- Meenakshi Temple
Located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu this is one of the most famous temples in India. Most of the buildings were built in 17th century, but the temple can track it’s roots back to 6th century BC. The temple has 14 towers (gopuramas) ranging from 45–50m in height and, among many others, the Hall of thousand pillars. It is One of the sacred abodes of Goddess Parvati. Here you can find all the details how to visit the temple.
- Virupaksha Temple
Located in Hampi, Karnatka It is part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple was the important site to the Vijayanagara Empire that existed 14th-17th century. It’s tallest gopurama (tower) is 50 meters high. Here you can find all the details how to visit the temple.
- Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple
This Hindu Temple is designed in Dravidian architectural style typical of South India. It was built in 8th century by Pallava Dynasty and dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the courtyards you will find numerous and exuisite sculptures, like the ones of erected lions.
- Annamalaiyar Temple
The temple is located in Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu and it is one of the largest in India. It covers 10 hectares and it’s gopuramas (towers) reach up to 60 metres. Just like Meenakshi Temple it has the Hall of thousand pillars and in extensive religious life.
Here you can find all the details how to visit the temple.
- Brihadishwara Temple
Known as the „Big temple“ it was built during Chola period in 10th century in the Dravidian style. Interestengly, the inscription at the temple say the name of the architect: Kunjara Mallan Raja Raja Rama Perunthachan. The temple is protected by UNESCO and it is featured on 1000 rupee coin.
- Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
It is said to be the larges functioning Hindu temple in the world as opposed to Angkor Wat that is out of function today. It covers more than 60 hectares and one of it’s gopuram reaches up to 73 metres which makes it a temple-town. It is located in Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu and it dates back to 1st century AD.
- Airavateshwara Temple
- Chennakesava Temple
Belur, Karnataka, India. Protected by UNESCO.
- Durga Temple
Aihole, Karnataka, India. Dating from 8th century and protected by UNESCO.
- Ishavara Tmple
Arasikere, Karnataka, India. Dates back to 13th century of the Hoysala Empire.
- The Temples of Pattadakal
Located in Karnataka State these 8th century Hindu and Jain temples are part of UNESCO World Heritage.
- Gangaikondacholapuram Temple (Pragatishwara)
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