About Great Living Chola Temples

Located in Tamil Nadu, India, the Great Living Chola Temples were built by Chola Empire kings. The temples are masterpieces and highlight a brilliant work of architecture, sculpture, painting and bronze casting. The Great Living Chola Temples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built between the period of early 11th and 12th century CE. The site includes three great temples which includes the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Temple of Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram.

Being one of the largest South India monuments, the Brihadisvara Temple is a perfect example of what Tamil architecture is all about. The Airavatesvara temple is 40 km northeast of Chennai, whereas, the Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple is 70 km from the city. All the three temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Airavatesvara temple demonstrates Hinduism’s Vaishnavism and Shaktism tradition. The temple also displays the legends of the famous sixty three Nayanars. A group of famous 63 saints in Tamil Nadu in 6th to 8th centuries who worshipped the Hindu god Shiva were called as Nayanars.

# Great Living Chola Temples opening hours are from morning to evening. The timings for the heritage site are 8.30 am to 9 pm.
Additional Info: You can also visit other tourist places in Darasuram like Airavata Shiva Shrine, Tirunallur, Pazhayarai, Papanasam among others.

# The address of Great Living Chola Temples is Gurunathan Pillai Colony, Darasuram, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu.
Additional Info: A few hotels near Great Living Chola Temples are Paradise Resort, Indeco Hotels Swamimalai, Raya’s Grand, Hotel Mtero. Your hotel’s travel desk can help you with the location of Great Living Chola Temples situated in the Thanjavur district.

# There is no ticket price for Great Living Chola Temples. There is no entry fee for Indian or foreign tourists.
Additional Info: Among the various things to do in Darasuram, you can visit Ramaswamy temple, Palaivananathar temple, Uppiliappan temple among other beautiful temples.

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Did You Know?

* The Brihadeeswarar temple has one of the tallest temple towers in the world and is one of the most visited temples in Tamil Nadu.

* The Airavateswarar Temple was built with nitya-vinoda, which translates to ‘perpetual entertainment in mind’ with the front mandapam constructed as a huge chariot drawn by horses.

Outstanding Universal Value

While the Gangaikondacholisvaram temple was built in 1035 by Rajendra Chola I, the Airavatesvara temple was built by Rajaraja II in 1166 CE. The Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur is 350 km southwest of Chennai and is situated in Thanjavur city. The Brihadisvara Temple was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, while the Temple of Gangaikondacholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple were included in the site in the year 2004. Located in Darasuram, near Kumbakonam, the Airavatesvara Temple is one of the eighteen large Hindu temples of the medieval era in the Kumbakonam area.

Monument Information


Great Living Chola Temples, Gurunathan Pillai Colony, Darasuram, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu 612702

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Tiruchirappalli International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Trichy junction
  • Nearest Bus Station : Thanjavur New Bus Stand

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 8:30 AM
  • Closing Time :9:00 PM


  • Monsoon : Minimum: 26°C, Maximum: 37°C

    Summer : Minimum: 25°C, Maximum: 40°C

    Winter : Minimum: 20°C, Maximum: 30°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Summer Season (March to June), Monsoon Season (July to October)

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Wheel chair
  • Publication sales counter
  • Toilets for Ladies & Gentlemen
  • Drinking water facilities
  • Garden
  • Visitors Benches

Accommodation near the monument

Contact Details

  • Shri K. Lourdusamy
  • Phone: 91-25670396-97, 25679332(T-f) 8236252045
  • E-mail: circlechennai.asi@gov.in, circleche.asi@gmail.com"

Museums near monument

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.