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ITZ KUMBAKONAM – TEMPLE TOWN

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Quick Glance
Kumbakonam  is a town in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. The town is popular for the Betal Leaf Combination (Vettrilai Cheeval) and for the thick-strong coffee. The town is bounded by two rivers – ” River Cauvery” on the north and “River Arasalar” on the south. Kumbakonam gets its name from the deity Lord Aadhi Kumbeshwarar. A traditional representation of South Indian Culture, the town is known for its temples, intricately carved panchaloha idols, exquisite brass wares especially lamps and silks(kancheepuram and kumbakonam are the very well known silk producers). The place, like many other sacred places has a unique festival known as the Mahamaham festival. The festival celebrated once in twelve years coincides with the entry of Sun and Jupiter into constellation of Aquarius and Leo respectively. People from all walks of life have a dip in the Mahamaham tank along with the presiding deities of the town.
Kumbakonam is full of temples. Every street, road, locality has a prominent temple. Better read some litereture on them before your visit them. The Sankara Matam and associated institutions preserve and represent all that is great about the Hindu ancient scholarly tradition.

Some of India’s world renowned scholars and intellectuals hail from Kumbakonam including the genius mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujam. The Town High School and the Kumbakonam Arts College are the grand old centres of education with the latter built on the banks of River Cauvery (kaveri) sometimes referred to as the Cambridge of South India.

It has an excellent road link to all the navagraha temples (gods representing nine planets).

The town which was orginally a religious town become an industrial center during last quarter of the 19th Century and early period of 20th century. Predominance was gained for Silk Industries and Metal manufacturing.

The major supplier of silk sarees to the Indian market is the Kumbakonam silk industry.

All the South Indian Brass Pooja articles and utensils are manufactured in Kumbakonam and these articles are manufactured nowhere in South India other than Kumbakonam. KuthuVilakku and Statues are the famous articles. Stainless Steel utensils are manufactured.

Betelnuts, Suparis are manufactured in Kumbakonam.

Brass ornamental Lamps (Kuthuvilakku) are also manufactured in Naachiyar Kovil. It is near by Kmbakonam just 8 Km towards Tiruvarur.

To Know about kumbakonam history http://heritagetown.org


Getting into Kumbakonam:
Roadways:
Kumbakonam is well connected to all major towns and cities of Tamilnadu. Frequent bus services are operated by both government & private transportations, by connecting all major cities.

Kumbakonam is 92 Kms away from Trichy by road & 40 KMS from Tanjore. From Chennai it takes 6 to 7 hours to reach Kumbakonam.

Railways:
Southern railway connects Kumbakonam to all the major cities via Tanjore & Mailaduthurai. To see Kumbakonam Train Timings.

Airways:
Trichy Airport is the closest air terminal for those who plan to reach Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam can be reached from Trichy in about 3 Hrs by road.


Temples:
There are several prominent temples in the town:

  • The Kumbeswara Temple (the town’s namesake)
  • The Sarangapani Temple (one of the 108 Divyadesams of Srivaishnavites)
  • The intricately carved Mahamaha Kulam where the Mahamaham is held once in twelve years
  • Chakrapani Temple
  • Ramaswamy Temple
  • Patteswaram Durga Temple
  • Thiruvidaimarudhur Shiva temple
  • ThirudevanKudi Shiva temple
  • Oppilliappan Vishnu temple (one of the 108 Divyadesams of Srivaishnavites)
  • Nageswaram Shiva temple
  • Ayyavadi Pratyankara Devi temple
  • Nachiyar Koil Vishnu temple (one of the 108 Divyadesams of Srivaishnavites)
  • Tirucherai SaranathaSwamy Vishnu temple (one of the 108 Divyadesams of Srivaishnavites)
  • Kabistalam Gajendra Varada Vishu temple
  • Ganapathi Agraharam Vinayaka temple
  • Swamimalai Murugan Temple (ARU PADAI VEEDU)
  • Darasuram Shiva temple ( The temple is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage monument)
  • Tirubhvanam Sarabeshwara Temple
  • Koothanur Saraswathy temple
  • Tirupambupuram Shiva temple ( Dakshina Kalahasti)
  • Nageswara Temple
  • Kasi Viswanatha Temple
  • Someswara Temple
  • Ragavendra Mutt at Kumbakonam city
  • Tirumangalakudi Shiva temple
  • Papanasam 108 Shiva linga temple

Surrounding Kumbakonam are the popular Navagraha temples. Although the presiding deity in all these temples are various forms of Shiva, the Navagraha Sannidhis are quite popular.

  • Navagraha – Town – Presiding Deity – Phone Number
  • Surya (Sun) – Suryanarkovil – Kasi Viswanathar – 0435 247 2349
  • Chandran (Moon) – Thingaloor – Kailasanathar – 04362 236 0936
  • Guru (Jupiter) – Alangudi – Aabhatsakayeswarar – 04374 269 407
  • Rahu (North Lunar Node) – Tirunageswaram – Naganathar – 0435 246 3354
  • Budhan (Mercury) – Tiruvenkadu – Swatharanyeswarar – 04364 256 424
  • Sukkran (Venus) – Kanchanoor – Agneeswarar – 04435 247 3737
  • Kethu (South Lunar Node) – Keezhaperumpallam – Naganathar – 04364 275 222
  • Sani (Saturn) – Thirunallaru – Tharparaaneswarar – 04368 236 530
  • Chevvai (Mars) – Vaitheeswaran Kovil – Vaitheeswarar – 04364 279 423
  • Gopalan Travels, old no -87, New No -42B, Mettu Street, Kumbakonam (Near Shri Aadhi Kumbeswarar Temple), ☎ 0435 2427089, . 24. To Contact us – +91 – 9789864464 / 9445786628.  
  • S.Jayabalaji. Hari Shree Dhurga travels You can see Navagraha temples at very low cost car rent at Kumbakonam, mobile no: +91 9843732033,+91 9965332393, 
  • Sri Vijendra mutt, Solaiappan Street (3 km from City at the bank of Kaveri river). Sri vijendra theertharu, a madhva saint is the guru to the guru of sri raghavendra theertharu of mantralaya.  
  • Navagraha Temple Tour Route MapHere is the link to temple route map for the travellers visiting Navagraha temples in Tamilnadu. 

