Tanjore

Nestled in the fertile delta of the Cauvery River, Tanjore, now known as Thanjavur, was the capital of the Chola dynasty from the 10th to the 14th century. Here is the famous Brihadeshwara Temple, a dedicated to God Shiva. This granite temple, a world heritage site is famous for its pyramidal shape.

Nestled in the fertile delta of the Cauvery River, Tanjore, now known as Thanjavur, was the capital of the Chola dynasty from the 10th to the 14th century. Here is the famous Brihadeshwara Temple, a dedicated to God Shiva. This granite temple, a world heritage site is famous for its pyramidal shape, monumental tower or Vimanam rises almost 70m in height and is visible from miles around. It is capped by octogonal cupola or Shikharam, carved from single block of granite weighing 81 tons, that was hauled into place along ramp that is said to have been 6km long. Within the sanctum is 4m Lingman, and facing the sanctum is colossal 25-ton Nandi monolith, carved from solid granite.Hundreds of stucco figures bejewel the Vimanam. The Lingams set in a two storeyed sanctum, and the walls surrounding the sanctum delight visitors with the murals and sculptures. Apart from temple architecture, Tanjore is also famous for ‘Thanjavur Paintings’, a typical painting that flourished with the patronage of the Maratha Kings in the 18th century. The paintings are the scenes from the ancient scriptures of Hindu religion and the most famous style of South India. They are unique and rich in harmony of colors, designs, and traditional techniques blended with meticulous attention to details.

Attractions in Thanjavur, around and from Thanjavur

  • Alangudi (43 km) Guru Temple One of the Nine Planets. It is situated near Kumbakonam on the way to Mannargudi. It attracts pilgrim from all over India.

  • Art Gallery In the Palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period.
    Timings 9 a.m to 1.p.m., 2.p.m. to 6.p.m

  • Carnatic Music Trinity Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Shyama Sastri Thiruvaiyaru: Situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, 13kms from Thanjavur, Thiruvaaiyaru has an old Shiva temple dedicated to Panchanatheeswar. T

  • Chola Temple Brihadisvara The celebrated Shiva temple at Thanjavur, appropriately called Brihadisvara and Daksinameru, is the grandest creation of the Chola emperor Rajaraja (AD 985-1012). It was inaugurated by the king himsel

  • Kalvarayan Hills The Kalvarayan hills are situated 150 kms. north west of Chidambaram on the western side of Kallakurichi Taluk. Spread over an area of 600 sq. kms. approximately with the height ranging from 315 mts.

  • Mariamman Temple: (Punnai Nallur) This Temple located 6 km away from Thanjavur is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman. It is one of the local temples in Thanjavur which attracts Domestic Tourists.

  • Papanasam In Thanjavur District, Papanasam is one of the historical cities. There are two Temples, one Pallavanatha swamy Temple constructed by Chola King another one 108 Sivalayam Temple. There are also a gra

  • Patteswaram The Temple dedicated to Goddess Durgai Amman. Friday is very famous to worship the goddess. Located near Kumbakonam, 8 km from Thanjavur, city buses available form Kumbakonam.

  • Poondi Madha Shrine The Poondi village is about 35 km from Thanjavur nearest Railway Station is Budalur. It is also one of the Roman Catholic Pilgrim centre another like Velankanni. It attracts more Pilgrims all over Ind

  • Rajarajan Mani Mandapam During the 8th World Tamil Conference this Mandapam was built. It is having a small garden with Children's-play materials.
    Timings 10 a.m to 8 p.m

  • Rajarajan Museum Raja Rajan Musem is functioning for the benefit of the Tourists. Located in the Main mandapam ground floor, it is under the control of the State Archaeological Department
    Timings 10 a.m to 5. p.m

  • Royal Museum Located in the palace complex, this museum has mixed collections like manuscripts, weapon dresses, Utensils, Musical instruments used by the Royal Family of Thanjavur.
    Timings 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Saraswathi Mahal Library In another section of the palace is a library where over 30,000 palm leaves and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages are preserved
    Timings 10 a.m to 1 p.m.and 1.30 p.m. To 5.30 p.m

  • Schwartz Church Built in 1779 AD by Rajah Serfoji in token of his affection for the Rev. C.V.Schwartz of the Danish Mission (In the Palace Garden)

  • Sharja Madi It is located in the Palace complex. One can have panaromic view of Thanjavur city. The wooden Sculptures are inside the Sharja Madi are unique.
    Timings 10a.m. to 1p.m. and 2 p.m.to 5 p.m.

  • Sivaganga Tank: Near the Palace is this tank known for its sweet water.

  • Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple Built by the great Chola King, Raja Raja in the 10th Century AD is an outstanding example of Chola architecture.

  • Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple Built by the great Chola King, Rajaraja.1 in the 10th century AD is an outstanding example of Chola architecture

  • Suriyanar Koil (58 km) Lord of Sun - (Sun Temple) This is the only place where the Image of the Sun is worshipped. It is believed that the Chola King Kulothunga-I who built the Shrine borrowed this feature.

  • Tamil University Established in 1981 is engaged in research and Advanced study in Tamil.

  • The Palace The Palace near the temple is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and partly by the Marathas.

  • Thingalore (18 km from Thanjavur) Chandran Temple (Moon One of the Nine Planets. It is situated on Thiruvaiyaru to Kumbkonam route. It attracts more pilgrims on all days.

  • Thirunageswaram One of the temples for Nine Planets is in Thanjavur District. This place is situated 6 km to the east of Kumbakonam and 47 Km away from Thanjavur. Thirunageswaram derives its name from the legend that

  • Thiruvidai Maruthur This place is about 8 kms from Kumbakonam and 48 km away from Thanjavur. It is spelt in ancient books as Thiruvidaimaruthur. The village is also called Madhyarjunam. The presiding deity is Mahalingar

  • Tholkappiyar Sadukkam During the 8th World Tamil Conference, this Sadukkam (Square) was built. One can have a panoramic view of Thanjavur Town from the Tower.
    Timings 9 a.m to 7. p.m

  • Uppliyappan Koil This place is 6 km, from Kumbakonam and 46 km away from Thanjavur. Lord Venkatesaperumal dedicated like Tirupathi Balaji "Oppil Upper" is the other name. It is connected by bus route from Kumbakonam t