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Airavatesvara Temple

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A very beautiful temple - must visit

We went in the month of Jan to Kumbakonam. We visited the airavaresvara temple in the evening and... read more

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Bengaluru, India
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The Stunning Airawatesvara Temple, UNESCO Protected Heritage Site

Take a bus from KUmbakonam to Darasuram, which is just three kms away. This falls under the ASI... read more

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Chennai (Madras), India
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This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.
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Thanjavur | Darasuram, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went in the month of Jan to Kumbakonam. We visited the airavaresvara temple in the evening and it is a sight to behold. A grand architecture with beautiful carvings. Maybe due to evening time it was quite empty and sense of peace and tranquility...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 785nikhila
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a bus from KUmbakonam to Darasuram, which is just three kms away. This falls under the ASI protected monuments, and one that should not be missed! The history and craftmanship during the Chola era is brillant. Each part of the temple is aesthetically so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sowmyanatz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just look at this architecture and marvel how it was built and when ! Look at the geometry to see how the blocks fit together and are all in line from a distance. Great visit !

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David S
Reviewed 12 December 2018

No words can describe the beauty of this temple which was built by Raja Raja Chozhan II (the grandson of Raja Raja Chozhan who built the Thanjavur Brahadheeswara Temple). This Chariot temple is simply beautiful. You need to have a wide angle lens in your...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AshokMela
Reviewed 30 November 2018 via mobile

The Hindu temple of Airavatesvara located in  Darasuram near Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which along with the Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur, the Gangaikondacholisvaram Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram are referred to as the Great Living Chola temples. This temple, built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE is one of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Shailendrasood
Reviewed 24 November 2018

This is ONE OF THE 5 UNESCO heritage sites of Tamil Nadu, must vist if u are in & around Kumbakonam.....Its a replica of The Thanjavur "Big Temple" just a bit smaller in dimensions......Not many people visit thus its comparatively less crowded, keep a few...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rajiv M
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Incredible temple. Amazingly compact, well maintained and not too crowded. The miniature sculptures are the highlight.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sheerfun
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Breathtaking in its architectonic spatial arrangement, stunningly elegant and dense sculptures of the Chola period, with the squatting bulls perched on the high compound walls, with its intricately carved sacrificial pit at the main entrance, the temple is a must see for any traveller. Visited...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PrasannaR187
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Beautiful Chola temple (one of the 3 living Chola temples under the ASI), with a vimana taller than the gopuram. The entire temple enclosed within a high wall, with corridors running along, and large lawns all around. It is well maintained though some of the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank 13arvinds
Reviewed 21 October 2018

Airavatesvara Temple is one of three temples part of the UNESCO world heritage site - The Great Living Chola temples in Tamil Nadu ! Located in Kumbakonam which is roughly an hours drive from Thanjavur. Relatively less visited than Brihadisvara/Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur. A calm...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SharadSud-Gurgaon
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Nagendra K
15 January 2018|
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Response from KRAMA200 | Reviewed this property |
It is a functional Temple. But it is not famous or well known like other temples in Kumbakonam for religious point of view,
3 July 2015|
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Response from NitinHM | Reviewed this property |
Temple morning time is 6 am to 12 PM.