Time to enjoy Sand Art Festival – Dec- 1 to 5 Konark, Odisha
The 4th edition of international Sand Art Festival is all set lure tourist and admirers of sand art from December 1 to 5 2014.
Like the previous years the festival would be held in the sprawling sea beach of Chandrabhaga at Konark near the temple town of Puri.
Organized by state Tourism Department of Government of Odisha, sand artists of repute from across the globe have been invited to participate in the sand art competition.
In previous years the sand art festival has proved to be effective in mobilizing people to sand art venue as artists put best of their creative excellence through sand.
Messages like save the environment give women their rights and protect heritage and tourism sites in previous year’s artists tried to exhibit their best.
As per the invitation extended to sand artists in the country and overseas for the five days festival each artist has to create one sand art every day and the combined marking of the all 5 days arts together will decide the winners.
In last year festival leading sand artist like Francesca Cosmi from Italy, Lisa Donze from the US, Srimal Chandrasena from Sri Lanka, Craig Mutch from Canada and Johaness Gabriel Weckl from Australia took part in the event.
The tourism department officials have said that they have made adequate arrangement for the event. The officials are working overtime for mobilization of more artists from India and abroad. The department is equally putting effort to popularize the event so that more tourists home and abroad visit and enjoy the sand art festival – 2014.
Places to Visit: Ramchandi temple and Beach, Konark Temple, Archaeological Survey of India’s Museum etc.
How to reach:
By Air: The adjacent airport is at Bhubaneswar, which is about 64 km away. It is linked with Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, and Nagpur and operates several direct flights.
By Train: The railway stations nearest to Konark are located in the twin cities of Puri and Bhubaneswar. These stations are linked with almost all the major destinations in India by train.
By Road: The National and State Highways link Konark with Puri and Bhubaneswar forming a virtual triangle popularly known as Golden Triangle of East. To reach Konark from Bhubaneswar, after traveling 20km take a left turn once you reach Pipli village. The road straight ahead leads to Puri.