Scenically one of
the most enchanting districts in the state, green, airy, Thanjavur lies to
the east of Trichy and has the reputation as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu.
It is not surprising that the great Cholas chose Thanjavur as the location
of some of their most magnificent creations, since this now small city
once occupied the proud position as their capital and most treasured
territory. Though the history of Thanjavur is far older than the Chola
period itself, it is during their reign between the 10th and 14th
centuries that the city rose to dizzying heights, becoming the centre of
Tamil learning and culture. The Tamil University, set up recently is
situated here and is devoted to the growth of Tamil literature and
language. Today, what remainds of its glorious legacy are the temples of
the Cholas, not less than 74 of which are around Thanjavur itself.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Bragadeeswarar Temple : Built by the great Chola
King, Rajaraja.1 in the 10th century AD is an outstanding example of Chola
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.
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.
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 1.30p.m. to 5.30p.m.
Hall of Music : Also in the Palace is the acoustically perfect
ancient music hall.
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.
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
Sivaganga Tank : Near the Palace is this tank known for its sweet
Rajagopala Beerangi : A very big Beerangi is there in Thanjavur
East Kothalam (ramport)of the Fort. The place is called 'Beerangi Medu'.
It has been remarked as "Dasmedu". Once upon a time that place
was used as a Bell announcement stage.
Sharja Madi : It is located in the Palace complex. It is opened for
Tourists. One can have panaromic view of Thanjavur city. The wooden
Sculptures are inside the Sharja Madi.
Timings 10a.m. to 1p.m. and 2 p.m.to 5p.m.
Rajarajan Mani Mandapam : During the 8th World Tamil Conference
this Mandapam was built. It is having a small garden with Children's-play
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
Tholkappiyar Sadukkam : During the 8th World Tamil Conference, this
Sadukkam(Square) was built. One can have a panaromic view of Thanjavur
Town from the Tower.
Timings 9 a.m to 7. p.m
Mariamman Temple (Punnai Nallur) : This Temple located 6 kms.
away from Thanjavur is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman. It is one of the
local temples in Thanjavur which attracts Domestic Tourists.
Papanasam (30 kms) : 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 granary (Store House of paddy) Breath : 86 feet height 36 feet
capacity of 3,000 Kalam (measure) constructed by Nayaks in 1600 - 1634.
State Archaeological Department declared it as a monument. There is also a
famous Mullaivananathaswamy Temple at Thirukarukkavoor. One can see the
108 Sivalingam in one temple in Papanasam Town only.
Thiruvidai Maruthur : This place is about 8 kms from Kumbakonam and
48 kms. away from Thanjavur. It is spelt in ancient books as
Thiruvidaimaruthur. The river Cauvery passess through this place. The
village is also called Madhyarjunam. The presiding deity is Mahalingar and
goddess is known as Brikatkunchautsa. People suffering from mental
affliction visit the place for relief.
Thirunageswaram : One of the temples for Nine Planets is in
Thanjavur District. This place is situated 6 kms. to the east of
Kumbakonam and 47Kms. away from Thanjavur. Thirunageswaram derives its
name from the legend that the Serpent Adi Shesha-Worshipped God Siva here
and the locality is identified with Chaurpakaranya
Uppliyappan Koil : This place is 6 kms., from Kumbakonam and 46 kms.
away from Thanjavur. Lord Venkatesaperumal dedicated like Tirupathi Balaji
"Oppil Upper" is the other name . It is connected by bus route
from Kumbakonam to Nachiarkoil.
Patteswaram : The Temple dedicated to Goddess Durgai Amman. Friday
is very famous to worship the goddess. Located near Kumbakonam, 8 kms.
from Thanjavur, city buses available form Kumbakonam.
Poondi Madha Shrine : The Poondi village is about 35 kms. 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 India. Accommodation provided to the Pilgrims by Church
Authorities. Phone: 04362 / 80422.
Suriyanar Koil (58 kms.)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.
Thingalore (18 kms. 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.
HOW TO GET
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.
Rail : Thanjavur
is connected by rail with Trichy, Madurai, Nagore and Chennai directly.
Thanjavur is connected with all major cities.
Transport: Regular Bus Service connects
all places of interest in and around Thanjavur. Autorickshaws, Cycle
Rickshaws, Taxis are available.