Private Guided Tour Of Airavatesvara Temple From Thanjavur With Lunch

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this timeHotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time... read more
  • Departure Details :
    Your hotel in the city of Thanjavur
  • Return Details :
    Same as departure location
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Built in 12th century AD by Raja Chola II, Airavatesvara temple is a famous Hindu Temple located in Darasuram. The temple represents the architectural heritage of Tamil Nadu. Airavatesvara Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the Great living chola temples. The temple follows Dravidian architecture which has a number of columns and pillars towards the Sanctum supporting the Mandapam. You will have a private guided tour of the temple followed by lunch in a local restaurant.
Airavatesvara Temple - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Intricate paintings and sculptures
Delicate stone carvings from ancient artists
Lunch in a local restaurant

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You will be picked up at 9:30 AM at your hotel in Thanjavur in a private air conditioned vehicle and be driven to Darasuram (about 22 miles). Upon arrival, meet with your English speaking local guide and start your tour of the Airavatesvara Temple.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple houses a linga named Airavatesvara. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Indras elephant, Airavata was cursed by sage Durvasa for disrespecting him. As a consequence of the curse, the white elephant suffered skin discoloration which was curable only after taking a dip in Airavatesvaras holy water. This is how the temple and the presiding deity got their name.

Airavatesvara temple is architecturally beautiful and it has intricate paintings and sculptures on the walls. The temple is a storehouse of art and architecture which display the delicate stone carvings of ancient artists. The front Mandapa of the temple is designed in the form of a big chariot drawn by horses. Further, the vimaan on the top of the temple is 85 feet high. The garden around the temple looks lovely adding charm and ambiance. The temple is a pilgrimage place for many Hindus.
After your temple tour, you will be driven back to Thanjavur. Lunch is included at a local restaurant (beverage excluded). To conclude, your driver will drop you back to your hotel in Thanjavur.


Transport by private air conditioned vehicle

Hotel pickup and drop-off within Thanjavur city center

English speaking Local guide.

Lunch at Local Restaurant (Beverage Excluded)

02 bottles of mineral water per person.


Bottled water


Food and drinks, unless specified.


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A small amount of walking is involved.

Dress code - Temples are a sacred house of God and a place of daily worship. To preserve its sanctity and spiritual ambiance one must follow the below dress code within temple complex:

Upper Wear: Must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms

Lower Wear: Must be at least below knee-length

Remove footwear outside the temple. Socks are fine, you can keep them on.

A moderate amount of walking is involved please wear comfortable shoes

The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions

Temple Opens from 06:00 A.M. till 12:30 P.M.

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate