Temple town of Kumbakonam: A must for the devotees and the History enthusiastsTamilnadu can be called the 'State of Temples'. Many ancient Temples still exist in different parts of the State. More importantly, devout people of the state have maintained these temples in a proper manner. The ancient town of Kumbakonam is one such Temple Town which has preserved eighteen ancient Temples with historical significance.
The town of Kumbakonam is located around 40 kilometer from Tanjore. It is really a great place for devotees as well as for the history-enthusiasts. If the tourists don't have time to see all the eighteen temples of the town , the Sarangapani Temple (dedicated to Lord Vishnu) is the most impressive, with a shrine in the form of a chariot. However, the twelfth century Airatesvara Temple is located 4 kilometer west of Kumbakonam. This Great Living Chola Temple is renowned for its Temple Art, particularly the exquisite stone carvings. It is smaller than the Tanjore Big Temple and Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple, but the detail is more intricate.
Kumbakonam is located at a distance of 278 kilometer from Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu.