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Airavatesvara Temple

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
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Owner description: This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.
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Navi Mumbai, India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Bangalore, India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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chennai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

personalised servie with fullest satisfaction of value added for money they ahve the service of tavel desk, laundry service, guide and room top restuarnat where in we have not used

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Chennai (Madras), India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

While we have similar temples around, this one stands out...is it because of ASI?...other temples should copy this and create the ambience all these temples deserve, realizing we can never create one like this...the lawns, the distance from the road, parking lot are all well done....

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Tiruchirappalli, India
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Set everything aside and enjoy the sculputres if you are interested.Family will like this place more than worship.

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Kodaikanal, India
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Darasuram temple is part of the World Heritage Centre. One word description- 'Marvellous'. The stone architecture is enthralling. The minute carvings, the expressions, the beauty created in stone is unbelievably beautiful. You can miss any other temple but not Darasuram.

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Mavelikara, India
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Must visited. Great experience. Very calm and silent and easily accessible by road. Not overcrowded and beautifully maintained. It shows that the UNESCO is very much authentic and just in recognizing heritage sites. Really a Gem.

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Thanjavur, India
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Quite contrast to the Big Temple of Thanjavur, Iravatheeswarar temple in its microscopic sculptures at Darasuram was constructed by Rajaraja Cholan II, The entire construction is such that to appear in the midst of a huge lotus flower and the rain water will be collected around the sanctum sanctorum. Huge akal villakku in granite are found the around the corridor.... More

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