Unlike basic physical needs, a family's emotional needs should also be given top priorities. Know your family's unique interests to meet your family members' needs. Choosing Konark as a destination for your family vacation is ideal as it also allows to develop a special bonding and kinship between you and your family. Konark is the world renowned site of the ancient Sun temple. The draping, expansive beach at Konark is rated as one of the finest in the world. With a long stretch of clean sands and cool azure sea rushing towards you, the beach has its own unique charm.
The immense backdrop of the Sun Temple looks fantastic when illuminated in
the evening. Konark beach is more serene than the Puri beach, which tends to
get very rough. However, the waters tend to be unexpected - even strong
swimmers need to take safety precautions. Just three kilometers away from
the temple, you can either walk down or hire a bicycle or cycle-rickshaw to
reach the beach. A brisk walk along the beach will prove to be an extremely
The sun temple at Konark dates back to the 13th century, a master piece of
Oriya style of temple architecture and is one of the very few sun temples in
the country. The sun temple is built in form of a massive chariot, hauling
the sun God across the heavens by the mighty of seven splendidly carved
horses, standing aloft on 24 chariot wheels-intricately carved -symbolizing
: The Konark Sun Temple also houses a Natamandira or dancing hall.
Only two subsidiary temples out of the 22 exist today. The Vaishnadevi
Mayadevi Temple stand to the West it. The Sun temple of Narasimhadeva is
a depiction in stone of the life of those times - royal, social,
religious and military. The intricate carvings on the walls and wheels
of the chariot are unprecedented in history
Graceful Sculptures : The entire temple complex in
Konark was designed in the form of a huge chariot drawn by seven
spirited horses on twelve pairs of exquisitely carved wheels. The
sanctum symbolizes the majestic stride of the Sun God and marks the
culmination of the Orissan architectural style.
Konark Dance Festival
An anuual dance festival is held in an open-air theater, near the Sun
Temple in the month of December. The Konark dance festival brings
together eminent classical dancers of India who perform various dance
forms like Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri, Kathak and Chhow.