Described as a poem in stone, the sun temple at Konark is
the crowning glory of the temple architecture of Orissa. A solitary
splendour par excellence, oral history and folk mythology have created
layers of legends shrouding the genesis of this world heritage monument
built in the 13th century A.D. on the Golden Beach of Chandrabhaga.
The Dance Designs
The exquisite 'Natamandir' or the 'dancing hall' of this 700-year old shrine is an architectural wonder. Every inch of its walls are laced with fine artistic designs. Musicians playing drums, cymbals and other musical instruments accompany the well-adorned sculptures in Odissi dance posses. It is blessed with changing intensity and a range of emotions.
A Five Day Long Classical Dance Fiesta
As a fitting tribute to the majestic monument, eminent classical dancers of India get together every year during the Konark Festival from 1st to 5th December to present live performance.
When the sun sets in the horizon and the stars appear in the sky, the open-air auditorium against the backdrop of the floodlit temple reverberates with the beats of 'Raga' and 'Tala' to fill the air. The classical extravaganza is a journey through eternal ecstasy.
The festival provides a platform for both to the performing artiste and the dance connoisseurs in appreciating the essence of various classical dance forms of the country. The stage for the dancing event glows in pristine glory of much admired Odissi, Bharat Natyam, Manipuri, Kathak and Chhow Dance - a lavish feast for the eyes and ears. This experience of a lifetime will no doubt be a cocktail of Art & Craft, Dance & Music, Sun & Frolic - a total package for five eventful and memorable days.
The festival is jointly organised by Orissa Tourism and Odissi Research Centre. Elaborate arrangements are made for the tourists to witness the festival.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air : The nearest airport from Konark is Bhubaneswar .
Rail : Puri and Bhubaneswar are the nearest railheads from Konark.
Road : Konark is connected by excellent all-weather roads with Puri (35-kms) and Bhubaneswar (65-kms).
WHERE TO STAY
SPECIAL PACKAGE TOURS
(Offered by OTDC)
4 Nights / 5 days
Rs. 2828 - Single Occupancy
Rs. 2020 - Twin Sharingg
3 Nights / 4 days
Rs. 2323 - Single Occupancy
Rs. 16616 - Twin Sharingg
Bhubaneswar-Puri-Konark-Chilika including Konark Festival
Phone: 91-674-432699, fax: 431053