South India is home to many temples which are sheer architectural delights and it is really a tough task to pick the best of the lot. However, we have tried to make a list of the most beautiful temples which are dotted across the state and each temple selected is truly remarkable. Come, take a look:
Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
The beautiful Kamakshi Amman Temple dates to the 14th century and the imposing structure still stands tall! Beneath a gold-plated vimanam is the sanctum which houses Kamakshi, resplendent with four hands holding a noose, staff, sugarcane bow and flower arrows.
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Tagged as the cleanest temple in India under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan-2017, Meenakshi Temple is definitely one of the most beautiful temples in the country. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati (Meenakshi), the temple is a fine example of architectural brilliance. While the initial structure of the temple was started during the reign of the Pandyas, the present day structure was constructed under the reign of the Nayakas. It is also one of the few temples which has four gateways facing four different directions. Interested in visiting this one? Search and book online flights to this place to have a closer look at the masterpiece!
Chola Temples, Tanjore, Tamil Nadu
The historic city of Tanjore was the main seat of Chola Dynasty and also a hub of art and culture. Tanjore has so many temples that will leave you spoilt for choice making sure that you don’t miss out on three temples including Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram and the Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram. All these temples are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage monuments. So now with hotel price comparison, plan a vacation right now.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Located right in the heart of city, Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in South India. The thirty-metregopuram above the temple entrance, built in the Dravidian style, and the 365 carved granite pillars in its inner corridor set it apart from all other temples in Kerala. The main deity, Padmanabhan, is reclining in a yogic pose on Anantha, the serpent. It is also one of the wealthiest temples in the country.
The Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
A visual treat altogether, the Shore Temple is located at the very edge of the sea and the waves can sweep right across the temple area. Built by Narasimhavarman I, the temple we see today was modified by Narasimhavarman II.
The central shrine here is represented in a form of giant rock carving of the Sleeping Vishnu, known as Ananthasayana. The temple houses two Shiva shrines as well and we recommend you to stay there after sunset as the views are unmatched during this time of the day.
Tirumala Temple, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
The beautiful temple sits prettily on the Venkatadri Hill, which is one of the seven peaks of the Saptagiri Range. The presiding deity, Lord Venkateshwara (also known as Srivari, Srinivas, TirupatiThimmappa and Balaji) is resplendent in the sanctum which is lit with oil lamps.
Each one of the above temple stands out for their architectural splendour and religious significance, offering a unique experience!