What to do and see in Kumbakonam, India: The Best Places and Tips

October 26, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Kumbakonam, also spelt as Coombaconum or Combaconum in the records of British India, is a town and a special grade municipality in the Thanjavur district in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located 40 km (25 mi) from Thanjavur and 273 km (170 mi) from Chennai and is the headquarters of the Kumbakonam taluk of Thanjavur district. The town is bounded by two rivers, the Kaveri River to the north and Arasalar River to the south. According to the 2011 census, Kumbakonam has a population of 140,156 and has a strong Hindu majority; but it also has sizeable Muslim and Christian populations. Kumbakonam is known as a "temple town" due to the prevalence of a number of temples here and is noted for its Mahamaham festival which attracts people from all over the globe.
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1. Airavatesvara Temple

Thanjavur | Darasuram, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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5 based on 352 reviews

Airavatesvara Temple

This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.

Reviewed By Arvind S - Chennai (Madras), India

Dharasuram Airawateshwar temple is located 4 Km from the city centre and is easily accessible by autorickshaw/ cab from the city. The temple is a UNESCO world heritage site, akin to Gangai Konda Cholapuram (40km from here) and Shri Bruhadeshwara temple (45 Kms from here)., and boasts of a lush green manicured garden at the frontage, which is a wonderful place to unwind after time well spent.

There is no entry fee to visit the temple or for taking photographs. Not too many 'guides' and commercial vendors run behind you trying to convince you to buy something. The place is best visited at dawn or before dusk, when the sun's rays fall on the rocks, turning them into an abode of gold.
Spend time marveling at the intricately carved images of gods, goddesses and people of yore. Look up at the ceiling to appreciate the hundreds of fine carvings.
Being a world heritage site, more could be done to maintain the carvings from disuse. I hope good sense prevails.

2. Sarangapani Temple

Nh-45c | Near Uchipilliar Kovil, Kumbakonam, India +91 435 243 0349
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Sarangapani Temple

Reviewed By Sathyanarayanan J - Chennai (Madras), India

A must visit temple. Near 4,000 year old temple. Awesome sculptures. One of 108 Divya Desam Abode of Vishnu. Sung by 7 Azhwars. Main sanctum sanctorum is in the form of a chariot. Had a good darshan as the temple is well managed to handle the crowd. A crowd puller temple.

3. Uppiliappan Temple, Kumbakonam

Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, India +91 435 246 3385
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4.5 based on 202 reviews

Uppiliappan Temple, Kumbakonam

Reviewed By twinkle906 - India

This is one of the big temples in South. Located just 6 Kms from Kumbakonam near to Thirunageswaram. The presiding Deity is Lord Uppiliappan. elder brother of Tirupati Balaji. It is one of the Divya Desams of the Vaishnavite..60th of 108. Vishnu is worshiped here as Uppiliappan and Thayar is Bhumi Devi.The temple is maintained very clean. At this temple, Salt is not added to any of the Prasadams.We can worship Lord Uppiliappan very nicely and calmly on account of the well maintained queue system. You can also go for Special Entry Darshan at the cost of Rs.20/-. .
You can worship Lord Anjaneya, Sri Ramar etc, . While entering to the temple, you can worship Garuda Perumal facing Uppiliappan.Big Temple Pond is there at the entrance.
The temple is located on a narrow road, where all the heavy vehicles including State Transport Buses pass through, causing traffic hazard. Safety to devotees also at risk. Hindu Endowment Board cna look into this and do the needful..
Also temple authorities can regularize Foot Wear Stand.

4. Adi Kumbeswarar Temple

Valayapettai Agraharam, Kumbakonam 612001, India +91 97862 84110
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4.5 based on 184 reviews

Adi Kumbeswarar Temple

Reviewed By Vipin A - Lucknow, India

Each temple situated in Kumbaknonam has interesting history . In Adi Kumbeswarar , Siva resides beautifully with Mangalaamman. Big temple with lots of deities .

5. Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai

Kumbakonam 612 302, India 0435 54421
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai

Reviewed By sarvysweet - Chennai (Madras), India

Great to reinvent our culture. Very courteous than other temples. Well organized and it’s has own charm of the past

6. Patteeswaram Temple

Sri Durga Sthalam | Patteswaram, Kumbakonam, India +91 435 241 6976
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Patteeswaram Temple

Reviewed By KRAMA200 - Seattle, Washington

Do Not Miss Patteswran Temple on your way back from Darasuram. This is one of the Few Temples in India devoted to Maa Durga, There is also a Shiva Shrine here . It is a clean huge well maintained temple.
Not much crowd. But you can have asatisfying Darshan. visit.

7. Suriyanar Koil

Navagraha Sthalas | 1 Km From Tirumangalakkudi, Kumbakonam, India +91 435 247 2349
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4.5 based on 117 reviews

Suriyanar Koil

Reviewed By raja p - Hyderabad, India

this is one of the navagraha temple it in between Kumbakonam and mailadurutai.i visited in the morning.nearly 2000 years old.only 2 sun temples in India.one is in here and the other is in konark.the difference is there is no idol worship in konark but here following idol worship.

8. Nageshwara Temple

Centre Of The City, Kumbakonam, India +91 96000 17031
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Nageshwara Temple

Reviewed By SURYA K - Hyderabad, India

This temple is located around 2 kms from Bus stand. Main Deity of this temple is Nageswaran in the form of Linga. The Goddess of Nageswarar swamy is Periyinayagi Amman.
This temple is constructed by Aditya chola in 9th Century.
Speciality of this temple is that durind the first 3 days of Tamil Month Chittarai, sun rays directly falls on lord

9. Thiruvidaimarudur Mahalinga Swamy Temple

Thirumanjana Street, Kumbakonam 612104, India +91 435 246 0660
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Thiruvidaimarudur Mahalinga Swamy Temple

Reviewed By Devi1008 - SF Bay Area

Beautiful, huge, out of the way temple with amazing long halls and architecture. Wonderful atmosphere for meditation and sitting quietly to absorb the vibrations. You can feel the power of centuries of worship and devotion. We were lucky to go the day after a big festival so there were very few visitors.

10. Mahamaham tank

Kumbakonam, India
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4 based on 104 reviews

Mahamaham tank

Reviewed By raja p - Hyderabad, India

this is a huge temple tank in Kumbakonam.this is in the heart of the town.this is the largest temple tank in tamilnadu.The tank is surrounded by 16 small Mandapams and has 21 wells inside the tank.

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