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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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guys.. seriously you gotta go here to feel it. i can say, you can read, but that satisfaction you'll get only when you get there. this temple is my utmost favourite among all the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

guys.. seriously you gotta go here to feel it. i can say, you can read, but that satisfaction you'll get only when you get there. this temple is my utmost favourite among all the temples that we've visited in our trip. its so huge but you can go around the temple easily. not so difficult. what stole my heart the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Exhibits the Chola architecture. Well maintained garden, peaceful temple as it is outside the city as compared to the other temples.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice architecture. This is a UNESCO managed structure. This is indeed a wonder to see in your lifetime. Has a small park where kids can enjoy. If you find a guide he or she can give detailed explanation of the entire structure. Avoid peak sunlight as the stones are really hot to walk on it.

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Kumbakonam, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Temple which is located at around 6 km from the Town Centre of Kumbakonam is an archaeological wonder. It is also a UN recognised Heritage Centre. The ASI ( Archealogical Survey of India) has completely renovated the temple literally Brick by Brick. The entire temple complex is maintained neatly and is a sight to behold. Extremely intricate carvings in... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is a UNESCO monument. Its a vast complex housing a Linga (Airawatheeswara) with many Nandi's dotting the entire structure. Built by Rajendra Chola more than 1000 years ago this structure stands testimony to Rich Indian heritage and architecture. This is a semi functional temple.

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Kumbakonam, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

in this temple Saptha sura Stone is awesome from stone sound will came amazing Chola's Bulding technologies

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

A nice temple to visit despite the head. Parvati and Shiv ji have their own temples and it is very well made.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

In Kumbakonam most of the temples are visited for spiritual purposes but this is one must visit temple for art and great stone work.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This temple, dedicated to Airavatheswarar (Shiva, worshipped by Airavatha, Indira's elephant) is not like other ones in Kumbakonam. It is a Protected Monument maintained by Archeological Dept of GoI. The significance lies in its close resemblance to the Thanjavur Periya Koil. No wonder because this has been built by Chola king Raja Raja II, grandson of Raja Raja I who... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Visited several times, never cease to be amazed by this temple's scale, majesty, and timeless beauty. This is one of three grand temples by the Cholas 1000+ years ago, but only Thanjavur temple is famous as a functioning religious temple (the third is Gangaikondacholapuram which I have not visited). Unfortunately, Thanjavur temple is overrun with busloads of 'tourists' in the... More 

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