What to do and see in Thanjavur, India: The Best Places and Tips

December 12, 2017 Toi Mattera

Thanjavur, formerly Tanjore, is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur. The foremost among these, the Brihadeeswara Temple, is located in the centre of the city. Thanjavur is also home to Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region.
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1. Brihadeeshwara Temple

Trichy High road, Thanjavur 613001, India +91 78320 34083
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5 based on 1 reviews

Brihadeeshwara Temple

Reviewed By David T - Burry Port, United Kingdom

A fascinating temple, full of history and marvellous architecture, giving a real taste of Hindu India.

2. Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Cholapuram, Thanjavur, India +91 96000 17031
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4.5 based on 266 reviews

Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Reviewed By Baburajnair - shoranur

Wonderful ambience, great architecture. Well maintained, but no entry fee. Beauty to watch. Heritage spot. Not over crowded, better to reach in the early morning. Parrots and pigeons all around

3. Swami Malai Temple

Kumbakonam Town | 5 Km from Kumbakonam Town, Thanjavur, India +91 11 2617 5104
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Swami Malai Temple

Reviewed By Latheesh C

This place is absolutely a beautiful place which I would surely recommend for families.It is in a peaceful place , it takes the form of the place itself, giving peace to your mind an to your doubts in life. The Poojas and the aarthis in this temple mesmerised all the devotees .

4. Thirunallar Temple

Sani Bhagawan | 3 Km from Karaikal, Thanjavur, India +91 4368 236 530
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Thirunallar Temple

Reviewed By SagarVS - India

Probably the most important temple to worship Sani baghwan. Even though the place was not very crowded we bought special entrance tickets for Rs. 50 each and were in and out in a jiffy.

5. Alangudi Temple

Valangaiman Taluk, Thanjavur 613001, India
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Alangudi Temple

Reviewed By akhilchandu

This temple is believed to be the abode of the Lord Guru. According to legend, Lord Shiva consumed the deadly poison Alavisham in this place and hence the name Aalangudi.
In this temple the deity faces the South direction as he is the Lord of Dhanusu and Meena Rasi. Thursday is considered to be the most auspicious day here and there special offerings to the Lord on this day. Guru Payirchi, Chitra Pournami, Tai Poosam and Panguni Utharam are the major festivals celebrated here.

6. The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library

Thanjavur Royal Palace, Thanjavur, India
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The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library

Reviewed By BarbSuz - Melbourne, Australia

This was a fascinating part of our tour. The manuscripts are very old and fragile, but well protected. To see minuscule writing on such small items was amazing.

7. Punnainallur Mariamman Koil

Punnai Nallur, Thanjavur 613501, India +91 4362 267 740
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Punnainallur Mariamman Koil

Reviewed By akhilchandu

Punnai Nallur Mariamman temple is a Hindu temple located at Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The temple of goddessMariamman is one of the famous temples around Thanjavur District. There is an important temple at Punnai nallur, 6 miles from Tanjore, dedicated to Mariamman.
The Sthala- Puranam states that, before waging a war with the demon Tanja of Tanjore, Lore Siva stationed the Ashta Saktis (eight powers) one at each of the eight directions, and the one stationed at the eastern direction is now the presiding deity of this temple.

Art Gallery, Thanjavur 613001, India
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Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery

The former palace is a massive neglected compound with towers and courtyards. The Art Gallery houses an impressive collection of bronze and stone statues.

Reviewed By jacqui3744 - Cheshunt, United Kingdom

Impressive building with rooms full of murals & artworks of varying quality and styles. Stone carvings, metal statues are in the palace and there is a requirement for a camera fee as well as entry fee

9. Thiruvalanchuzhi

Kumbakonam | 8 Km from Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, India
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Thiruvalanchuzhi

Reviewed By SangeethaAnbalagan - Chennai (Madras), India

Recently, I have visited Thiruvalanchuzhi Swetha Vinayakar / Vellai Vinayakar temple along with my parents & Abi sister (Myladuthurai).
The temple is situated 1 km away from Swamimalai Murugan temple, and is famous for Vellai Vinayagar. This Vinayakar is also called as 'Norai Pillayar', as he is made out of froth from the ocean. The Presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva in the name of 'Sadaimudinathar' and his wife Periya nayaki.
The temple also belongs to 275 Paadal petra stalams, we have offered our prayers and had a good dharshan at the temple.

10. Brihadeeswarar Temple

Membalam Rd, Thanjavur 613001, India
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Brihadeeswarar Temple

Reviewed By akhilchandu

Located in Thanjavur city of the Tamil Nadu state, Peruvudaiyar Kovil is one of the most popular temples in South India. Popularly known as as Brihadeeswarar Temple, Rajarajeswaram and RajaRajeshwara Temple, this popular Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Erected by Raja Raja Chola I, this temple is a wonderful example of Tamil architecture. One of the largest and greatest architectures in Indian history.
One of the country’s most prized possession, it stands safe amidst strong walls that were probably added in the 16th century. One of the temple’s tower, 66 m high, known as Vimana, is one of the world’s tallest towers. It is believed that the top part of the temple, called Kumbam, Chikharam or Kalasha, is made out of single stone carving.
Another single rock carving is the Nandi bull statue at the temple’s entrance. This sacred bull temples is 13 feet high and 6 feet long. The temple structure is made from granite. Commissioned by Raja Raja Chola I in 1010 AD, this temple is fondly called the ‘Big Temple’ and turned 1000 years old in the year 2010.

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