Situated in the Puri district of Orissa, you have Konark, which can be easily reached from different places, either by road or by air. In order to reach Konark, you need to cover a distance of 35 Km from Puri and 65 Km from Bhubaneswar. Tourists and devotees from different parts come to Konark in order to witness the sight of the enthralling Sun Temple of Konark. In Konark, tourists make it a point to attend the amazing dance festival in which a series of popular classical dances such as Kathak, Odisi, Bharat Natyam, etc can be witnessed. Devotees also make it a point to be present in Konark at the time of the popular Sun Festival or Magadha Saptami. At this festival, it is a holy ritual of the devotees to bathe in the sea before sun rise and to pray to the Sun god and to bask in his blessings and sacred essence.
The main reason, because of which tourists flock at Konark is the Sun Temple of Konark, constructed in the 13th century and can be found on 12 wheels supporting the grand chariot of the Sun god. Apart from the renowned Sun Temple, there are other places to visit in Konark that include the Mayadevi Temple. According to the devotees, this temple is dedicated to a wife of the Sun god. The walls of the temple display erotic sculptures. Moreover, you also witness the images of elephants and lions at the entrance of this temple.
Tourists can also head towards the stunning Konark beach whose sands and the sea water shines to enchant the visitors. Tourists do make it a point to stroll over the sands of this beach and to watch the sight of various fishermen surrounding the beach. The sight of the sunrise at this beach is really bewitching. Archeological Museum is another place for you to visit. It consists of 260 antiquities as well as various sculptures and images of gods and crocodiles. Carvings related to the ruins of the Sun Temple as well as the pictures of Navagrahas, or nine deities along with the impressive doorways of the temple can also be spotted in this museum.
Apart from the above mentioned spots, you can also head towards Chaurasi, which is a place that is the home to the Laxminarayan Temple. Other shrines dedicated to Barahi as well as Amareshras can also be found here. Barahi is the name of a mother goddess that belongs to the 9th century. Another place to visit near Konark is Kakatapur, which lies at a distance of 45 Km from Konark. One can spot this place in the Prachi Valley where the temples of two goddesses named as Banadurga and Mangala can be spotted. A wonderful sight to witness in the months of April and May is the sight of well known Jhamu Yatra. All these places to visit in Konark and near Konark are worth visiting for a tourist. Therefore, do make it a point to visit Konark and explore its each and every attraction to make the most of your Konark tour.