Brihadisvara Temple is situated at Gangaikonda Cholapuram in Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu. It was completed in 1035 AD and is an excellent example of Dravidian style temples. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu. The temple is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple remains open from 4:00 AM -8:30PM. The best time to visit Gangaikonda cholapuram temple timings is from November till March.
The temple is famed for its bronze sculptures, artwork on its walls, the depiction of Nandi bull and the scale of its tower. There are five shrines around the sanctum and a Lion well. The temple site has a monolithic representation of the nine planetary deities. The Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple remains an active temple. Four daily rituals, and many yearly festivals are held there. This temple is renowned for having the best Shivalingam in the South India.
Except for this temple, the old city of Gangaikonda Cholapuram – the capital of a powerful Asian empire for over two centuries along with its other major Chola-era Hindu temples have been destroyed, leaving a desolate place.
How to reach:
By Air: The closest airport is in Trichy which is about 120 kilometres from the temple
By Train: The nearby city of Chidambaram is connected to other major cities by daily trains
By Road: Open transport is effectively accessible for the drive. Lot of buses available from Kumbakonam