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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  • Fabulous architecture in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in the Darasuram area of Kumbakonam. You would need atleast a couple of hours to explore this place and services of a local guide woul...  more »
  • It is a world heritage site which to us seemed the only temple we had visited which had a huge well manicured lawn outside and almost no guides or pandits chasing you to make an extra buck. It is very...  more »
  • One of the few temples in India that ironically portrays it's magnificence, through miniature sculptures on it's splendid Pillar especially the small Ganesha carving before you enter the main shrine. ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • A well preserved temple complex with beautiful architecture in stone, suggest hiring a local guide to understand the master pieces and the story in sculptures. Archaeology is doing a great job here but is it enough are we bringing back these tramples back to life and glory of the past.
  • Fentastic sculptures. Every pillar is having marvelous story. We spent three hours there it was very memorable time
  • A very nice place i have visited. Lovely pleasurable calm to our heart, fabulous dharisanam of lord shiva. I love this place.
  • Just splendid! If you’re a person who is interested in archeology with some ancient scientific goodness and marvellous architectural grandeur, this place is for you! One can easily spend a few days visiting just this temple among all other temples at Kumbakonam. Maintained properly by ASI.

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