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1. Brihadeeswara Temple

Brihadeeswara Temple
Top Attraction 4.4 /5

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The biggest attraction of Thanjavur - The Brihadeeswara 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. Saraswathi Mahal Library

Saraswathi Mahal Library

1 km
from city center
2 out of 15
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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.

3. Shiva Ganga Garden

Shiva Ganga Garden
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1 km
from city center
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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

Vijayanagar Fort
Top Attraction 3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
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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. Alangudi Guru Temple

Alangudi Guru Temple
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30 km
from city center
5 out of 15
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.

6. Bangaru Kamakshi Amman Temple

Bangaru Kamakshi Amman Temple

1 km
from city center
6 out of 15
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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’. 

7. Schwartz Church

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.

8. Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Top Attraction 4.0 /5

59 km
from city center
8 out of 15
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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.

9. Swami Malai Temple

Swami Malai Temple

29 km
from city center
9 out of 15
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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. 

10. Chandra Bagwan Temple

Chandra Bagwan Temple
3.2 /5

13 km
from city center
10 out of 15
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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.

11. Thanjai Mamani Koil

Thanjai Mamani Koil

1 km
from city center
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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. 

12. Thanjavur Maratha Palace

Thanjavur Maratha Palace
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1 km
from city center
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Highlights: Bell Tower (Maadamaaligai), Raja Serfoji Memo (Read More)rial Hall, Royal Family’s Temple, Sculptures, Secret Chambers, and Underground Tunnel

The Thanjavur Maratha Palace, locally known as Aranmanai, is not just an architectural masterpiece but also the official residence of the Bhonsle family, rulers of Thanjavur from 1674 to 1855. Steeped in history, this palace is a striking blend of Maratha, Nayak, and European architectural styles, making it a cultural gem nestled in the heart of Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

13. Shri Mariamman Kovil Punnainallur

Shri Mariamman Kovil Punnainallur

5 km
from city center
13 out of 15
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Shri Mariamman Kovil Punnainallur, located near Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, is a renowned Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Mariamman. The temple has a rich history and is known for its unique architectural features, reflecting the Dravida style of temple architecture and the cultural heritage of the Chola Empire.

14. Royal Palace Museum

Royal Palace Museum
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1 km
from city center
14 out of 15
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Highlights: Royal Objects and Artifacts, Darbar Hall Pain (Read More)tings, Thanjavur Art Gallery, Sculptures and Coins, Bhikshatana Murti Sculpture, Mysore Tipu Sultan's Copper Coins, Baleen Whale Skeleton, Durbar Hall & Sangita Mahal

The Royal Palace Museum, located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, is a treasure trove of history and artistry. The museum is part of the expansive Thanjavur Palace complex, which also includes the famous Saraswathi Mahal Library and an art gallery. The Royal Museum showcases a diverse collection of artifacts, paintings, books, and memorabilia that provide insights into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

15. Day trip to Kumbakonam

Day trip to Kumbakonam

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Places To Visit in Thanjavur

A day trip to Kumbakonam from Thanjavur offers a fascinating exploration of South India's cultural and religious heritage. Known for its numerous temples and architectural marvels, Kumbakonam is just a short drive away, making it an ideal destination for a day excursion. Visitors can marvel at the intricately designed temples, experience the spiritual ambiance, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this historic town.

FAQs on Thanjavur

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.

How much does a package cost for Thanjevur?

The packages for Thanjevur start at INR 8000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

How can I commute within Thanjevur?

Auto rickshaw, tourist cabs, cycle rickshaws are available.
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Can you suggest an itinerary for Thanjevur?

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.
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