Kumbakonam town is dotted with numerous temples and hence known as the 'temple town' of Tamil Nadu. It is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. Not only the town but also its surrounding areas have several temples. The Mahamaham festival is celebrated with boundless joy in the city. It is celebrated once in twelve years at the Mahamaham tank. The city is surrounded by two rivers namely Kauvery and Arasalar. In the 7th century it was the capital of the Chola Kingdom.
Kumbakonam, the temple town boasts of a large number of beautiful temples. Some of its famous temples are Sarangapani temple, Darasura temple, Chakrapani temple and Kumbeshwara temple. The beauty of the Sarangapani and Ramaswamy temples deserve mention. Sarangapani temple is the largest Vishnu temple of Kumbakonam. Its history dates back to the 13th century. Towering to the height of 147 feet, the temple was built by the Nayak Kings. The Karuvarai and Vimanam are the beautifully carved pillars whichform a great attraction of the temple. The walls of the Ramaswamy temple are painted with scenes from the great Hindu epic Ramayana. Dedicated to lord Rama, goddess Sita and Hanumana, the idol in the sanctum of the temple is said to be carved from Saligrama monolith. The pillars are decorated with intricate carvings.
Sarangapani is one of the highly revered temples of South India visited by a large number of devotees every year. The temple? was built in the honour of Lord Vishnu, the protector of the Universe. He is considered as the prime God of the Vaishnava traditions of Hinduism. It is located in the famous temple town Kumbakonam which falls under Tanjavur district.
Darasuram Airavatesvara Temple - The Heavenly Abode Where Sight And Sound Leave You Enchanted The biggest highlight of the Darasuram temple is one of the set of steps next to the first structure. These steps when tapped make amazing musical sound. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is a World Heritage Monument and was constructed by Raja raja II in the 12th century. Reflecting the rich heritage of art and architecture of Tamil Nadu, the temple is located at a distance of 3 km from Kumbakonam town.
The bazaars of Kumbakonam offers meticulously carved Panchaloha idols, fine silk, betel leaves, lamps and brass vessels.
In Kumbakonam you have a lot of choices when it comes to hotels. Ranging from moderate class hotel to Economy class hotel and lodges, all are available here. Some of the known hotels are Hotel Laxmi Vilas, Hotel Archana, Hotel Newkarpagam, Hotel Udhayam and Hotel Rayas.
How To Reach
Air: The nearest airports are Trichy and Chennai.
Rail and Road: Kumbakonam is easily accessible from different parts of Tamil Nadu By trains and buses.