Famous Temples in Kumbakonam – A Very Big List with Google Map link

Kumbakonam became one of the favorite cities when we went on a 3 days trip for Masi Maham Festival in the year 2017. Soon in the same year, we planned a 11 days bike trip from Bangalore to Kumbakonam for the love of its breathtaking temples and its serene beauty. So I can proudly say I know well about Kumbakonam like how well I know Bangalore. Famous temples in Kumbakonam and other important temples in and around Kumbakonam is covered in detail here.

I am giving list of (a) famous temples in the center town Kumbakonam and (b) famous temples around Kumbakonam (nearby temples in Kumbakonam from the main town) for both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu temples.

Here are the list of Kumbakonam famous temples and must visit temples once in life time from our multiple road trip experiences. 

Kumbakonam Famous For Temples and Known for Many other things

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flock this holy town on all auspicious days. 

As I mentioned earlier, we first went to Kumbakonam for Masi Maham festival in the year 2017. Little did we know that time is that we are going to come back year after year to this beautiful temple town. 

The famous temples in Kumbakonam and many other things people don’t know about.

  • Kumbakonam is famous for “Navagraha temples” – a unique spiritual experience of visiting 9 planet gods in their individual houses.
  • Kumbakonam is famous for “108 Divya Desam” temples – of 108 Historic Vishnu temples, 40 temples are in chola region (trichy -tanjore- kumbakonam belt).
  • Kumbakonam is famous for “275 Devara Padal Petra Stalam” temples – Of 275 historic Lord Shiva Temples, 18 temples are in and around Kumbakonam town.
  • Kumbakonam is famous for one of the largest manufacturers of Temple brass and bronze items.
  • The Airavatesvara Temple built by Rajaraja Chola II (1146–73) during 12th century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur, the t Gangaikonda Cholapuram in Kumbakonam that are referred to as the Great Living Chola Temples (source – Wikipedia).
  • Less known famous thing about Kumbakonam is that they are known for their unique handloom weaving of silk sarees. “Thirubhuvanam” is the place to look for power looms and sarees are available for buying in all shops in the centre town.
  • The Flora and fauna of this town is very rich, thanks to the 3 rivers adorning the city, namely – Cauvery, Araslaru and Kollidam.
  • Needless to say, Kumbakonam is wide known for its degree coffee. Every sip is a bliss.

(Because I am a coffee lover, I wouldn’t miss a chance to try good coffee).

Other than the above mentioned list of  historic temples, there are hundreds of temples in and around the temples with equal beauty and architecture. First thing you notice in the temple town is the beauty of temples, small and big, in every corner of the streets. They are so big that it would even take some time to figure out the entrance to the temples. 

Must See temples list in Kumbakonam

The following list of Kumbakonam famous temples are my most favorite and must see temples in Kumbakonam. I cannot give you the exact plan of where to start and where to end the temple trip. It is not practically possible actually. I can share my side of the story, hoping it would help you in planning your trip. 

Here is a small list of temples if you are on a time constraint and want to cover them in a day or two. They are within 10km radius and are most beautiful temples you must visit them once in your life. You could skip going to Navagraha temples altogether unless you specifically wanted to go for some horoscope reasons.

These are the most famous temples in Kumbakonam, lets see them category wise.

List of Lord Shiva Temples in Kumbakonam

Let’s start with Lord Shiva temple for 2 reasons – they are open for darshan very early compared to Lord Vishnu Temples. 

Click on the individual temples to get the google map link.

Little Distance From Kumbakonam – Must visit famous Lord Shiva temples

Plus, Swamimalai Temple – Lord Murugan Temple

List of Lord Vishnu Temples

These are the famous Lord Vishnu temples in the centre town Kumbakonam, all the following temples are connected with Mahamaham Festival.

  • Chakrapani Temple – Vila Archanai which is usually performed to Lord Shiva is performed here for Lord Vishnu.
  • Sarangapani temple – Lord Ranganathar residing on a big chariot mandap is the attraction here. And the temple is also breathtakingly huge.
  • Ramaswamy temple – A Marvellous temple with intrinsic work of paintings depicting the Ramayanam.
  • Varahaperumal Temple
  • Rajagopalaswamy temple.

Little Distance From Center Town – Must visit famous Lord Vishnu temples around Kumbakonam

These are the list of Divya Desam temples situated nearby from centre town Kumbakonam.

