(Also known as Tanjore )

Tamil Nadu | India
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Thanjavur is categorised as Heritage / Pilgrimage

Big Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Saraswati Mahal (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Saraswati Mahal (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Saraswati Mahal (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Tanjore Painting (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Thanjavur Doll (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Craft Shop (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Craft Shop (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Veena instrument maker (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Saraswathi Mahal Library (Photo Courtesy: Wiki-uk)
Our Lady of Lourdes Basilica (Photo Courtesy: Arul)
Tanjore Palace (Photo Courtesy: Parthiban B)

Reasons to Visit
  • Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian art and architecture.
  • The Brihadeeswara Temple is located in the center of the town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Thanjavur is also the home of the Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region
  • Thanjavur is also home to manufacturers of traditional musical instruments
  • Thanjavur is an important part of the heritage circuit of Tamilnadu coming from Pondicherry and proceeding onwards to Madurai (Or vice versa)
  • Thanjavur lies in close proximity to Kumbakonam (36 kms), which is the focal point of the Navagraha temple and nearby Darasuram Temple
  • Significant Hindu Pilgrimages in Tamil Nadu"Brihadeeshwara Temple at Thanjavur (40 kms from Kumbakonam) is a Chola Period (9th - 13th century) Temple, a UNESCO World heritage site and is visited alongwith Kumbakonam (40 kms) as part of Tamilnadu Pilgrimage itinerary."
  • Destinations in Tamil Nadu for the Holiday Traveller"Thanjavur (174 kms from Pondicherry) is a prime heritage destination in heart of Temple district of Tamilnadu. Chidambaram is another prime heritage destination (46 kms from Pondicherry) that is visited enroute. Thanjavur offers Musical instrument factory, Museums and World heritage site Temples. Thanjavur is popular for a 2 night stay. "
  • Heritage Destinations of Tamil Nadu"Thanjavur is home to Brihadeeswara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thanjavur is also the home of the Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region. Thanjavur is popular with heritage travellers. "
  • Airports and Access Points for Destinations in Tamilnadu and Pondichery"Thanjavur Railway station is the access point to visit world heritage site of Brahadeeswara Temple and heritage destination of Thanjavur."
  • Christian Pilgrimages in South India"Poondi near Thanjavur is home to Our Lady of Lourdes Basilica and is a Catholic pilgrimage centre. The church has a relic of the True Cross, believed to be the one on which Christ was crucified."
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6 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Thanjavur

Short Break (4-6 nights)1
Holiday (7 or more)5

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List of Holidays for Thanjavur

Short Break

  • Thanjavur - Chettinad Experience with Madurai (6 Nights)


  • A week with Tamilnadu and Pondicherry Heritage (7 Nights)
  • Best of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry Heritage with Kodaikanal (8 Nights)
  • Picturesque South with Goa (21 Nights)
  • South India Coastal Explorer (12 Nights)
  • Total Temple Heritage Circuit of Tamil Nadu (10 Nights)

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Thanjavur has 3 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Trichy Airport and ThanjavurRs. 1878

Point to Point Transport

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to ThanjavurRs. 4359

Railway Station Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Trichy Railway Station and ThanjavurRs. 1878

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Destination Ideas

  • Catholic Pilgrimages in South India
  • Golden Chariot - Luxury Train Experience
  • Navagraha Pilgrimage Circuit around Kumbakonam
  • Thanjavur Heritage Getaway
  • Thiruvarur Pilgrimage

