Gopuram or gateway tower is the monumental temple towers at the entrance of many temple in South India, They function as gateways to temple complex and a prominent feature of Hindu temples of the Dravidian style in Tamil Nadu,Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Murudeshwara Temple of Karnataka has the tallest Gopurams in India followed by Ranganathaswamy Temple,Annamalaiyar Temple, Nanjundeshwara Temple of Karnataka,Sri Lakshmi Narasimha,Azhagar Kovil,Karnataka Hampi and Sankaranayinarkoil Temple.
Murudeshwara Temple of Lord Shiva is the most popular temple in South India,surrounded by the waters of the Arabian Sea. The town of Murudeshwara houses a huge towering statue of Lord Shiva, second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world and a 20 storied gopuram of 249 ft, making it tallest gopuram in the country.
Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam is the most illustrious Vaishnava temples in South India and one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The royal temple tower of Ranganathaswamy Temple rises at 239.5ft, making it second tallest gopuram in India.
Annamalaiyar Temple is one of the largest temple of South India and one of the five elements temple of the Pancha Bhoota Stalas. The temple complex has four gateway towers known as gopurams and the eastern tower is tallest with 216.5ft.
Srivilliputhur Andal Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and emblem of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The temple has tallest temple’s gateway tower of 192 ft height.
Ulagalantha Perumal Temple has the fourth tallest temple tower in Tamil Nadu, measuring 192 ft, Located in Tirukkoyilur. The temple is also classified as one of the Divyadesam 108 Vishnu temples in India.
Ekambareswarar Temple is dedicated to the great God Lord Shiva and one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, representing the element of earth. The temple complex is one of the largest temple in India and houses tallest gateway tower of height 190 ft.
Azhagar Kovil Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located in Alagar koyil village in Madurai district. The temple of Kallazhagar has one of the tallest gateway tower and surrounded by a large fort.
Meenakshi Amman Temple is the most most visited tourist attraction in the city of Madurai and a prominent landmark in South India. The temple is surrounded by 14 gopuram or gateway tower and the tallest famous gateway tower of Meenakshi temple rises to 170 ft.
Sarangapani Temple is one of five sacred Hindu temples dedicated to the God Vishnu, located in Kumbakonam of Tamil Nadu. The temple has largest twin temple chariots and the rajagopuram has a height of 164 ft.
Rajagopalaswamy Temple is an important Vaishnavite shrines in India, located in the town of Mannargudi of Tamil Nadu state. This ancient temple has a 154 ft rajagopuram gateway tower and water tank, one of the largest temple tanks in India.