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Address: Thanjavur District, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.

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Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam is situated at about 40km from Thanjavur and takes about 1hr to reach by cab. The dropping charges vary from Rs 1000/- to Rs 1400/-. There are trains and buses also... read more

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kumbakonam is situated at about 40km from Thanjavur and takes about 1hr to reach by cab. The dropping charges vary from Rs 1000/- to Rs 1400/-. There are trains and buses also connecting Thanjavur to Kumbakonam. On the way we had to cross the Swamimalai Temple, Darsuram, Adikumbheswar etc…but could not visit them because of the downpour. We reached our... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Must visit if you are in Kumbakonam. This is not as big as Tanjavur big temple, but the sculptures and intricate carvings are breathtaking. Temple closes by 12:30pm, but you can still go inside and walk around. You cannot see the deity.

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Must visit unique architecture. Airavatesvara Temple is temple of Dravidian architecture located in the town of Darasuram, near Kumbakonam. The Airavatesvara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva is here known as Airavateshvara, because he was worshipped at this temple by Airavata, the white elephant of the king of the gods, Indra. There are two temples one dedicated to Shiva... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thanjavur and Kumbakonam areas have so many temples - Most of them built during the Chola period. This temple was not in our plan initially. Just happened to visit it along the way and did not actually know about the temple before. It resembles the Brihadeswaran temple in Tanjore

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many Shiva temples, but the Airavateshwara Temple exemplifies the later Chola architecture. Built by Rajendra Chola, to compete(?) with his father's temple, this is a large complex, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The monolithic Nandi is the second largest (I keep losing count) and well preserved. Since it is a bit out of the way, most folks... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must visit temple to see how Rajendra Chola had built a temple for Lord Siva and his consort. Wonderful architecture that is preserved well despite some damage here and there due to nature, wear & tear etc.. Please visit during the day to enjoy the great sights within the temple complex.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic World Heritage site. The temple stands as a wonderful monument with great stone carvings. It appears to be little used and does not attract the hoards of locals or tourists, so the monument is nice and quiet.

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE monument and the temple is really magnificent. We were so mesmerized by its architecture that we went twice to this temple even though we were on a tight schedule.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a temple that is located in the outer suburbs of Kumbakonam, in Tamil Nadu in India, in a place called Darasuram. The stone carvings in this temple are simply awesome. It would take you a good few hours if you would want to admire the carvings in detail. The temple was hardly crowded, especially when we visited, thus... More 

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Jalandhar, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Airavatesvara temple at Darasuram near Kumbakonam was built by Raja Raja II (1150 A.D.).it stands out for its intricate, beautiful sculptures. The temple in the form of a chariot being pulled by an elephant and horse with a fleet of steps is no doubt a repository of Indian art and culture. Image may contain: 2 people, outdoor

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