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“World Heritage Chola Temple”

Airavatesvara Temple
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Kumbakonam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.
Singapore, Singapore
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“World Heritage Chola Temple”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

Perhaps not quite as impressive as the Brihadishwara temple at Thanjavur, but still worth a visit when you're in the area. Socks definitely essential when visiting in the hot season in the middle of the day (unless you have especially tough feet), or consider visiting early or late in the day. Plenty of interesting sculptures to be seen.

Visited May 2014
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Jaipur, India
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“Must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

As I had rightly read about Airavatesvara, while it is the smallest in size as compared to the Brihadeeswarar temple in Tanjore and the temple in Gangaikonda Cholapuram however the intricacy of carvings and the temple design are even better as compared to the other two temples. If you are going in summers make sure that you carry your socks with you as you would be removing the shoes at the entrance of the temple and the floor can get very hot in summers. It is quite near to Kumbakonam city (around 7 km).

If you have interest in history, art or architecture then you can spend atleast half a day in the temple premises. But do come with like-minded individuals as else the others would soon get bored.

Visited May 2014
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Hyderabad, India
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“unesco”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

one more pearl in our nations pride that we have a strong evidence about architecture and engineering contructions.

Visited June 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“Architectural wonder”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

A place that will keep you engaged for hours if you are an architectural fan or even a photography ameatur- its a wonder to watch all those stone carved wonders of this temple inch by inch devotion of the workers and the interest of the rulers who wanted them carved. Taken over by Unesco the maintenence is of good standard and a nice place to spend taking a break from regular routine

Visited June 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“A gift from our kings.......”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

Verywell kept kovil....no words .... Breathtaking architecture.asalways I was haunted by the very same thought where has our architectural excellence gone.....no new architectural development can come close to our temples.....

Visited May 2014
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