Kornak. This beach is one of the best in the area.
My review

If you go to Konark, it will no doubt be to see the temple, dedicated to the sun god, Surya. It's a classified UNESCO World Heritage Site, so be prepared to see a temple that is truly magnificent. First of all it's huge, designed to represent Surya's chariot and is divided into several parts. You can no longer see the tallest part, the Shikhara, as it collapsed but at the time it rose to above 70 meters. The Jaga Mohan, the main sanctum, is an enormous structure measuring 36 meters along its sides and over 30 meters high.

Walking along the temple walls, you'll be impressed by its innumerable sculptures and low reliefs that depict scenes of daily life along with some more erotic ones; don't forget it was Indians who invented the Kama Sutra! A chariot would not be a chariot if it didn't have wheels, so the temple is also decorated with 24 richly and finely sculpted wheels, each measuring 3 meters in circumference. This was one of the most beautiful of all the temples that I had the chance to see in India and I highly recommend that you put it on your list of places to visit . Make the most of your trip to India by going to the Sun Temple at Konark and enjoy touring one of the country's cultural gems.

One of the temple wheels at Konark
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