Kumbakonam is one of the hidden jewels in Tamil nadu offering travellers an expereince of Temple heritage, craft heritage, culture and countryside.
Kumbakonam lies at about 50 kms from Thanjavur surrounded by some of the most profound heritage sites and significant temples. Kumbakonam lies in close proximity (30 kms radius) to Darasuram and Gangaikonda Cholapuram, two of the three temples that are part of Great Living Chola Temple group (Third one being in Thanjavur). Kumbakonan lies in close proximity to Swamimalai Murugan Temple, a significant Lord Murugan Temple (One of the Six Arupadaiveedu temples).
Kumbakonam is home several craft heritage areas, most prominent being Silk Saree workshops and Lost Wax Bronze casting workshops.
Kumbakonam is an evergreen area (contrary to drier Chettinadu and Thanjavur area) with a countryside character. Therefore it is easy for travellers to walk a village, observe daily rituals, undertake a short cycling around countryside and even participate in morning and evening prayer rituals.
Kumbakonam is renowned for being surrounded by the Temples that are part of Navagraha Circuit (within 30 kms Radius) and therefore a renowned pilgrim centre.
Kumbakonam is home to superb experiential retreats around most notably being CGH Mantra Koodam and Indeco Swamimalai, where travellers can arrive for an experiential stay.
Kumbakonam is where you arrive to visit UNESCO heritage sites, Craft centres, villages and superb countryside retreat experience, besides visiting significant temples / temple heritage areas.