Thanjavur_Temples_Tour_269_.jpgThanjavur rose to glory during the later Chola reign between the 10th and the 14th Centuries and became a centre of learning and culture. It is the headquarters of the disrict of the same name. Thanjavur district, the ' Rice Bowl ' of Tamil Nadu, is also known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and South Indian Musical Instruments.

The Tamil University, set up recently is situated here and is devoted to the growth of Tamil literature and language. And Poompuhar Handicrafts is the famous shoppping place here.

General Information

Area 29.24 sq. kms.  
Population 2,00,216 ( 1991 census )
Altitude 59 metres  
Climate Max.  Min. 
Summer 36 c 32.5 c 
Winter 23.5 c 22.8 c 
Rainfall 111.37 cms average 
Clothing  Tropical 
Season Throughout the year
Languages spoken Tamil, English and Marathi

Places of interest

Sri Brihadeeswara
Built by the great Chola King, Raja Raja 1 in the 10th century AD is an outstanding example of the Chola architecture.

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

Art Gallery
In the Palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period. Timings : 9.00 - 13.00 hrs. Wednesday Holiday.

Hall of Music
Also in the Palace is an acoustically perfect ancient music hall.

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

Sivaganga Tank
Situated near the palace this tank is known for its sweet water.

Tamil University ( 7 kms )
Established in 1981, is engaged in research and advanced studies in Tamil.


Thirukandiyur ( 10 Kms )
Temples of Brahmasirekandeswarar and Harshavimochana Perumal.

Kumbakonam ( 36 Kms)
Famous for Sarangapani, Kumbeswarar, Nageswarar, and the Ramaswamy temples. Mahamagam congregation takes place once in 12 years; last held in 1992. Major water bird sanctuaries in India. The birds migrate here every year from November to February, from all over the world.

Swamimalai ( 32 Kms)
One of the six Abodes (Arupadaiveedu ) dedicated to Lord Subramanya.

Darasuram ( 34 Kms)
This temple dedicated to Lord Siva, was built by Rajendra Chola. Daraswaram is also a silk weaving centre.

Thirubuvanam ( 45 Kms )
13th Centuary Chola temple dedicated to Lord Siva.

Thiruvaiyaru ( 13 Kms )
Where the famous Saint Thyagaraja lived and attained Samadhi. Music festival is held here every January in honour of the saint composer.

Manora ( 65 Kms )
The 8-Storey victory tower was built by Rajah Serfoji in 1814 to commemorate the victory of the British over Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo.

Tiruvarur ( 55 Kms )
The Thyagarajaswami Temple here has the biggest temple chariot in Tamil Nadu. This is the birth place of Saint Thyagaraja - one of the musical Trinity. Arulmigu Thyagarajaswamy Car Festival is celebrated in March -April .Boating at Kamalalayam Temple Tank is organised by Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. from April 1997.


Sri Thyagaraja Aradhana Musical Festival January. 
Pongal (Tourist) Festival  14th to 16th January.
Maham Festival in Kumbakonam February & March once in 12yrs ( Last Held - 1992 ) 
Arulmigu Thyagarajaswamy Car Festival March.
Muthupallakku Thiruvizha  May.
Annai Velankanni Festival August & September.
Raja Raja Chola's Birthday Sathaya Thiruvizha  October every year.
Nagore Kandoori Festival December.

How to get there ?

The nearest Airport Tiruchirapalli is 58 kms. and is connected by Indian Airlines and Air Lanka with Srilanka. Indian Airlines also be connects Trichy with Madurai and Chennai directly.

Thanjavur is connected by rail with Trichy, Madurai, Nagore and Chennai directly.

Thanjavur is connected with all major cities.

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