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Lord Vishnu temple in Kumbakonam – Sarangapani Temple
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Nachiyar Kovil – famous temples nearby Kumbakonam
Raod trip to Kumbakonam from Bangalore images
Aanaikarai Bridge In kumbakoanm
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Beautiful Temple pond in Kumbakonam

Must See Temples list Around Kumbakonam

List of Lord Shiva Temples

I am stopping the list at 45, I have covered list of important temples as far as I could go near Tiruvaiyaru and Mayiladuthurai and Thiruvarur routes. Some temples does not come under Kumbakonam Pincode, yet given the list because some are nearby temples.

Must Visit Famous Lord Shiva Temples around Kumbakonam Once in Lifetime

The above temple lists are the very popular Lord Shiva temples in the major districts around Kumbakonam. We have covered all the temples during our long bike trip in the year 2017 and 2018. 

Since the accommodation and food is satisfactory beyond expectation we stayed in Kumbakonam and travelled to the above mentioned places except Chidambaram. 

For Chidambaram temple, we stayed there itself, went sightseeing to Pichavaram Mangrove forest.

Nearby temples in Kumbakonam
Tanjai Temple – Travel From Kumbakonam in our long bike trip
Sightseeing places in Chidambaram - nearby visiting places in Kumbakonam
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest tour

How We Covered Many Temples in a Day

Though we had stayed for more than a week in Kumbakonam in our 11 days long trip in 2017, we had crazy plans to cover as many temples we could in a day possible. 

Since we had plans to travel to nearby towns like Sirkazhi, Mayavaram, Thanjavur, Thiruvaiyaru, Mannargudi, Trichy etc.for the other famous temples in those 1 week, we covered as many temples as we could.

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Our Ride From Bangalore to Kumbakonam in the year 2017 and 2018 – Proudest Road trip ever

We covered many temples as we could because of the following 2 reasons

  • We raised early, we were in the temple for the first pooja. We visited temples until their closing time 12 noon. Needless to worry about the food, as you will get plenty of good choices along the way. Also, Lord shiva temples are open for darshan as early as 6am, but Lord Vishnu temples are open early but early morning darshan time varies depending on the temple. Sometimes you would have to wait until 8 am. So to be smart, we first visited Shiva temples, then after breakfast went to darshan Vishnu temples.
  • We went in Bike, and it’s just the two of us. Both our energy level matched and we loved every single day of non-stop travelling and visiting temples. We had a tank bag where we kept our SLR, mobiles, chargers, power banks and water bottles to keep the trip plan smooth. We never in a day deviated from our plan, thanks to my 10 days of research and planning.

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Kumbakonam Is Famous for Not Just Temples (Check the cute pic)

Most of us know Kumbakonam is famous for Hindu temples (mostly Navagraha temples trips). I did too. Until we went to Kumbakonam Mahamaham festival, fell in love with this temple town immediately. So we came back the same year, not for just 1 or 2 days, we spent more than a week here in our 11-days long bike trip from Bangalore.

We rode bike everyday among rice fields, watched villager fishing for crabs in the rice fields, mesmerized at the beauty of the lilly ponds all over the town, watched sunset sitting in the Mahamaham tank after a cup of ginger tea from a famous tea shop.

Everyone knows Kumbakonam is famous for degree coffee. Also it is house for many good South Indian restaurants. Also we enjoyed good quality of snacks with ginger tea (must try) near to the Mahamaham tank.

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Kumbakonam Famous Food Items

Also did you know Kumbakonam is also famous for “power looms” making  coir mat and silk sarees. These silk sarees prices start from 2000 INR to 6000 INR and different from Kancheepuram silk sarees.

1. Kumbakonam is Famous for Degree Coffee

The temple town is also famous for its aromatic coffee, served usually in Bronze cups or a silver ones like this. Me and my hubby used to travel 10kms from centre town to “Only coffee” restaurant, where we liked to have our first cup coffee and breakfast. Although, their other branch is in main town Kumbakonam, we love to go quite far enjoying the scenery along the way.

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Kumbakonam Famous Degree Coffee

#2 Kumbakonam Is Famous For Restaurants too, Not just coffee

Almost everyday we used to go “Only coffee” near Thirupuvanam for coffee and meals. We have fallen in love with the ambience, cleanliness and the friendly staffs. You will get all kinds of vegetarian breakfast food items with any sweet of the day. And for lunch, complete meals thali served in banana leaves. Awesome the experience was. If I am to go back to Kumbakonam, the best place I would choose to eat and hangout would be “only Coffee”.

