Places To Visit In Thanjavur

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Here are the top 11 tourist attractions to see in Thanjavur:

1. Brahadeshwara Temple

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The biggest attraction of Thanjavur - The Brahadeshwara Temple, also known as the Big Temple. Built during the reign of the Great Chola emperor, Raja Raja Chola, this temple is an architectural marvel.

2. Gangaikonda Cholapuram

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59 km
from city center
2 out of 11
places to visit in Thanjavur

The magnificence of the Gangaikonda Cholapuram along with Brihadishwara temple will enchant you and thrill you with its history and engineering. A place which is a testimony to the architectural and engineering genius of the region and the pride of one of the greatest empires of India - Chola Empire, Gangaikonda Cholapuram is a place worth exploring.

3. Shiva Ganga Garden

3.2 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 11
places to visit in Thanjavur

Shiva Ganga Garden lies within the Vijayanagar Fort and is open to the public. This garden is very well maintained and hence a pleasure to visit. A square tank is located in the Siva Ganga Garden built by the 16th-century rulers for providing water to the Tanjore Palace is still in use and is well known for its sweet-tasting water.

4. Vijayanagar Fort

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1 km
from city center
4 out of 11
places to visit in Thanjavur

Vijayanagar Fort is a famous tourist spot is located nearly 2 km from the Brahadeeswara temple. This majestic fort was built by Nayaks and partly by Maratha rulers during the early 1550 AD.

5. Thanjai Mamani Koil

1 km
from city center
5 out of 11
places to visit in Thanjavur

Thanjai Mamani Koil near Thanjavur is a set of three Vishnu temples, together called a Divyadesam. It is among the 108 such more temple premises in India. The temple has a local origin myth that has its roots in one of the many canonical myths about Lord Vishnu. 

6. Alangudi Guru Temple

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30 km
from city center
6 out of 11
places to visit in Thanjavur

Alangudi and its temple are famous for being the Holy Sthala surrounded by the three holy rivers Cauvery, Kolidam and Vennaru. The place and the temple are intimately connected with each other and have some historical, mythological and local folklores tied to its past origin and present legend.

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7. Chandra Bagwan Temple

3.2 /5

13 km
from city center
7 out of 11
places to visit in Thanjavur

Chandra Bhagwan temple is dedicated to the Moon God. Located almost 25km from the town, this temple is largely visited by those who believe that they are under the bad effects of the Moon as per their horoscopes.

8. Bangaru Kamakshi Amman Temple

1 km
from city center
8 out of 11
places to visit in Thanjavur

Bangaru Kamakshi Temple is located in a very well-known and crowded locality of Thanjavur. This temple is situated amidst a few others, but it sure holds its own importance. A large part of its popularity lies in the history and legend of the temple. The word Bangaru means 'gold’. 

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9. Schwartz Church

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The Schwartz church in Thanjavur is one of the oldest churches of India, though it has not gained much popularity throughout the country. It is because unlike the rest, the cornerstone of this church was laid down by an Indian king, Maratha ruler Sarfoji II.

10. Swami Malai Temple

29 km
from city center
10 out of 11
places to visit in Thanjavur

Located in Thanjavur, the Swami Malai temple has great religious significance in the Hindu community of south India. It is one of the Arupadaiveedu, the six main abodes of Murugan, each of which marks the six different phases of his life. 

11. Saraswathi Mahal Library

1 km
from city center
11 out of 11
places to visit in Thanjavur

The Britannica Encyclopaedia enlists the Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library as “the most remarkable library of India”. The library is not only one of the few medieval ones that are still there in the world, but also a well-stocked one. Not just books, the library boasts a large collection of art, paintings, maps and manuscripts as well.

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Day 1 - Start your Journey from the Tanjore Railway Station. Explore the roads from Tanjore to Gangaikonda Cholapuram which was built during medieval India and was erected as the capital of the Cholas. Check into your hotel and enjoy a full course of 'Thanjavur Elai Virundu'. Spend your day roaming around royal palace museum, Tamil Nadu University and the most popular Brihadeeshwara Temple. End your day with a classic supper at Sathars.

Day 2 - Wake up early to get a glimpse of morning activities of the locals. Drink a cup of tea and Thavala Adai with rasam. Set off your journey to palaces, art galleries and sculptures around the city. Overnight at hotel in Tanjore with a dinner consisting of Surul Poli, Pal Payasam and Kozhakottai.

Day 3 - Start your day with the holy blessing of Ramaswamy temple. Visit the Manora Fort in the afternoon and have a delicious brunch of rice and curry in Sree Aariya Bhawan. Pack up your bag and have a blissful journey back home.

How can I commute within Thanjevur?

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How much does a package cost for Thanjevur?

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What are the top sightseeing places in Thanjevur?

The top sightseeing places in Thanjevur are Brahadeshwara Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Shiva Ganga Garden, Vijayanagar Fort, Thanjai Mamani Koil, Alangudi Guru Temple.
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