Tanjavur is one of the ancient city existing from Chola Dysnastry. It is expressed as ‘Rice bowl of Tamilnadu’. It is place where traditional music, culture and dances are well preserved and maintained. Tanjavur is the southernmost part of Tamilnadu. River Ponni is flows through this verdant land makes it more fertile. The name is coined from the Asura called Tanjon who was killed by Lord Vishnu. This is a beautiful city filled with lush green paddy fields, coconut trees and voluptuous vegetations. Agriculture and fishing are the major occupations. It is well popular for carnatic music. The Tanjore musical instruments and paintings are world famous and are in great demand. Tourists can explore the typical south Indian style of architecture and language and can enjoy mouth watering classic foods.
Places to visit
The temple was built by the great king Raja Raja Chola and famously known as ‘Tanjavur Big Temple’. It is the most attractive and popular Hindus Pilgrimage protected by Anaicut River and artificial trenches filled with water in all the sides. It is the brilliance of Indian architecture. The temple tower is measures 216 feet in height and it was constructed in such a way that the shadow of this temple will never fall in ground. A gigantic Nandi statue is another prominent attraction.
Thanjavur Royal Palace
This is the most popular tourist attraction located inside the premises of Vijayanagara Fort. This royal palace was built during 16th century. It offers an excellent view of Tanjavur Big temple and Vijayanagara Fort. Many halls, library and arsenal towers are worth visiting in this royal place.
Tanjavur Art Gallery
It is located within the Royal Palace. It has outstanding collections of bronze and stone idols belongs to Chola and Pallava dynastry. It depicts amazing mural paintings, artifacts dating 8th century, sculptures of kings and lords. Best place for those who are interested in history.
It is the another attraction of Tanjavur Royal Palace. The hall of music was built by Nayak King Sevapa during 16th century. It was previously known as Navarathamanamaina Nataka Salai which means theater adorned with gems. It is popular among tourists for its architecture and aesthetic properties like water-pool in front of stage, devoid of excess amplification, balanced deflection and absorption of sound waves and vault decorated with chandeliers.
Chandra Bagawan Temple
It is the moon temple and second most Navagraha temple. It is located at a distance of 25 km from the heart of the city. Those who are affected by bad effects of moon can visit this place to get relief. White cloth and raw rice cooked with jiggery are the main offerings made by visitors.
The Serfoji Saraswathi mahal library, Sanesshwaran temple, Thirumancheri temple, Kanjanoor, Keezhaperumpallam, Thiruvalanchuzhi temple, Rahu temple, Suryanar temple, Vellai puliyar temple, Shiva Ganga Garden and Mercuty temple are the other prominent features of Tanjavur.
How to reach Tanjavur
Trichy international airport is located 58 km from Tanjavur.Thriruchirapalli domestic airport is 47 km from Tanjavur.
Tiruchi junction is the nearest railhead located at a distance of 58 km from Tanjavur.
Regular bus facilities are offered by state transport corporation and private sectors. Tanjavur is well connected by road to all major cities of Tamilnadu.
In summer 27-36°C and in winter 12-22°C. Tanjavur is best visited from October to March.