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Kumbakonam Famous Restaurants – Only Coffee restaurant

Hotel Pandian is Non-Vegetarians’ delight. It is my favourite eat out place for non-veg and I felt totally home. I prefer eating dinner all day here, try out all their non-veg specialties.

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Best Restaurant in Kumbakonam

Bonus – Where to eat in Kumbakonam

#3. Kumbakonam is Famous For streets adorned With Rangolis

If you are a early riser like me, I am sure you would love morning sunrise in this calm colourful town. I don’t know what time the house ladies had to wake up to draw such beautiful art rangolis in front of their houses. Ah, What a sight. Even though I grew up in small town, I never had seen entire town bathed in colours. Definitely I am coming back for Ms/Mrs. Rangoli.

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Colourful street in Kumbakonam

4. Kumbakonam is Famous for Green Skirts all over the town

I am a Nature lover, I have experienced vast lands, landscapes, wide scenery parks in my travel around India, outskirts of london, Scotland etc., But, Kumbakonam stole my heart with the endless rich agri land and lush green skirts as far as my eyes could see. 

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Kumbakonam scenic view – feast for the eyes, green fields all over the town

5. Kumbakonam town decorated with Lily Ponds and Rivers – Connecting People and culture

You may have seen many lakes and ponds where you live and travel. I am living in one such city, Bangalore, a city full of thousands of lakes. But, in Kumbakonam you could see thousands of lily ponds in and around the town. Beauty Untouched.

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Kumbakonam lily Ponds
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Kumbakonam River
6. Not only MahaMaham Festival but Kumbakonam is also Famous for DivyaDesams, Padal Petra Stalams and Navagraha Temples

We have been to Mahamaham festival in Kumbakonam in the year 2017, in the month of March. It is famous festival celebrated every year, we were blessed to visit MahaKumbeswar temple at that time. Little did we know at that time that Kumbakonam is also a house for some 108 Divya Desam temples and Padal petra Sivan temples.

In our following 11 -day road trip to Kumbakonam, we made note of all the above mentioned temples including Navagraha temples – we visited all the temples in and around the town. No Kidding.

As much as I love nature, I am fond of temple architecture. That’s one of the reason we chose our long vacation in Kumbakonam, because its called “Temple Town”. In our 2 yrs of travel together, we have been to many famous temples, UNESCO Heritage Sites, Hoysala Architecture etc.,

Kumbakonam temples are breathtakingly beautiful.

GangaiKondaCholapuram, UNESCO Heritage site
GangaiKondaCholapuram, UNESCO Heritage site

Of all the temples I have visited, of all the temples I have marvelled in and around Kumbakonam, one temple holds very special place in my memory ie. Tirubuvanam. I am definitely re-visiting this place not only for this marvellous temple, but also to explore the famous handloom silk sarees.

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Kampahareswarar Temple, Tirubuvanam
7. Kumbakonam is Famous for Cheap Stay and Good transport to other cities

Hotel rates are very moderate even during peak season time, from my two time year end road trip (11 days long ) experience in the years 2017 and 2018. Also in the month of March 2017, during Mahamaham Festival, we stayed in Poppys SET Residency, which was by far the best compare to our December stay in various hotels. Well, you might find the bookings are full during the season time but the rates remain moderate.

Kumbakonam is the best choice for anyone planning for long vacation without hurting the pocket and take tour of other nearby cities. Rooms in cities like Trichy, Tanjore, Chidambaram are costlier with limited choices so it is best to travel from Kumbakonam.

Also, you have one of the best NH roads connecting from kumbakonam and there are plenty of TNPSC and private buses connecting places in and far around the center town Kumbakonam.

Anytime I am planning for a trip to any of these cities, I am coming back to stay only in Kumbakonam.

Mannargudi Temple Elephant, Kumbakonam temple images
The Cute Temple Elephant – Mannargudi Temple

I suggest you to visit Kumbakonam by own vehicle instead of public transport, so you could see what I have fallen love with. Kumbakonam is the perfect getaway place for family vacation, Holy trip, nature loving couples and lovers, with many hangout places like UNESCO heritage sites, theaters, water dams, riverside lush green picnic spots, eat-outs and restaurants.