International Sand Art Festival of Konark 2017

Adorning the beautiful Chandrabhaga Beach in Odisha, the Konark International Sand Art Festival is an impressive cultural event that is held annually by the Orissa Tourism Department. Sitting on the banks of the beautiful Bay of Bengal, Konark is one of the most important archaeological and historical sites on the map of India. The magnificent Konark Temple here is dedicated to the Sun God. Designed as a chariot, this temple has 24 intricately designed wheels that looks absolutely stunning. This temple has been a major tourist puller for the state of Orissa, now Odisha. 

2017 dates for the International Sand Art Festival in Konark are out and we are much excited!

When: 1st December 2017 to 5th December 2017

Where: Chandrabhaga Beach, Odisha

International Sand Art Festival in Konark

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A lil’ bit of history:

Before 2015, The International Sand Art Festival was a part of the Konark Dance Festival. This dance festival is a joint venture of the Orissa Tourism and the Odissi Research Centre that featured Indian classical dance forms like the Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi along with many more cultural events. Today, The International Sand Art Festival is celebrated as an independent event that features many sand artists from India and from around the world.

The Sand Festival:

Starting during the first week of December, Padma Shree awardee Sudarsan Pattnaik is the brand ambassador of The International Sand Art Festival. To celebrate the Magha Saptami day, devotees come here in large numbers to take a holy dip in the waters. This makes for a lovely setting for artists from Mexico, Spain, Singapore, France, Norway, Germany, Netherland & USA to present the best of their artworks and win the grand prize of INR 100,000. This year, as many as 40 sand artists are expected to participate in this art festival.

themes of Sand Art Festival

Image Source: Saurabh Chatterjee / 

The displays and the themes:

Each year, a theme is set and participants are required to come with sand art displays revolving around the theme. With more than 30 stalls that are set along the beach, the competition between participants is something you should not miss. Apart from sand, the participants use many props that add value to their displays. Making the best use of their creativity and artistic skills, these artists join the fierce competition. Last year, the International Sand Art Festival was themed around the Swachh Bharat Campaign.

Image Source: Saurabh Chatterjee /

Some of the previously known sand art works at the International Sand Art Festival in Konark are as follow:

  • Swach Bharat art by Anupam Mohanty
  • Make India Clean, Let India Shine by Pramod Patnaik
  • A dustbin reading "USE ME" by Ranjan Ganguly
  • Gandhiji with a broom in his hand symbolising ‘Clean India’ by Atisso Beaubyssan Sodjine
  • Puri Beach by Asheley Elizabeth
  • Swach Bharat by Bharat Bishwanatha Jena

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Hotels in Konark:

Konark has a few basic and high-end accommodation options. We have compiled a list of hotels you can check out while visiting Konark: 

Budget hotels in Konark:

1. Janardan Homestay Konark

  • Address: Near Canara Bank, 752111 Konārka, India
  • Amenities: Terrace, Flat-screen TV, Dining area, Landmark / City view, Free toiletries.
  • Average cost per night for 02 pax: INR 850

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2. Sun Temple Hotel, Konark

    • Address: Near Bus Stand, Konark, 752111 Konārka, India
    • Amenities: Air conditioning, Bath, Wi-Fi, Seating Area, TV
    • Average cost per night for 02 pax: INR 1499

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High-end hotels in Konark:

1. Lotus Resort

  • Address: Near Ramachandi Temple,Konark-Puri Marine Drive Road, 752111 Konārka, India
  • Amenities: Balcony with view, Flat-screen TV, Air conditioning, Private bathroom.
  • Average cost per night for 02 pax: INR 3700

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2. Mahabir Sheraton

  • Address: CT Road,Puri Odisha, 752002 Puri, India
  • Amenities: Balcony, Sea view, Terrace, Flat-screen TV, Free Wi-Fi
  • Average cost per night for 02 pax: INR 4000

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Places to visit near Konark:

Apart from Chandrabhaga Beach, here are a few other places that you would want to visit near Konark:

  • Puri Beach – One of the most famous beaches along the coast of Bay of Bengal, visit Puri Beach for its pristine white sand beaches. 
  • Sun Temple – 13th century temple, built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty, this temple is dedicated to the Sun God. 
  • Archaeological Site Museum – Spread over four galleries, this museum houses the fallen sculptures and architectural members of the Konark Sun Temple. 
  • Ramachandi Temple – Located on the banks of the Kusabhadra River, this temple is believed to be dedicated to Mayadevi, wife of Surya (Sun God).
  • Kuruma – A small village near Puri, one of the main attractions here is the 'Kuruma Stupa' among many other Buddhist monasteries. 
  • Astranga – Famous for its panoramic beach setting, Astranga is a fishing village that has been attracting many tourists. 
  • Also read about some other interesting places to visit in Orissa

Other Sand Festivals from around the World:

  • The Sun & Sea Festival Imperial Beach -Imperial Beach, California, USA
  • The Hawaii Sand Festival - Hanalei, Hawaii, USA
  • European Championship Sand Sculpting - Zandvoort aan Zee, The Netherlands
  • Weston Sand Sculpture Festival - Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK
  • Sand Castle Competition at Havre-Aubert - Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada
  • Sand Safari, Australian Sand Sculpting Championship -Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia

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