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Address: Thanjavur District, Kumbakonam 612001, India
5:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 am - 7:00 pm

This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.

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Awesome place....

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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

Thank Santhana K
Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a place worth visiting. Do stop there to admire its breathtaking beauty of it's architecture, carvings, statues and etc. In the morning, especially after about 10 am or so, the tiles are really hot to walk on though!

Thank Vikneswari V
Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Airateshwar temple is located at Darasuram, just 4 kms away from Kumbakonam bus stand. It is built by Rajendra chola in the 12 th century. Lord shiva is worshipped here as Airavata the White elephant of King Indra. Periya Nayaki Amman temple is situated adjacent to the main deity. It is one of the UNESCO recognised world heritage site. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must see in Kumbakonam.Please hire a guide to know the marvelous Chola Sculptures . Awesome sculptures and camera is a must to carry!

Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The three most important Chola temples are Brihadeeshwara temple at Tanjore, GangaiKonda Cholaporam and this one at Darasuram. This is the least crowded so you get time to wander around silently and soak in the atmosphere. Go in the evening when the sun is down. Spend quality time and see all the beautiful intricately cut sculptures. Remember there are actually... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This temple too comes under the UNESCO WHS list protected by ASI, people usually tend to miss this due to distance from the Tanjore Big temple, Gangai Konda Cholapuram is another similarly ignored temple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Raja Raja cholan grand son has built this temple. I can relate this kind of temple architecture with Belur and Halebedu temple's. Temple has a museum inside its premises. Must visit this museum to know about the history of this temple. Temple open from morning 6 Am to 7Pm. I suggest travellers to visit by 7 Am in the morning... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

After spending 2 days in kumbakonam this was the best site we visited ! In my opinion this has to be a must for everyone who comes to kumbakonam ! The temple is surrounded by big gardens all around and it's easy to reach as its on the main road ! The entrance is completely free and the amount of... More 

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