Now a state-of-the-art tourist facilitation centre having an auditorium with digital audio and visual systems will welcome the tourists at the entry of famous Sun Temple at Konark. Aesthetically designed interpretation centre with world-class facilities that showcase the unique architectural features of Kalingan era is the highlight of tourist centre. Visitors will be briefed about the history of the temple and its exceptional blend of marvellous architecture, heritage and natural beauty at the interpretation centre.
With multiple exhibits and multimedia displays, the interpretation centre boasting of five galleries depicts history, culture and architecture of Odisha and features other Sun temples of the world. Touch-screen kiosks and multimedia depictions with sculptures, scale models and artefacts in the galleries would attract visitors.
The centre has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 45 crore by Indian Oil Foundation (IOF). The tourists facilitation centre and parking space have been developed in an area of 13-acre and the beautifully carved stone sculptures placed inside the centre have been recreated by noted sculptor Raghunath Mahapatra.