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Konark
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Konark,Orissa
Climate
 
The maximum temperature in summer is 110 degree F and the minimum temperature in winter is 51degreeF
General Information
 
The temple city of Konark is situated in the eastern state of Orissa at a distance of around 65 km from Bhubaneswar and 35 km from Puri. The city extends between longitude 86.08°E and latitude 19.53°N.
Language
 
Oriya, Bengali, Hindi and English
Puri as known to the Hindus all over the world is a holy town located on the eastern coast of India. Besides being a religious center, Puri is also known for the good stretch of the white sand beaches on the banks of Bay of Bengal. The easy accessibility from almost all the major towns and cities of India, wide beaches, the fishing farms and the superb resorts make it an important tourist destination and a major base point to visit the nearby important sites. The famous temple of Lord Jagannath and the annual Rath yatra festival here attract a large number of tourists every year. The Jagannath Temple is one of the four most important Hindu pilgrimage sites or the chardham, the other three being Dwarka, Badrinath, and Rameshwaram. Moreover, the scenic spots all over this small town with the beaches that offer breathtaking view of sunrise and sunset and the traditional methods of fishing used by the local fishermen are some of the other aspects for which Puri has always attracted the attention of the people.
 
Attractions
Astranga
 
'Astranga' literally means varied colours and is about 55 kms from Konark and is a famous fishing harbour. Washed by the waters of the Bay of Bengal, with its magnificent sunsets, the place really lives upto its name.  
Chaurasi  
Chaurasi is the site of the shrines dedicated to Laxminarayanan, Amareshras and Barahi. Barahi is a deity dating back to the 9th century AD, worshipped according to tantrik practices. She is a mother goddess with the face of a boar and is depicted holding a fish in one hand and a cup in another.
 
   
Kakatapur
 
Kakatapur is 45 kms from Konark, located in the Prachi valley and is famous for its shrines of Goddess Mangala and Banadurga. The famous 'Jhamu Yatra' is held in April-May when devotees walk over a narrow trench strewn with embers.
Konark Beach
The beach is 3 kms away from the temple along the Puri road. Glimpses of the local fishing fleet at work can be seen here. The sunrise at this beach is a feast for the eyes and an ideal spot for sun-bathing.
Ramachandi
Ramachandi is a beautiful little beach on the confluence of the river Kushabhadra and the Bay of Bengal. Goddess Ramchandi, the presiding deity of the Konark region is worshipped here. The place is ideal for weekend picnics.
How to Get Konark
By Air
The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar
By Rail
Bhubaneswar is the nearest railhead, at a distance of 65kms. These two stations are connected to all the major cities in India through long-distance trains.
By Road
Konark is located 65kms from Bhubaneswar and 35kms north of Puri. Orissa State Road Transport Corporation and private buses provide links with all parts of the state. There is a daily tour bus that goes to Konark from Puri and a tour bus from Bhubaneswar. One can also take a taxi from Puri. Taxis, cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws are available for local transportation.

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