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Airavatesvara Temple

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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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Sculpted everywhere!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Coimbatore, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 1 week 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 1 week 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, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 3 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 3 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

authentic tempel i never saw before in my life. So old, so full with symbols, truth hindu, etc. More, and more of this you see in south india

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

The temple is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site also known as Great Living Chola temples. It is one of the oldest temples in India and was built by the Chola dynasty by Raja Raja Chozan and is more than 1000 years old. The Nandi weighs about 20 tons and showcases the dravidian culture and the great Tamil history.... More 

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