7 Best Places to Visit in Thanjavur
Capital City Of The Cholas
The land surrounding Thanjavur is known as the “granary of Tamil Nadu”, blessed as it is by the waters of the River Kaveri. Thanjavur is the cultural capital of the region. It reached its pinnacle glory under the later Cholas(10 to 14 AD), who were great temple-builders and developed the art of making bronze figures. They were followed by the Nayaks and Marathas, for the last of whom Tanjore was the southern capital.
There are 74 temples here of which the most famous is that of Brihadeeswara. The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top by being pilled on an inclined ramp 6 km long, a technique used by pyramid builders of Egypt.
Altitude 58 mtr.
Season Throughout the year except April to July
Clothing Light Cotton
TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT IN THANJAVUR : –
The Brihadeeswara Temple
It is built in the 10 th century by the great king, Raja Chola, is an engineering marvel.It is considered to be artistically the most perfect of Dravida temples. It has excellent sculptures and traces of paintings. It is UNESCO World Heritage Site and among top tourist places to visit in Thanjavur.
The Maratha palace
It is built partly in the 16th century by the Nayaks and partly by the Marathas. It is among top tourist places to visit in Thanjavur.
Raja Raja Museum
Saraswathi Mahal Library
which has four 30,000 ancient palm leaf and paper manuscripts.
It is built by Raja Serfoji, is an acoustically perfect music Hall, and a tribute to the skill of its builders.
It is built by Raja Serfoji in 1779 as a token of affection for his teacher, the Danish missionary, Rev. Schwartz.
PLACES NEAR BY THANJAVUR
1. Trichy (54 km), city of the Rock Fort and Sri Ranganatha Temple on Srirangam Island.
2.Gangaikondacholapuram (71 km) built in the 11 AD century by Rajendra Chola who conquered land up to the River Ganga (Ganges) and had vassal kings build a tank of Ganga water as tributes.
3.Point Calimere (80 km). A bird sanctuary where flamingos can be seen from November to February. Other birds can be seen throughout the year.
4.Thiruvailyaru (13 km), where the great musician-composer, Saint Tyagaraja lived. Every year, in January, top musician from all over the south come here to sing in homage. The south Zone Cultural Centre has been set up here.
5.Velankanni( 995 km), famous for the Catholic church of “Our Lady of Velankanni”.
How to Reach Thanjavur
The nearest airport,Trichy (54 km) is an international airport connected with Colombo. There are Indian Airlines flights connecting Trichy with Madras and Trivandrum.
Excellent roads connect Thanjavur with all parts of the south. It is 54 km from Trichy, 114 km from Chidambaram, 158 km from Madurai and 334 km from Madras. There are regular bus services to Trichy, Chidambaram, Madrasm Kanniyakumari etc.
Tourist taxis ,unmetered taxis, auto rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and city bus service available.
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