About the Experience
South Indian temple architecture, also known as DravidaStylearchitecture is employed for Hindu temples in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnatakaand Andhra Pradesh. It is mainly influenced mainly by the four periods corresponding to the principal kingdoms which ruled in southern India. The South Indian temple architecture essentially comprises of a square-chambered sanctuary topped by a superstructure or gopuras (towergateways) and an attached pillared hall by cells all within a rectangular court. The temples are renowned for their spectacular hand crafted stone designs and imprintings illuminating the great history and advancements of Indian culture and craft. From early cave temples that were carved from sandstone hills, the architectural design of South Indian temples slowly evolved to rock cut temples and finally, standalone structural temples that grew larger, both in terms of the area of the complexes as well as the height of the towers.
Among the many followed and renowned temples we have curated the ones which are in a league of their own. These temples are the finest examples of golden age of South Indian culture and craft
Nataraja temple, Chidambram
Brihadeshwara temple, Tanjore
Meenakashi Amman temple, Madurai
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Trichy