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Airavatesvara Temple

Thanjavur | Darasuram, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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Fine example of Dravidian architecture

An outstanding temple, covered in wonderful carvings. Socks are allowed, and photography in most... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2018
Helen S
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Famous old historical temple

My 4th visit to this temple and still not able to cover and learn about all the details of this... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2018
segar s
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Singapore, Singapore
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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 1 March 2018

An outstanding temple, covered in wonderful carvings. Socks are allowed, and photography in most parts.

Thank Helen S
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

My 4th visit to this temple and still not able to cover and learn about all the details of this temple. Best time to visit is day time as then one can view all the carvings well. In simple words, the temple was built as...More

Thank segar s
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Dharasuram Airawateshwar temple is located 4 Km from the city centre and is easily accessible by autorickshaw/ cab from the city. The temple is a UNESCO world heritage site, akin to Gangai Konda Cholapuram (40km from here) and Shri Bruhadeshwara temple (45 Kms from here).,...More

Thank Arvind S
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Airavatesvara Temple is a Hindu temple of Tamil architecture located in the town of Darasuram, near Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This temple, built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

This temple is more suited for people coming to see Architecture. The actual deity and puja are simple. Foreigners visit here more to look at the sculpture and heritage.

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

It is a 4 kilometer drive from Kumbakonam. This temple has amazing sculptures and is a UNESCO site. There is one tourist guide in the temple and I strongly recommend engaging him. Wish they sort out the drainage issue in this temple. Don’t miss this...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

It is a glimpse of the Cholas' fondness for sculpture and the arts. Never miss it, preferably ask for a guide, which you can get at a reasonable rate.

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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

No idea why this is so deserted/ignored by tourists but it’s a blessing if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets here because you almost have it to yourselves. Amazing, historic, quiet......

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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Within walking distance of Kumbakonam town and Indeco Swamimalai Resort. Beautifully maintained and a great place to relax and enjoy the greenery. Slightly more foreign tourists around here if you happen to run into a bus load of them. Otherwise a living temple complex much...More

Thank sam h
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

The architecture is quite stunning, and there was a feeling of calm and tranquility. It was good to have someone to show and explain some of the sculptures and about the various figures. There was no entrance fee and not the usual hassle sometimes associated...More

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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,
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idaaning
3 July 2015|
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Response from NitinHM | Reviewed this property |
Temple morning time is 6 am to 12 PM.
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