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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  • October 2, 2017
    Intricate sculptures,specially the chariot wheel and the horse.Difficult to belive these are carved in stone.Sadly so much damage.The small nandis on the ground.  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Airavatesvara Temple is old ancient Temple... Total temple built with stones... all the pillars were beautifully sculpted with Idols and most amazing this is its all sculpted in Single stone... a must...  more »
  • September 18, 2017
    A well maintained Siva temple which is famous for its historical and archaeological beauty rather than its spiritual powers. It is around 35 km from Thanjavur and is a must see for those who love to h...  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    One of the architectural marvel of Chola Era, the temple has located in a remote location hence not many are aware of the spectacular sculptures. Highly recommended to visit, if you are around Tanjavur.
  • July 1, 2017
    Architectural excellence Built by Chola dynasty. Very intricately carved sculptures with minute details. Easily approachable from Thanjavur and Kumbakonam
  • July 6, 2017
    Built during the 11th and the 12th centuries, the Living Temples at Thanjavur are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tamil Nadu. The construction of the temples is attributed to the Chola Dynasty who ruled southern India from 200-1246 AD. The temples are dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva and are remarkable examples of Dravidian architecture.
  • June 28, 2017
    Most least cared Temple with such marvelous historical importance. Kids play cricket inside Temple!!
  • June 25, 2017
    This temple was built by the chola Dynasty in the 18 century but still the craftsmanship is unparalleled!!

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As a tourist town and place of pilgrimage, Kumbakonam has a good range of accommodations to suit diverse tastes and budgets. Look right in the center, close to the main temples, for the greatest array of budget-friendly lodgings, with guesthouses and small hotels located right in the thick of it. Farther out, a few larger hotels make use of the additional space with extra amenities, including large dining halls, pools, and gardens.
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