Places to visit in Thanjavur Tourist Places in Tamil Nadu

         It is another oldest town of Tamilnadu a place where no mountains are surrounded. It is a fertile land of cultivation, mainly rice and other vegetation. Thanjavur a historic place filled with Temples and great works of ancient sculptors and painters. The city is still famous for its Fresco paintings and arts like sculptures, carving, Jewelry, Dance and classical music. The palace, the big temple, which still exists, reveals the pre – historic backgrounds of Thanjavur from the 10th century AD. During the rule of the king chola. Today, this fertile land extends an area of 3396.57 And it is the district headquarters bounded by coloroon in the north, Tiruvavur district&Nagapattinam districts in the East, in the south by the Palk Strait and pudukottai & Trichy in the west.

About Thanjavur

Thanjavur is one of the most fantastic and enchanting districts in our states. It is also known as Tanjore. It lies in the East of Trichy and has the reputation of name as the Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is famous for its Big Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Brihadeeswarar (Siva). Thanjavur was the capital of Chola Emperors from the 10th to 14thcentury AD. 

The History of Thanjavur is most magnificent for the creations of Cholas. The people of Cholas are most treasured and well being in their territory. Thanjavur became the center of Tamil Learning and culture. The Tamil University is situated here and it is devoted the growth of Tamil Literature and language. Today, we can see lot of glorious legacy of temples, which was built by the Cholas, is not less than 74. These temples are around Thanjavur itself. 

Places to Visit in Tanjore

Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple

          The great cholan period, which ruled this place, have given a valuable birth of architecture to this land those days. The temples at the age of the 10th century AD. Built by the chola king named Raja Raja 1exposes a huge engineering beauty on earth is an appreciation to those great eminent architectures those days. One of the famous information as a glimpse to wonder the engineering built is that – during Mid day the tower and the Mast’s shadow will not be seen on the ground will be an amazing work of art and challenge. Moreover the “Nandhi” a huge ‘cow’ that is keenly caved from only one huge rock is another eye opening work of art in this place. Great challenges and workmanship have been proven that south Indians are born talented.

The Palace

          This is another location where it Makes the tourist admire the style of living those days. The palace is nearby the temple with a vast building of masonry built during the periods of Nayaks and partly by the Marathas during the period around 1550 AD. You have, watchtower, Hall of Music – (an acoustic hall for perfect ancient music’s of the palace.) and also a huge whale’s skeleton, which was been captured those days, exhibits the real talents and skills of olden days living. The worth place to imagine our past living.

Sarawathi Mahal library

          It is located on the other side of the palace campus itself, where over, 30, 000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts of Indian and European languages are preserved and exhibited.

Schwartz church

          This is also situated in the palace garden. It was built by Rajah serfoji in token of his affection to Rev. C.V. Schwartz a Danish Missionary who lived here during 1779 AD. This reveals that south Tamilnadu from those days accepted inter religious culture.

Tamil University (7km)

          An exclusive campus, which was established in the year 1987, enhances research and advanced studies in Tamil language.

Thanjavur Tour Information

Thirukandiyur (10km)

         Two major temples – They are Brahmasirekandeswarar and Harshavimochana perumal are here.

Kumbakonam Information

          This is another temple city of Tamilnadu. It is famous for a great pooja called Mahamagam where huge of congregation gather here to worship once in 12 years. The famous deities are sarangapani; Kumbeswarar, Nageswara and Ramaswamy Temples are the holy Shrines. The last Mahamagam was held in 2004.

Swamimalai (32km)

          This is one of the six Abodes of Lord Subramanya. Dedicated as (Arupadai Veedu).

Darasuram (34 km)

          This is a silk weaving center and also famous for the temple of lord Siva built by Rajendra Chola those days.

Thirubuvanam (45 km)

          It is a 13th century chola temple dedicated to Lord Siva.

Thiruvaiyaru (13km)

          It is a famous place of music and art of dance. Here, a great saint named Thiyagaraja lived and attained eternity. A music festival is organized here every January in honor to the saint.

Manora (65km)

           Rajah serofoji built the 8 storied victory towers in 1814.

Thirumallar (101 km)

          This is in Pondicherry union Territory. This is a famous Saturn temple town. St.Thyagaraja Aradhana Music festival on every January is special feature here.


Thiruvaiyaru is just 13km from Thanjavur. The famous saint Thyagaraja lived here and attained Samadhi. The famous and the great enchanting temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Lord of here is called as Panchanatheswara. In order to honor this saint, an eight-day music festival in celebrated here during the month of January.


This ancient temple is about 55km from Thanjavur. This beautiful Thyagarajar temple is famous for its wonderful Chariot in Tamil Nadu. This vast temple contains the hoses of Thyagaraja, Kamalamba and Vanmikanathar. Lot of Bakthi songs has been sung by the Saiva Saints. The pillars and the halls of this temple are very fantastic. Thiruvarur Temple is also referred as the Sthalam of Prithivi (East). It is the birth place of Saint Thyagaraja.


Velankanni is about 90km from Thanjavur. This is a sacred place for the Roman Catholics. Velankanni is a town which is situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal. Their holy church (Shrine) is dedicated to “our Lady of Health.” This church was visited by all the peoples who are having on the Goddess.


It is about 85km from Thanjavur. Nagore is a renowned Muslim Pilgrim center. There is a Dargah for a Muslim Saint, which is enshrined in a ‘Beautiful Mosque’. We can see seven plated doors here, which lead the way to Dargah. The annual festival called as Kandoori attracts pilgrims of all faiths. 

How to Reach Tanjore

By Air

         The nearest airport is Trichy.

By Rail

         Thanjavur is a junction of rail routes that provides connections to all the major cities of the state.

By Road

         Buses and other transport vehicle from here can ply to all the places of Tamilnadu.