Day 3: Puri- Konark (35km/ around half an hour drive)
On the third day, post an unhurried breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Konark. On the way to Konark, visit Raghurajpur – the heritage crafts village of Odisha. Art of palm leaf engravings, tussar paintings, stone carvings and papier mache toys are produced in this village.
Later, after getting an insight into the artwork of this place, continue your journey towards Konark, which is a town in the Puri district. On arrival in Konark, check-in at a hotel and rest for some time.
You may visit the major attractions of the place including Konark Sun temple; a World Heritage Site designed in a shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and ten wheels carrying Sun god Surya across heavens, the A.S.I Museum (Archaeological Survey of India); home to more than 260 antiques retrieved from the clearance work of Sun temple and Chandrabhaga beach; it is believed that a holy dip in Chandrabhaga can cure leprosy. You can also have a great surfing experience at Kushabhadra River.
About Sun Temple
The Sun Temple of Konark, spelt by some as Konarak and sometimes called the “Black Pagoda” was built in approximately 1250 AD by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The word Konark is derived from the Sanskrit words, Kona (corner) and Arka (sun) which was dedicated to the Sun god Surya.
Constructed to honor the sun god, Sun Temple in Konark is designed as a representation of this deity’s horse-drawn chariot, complete with horses and giant wheels. The temple is conceived as a colossal chariot of the sun god Surya pulled by seven horses and twelve pairs of exquisitely carved wheels, carrying the god across heavens.
This temple is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and also featured on the seven wonders of India in NDTV’s and Times of India’s list.
Stay overnight at the hotel.