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It is located 40 kilometres from Thanjavur and 273 kilometres from Chennai
The town is bounded by two rivers, the Kaveri River to the north and Arasalar River to the south.
Kumbakonam dates back to the Sangam period and was ruled by the
Early Cholas, Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Empire,
Madurai Nayaks, Thanjavur Nayaks and the Thanjavur Marathas.
It rose to be a prominent city between the 7th and 9th centuries AD, when it served as a capital of the Medieval Cholas. The town reached the zenith of its prosperity when it was a prominent centre of education and Hindu culture; and it acquired the cultural name, the "Cambridge of South India". In 1866, ...more