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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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  • One of the most beautiful temples I have ever seen. It is extremely well maintained and it's an amazing place to visits Recommend visiting in the evening when the sun is down or early in the morning t...  more »
  • The temple sets you into the Chola Era. Going round the temple is like travelling in a time machine. The mahabalipuram or the hampi do have similar temple - but in ruins. But this temple is in perfect...  more »
  • This is a place which will take your breath away. Awe inspiring temples and a truly magnificent spectre to go to. This would be really enjoyable in a philosophical and devotional way. Amazing on a ove...  more »
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  • The architecture is out of this world. This temple is good as Gangai Konda Cholapuram and Tanjore Big Temple.
  • This temple was built by the chola Dynasty in the 18 century but still the craftsmanship is unparalleled!!
  • A must to visit in kumbakonam. Musical steps welcomes you at the front. Ancient architecture. Peaceful and surrounded by greenish grass. Perfect place for a weekend evening. One can worship and picnic there with peace.
  • It's a UNESCO HERITAGE TEMPLE . Similar to Big temple in Tanjore. It's choose Dynasty temple. Very clean . Mostly westerns used to visit this temple for its massive Architecture .
  • Its a great architecture build by our forefathers....we should maintain those temples without loosing them