The Granary of South India, Thanjavur
was the royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas in the ancient
India. Thanjavur or Tanjore reached the acme of art & culture and
development during the rule of the Chola king, Rajaraja Cholan. Even today,
Thanjavur is remains to be the center of all the classical arts and music.
This city has produced many classical musicians and bharathanatyam dancers
and is also well known for its unique painting style called Tanjore
Thanjavur boasts of numerous beautiful temples and the Big Temple of
Thanjavur stands tall with its beaming tower. It's one of the architectural
marvels of the world. Known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and south
Indian Musical Instruments, Thanjavur is also famous for its distinctive art
style and world famous weaving silk sarees.
Key Attractions :
The Palace of Thanjavur, located near the temple is a vast structure of
masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and party by the
Marathas. This the architecture of this palace is worth seeing. Two of
the palace towers, the armoury and the observation tower are visible
from every part of the city. The palace also houses an art gallery, a
library and a hall of music.
Brihadeshwara Temple &
Built by great Chola king in the 10th century AD, Brihadeshwara Temple &
Fort is an exquisite example of Chola architecture and is listed in
world heritage. A monolithic cupola made of a single granite block
weighing 80 tons covers the head of the temple. The cupola was taken to
the top by being pulled on a 6 km long inclined ramp, a technique used
by pyramid builders of Egypt. For over thousand years, the temple has
been the centre of continuous worship. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside
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» Tiruvarur :
The Thyagarajaswami Temple here has the
biggest temple chariot in Tamil Nadu. This is the birth place of Saint
Thyagraja -One of the Musical Trinity.
» Saraswathi Mahal Library :
The Saraswati Mahal Library
houses over 30,000 Indian and European manuscripts written on palm
leaves and papers.
» Art Gallery :
The Art Gallery In the palace has a number
of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period.
Thanjavur enjoys a tropical climate throughout the year. The
temperature of summer months ranges from 32 degree C to 36 degree C and
the temperature of winter months ranges between 22.8 degree C to 23.5
degree C. The average rainfall is 111.37mm.
Wheels to Thanjavur
» By Air :
The nearest airport is at Tiruchi. Thanjavur is
65 km east of Tiruchi. Madurai is the nest closest aiport. It's about
200 Kms by road. Thanjavur is around 350 Kms south of Chennai by road.
» By Train :
Thanjavur also has a railway junction, which
is well connected with Tiruchi, Chennai
» By Road :
Thanjavur is well connected with all the major
towns in Tamil Nadu by road. The city is also connected with Kochi,
Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Bangalore in Karnataka.