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Airavatesvara Temple

Address: Thanjavur District, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in Kumbakonam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This 12th century rural temple is well-preserved and is regarded as a 'gem' of Chola architecture, containing many intricate stone statues and carvings. Restoration has been conducted and many statues that were taken away to museums have now been returned and placed in a secure area in one corner of the temple precinct. Being outside a major city, this temple... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

If you are in Kumbakonam, you cannot miss this place. The cholas have class and this is another brilliant description. With a huge outer area, intricate carvings on pillars, you can easly spend 3 - 4 hours in the place. If you are in a hurry you will still need atleast 30 - 45 minutes to do some justice to... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Airavateswara temple in darasuram.. is obviously the best architecture in the state of Tamil Nadu.. If you are visiting Kumbakonam, please don't miss this. This place is best to visit at morning. The temple would be closed at noon. So plan your trip accordingly. Take a note of each and every pillar in the temple. There are numerous sculptures engraved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

When the Taxi Driver recommended this temple, i was a bit reluctant, But once i saw that temple i could not believe my eyes. The Temple built during Raja Raja Chola II is a beautifully carved temple. The temple is under the control of Archaeological Survey of India. I must congratulate them for the way they are maintaining the temple.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

this temple is at darasuram near kumbakonam is part of the world heritage monuments under the chola temples. one the finest examples of chola expertise in stone carving,under asi no entrance fees, foto is permitted, but remove your footweats outside

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The view is fantastic !!! Clean and beautiful !! Wonder how they carved so beautifully , without modern tools and transported with out vehicles and machinery!! spent lot of time exploring here !

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Navi Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I am one of the fanatic traveler, love to explorer temples and fascinated about our heritage and architecture. Airavateshwar is a MUST DO for any one who loves heritage of our country. Please do not miss the Sharabheshwara idol which is the most beautiful stone carvings I have seen in my life so far, the whole scene of Sharabeshwara trying... More 

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This temple is located in Darasuram which is 6 kms from Kumbakonam Railway station. Built during the 12th century by Raja Raja Chola the 2nd. The temple is surrounded in water when it rains. At the entrance of the temple if a big Nandi statue and musical steps which is guarded. The temple is maintained by the ASI now.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

However, preferrably go in Winter or during monsoons... :-) In summer it will be quite hot! ASI has done wonderful maintenance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

very good dharsan did pooja and spent some time because of the calm atmosphere has to wait becasue of the crowd aand other wise good experience

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