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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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A beauty in the morning light

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... read more

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

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

One of the great living chola temples. the garden also well maintained by ASI. great architecture...

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Since we were in the area and had already seen the other two Chola period UNESCO temples we decided to drop in on this one also. It is by far the prettiest among the three. Being from a slightly later period, we found that the imperfections of the earlier two temples were corrected here. For one thing, the pillars in... More 

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Chennai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

- I hired a guide and it was well worth it. They usually expect Rs 200 for almost a 2 hr detailed tour but i paid him Rs 300.. I think his name was Diwakar (retired ASI employee) and he knew his stuff. Speaks English well. You can reach him directly at the site or via AR Rajan (8148457679) who... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in addition to Big Temple in Tanjavur and Gangaikonda Cholapuram, but carvings and architecture is bit different. All 3 are a must see.

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Noida, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Airavatesvara temple is one amongst the three UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE built by the Chola dynasty in the 11th and 12 th century. The other two being Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur & the Gangaikondacholisvaram Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram. We found this temple to be best of the three with abundance of exquisite stone carvings. All the three heritage structures are... More 

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