A break from the mountains and a sea-side for a change: Puri and Konark

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#91 May 8th, 2014, 16:22
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Splendid Pics Sagarneel! I am from Orissa and I do agree with you that Orissa has so much to offer to the tourists. And its still not that much crowded. Although I am from Orissa, have still not explored much yet apart from the regular jaunts to Puri and Konark. Intend to correct this in the future
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Thanks superapple.
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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post The only purpose of the late departure was to see the temple at night under artificial lights. We didn't go for a conventional operated tour, which leaves in the morning, covers places like Konark and Nandan Kanan and returns Puri by evening; rather, we had hired a car for the trip. I don't have the details of the driver, but there are a lot of travel agents in Puri who can arrange for a car for this trip.
Thanks for the info . I am planning to do the same, i.e. go to Konark in the evening and I was wondering if customised tours can be made with travel agents. We plan to visit Konark with stops at Chandrbhaga and Ramchandi beaches, skipping Nandankanan. Do you suggest any other places along the route?
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Originally Posted by trisha View Post Thanks for the info . I am planning to do the same, i.e. go to Konark in the evening and I was wondering if customised tours can be made with travel agents. We plan to visit Konark with stops at Chandrbhaga and Ramchandi beaches, skipping Nandankanan. Do you suggest any other places along the route?
Barging in like a loco Trisha but staying at Konarak for a night or two is extremely rewarding.

Firstly you have those picturesque beach sunsets , then you have the temple in early golden morning light as well as it basking under artificial light at night and a bonus of owl/owlets flying around ( if you have a lens with reach ). I had some images of them taken on my F2as but that's for another day.

The photographer in you will be rewarded , I bet.

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To Sagarneel,

taking this opportunity to congratulate you for this beautiful TR , again.

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Originally Posted by trisha View Post Thanks for the info . Do you suggest any other places along the route?
The route itself! One of the most scenic drives I have had, and you get a feel of what an 'avenue' means in real. The journey back to Puri was equally mesmerizing, as it was a full moon night and our car was the only vehicle on the road with the raging sea and the beach glittering in a tint akin to molten silver. One of my best rides for sure.

Somnath's suggestion is worth considering too..if you have the option of staying in Konark for a night, try to go for it. Since the temple was constructed keeping the Sun in mind, you get to appreciate the brilliance (and their 'astronomical' sense of the position of the Sun) of the engineers who designed the temple completely only if you spend an entire day there.

You can easily make customized tours with any travel agent, just ask for a hired car and communicate your planned stopovers at Chandrabhaga and Ramachandi.
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post To Sagarneel,

taking this opportunity to congratulate you for this beautiful TR , again.

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Thanks a lot, again! Much appreciated.
#98 May 8th, 2014, 18:23
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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post The route itself! One of the most scenic drives I have had, and you get a feel of what an 'avenue' means in real. The journey back to Puri was equally mesmerizing, as it was a full moon night and our car was the only vehicle on the road with the raging sea and the beach glittering in a tint akin to molten silver. One of my best rides for sure.
Splendid picture through the words in my mind canvas. Thanks SagarDa.
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post Staying at Konarak for a night or two is extremely rewarding.
Thanks for the suggestion Somnathda, I agree its really tempting and I am already considering it (and I guess in IM anyone can barge in anywhere, they are most welcome...).

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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post Somnath's suggestion is worth considering too..if you have the option of staying in Konark for a night, try to go for it. Since the temple was constructed keeping the Sun in mind, you get to appreciate the brilliance (and their 'astronomical' sense of the position of the Sun) of the engineers who designed the temple completely only if you spend an entire day there.
I agree to what you say and the most preferred option of staying in Konark would be the OTDC yatrinivas, i guess. But as I am pressed for time and will have elderly people with me, if I include staying in Konarak for one night, which one of the following would be less hectic?

Day1: Board train at night.
Day2: Reach Puri in the morning and stay. (Jagannath temple, beach in the evening)
Day3. Morning- Puri beach. Proceed to Konark after lunch. Night stay.
Day4. Morning-Konark. Lunch. Back to Puri. Evening-Balighai beach.
Day5.Visit Udaigiri, Dhauli, Lingeswar etc temples in Bhuvaneswar. Board train at night.


Day1: Board train at night.
Day2: Reach Puri in the morning and stay. (Jagannath temple, beach in the evening)
Day3. Morning- Puri beach. Proceed to Konark after lunch. Night stay.
Day4. Morning-Konark. Breakfast. Visit Udaigiri, Dhauli, Lingeswar etc temples in Bhuvaneswar. Return to Puri.
Day5. Stay at Puri. Board train at night.

Also, I may go around mid-June. So I guess the weather will be either rainy or too hot.
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trisha, I'd go with the second option. Certainly the lesser hectic of the two.

- No point in coming back to Puri and traveling on the same road to visit the other places that you've mentioned. This not only saves time, but also the hassles of traveling ~ 70 km more in a state known for it's heat and humidity!
-Since you have elders in your group, is it advisable that you don't travel much on the last day as you have got a train to catch at night. Prevents them from being overtly exhausted from the tiring journey (plus the train journey at night) and also eliminates the on-road risks of a long journey (mechanical problems of the car etc.)

June will be very hot and humid, and even if it rains, I don't think it will offer much respite, unless it's very cloudy and rains all day.

Have a great trip.
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Originally Posted by dcyouth View Post Splendid picture through the words in my mind canvas. Thanks SagarDa.
Thanks Debashish!
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Thanks Sagarneel da for your advice. I will keep them in mind.
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