Airavatesvara Temple, Kumbakonam

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Exquisite stone carvings and stairs producing musical sounds when struck make Airavatesvara Temple a true architectural wonder and a World Heritage Site. Built in the 12th century, this Hindu temple of Dravidian architecture is dedicated to Lord Shiva and packed with delicate carvings and mesmerizing ornaments. To appreciate the full splendor of the striking temple, consider taking a guided tour around the complex. Plan your visit to Airavatesvara Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kumbakonam travel route planner.
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  • In short, a must visit place. Exquisite carvings with lot of meanings (you can search on youtube, as an example phenomenal travel videos). Spend at least couple of hours to digest the wealth of info. ...  more »
  • It is fantastic chola architecture temple. And one of UNESCO heritage site. See below pictures of carving ....  more »
  • magnificent temple with intricate carvings and architecture. advisable to visit in the morning since afternoon can be very hot  more »
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  • Mesmerised by the unique beauty of this ancient temple. Once in a lifetime experience, don’t miss this! Hire a guide if you can, it’s worth it.
  • Grand architecture, beautiful sculptures. A representation of our skilled ancestors. Great place to visit, especially for those who enjoy ancient architecture.
  • Beautiful temple. But less visited by people.with a good outside lawn. Temple is very small compare to 2 other "Great living Chola temples". But here no massive structures but tiny details!to tiny as 1inch,carvings with detailing. If u go there must choose a good guide. No cloak room ,need to arrange yourself ur bag and luggage,it's allowed to take inside the temple. Cameras are allowed. Must visit place!
  • The temple is under UNESCO. This temple is a storehouse of art and architecture. The vimana is 85 feet high. The front mandapam itself is in the form of a huge chariot drawn by horses. The temple has some exquisite stone carvings. The main deity's consort Periya Nayaki Amman temple is situated adjacent to Airavateshwarar temple.
  • Rich Sculptures Constructed By The Second Raja Raja Cholan Period It's a World Heritage Monument
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