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Darasuram: Quintessential Temple Town


Darasuram is famed for the Airavateshwara temple that is located in the town. It is close to Kumbakonam in Thanjavur, which is another town of great religious importance. Darasuram is almost 380 km away from the State’s capital of Chennai. Originally known as Rajarajapuram, the town has a population of 15000 as of the year 2001.

Tourist Places In And Around Darasuram

The primary attraction of Darasuram is the Airavateshwara Temple. It was built in the days of the Chola Dynasty by King Rajaraja Chola II. The temple was constructed in the 12th century A.D and stands as a proud reminder of the golden days of Tamil temple architecture. It has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Monument.

The Airavateshwara Temple is 35 km from the town of Tanjore and is easily approachable from Tanjore. The temple architecture that is found in Tanjore and Darasuram is similar, owing to the fact that the temples in both places were constructed by the kings of the Chola Dynasty.

Darasuram Weather

The climate of Darasuram is tropical and the town receives a fairly good amount of sunshine. As a result, temperatures are mostly unbearable. It is hot and humid during most times of the year and mostly during summers. Hence, it is highly advisable to carry cotton clothing while visiting Darasuram.

How To Reach Darasuram

Darasuram is easily approachable from Kumbakonam via bus and rail. The town has its own railway station from where regular trains ply to the towns of Kumbakonam and Tanjore.  

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How to Reach Darasuram

  • By Road
    Travelling to Darasuram by road is the easiest and most cost effective option. Buses from Kumbakonam to Darasuram ply on a regular basis. Kumbakonam is 30km away from Darasuram and hence the travel fares are extremely cheap. It is also possible to board buses from major cities like Salem and Thanjavur. The bus fares will be determined on the basis of the class of travel and distance covered. They may come anywhere between 200 and 300 rupees.
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  • By Train
    Darasuram has its own railway station and it is possible to reach here through rail. The railway station is not a major one but has trains that ply to Kumbakonam and Thanjavur on a regular basis. Several trains that travel from Kumbakonam and Thanjavur to the cities of Chennai, Banglaore, Trichy and Madurai also pass through Darasuram. Hence, it is not at all difficult to reach the town by train.
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  • By Air
    The closest airport to Darasuram is at Trichinopoly. One can call a cab from Trichinipoly and travel to Darasuram. The ride from Trichinopoly to Darasuram takes all of an hour and a half. It is also approachable from Chennai. It is possible to take a flight to Chennai and then travel by road to Darasuram which will take all of 5 and half hours.
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