Kumbakonam is the second biggest town in Thanjavur district. It is about 38km from the Thanjavur on the North East. It is also known as a temple city. Thanjavur is a well known pilgrim centre for both saivites and vaishnavites. The four large temples in Kombakonam are dedicated to Adi Kumbeshwara temple, Nageshwara temple, Chakrapani temple and Sri Ramaswami temple.
The great and famous Mahamaham festival is celebrated here once in 12 Years, during the Tamil month of Maasi when the Jupiter passes through the sign of Leo. The people believe that if we took bath in the Mahamaham day will clear our sins. It is a legend; the nine sacred rivers of India appear in the Mahamaham tank on this auspicious day. Darasuram is a beautiful temple which is situated about 4 km from Kumbakonam.
Swamimalai is one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga. This temple is about 8 km West of Kumbakonam on the banks of river Cauvery. There is a flight of 60 steps in this temple. Each steps of this flight represents a Tamil year which leads one to top.
This temple is about 31km from Kombakonam. Gangaikonda Cholapuram looks similar to Thanjavur Big Temple. The Brihadeeswarar temple in Gangaikonda Cholapuram was constructed and conceived by the great Chola King Rajendra I. In order to celebrate his victory over the Kingdoms which are situated near Ganga.
Navagraha temples are situated about 60km radius around Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. Six of the Navagraha temples are situated on the Northern banks of Cauvery and the other three are located on the Southern bank.