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7 Best Places to Visit in Thanjavur

Tourist places to visit in Thanjavur - Schwartz Church

Places to visit in Thanjavur-List of 14 Best Tourist Places in Thanjavur Tourist Attractions, Activities, Things to Do – The Brihadeeswara Temple, Raja Ram Museum, Saraswathi Mahal Library, Schwartz Church, Sangeetha Mahal, Maratha palace.

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.
climate         hot
Season          Throughout the year except April to July
Clothing         Light Cotton





The Brihadeeswara Temple

Tourist places to visit in Thanjavur - The Brihadeeswara temple
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

Tourist places to visit in Thanjavur - Thanjavur Maratha Palace
Thanjavur 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

Tourist places to visit in Thanjavur - Raja Ram Museum
Raja Ram Museum

Inside the Palace has the best collection of bronze figures of the south for which Thanjavur is famous. It is among top tourist places to visit in Thanjavur.






Saraswathi Mahal Library

Tourist places to visit in Thanjavur - Saraswathi Mahal Library
Saraswathi Mahal Library

which has four 30,000 ancient palm leaf and paper manuscripts.







Sangeetha Mahal

Tourist places to visit in Thanjavur - Sangeetha Mahal
Sangeetha Mahal

It is built by Raja Serfoji, is an acoustically perfect music Hall, and a tribute to the skill of its builders.






Schwartz Church

Tourist places to visit in Thanjavur - Schwartz Church
Schwartz Church

It is built by Raja Serfoji in 1779 as a token of affection for his teacher, the Danish missionary, Rev. Schwartz.



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.


Thanjavur is connected with Trichy, Madurai, Madras etc.


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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