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Airavatesvara Temple

Address: Thanjavur District, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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Ranked #1 of 22 Attractions in Kumbakonam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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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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Chennai (Madras), India
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Hyderabad, India
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Must visit! A quiet, beautiful temple, which reeks of character and you can spend hours just sitting around, admiring the beautiful sculptural work, or just soak in the ambience. We were lucky that we went in the winters when it had probably rained a day ago, the entrance was like a small pool that you had to wade through -... More 

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Malaysia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A splendid temple dedicated to lord Siva. It has a striking resemblance to Gangaikondacholesvaram in Tanjore. It was built by the Cholas and it makes one wonder how was it possible during those times to build such a beautiful piece of architecture.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The Airavateswara Temple was built by the Chola King - Raja Raja Chola II. The Temple is a fine example of medieval Chola Architecture and is part of the Great Living Chola Temples. It has been declared as an UNESCO world heritage. The Temple is rich in architecture and sculpture design. The sculptures and pillars in the temple mandapam are... More 

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Chennai
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

If you are visiting Kumbakonam (for visiting Temples or as a tourist), this temple is a must see and cannot be missed. The temple is one among the best Chola Architecture. - This temple has one of the largest Sivalingams and is mind boggling. - At times, the priest may come and open the main Sanctum after 830 am or... More 

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Goa, India
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This is considered as one of the best example of Chola Architecture. Kumbakonam is a city known for temples, but this temple at Darasuram stands out for its architectural beauty. The place was not crowded during our visit and overall, the experience of visiting this place was very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

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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