Airavateswara temple in Kumbakonam is constructed by King Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century AD.This temple is a storehouse of art and architecture of indescribable beauty. It is one of the UNESCO recognized world heritage site in Tamil Nadu. Pictures below,
Poompuhar is one of the ancient town found in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu and located at the Kaveri river end in Bay of Bengal coast. Poompuhar, the ancient tamil town originally called Kaveripattanam or Kaveripoompattanam is a capital and port city of early Chola kings. Most of the of ancient city is currently under sea and the evidence collected are dated back to 4th century BCE. Poompuhar is best known for Kovalan and Kannagi story in Tamil epic of Silapathigaram.
Brihadeeshwarar Temple at Thanjavur is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is build by Raja Raja Chola I in 1010 AD.
As in the case of the South Indian dynasties such as the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas, Vijayanagara, Hoysala etc dynasties no part of the temple walls or columns are left blank but are filled with carvings of intricate and fascinating details.
There are thousands of such statues in the Thanjavur Brihadeeshwarar temple. This temple is commonly called as Thanjavur Peruvudaiyar Kovil or Thanjavur Periya Kovil in Tamil. This place is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
This name "Gangaikondacholapuram" which literally means "The Chola town which holds the water of (river) Ganges" was constructed by the great Chola king Rajendra Chola 1 - the only son of the Chola king Raja Raja Chola 1. Raja Raja Chola 1 was one of the greatest Chola kings a warrior who annexed territories far and wide, a patron of arts & architecture and a philanthropist who ruled over the the mighty Chola empire during the years 985 - 1014.
This temple is built by Rajendra Chola and it is similar to the Brihadeeshwara (Shiva) temple in Tanjavur constructed by his father the great Raja Raja Chola 1. This monument is a UNESCO listed monument and a must see place in Tamil Nadu.