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Address: Thanjavur District, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.

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Fascinating place to explore in silence

Ancient Dravidian architecture reminiscent of the Great Temple in Thanjavur. Hiring a guide is useful as there are tiny details in sculptures that would otherwise be missed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ancient Dravidian architecture reminiscent of the Great Temple in Thanjavur. Hiring a guide is useful as there are tiny details in sculptures that would otherwise be missed. Beautiful and intriguing. Check out the family of weavers who sell silk sarees (hand-woven) right next to the temple.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

authentic tempel i never saw before in my life. So old, so full with symbols, truth hindu, etc. More, and more of this you see in south india

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The temple is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site also known as Great Living Chola temples. It is one of the oldest temples in India and was built by the Chola dynasty by Raja Raja Chozan and is more than 1000 years old. The Nandi weighs about 20 tons and showcases the dravidian culture and the great Tamil history.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the UNESCO affiliated temple is a classic example of heritage of Indian Architecture specially of the Dravidians. A must visit place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Darasuram is around 6 kms from Swamimalai. The temple in Darasuram is Airavatesvara Temple. This temple is around 4 kms from Kumbakonam and is fully rich of architecture. The temple premises are maintained by ASI and the sanctum is taken care of state government. It is believed that the white elephant of Indra, Airavatam, had worshipped Lord Siva in this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I do find Temples fascinating places and this temple, at Darasuram, is an architectural masterpiece. It dates from the Chola era and is intricately carved with all manner of designs both human and non-human in nature. It's well proportioned and is neither so large that you get a sense of temple fatigue nor too little that you wonder why you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This architecture marvel is located in outskirts of Kumbakonam. Built around 850 years back. There are no 'modern color paintings' on the temple towers. The temple surface is well preserved. On the southern stairs you can observe the mythical Yali sculptures. Yalis are the animal that is great enemy of warrior elephants. The decorative stair are adorned with sculptures. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

it is almost to see mid day but any time you can not see the shadow of the gopuram in land side it is awesome.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Nice place to Visit. Raja RajaChola period. Good to visit. Nicely Maintained and Construction in Raja Raja chola period

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This place is full of history. The temple constructed thousand years ago, the detailing which went in creating this master piece is amazing. hats off to the creators of this temple....don t miss it !!

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