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Address: Thanjavur District, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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5:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Description: This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.

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Fantastic record of Tamil history

Beautiful architecture, very well maintained. Takes one back in time. Pity the musical steps had to be closed. The manager of the temple was very helpful and well informed

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Beautiful architecture, very well maintained. Takes one back in time. Pity the musical steps had to be closed. The manager of the temple was very helpful and well informed

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The temple was constructed due to rajaraja chola in 12 centuary. This an u n e s c o heritage site. The temple is dedicated to lord siva. The deity is known as airavateswara due to indira"s elephant worshiped siva here. Yama also worshiped siva here. Consort perianayagi amman. Excellent chola architect. The vimanam 80 feet height. Huge chariot with... More 

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Chennai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Darasuram really sealed off the trip for me. The third of The Great Living Chola Temples, it has beautiful architecture, manicured lawns, and friendly, helpful people. Also, don't miss the little weavers' houses near the temple where they make handloom sarees.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I have seen quite a lot of temples in Tamilnadu. And I could say this is the best temple architecture in Tamilnadu. I would suggest this marvel to anyone who comes to Kumbakonam. Not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

It is an ancient temple & UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. It is more of architectural beauty than religious significance. Carvings are intricate & beautiful. The place is maintained by ASI with well kept garden. The daily rituals at the temple are maintained by the Tanjavur royal family The place is open from 6am to 7pm.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We had the fortune to visit this temple and liked it immensely. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and maintained quite well. It was built almost 1000 years ago by the Chola Kings. The carvings on the temple walls are exquisite though a few have been destroyed by the invader Malik Kafur! Each carving has a story to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The architecture is pure bliss, the sanctum sanctorum will make you feel blessed. Thanks to ASI that it has been restored to its orginal status.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

much has been written about this temple ! so i would say only a few things. the siva vikragam in hunter form is just superb !, the strap in the leather chappals of the hunter and the finger nails and bends are so realistic, it is difficult to imagine that this is a stone!. one inch vinayaga and other rare... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Along with Brihadeeswara Temples in Thanjavur, and Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Airavatesvara Temple is the Shiva temple forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site called the Great Living Chola Temples. It is close to Kumbhakonam in Tamil Nadu. This 12th century temple is Rajaraja Chola II. Like all the Tamil Nadu temple this closes between 12.00 to 16.00 hrs. So make sure you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The temple is a very ancient one built by Chola Kings. It is around 3 kms from Kumbakonam and you can go by mini bus or autos. The architecture of the temple is very good and built in the form of chariot. The sculptures are beautifully carved out on stone pillars, mantapams and gopurams. There are two separate temples –... More 

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Additional Information about Airavatesvara Temple

Address: Thanjavur District, Kumbakonam 612001, India
Location: Asia  >  India  >  Tamil Nadu  >  Kumbakonam
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 am - 7:00 pm

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