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Thanjavur Travel Guide

Thanjavur is the beautiful district of Tamilnadu. It is the vital centre that explains the South Indian religion, art and architecture. This place is famous for Tanjore painting, a unique painting of the region. Tanjore region comes under the Cauvery delta region. The occupation of the people living here is Agriculture, mainly the cultivation of rice crops.

It is also known as the Rice bowl of Tamilnadu. Railways and Roadways are the means of transportation and the nearest Airport in Trichy. During the reign of the Chola empire, this was the capital of the dynasty. The name of the district has a separate story in Hindu mythology. Rice cultivation is more due to the passage of rivers. It is an important pilgrimage centre and major tourist destination of Tamilnadu. The city houses only religious sites and architectural proofs; many foreigners visit every year to explore Dravidian skills. The government of India recently established the city as a regional cultural centre to promote and protect cultural heritage. Here is a list to guide you to prepare your tour plan.

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Best Tourists Places In Thanjavur

  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram
  • Shiva Ganga Garden
  • Vijayanagar Fort
  • Thanjai Periya Kovil
  • Saraswathi Mahal Library
  • Thanjavur Royal Palace

Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Open your mouth with excitement at how Cholas could expose grand architectural skills! Yes, this is stunning proof of their artistic talents. As the name suggests, this was built during the reign of the Chola empire. They are the greatest empires of India, and this place is the capital of the kingdom. King Rajendra built the temple to celebrate his victory in the Pala dynasty. The city before was now changed into a small village, and the presiding god of the temple Lord Shiva makes the place ideal to visit. He, in the temple, stands as grandeur and blesses people with his energising powers.

Shiva Ganga Garden

It is the perfect place for rest seekers and silent lovers. This garden located inside the Vijayanagar fort protrudes the history behind it. It is still well designed and maintained correctly in the midst of the historical touches of the Dravidians. The garden has a pool inside built during the sixteenth century. The water in the tank was still in use due to its sweetness, and that’s why it serves the water needs of Tanjore palace.

Vijayanagar Fort

This place surprises everyone with its majestic artistic skills and bestowing pillars. The Nayaks and Maratha’s built the fort during 1550 AD. The Tanjore palace is available inside the fort with Sangeetha Mahal. An art gallery with a library ran in the castle during their rule. Between the grand sculpted pillars, the stony palace looks marvellous outside. It brings the essence of the historical movie scenes before our eyes. That way, it is gorgeous!

Thanjai Periya Kovil

Known as Brihadeeswarar Temple, it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Thanjavur. It exhibits the masterpiece of Chola’s architecture. It has a temple tower called Vimana which is sixty-six meters long. Histories say that the apex round structure on the top is carved on a single stone. A huge thirteen feet high Nandi statue in the middle of the temple opposite to the presiding god welcomes you looking at your entry. In 2010, the temple celebrated its thousandth birthday which promoted it to the top tourist places of the state.

Saraswathi Mahal Library

In the Britannica Encyclopedia, this library was one of the notable libraries of India. Nayak rulers built the library between the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Soon, during the Marathas period, King Second Serfoji renovated it. This library houses a numerous collection of books and maps that depicts the lifestyle and culture of the Dravidians. Paintings and manuscripts in the library stand as proof of the sculpting and carving skill of Tamilians.

Thanjavur Royal Palace

Local people called the place Aranmanai. Thanjavur Nayak rulers built the palace using their optimal artistry. It has several intriguing parts like the queen’s courtyard that looks fabulous around. Sadar Mahal Palace and Durbar Hall, located inside the Palace, look fabulous to explore the paintings. As it is a memorial, it constitutes a gallery inside it. It contains the splendid collection of Chola’s bronze statues and articles used by them. According to the name, it looks royal and impressive on the surface of the wall and ceilings.
Besides all of these, many sumptuous Thanjai Mamani Koil, Chandra Bagwan Temple, Schwartz Church, Alangudi Guru temple, Our Lady of Sorrows church, Kandiyur village, Punnai Nallur Mariamman, Thanjavur Art Gallery, Sangeetha Mahal, Poondi Madha Basilica can be added in the second chance. In the middle of visiting places, look for Thalaiyaati Bommai, a traditional Indian bobblehead made of terracotta available in the local shops and buy it as a memorable gift.