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Airavatesvara Temple

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

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Awesome Chola Architecture

Words fail me! The temple is an architectural marvel. It has stood the test of time and now the temple is recognized as UNESCO's World Heritage Monument. Seeing is believing...

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Words fail me! The temple is an architectural marvel. It has stood the test of time and now the temple is recognized as UNESCO's World Heritage Monument. Seeing is believing...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Airavatesvara Temple in Dharasuram is a UNESCO world heritage site. This temple has exquisite stone carvings. Although smaller than Brihadeesvara Temple, it has much finer detailing. Don't miss this small detour to Kumbakonam from Thanjavur.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The temple built during the Chola period is worth a visit for its intricate carvings. Guides are readily available who are knowledgeable and can take you around and explain most of the stone carvings.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a very beautiful, very intact (no obvious renovations) Chola temple. Even more beautiful, although 35 kms from Kumbakonan, is the Gangaikondacholapuram Temple. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This temple is built by a chola king,and is a UNESCO world heritage site,the art and architecture are astonishing.lord shiva in the form of lingam is the main deity of this beautiful temple. One must not missthis in his pilgrimage

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Staying locally meant that we could get here early before the heat took hold. In the rising sun the architecture and sculptures were amazing. In places it is being and has been renovated but this will not spoil the visit. Cameras are allowed inside but once again it's shoes off - but socks allowed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

A superbly preserved temple with fantastic architecture - an obligatory visit if you're in the area. We paid 300 rupees in an auto from Kumbakonam including an hour's waiting time.

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India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This is one among the three Great living Chola Temples under UNESCO World Heritage Site list, the other being Big Temple and Gangaikondacholapuram. Though the temple is smaller compared to the Big Temple, it is in no way inferior in its architectural beauty. Another remarkable feature is the well-manicured lawns and gardens that also add up an evening spending spot.... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Being a temple under the control of Archaeological Survey of India, it is absurd to remove the shoes / chappals etc and walk entire premises bare foot. It could be (if at all) bare foot only in the actual temple place (main Garbha-gruha)

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

the temple is a must see destination.... Take a guide to enjoy the sculptures to the fullest.... The car parking is moderate and the other facilities are well maintained...

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