The town of the Chola who took over Ganga. It must have been a breathtaking achievement for a king from the deep South. The architecture is grand in Chola tradition and a worthy cousin to the Big Temple in nearby Thanjavur, which continues to be popular. Unlike that, Gangaikondacholapuram fell out of favour in the 14th century. Everyone vacated. No one has gone back to this day. The sandstone marvel stands proud and sprawling in a forgotten village. You have to applaud the architects.

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