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I had heard stories of Konark’s glorious past numerous times and had also done some reading beforehand. But when I visited the Sun Temple, I gave in to the temptation of hiring an ASI guide! And it was a wise decision! The stories of the floating deity, the vanished deula, Kalapahar, the powerful magnet that disturbed the compasses of Portuguese ships – transported me to a magical era captured in Time!

A weekend trip to Konark:

Stopping for Chhena Jhilli at Nimapara If you are planning to drive to Konark from Bhubaneswar, make sure you stop at one of the sweet shops of Nimapara for breakfast. The crunchy puris with the flavourful & spicy ghuguni followed by the delicacy – chenna jhilli – soft, sweet, drowned in an almost caramel-y chashni would be the perfect kick-start to the trip! A Dose of History at Varahi Temple

If you are an explorer in spirit, like me, take a detour to the Varahi Temple, believed to be older than the Konark Temple! It is somewhere on the road to Kakatpur from Nimapara & we had to ask a lot of people to reach the exact spot! The quest for history took us along narrow village pathways, past houses, ponds & agricultural fields to find the ruins of an ancient temple surrounded by fresh lush greenery.

History Lessons at Konark Museum

Explore the Konark Museum that has well-preserved pieces of art from the temple. Come to know of the history of the temple in details.

Beach Vibes at Chandrabhaga

Spend some time at Chandrabhaga beach over cups of tea or coconut water. It is one of the less crowded beaches in the region. Lined with Jhau or Casuarina trees, it is also one of the most beautiful beaches. Do not consider bathing as the undercurrents in the water make it a dangerous one too.

The Legend of Ramchandi Temple

Folklore has it – Kalapahar (the destroyer of numerous Hindu temples & deities in Odisha) had come to the Ramchandi Temple after attacking the Konark Temple. He spotted an old woman at the entrance who asked him to wait until she got some water from the Chandrabhaga river! Kalapahar waited for a while & then realising his mistake entered the temple to discover that the deity was floating in mid-water! It is believed that the old woman was the Goddess herself!

Long Drive on Konark-Puri Marine Drive

A long drive on the picturesque Konark-Puri marine drive along the Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary is a great idea! Visit the lighthouse or simply enjoy the views of the sparkling blue sea through the jhau trees – the smooth & well-maintained road will make every experience pleasant. We were also quite lucky to have spotted a fox from the sanctuary, crossing the road.


By Aratrika Das Brahmachari

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