International Sand Art Festival, Konark, Odisha
Playing with sand at the beaches had been a favourite time-pass of almost everyone. We all would have certainly made castles when were at the beaches but when it comes to built sculptures from sand then one realises that its not a child’s play. Set against the pristine Chandrabagha beach on the shore of Bay of Bengal in Konark, Odisha the International Sand Art Festival is to be observed during 1-5th December, 2019. The soft golden sands are sculpted into various magnificent forms. The festival is being organized by Odisha Tourism Department since 2015.
The sand artists are allowed to use only Sea beach sand and water to create the entire sculpture. Neither external materials can be used in the sculpture nor machinery tools are allowed. Best sand artists from Mexico, Spain, Singapore, France, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, USA and different states of India usually grace the occasion. The artists have to create sculptures as per the theme given to them each day. World renowned sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, also showcases his best, at his home turf. He was also the brand ambassador of the event last year.
How to Reach:
Konark is 66 km from the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar whereas Puri is 38 km which is the nearest railway station. Biju Patnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar (BBI) is the nearest airport to Konark. The venue to the sand festival is around 1-2 km from the world famous Konark Sun Temple which is also the venue of Konark Dance Festival to be organized on the same dates. Konark is reached via bus or cab service from Puri and Bhubaneswar both.
Where to Stay:
In-spite of Konark being the house of world famous Konark Sun Temple, only mid range to budget hotels are available. OTDC Yatrinivas (An OTDC hotel), Lotus Resort, Hotel Sun Temple are among few available options. Tourists usually stay in either Puri or Bhubaneswar and visit Konark coming by bus or cab.