Airavatesvara Temple(Darasuram)

Language : English | Temple | Audios

General Information

Temple Timings :

7.00 am to 12.00 pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm on all days.

Entry charges :

Entry is FREE

Dress Ethics :

There are no prescribed details. It’s a temple.  Use your judgment.

What is allowed :

Still camera, Video Camera as long as they are handheld.

Phones and Drinking water

Not Allowed :

Avoid carrying food items inside the complex.

Facilities

Drinking Water :

There is no facility available inside the temple. But there are small shops just out of the temple complex where it is available.

Toilets :

Toilets are provided near the car park.

Footwear stand :

There is footwear stand once you are inside the complex. There are sign boards.

Parking :

There is ample car parking available.

Food

South Indian (Budget) :

All the restaurants below serve traditional south Indian Tiffen and Elena sappadu for lunch i.e. meals  south Indian meals on a banana leaf

  • Hotel Venkatraman
  • Sri Mangalambiga Vilas coffee and Tiffen Centre
  • Mami Mess

Checklist

  • It is mostly and opens place and Kumbakonam is warm for the most part of the year.  It is best if you can time your visit early mornings or evening after 4 pm.
  • Carry your earphones/headphones
  • Power bank / Battery pack for your phone
  • Data network – you will have longer battery time if you are off the mobile data network. So when you are using the audio guide, you may want to get off the network.

The Basics

It is good to refresh our memory on these basics.  In South India, almost all of the key monuments will have references to gods, goddesses, and mythological tales.  Knowing these will help one appreciate the work by artists.

History

The Airavateswara Temple is one of the three Great Living Chola temples as part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The other temples in this group are Brihadeeswar Temple in Thanjavur and Gangai Konda Choleswar temple in Gangai Konda Cholapuram. All these temples were built by the Chola Dynasty and are nearly 850 to 1000 years old. This temple is the smallest of the three. However, it makes up for its size with a sculptural beauty which takes our breath away.