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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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Best Temple in Tamilnadu

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I was visited this temple with family. We had started from lodge Kumbakonam at 6.30AM and reached by 6.45AM it was just 3.5KM from Kumbakonam main city. This temple has pleasurable and beautiful architecture which gives more richness to the temple. Surrounding is full of greenery and Big Nandhi welcomes while entering to the temple.The main mantapa is called Raja... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Words fail me! The temple is an architectural marvel. It has stood the test of time and now the temple is recognized as UNESCO's World Heritage Monument. Seeing is believing...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Airavatesvara Temple in Dharasuram is a UNESCO world heritage site. This temple has exquisite stone carvings. Although smaller than Brihadeesvara Temple, it has much finer detailing. Don't miss this small detour to Kumbakonam from Thanjavur.

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Additional Information about Airavatesvara Temple

Address: 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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