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Airavatesvara Temple

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Thanjavur | Darasuram, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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Well worth a visit

The architecture is quite stunning, and there was a feeling of calm and tranquility. It was good to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Marvelous architecture

Beautiful chola architecture. Well maintained. But no entry fee. Heritage spot. Not crowded. Near... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.
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Thanjavur | Darasuram, Kumbakonam 612001, India
Thanjavur | Darasuram, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank jeanievans
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful chola architecture. Well maintained. But no entry fee. Heritage spot. Not crowded. Near kumbakonam. Better to visit before noon.

Thank Baburajnair
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit the place for its architecture. It is a world heritage site along with other great living Chola temples. It is about an hour (45kms) from the Brihadeeshwar temple (Tanjavur big temple), but it is definitely worth traveling to the place. This place is also...More

Thank SureshS87
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Airavatesvara is the old ancient Temple.Nice structure and all build with stone and also all the pillars were beautifully sculpted using single stone This really amazing and something weird how this can be build without current technology. Incase drop by Kumbakonam try don't miss it...More

Thank arban
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is huge and so beautiful. The architecture and the art is out of the world. Just in awe of this temple. Unbelievable on how it was made a thousands years ago. It's also well maintained and clean.

Thank JamesCalmwater
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

India as a plethora of temples of all kind. Some are highly active, some more historical. Some are ruins, some incredibly well maintained. Airavatesvara temple is a fine example of an historical temple, rather small but with awesome sculptures carefuly maintained and, moreover, in a...More

Thank Olivier R
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Fantastic place to visit, no tourists, no hassle - very 'Indy'. Loved it. It's only on the edge of town about 100 rupees by auto-rickshaw, from the centre of the town.

Thank Alison L
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Huge and Peaceful temple with beautiful sculptures... Main Diety is Lord Shiva in the name of Airavateshwara... Must visit place in Kumbakonam...

Thank Kiransaradhya
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Next we drove to Darasurm---------------Rajendra Chola’s son Raja Raja Chola 11 changed his capital from Gangaikonda Cholapuram to this place called Palaiyarai now called Darasuram. Here he built a temple as beautiful as the ones in Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Tanjore. The legend goes like this-------Airavatham...More

Thank Girija M
Reviewed 22 October 2017

The Airavateswara temple of Darasuram echoes the essential features vof Brahadiswara Temple of Thanjavur. The Gopura looms large while the prakara walls encircling the temple is carved with Bulls.The Mandapa stands in the foreground supported by carved pillars that depict the scenes from the Life...More

Thank KRAMA200
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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.