KONARK :- Konark completes the Golden Triangle of Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark for the best of Orissan temple architecture.
The Temple Chariot of the Sun God (Black Pagoda) on the sands of the bay of Bengal is a 13th century architectural marvel. It is designed as a celestial chariot of the Sun God, complete with twelve pairs of wheels and seven horses. The main sanctum is in ruins, but the Dance Hall and Audience Hall are intact. This legendary temple has sculptures of great beauty, covering all aspects of life. It is a great attraction for cultural cognoscenti. The sun temple museum of the Archeological Survey of India has a good collection of sculptures from the temple ruins. The Konark Beach offers a view of the glorious sunrise. About 10km along the beach is the famous Ramchandi Temple on the bank of the river Kushabhadra.
KONARK BEACH: is calmer than the Puri beach, which tends to get very rough. However, the waters tend to be trickier - even strong swimmers need to be wary. The immense backdrop of the Sun Temple looks breathtaking when illuminated in the evening.
CHANDRABHAGA BEACH : Close to the Sun Temple of Konark, is the lovely quiet beach - of Chandrabhaga. The beach is not crowded and one can spend a few quite moments contemplating the beauty of the surroundings. In the month of Magha Saptami (february), the Chandrabhaga Mela, is celebrated with much fanfare. On this day pilgrims come to take a holy dip in the pool and then converge on the beach to watch the sun rise over the sea.
KONARK DANCE FESTIVAL : Dance has always been an integral part of worship in Orissa. Nearly all temples in Orissa incorporate a dance hall. Odissi, the traditional classical dance of Orissa owes its revitalisation to the discovery of the ancient treatise on dance, the 'Abhinaya Chandrika' and the study of ancient sculptures on the walls of temples by dedicated artistes. Konark Dance Festival, a mega-celebration of classical dance forms in India, is held in winter every year.