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    The Saraswathi Mahal Library established around 1700 AD and located in the premises of a palace, contains over 30,000 Indian and European manuscripts written on palm leaf and paper.
    Heritage Site, Institute
    Royal Heritage, Library
    Chola art gallery is inside the palace having a large collection of stone and bronze images from the 9th to 12th centuries
    Museum, Arts Crafts Culture
    Heritage Museum, Art Gallery
    Tanjore paintings are an early 17th Century art. Tanjore paintings are renowned for their richness and colors. There are number places in Thanjavur where one can purchase authentic Tanjore paintings.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Art Centre
    The Thanjavur Maratha Palace Complex, known locally as Aranmanai, is the official residence of the Bhonsle family who ruled over the Tanjore region from 1674 to 1855. The palace complex consists of the queens courtyard and the Durbar Hall. The Raja Serfoji Memorial Hall and the Royal Palace Museum are situated in the Sadar Mahal Palace. The Saraswathi Mahal Library is situated with the Thanjavur palace complex.
    Heritage Site
    Royal Heritage
    Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur is an ancient Lord Shiva temple Shiva and is considered Landmark in South Indian temple architecture. It has a massive 66 meter temple tower and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a must visit for any heritage traveller.
    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Lord Shiva, Heritage Temple
    There are number of Veena making units in Thanjavur with more than 100 artisans dedicated to it. Veena and Thanjavur are integral to carnatic music and traditions of South India. There are many units like Sruthilaya that offer guests insight into the veena making units and where one can purcahse authentic Veena and other musical instruments.
    Musical Instruments
    Sangeetha Mahal is Handicraft Gallery offering wide ranging authentic handicrafts from local artisans.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Art Gallery
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Thenupuriswarar Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple near Kumbakonam having five gopurams and three prakarams. Deities like Sapthamatha, Mahalakshmi, Renukadevi, Navagraha, Surya, Chandra and Bhairava are housed in the inner parts of the temple.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    Thiruvinnagar Oppliyappan Temple is a Lord temple near Kumbahonam and is regarded as one of the 108 Divya Desams.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Vishnu
    Our Lady of Lourdes Basilica, Poondi, is a Catholic pilgrimage centre located 35 kms from Trichy / Thanjavur. Poondi Madha Shrine that attracts pilgrims from all over India
    Roman Catholic Church
    Swamimalai Murugan Temple is a Lord Murugan temple in Swamimalai near Kumbakonam on the banks of a tributary of river Cauvery is one of the Arupadaiveedu, one of the six main abodes of Lord Murugan.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Murugan
    Airavatesvara Temple is a 12th Century Lord Shiva temple of Dravidian architecture at Darasuram near Kumbakonam. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site,along with the Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur and therefore a must visit for any heritage traveller.
    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Lord Shiva, Heritage Temple
    Sarangapani temple is the largest Vaishnavite in Kumbkonam and one of the 108 Divya Desams. The temple has a twelve storey high tower built in 15th century AD.
    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Heritage Temple, Lord Vishnu
    Adi Kumbeswarar Temple is a 7th century Lord Shiva temple in Kumbakonam. The Mahamaham Festivl is associated with this temple.
    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Lord Shiva, Heritage Temple
    Nageswaran Temple is a 12th century Lord temple in Kumbakonam. Temple is visited for its Rahu shrine, one of the nine Navagrahas.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva, Navagraha Temple
    Kasi Viswanathar Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple in Kumbakonam having 72 ft Gopuram and 9 river deities around the Shiva Lingam near holy Mahamaham tank.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    Mahamaham Tank is a holy tank in heart of Kumbakonam covering an area of about 6 acres. The tank is surrounded by 16 small temples and has 21 wells inside the tank.
    Lake or Riverside
    Holy Tank
    Our Lady of Vailankanni is a celebrated Roman Catholic church and Blessed Virgin Mary believed to have appeared in the town. the church is a pilgrim centre for many Roman Catholics of Indian and Srilankan origin
    Roman Catholic Church

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
Town CentreBusy city center set around the temple and railway stationTransit/Business/Holiday3
Vennar Bank6 kms from town centre is where Ideal beach resort is situated by the riversideHoliday/Getaway1
Nearest Airport in Thanjavur
  • Tiruchirapalli Airport ( TRZ ) , Trichy-58 Kms
Railway Stations in Thanjavur
  • Thanjavur ( TJ ), Thanjavur
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