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Introduction

Thanjavur also known by its anglicised name Tanjore, is a municipality and the headquarters of the Thanjavur district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.Chola Capital city and the Granary of South India. Thanjavur was the royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas. Thanjavur derives its name from Tanjan-an asura (giant), who according to local legend devastated the neighborhood and was killed by Sri Anandavalli Amman and Vishnu, Sri Neelamegapperumal. Tanjan's last request that the city might be named after him was granted. Thanjavur was at height of its glory during Rajaraja cholan. Let us take Thanjavur back to its past glory in the information age. Thanjavur is still the center of all the classical arts and music. It has produced many classical musicians and bharathanatyam dancers and is also well known for its unique painting style called Tanjore Painting and Thavil, a percussion instrument.

Area 29.24 sq km
Altitude 59 meters above sea level
Temperature Summer-Min.-32.5 C,Max.-36.6 C Winter,Min.-22.8 C,Max.-24.5C
Language Tamil, English and Marathi
STD Code 04362
Rainfall 111.37mm  average
Best Time to Visit Through the Year

Thanjavur MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :-Nearest airport is Tiruchirapally. There are direct flights from Chennai, Bangalore and Colambo.
  2. Rail:-Thanjavur is also reachable by train from other Indian cities. 'Thanjavur Junction' is the station to alight. There are daily trains from/to Chennai], Bangalore, Coimbatore and to all main cities.
  3. Road:-Thanjavur is connected with all major cities.

Places to Visit

Sri Brihadeeswara The Palace Art Gallery Hall of Music
Schwartz Church Sivaganga Tank    

Excursion

Thirukandiyur Kumbakonam Swamimalai Darasuram
Thirubuvanam Thiruvaiyaru Manora Tiruvarur

Shopping

Thanjavur is famous for its 'Thanjavur dancing doll' (Thanjavur thalai attu bommai), Tanjore Paintings (Lord Krishna paintings are the best) and Tanjore art plates (Lord Balaji are the best). There is an outlet inside the palace where old and new art works are sold. You can pay with your credit card too. There is a Phoompuhar art Gallery, which exhibits and sell wide range of artistic bronze idols, Thanjavur paintings and artistic plates.Its been a hot spot for the foreign travellers.

Accommodation

Hotel Sangam Hotel Parisutham Hotel Oriental Towers Hotel Gnanam
Hotel Ganesh Hotel Ashok Bhavan