Places to visit in Thanjavur

Thanjavur in a glance:

Coordinates:10.7870° N, 79.1378° E

State: Tamil Nadu

Thanjavur is a city in the state of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur. Here are a few places to visit in Thanjavur.

How to reach Thanjavur:

By flight :

The nearest airport to the city of Thanjavur is the Tiruchirapalli International Airport, or popularly known as Trichy, located at a time distance of 1 hour. Regular taxis and a few bus services run between the two cities, making the travel comfortable and hassle free.

By road :

The road network to Thanjavur is pretty much well developed, with the roads connecting the city to major nearby cities and towns like Bengaluru, Chennai, Madurai, Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore and Tiruchirapalli. Regular private and state-run bus services are also available for one’s convenience. One can also drive their way through Thanjavur or book a private taxi according to their liking.

By train :

Tiruchirapalli also acts as the nearest major railhead to the city of Thanjavur. Trains from all nearby major cities, like Coimbatore, Rameshwaram, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Salem, and Madurai, are connected to Tiruchirapalli by means of railways. Board any one of these to reach Trichy and then book a taxi for an hour long drive to Thanjavur.

Places to visit and things to do in Thanjavur

Alangudi Temple :

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This temple is believed to be the abode of the Lord Guru. According to legend, Lord Shiva consumed the deadly poison Alavisham in this place and hence the name Alangudi.

Brihadeshwara Temple :

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The biggest attraction of Thanjavur – The Brihadeshwara Temple, also known as the Big Temple, was built during the reign of the Great Chola emperor, Raja Raja Chola. This temple is an architectural marvel.

Book your trekking trip to Dharamshala here.

Chandra Bhagavan Temple :

This temple is dedicated to the Moon God. Located at a distance of 25 km from the town, this temple is largely visited pilgrims.

Shiva Ganga Garden :

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This garden lies within the Vijayanagar Fort and is open to the public. This garden is very well maintained. A square tank is located in the Siva Ganga Garden built by the 16th century rulers for providing water to the Tanjore Palace, and it is still in use and is well known for its sweet tasting water.

Book your trip to Coorg here.

Vijayanagar Fort :

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This famous tourist spot is located at a distance of 2 km from the Brihadeeswara temple. This majestic fort was built by Nayaks and Maratha rulers during the early 1550 AD.

Book your camping trip to Gokarna here.

What to Eat in Thanjavur :

Thanjavur provides a decent variety in food with a range of eateries to flatter you appetite. A typical meal consists of Rice, Sambhar(Curry), two types of vegetables, curd and a pickle. Dosas, idilis, Upma, Parota, Sambhar, Rasam, Pongal, Payasam and Kesari are the some of the delicacies that are available in plenty.


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