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Temples

South India is an elaborate confluence of religion and art which can be seen in the form of various temples dotted here. Temples of South India take you back into historic dynasties when their splendid architectural designs took shape.

From intricate Dravidian architecture to beautiful Vijayanagara style of architecture, from larger than life pillars of Chalukyas to detailed carvings by Krishnadevaraya – each temple here tells a different story, unheard and unknown.


Temples in Kerala
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the most well-known temples in Kerala flaunting Dravidian style architecture. It belongs to the 8th century and remains one of the oldest Vishnu temples in India.


Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Located very close to Padmanabhaswamy temple, Attukal Bhagavathy is dedicated to Kannaki- an incarnation of Parvati. It hosts the annual Attukal Pongala Festival which sees millions of women.


Tali Temple, Kozhikode
Kaduthuruthi Mahadeva Thali Temple was raised in 14th century. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and remains one of the two Brahmanical royal temples built by Zamorin. It shows beautiful work with laterite and wood and brass work and brass carvings.


Temples in Karnataka
Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
Start by exploring the Virupaksha Temple edging the banks of the river Tungabhadra. This treasure trove of Vijayanagara Empire is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Virupaksha). Visitors get wide eyed here by seeing its huge gopuram, imposing architecture and complex carvings.


Aihole and Pattadakal, Northern Karnataka
The extraordinary temples of Aihole and Pattadakal are also worth admiring. Temples here like Sangameshvara Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Galganath Temple, etc. belong to the 5th century CE and showcase a melange of Nagara and Dravidian styles.


Airavateswara Temple, Darasuram
Do not miss a visit to the Airavateswara Temple which looks like a whole city in itself. This UNESCO World Heritage site is an unmatched exemplar of Dravidian architecture. Explore the exquisite stone carvings on the walls which look unreal due to their complexity.


Temples in Tamil Nadu
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Meenakshi Temple is another wonderful temple of South India dedicated to Parvati and her consort, Lord Shiva. It was built between 1623 and 1655 CE and has been adorned with numerous halls, gopurams and shrines. The exteriors of the temple showcase a riot of vivid colours and it remains one of the most visited temples in South India. Next on the list is the famous

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram island
Adding to the popularity of Rameswaram Island in Tamil Nadu, Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples in India. It is believed that Lord Rama used to worship Lord Shiva here. It has one of the longest and most elaborate corridors and remains a must visit in South India.


Brihadeshwara Temple, Thanjavur
The Brihadeshwara Temple of Thanjavur has a typical Tamil architecture and is a part of “Great Living Chola Temples”. The temple turned 1005 years in the year 2015 and remains on the itinerary of every traveller visiting South India.


Temples in Pondicherry
The Union Territory Pondicherry proudly owns over 350 temples. The Varadaraja temple and Villenour's Thyirukameswarar temple, raised in the 12th century, remain the most popular ones. They are known for their old world charm. Other popular temples of Pondicherry include Tiruvandar Siva temple, Bahur temple and Manakula Vinayakar temple.



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