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Address: Thanjavur District, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.

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Airavatesvara Temple is worth a visit

Airavatesvara Temple is in a serene setting and worth a visit. We went there the same day that we visited Gangaikonda Cholapuram and found both to be most interesting. At... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Airavatesvara Temple is in a serene setting and worth a visit. We went there the same day that we visited Gangaikonda Cholapuram and found both to be most interesting. At Airavatesvara Temple preparations were underway for a special celebration with lovely decorations being placed throughout the temple. It is obviously the centre of this community.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was build by Raja Raja Chozha II. This temple along with brihadeeswara temple at Tanjore and Gangaikonda chozha puram is one of the great living chozha temple. The temple will have a similiar architecture to those temples. THe temple is well maintained. Best time to visit the temple is at morning, where a priest from a nearby village will... More 

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had visited this ancient temple which is a UNESCO world heritage site during our vacation in Kumbakonam. This ancient temple built by gr8 Chola kings is the smallest among the group of 3 Living Chola temples - other two at Thanjavur and Gongaikonda Cholapuram respectively. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. We liked the tall gopuram of the... More 

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a town that is supposedly on the Siddha circuit, this is the only place worth visiting. Devoid of throngs, serene, architecturally outstanding, well maintained and vibrant energy.

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Coimbatore, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One thing you'd notice on entering here is the sculptures on the rocks. the temple is beautiful beyond measure. Smaller than the other two Grand Chola temples, but what is smaller in scale is only bigger in sculptures. The pillars, the steps, the walls, the ceilings are filled with sculptures. Add to it, the neatly maintained lawns outside the temple,... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like the other 2 Chola architecture, the Airavatesvara Temple is a must visit place for the history buffs. The detailing on the rock is impressive. One can also see an ornate chariot wheel cut out from the rock. The pavement is hot on a sunny day, so wearing socks can keep the blisters away.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is an architectural excellence with the intricate carvings. The temple located near to Kumbakonam is spread over a large area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mesmerizing. Amazing architecture. Resembles Thanjavur big Temple. Must see if you are visiting Kumbakonam

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This classic Dravidian temple is unique in the quality and beauty of it sculptures, showing many of the Indian myths in very fine and complex three dimensional presentation. Very interesting and fascinating

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Ancient Dravidian architecture reminiscent of the Great Temple in Thanjavur. Hiring a guide is useful as there are tiny details in sculptures that would otherwise be missed. Beautiful and intriguing. Check out the family of weavers who sell silk sarees (hand-woven) right next to the temple.

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