  • The Mullaivananathan Temple at Thirukarukkavur is quite famous for the goddess Garbharakshambika who is the God’s consort there.


Eat
There are lots of budget restaurants in Kumbakonam. Although food in general will be tastier all around the city, it might not be hygenic. Check out the hotels around as some also have good restaurants. Hotel Raayas is better for Non Vegeterian and if you are after some quality Parottas and tasty Non-Veg, Hotel SHANMUGA seems to be the place as it is the LOCAL’S Favourite. Hotel Meenatchi Bhavan, Archanas and Venkatramana are all good for a veggie.

Sterling Resorts provide excellent food for the rich. But if a simple home style food of the local cuisine is what you want, try out one of the ‘mess’.

  • Aachi Restuarant, Hotel Habib Towers, Kumbakonam (Opp. to Railway Station), . a veg n non-veg restaurant in Kumbakonam  
  • Gowrishankar Hotels, Upstairs to New Bus Stand (New Bus Stand Shopping Complex), ☎ 0435-2401220. 05:30-22:30. A Vegetarian Restaurant in the premises of Kumbakonam New Bus Stand  
  • Indeco Hotels, Thimmakudi (Swamimali Road), . 7AM-10PM. Multi cuisine vegetarian food. 350.  
  • Murali, No 40 Narasojee Rao st (Walajapet), ☎ 04172-645261. Kavitha Hotel – Thirumanjana Veethi Near Kumbeswarar temple  edit
  • Meenatchi Restaurant. Good veggie food.  
  • Paradise Resort. Try it for over the top stuff. Rs.420/- Lunch

Drink
Coffee You’ll be missing the essence of the trip if you didn’t taste the coffee here. Kumbakonam filter coffee is one of the best in India.

  • Mangalambiga Coffee & Tiffin Center, 99.Kumbeswarar North Street, ☎ 04352400228. A good vegetarian restaurant  
  • Kannan Cafe, Near SRVS (after nall road).  
  • Taj Samudra Hotel & Restaurant, No:80 Nageswaran south st (Near Nageswaran Temple), ☎ 0435-2401332/2332. Lunch Meal Rs 60/-

Stay
There are quite few good hotels that one can stay in. It is better make an advanced reservation to save time from running around to find a good place, especially when you have the family with you.

  • Hotel Kasi International.  
  • Hotel Rayas, ☎ 0435-2001712,
  • Mantra Veppathur (Mantra Veppathur – Eco Friendly Traditional Resort), Mantra Veppathur, No.1 Bagavathapuram Main Road Extension, 536 / 537 A Sri Sailapathipuram Village, Veppathur – 612 103 Kumbakonam. Thanjavur District. South India , E-mail: [email protected], ☎ +91 98412 88000, . An Eco-friendly, high end traditional, pure vegetarian resort. Mantra Veppathur invites you to experience their blend of traditional values, faith & spirituality of Veppathur – a very vibrant and fertile destination with the ideals of relaxation & a healthy well being. The resort is spread over several acres on the banks of river Veera Chozha on one side and river Cauverey on the other side.  
  • Murugan Cafe. Very comfortable stay. Has A/C rooms as well.Rooms are neat and clean. well maintained. Also has a vegetarian restaurant.  
  • PL.A Residency (Hotel Habib Towers), 122, Kamaraj Rd (opposite the railway station, close to Navagraha Temples), ☎ 04352403181, . checkin: 24 hours; checkout: 24 hours. A star class business hotel. A competitive and luxurious hotel having all rooms with A/C, spacious lobby, 5,000 Sqt carparking area, free internet wifi, Curry Leaf Multi Cusine Reasturant.  
  • Rama Cafe, mahamaham tank west, ☎ 0435-2402940. Good vegetarian hotel  
  • Sivamurugan Hotels, 60 feet main road (near new bus stand), ☎ 0435-2425276,2426276, . checkin: 24 hours. Hotel with a vegetarian restaurant.800,900,1300,1500.  
  • Sterling Resort, (Swamimalai). This is on the outskirts of the town, but easily commutable if you take an auto or hire a taxi  
  • Paradise Resort (kumbakonam), 3/1216 tanjore main road,Darasuram (Near Swamimalai ) (towards Thanjavur), ☎ 914353291354, . checkin: 1400hrs; checkout: 12 noon. Eco Friendly Traditional River side Resort,very clean & neat room,Swimming pool,known for the food,easy access,centrally located to visit all the navagraha temple,authentic ayurveda,yoga.on the bank of the river arasalar(branch of cauvery)contact- [email protected] or handphone +919943311354,9943311353 4000.

Surrounding Areas

  • Konerirajapuram – an ancient Chola temple about 1/2 hour drive off the Kumbakonam Karaikal road. The world’s tallest bronze Nataraja is housed in this temple, the statue is bigger than that at Chidambaram. There are also ancient inscriptions and frescoes from various periods in Tamil history. Well worth a visit.
  • Thanjavur
  • Thiruvaiyaru
  • Vaitheeswaran Koil
  • The world heritage UNESCO sites of Gangaikondacholapuram,
  • Darasuram

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