The exquisite Konark dance festival on the back drop of Sun Temple

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Location : Konark, Odisha,India

Destination Type: Cultural destination

Konark dance festival is an annual event conducted on the back drop of Sun Temple. This event attracts thousands of tourists to see the classical performers from across the country present their talent . The Sun temple itself is an epitome of fine craftsmanship of ancient Indian scutlpors depicted in stone. The tickets range from Rs.15,000/- for VIP Gold class to Rs.25,000/- for couple pass for five days from. Single person packages are also available for Rs.10,000/-

History of  Konark Dance festival

  1. In ancient times itself dance performances were held at Salamander the dancing hall of Konark temple
  2. Guru Gangadhar Pradhan took initiative in starting the Konark Dance Festival
  3. The Konark dance festival was started in 1986 by Odisha State Government to promote Konark and Odisha state as a whole as a tourist destination
  4. This year is the 34th edition of the festival
  5. Around 850 dance troupes have performed in Konark dance festival till date

Activities for tourists at Konark Dance festival, Odisha

  1. Take part in the dance and music festival to enjoy Indian classical dance forms such as Odishi, Bahrathnatya and Kathak
  2. Visit and shop at crafts mela
  3. View and wonder about the Sun temple
  4. Visit Archaeological museum
  5. Participate in a workshop on Odishi dance

How to reach there


 Biju Patnaik airport at Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport 64 km away . Bhubaneshwar is linked by frequent flights to major cities India including Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad.


Puri Railway station 34 kms away is the nearest railway station. It is linked to all major cities in India through rail network

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Bhubaneswar(66kms away)
  2. Puri ( 36 kms away)
  3. Cuttack ( 81 kms away)
  4. Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves ( 66 kms away)
  5. Gopalpur Beach (204 kms away)

Some hotels in Konark for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Surya Inn

Lotus Eco Resort Konark

Sun Temple Hotel

Nature Camp Konark Retreat

Pagoda Inn

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 Photo courtesy:By Sujit kumar – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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