Tourist Attractions in Konark
Located about km from the Sun Temple, this long stretch beach offers a beautiful view of sunrise and sunset. Konark beach is also known as Chanrabhaga. Numerous pilgrims gather here on Kartik Purnima and Magha Saptami to take a holy dip in the sea.
The Archaeological Museum of Konark, located on the northern side of the Sun temple, houses a large variety of antique. The museum has four galleries that exhibit about260 antiquities, gathered from the complex of Sun Temple. It was established in the year 1968. a collection of the fallen sculptures retrieved from the famous Sun temple. The collections of first gallery include fallen sculptures retrieved from the Sun temple.
The embellished sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, the stone sculptures portraying wedding scenes, various incarnations of Lord Vishnu are the highlights of first gallery. The second gallery displays several cult objects, such as carvings of flora and fauna on stones and celestial nymphs. Remarkable collections of objects of superb craftsmanship are in the third gallery. The images of Sun God, Narayana, Gaja-Vyala and some pictures of king with his battle troop are in the third gallery. The fourth gallery has various artifacts that are displayed in showcases. Points of interests are a roaring lion, king enjoying dance performance, salabhanjikas and swans with garlands. Apart from the galleries, the corridors of the museum are adorned with pictures of ancient monuments and other major sites that portray the evolution and development of architecture in Orissa.
Kuruma is a small village in puri, which lies about 8 km to the south-east of the Sun Temple. The place is famous for the ancient Buddhist site which was built between 9th - 10th centuries A.D. Ancient images of Buddha seated in "Bhumispara Mudra" and the image of "Heruka" are some of the popular discoveries of this region.