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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. Use our Kumbakonam itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Airavatesvara Temple and other attractions in Kumbakonam.
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  • Third of the Chola Temples is Airavateshwara located at Darasuram, 3 kms from Kumbakonam Town. This is small premises compared to other two temples but very much quaint! Autos are available from Kumba...  more »
  • First thing I would like to share that even after spending 4 hours I didn't want to leave. Words are small to describe its grandeur. Perhaps most intricate carving done by cholas. You need to spend ti...  more »
  • the pillars of the temple have such fine detail in them and is very well kept its a tranquil place to pay your respects and have a good evening  more »
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  • 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.
  • Architectural excellence Built by Chola dynasty. Very intricately carved sculptures with minute details. Easily approachable from Thanjavur and Kumbakonam
  • 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.
  • Most least cared Temple with such marvelous historical importance. Kids play cricket inside Temple!!
  • This temple was built by the chola Dynasty in the 18 century but still the craftsmanship is unparalleled!!

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Where to stay in Kumbakonam

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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