Sight and sound attractions at Sun Temple

Visitors to the Sun Temple at Konark will soon have access to world class tourist facilities and an interpretation centre.

Published: 29th March 2018 02:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th March 2018 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR:Visitors to the Sun Temple at Konark will soon have access to world class tourist facilities and an interpretation centre.Developed by Indian Oil Foundation (IOF) at a cost of `45 crore, the state-of-the-art facilities at the only world heritage site in the State, will be inaugurated by Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas on April 1.

The CEO of IOF Subrata Barma said to make the visit of tourists to Konark comfortable, waiting lounge, water points, snacks counter, rain shelter, landscaping and toilet blocks have been created along with a 60-seater auditorium, where animated films depicting the origin and history of Sun Temple will be screened.
An extensive main parking area spread over five acres has been developed for tourist buses. Nearly 60 buses can park at a time at the facility which has modern washroom, relaxation facilities and snacks counters for drivers and commuters.

With the Sun Temple being one of the most visited tourist attractions in the region, the IOF has also developed an interpretation centre. Spread across eight acres the centre has a new-age museum, which would enhance visitors’ intellectual and emotional connect to the site, he added.

Having five galleries depicting the history, culture and architecture of Odisha, the interpretation centre also features galleries dedicated to other Sun Temples of the world. Touch-screen kiosks and multimedia depictions, together with sculptures, scale models and artefacts in the galleries make for fabulous viewing.
Chief General Manager of Indian Oil Corporation, Odisha, Pritish Bharat said the auditorium with state-of-the art audio-visual and acoustics systems will bring in more tourists.

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