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Thiruvarur Tourism

Thiruvavur, also written as Tiruvarur, is a municipality town nestled in Tamil Nadu, India. Famed for its antiquity, the town has been ruled by multiple groups at varied times including Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire, Later Pandyas, Marathas, and the British. 

A charming temple town situated at the tip of three rivers: Valaiyar, Sukumar, and Odambokki Rivers, Thiruvarur is well-known for its popular point of interest, one of the vast temple complexes in India, Thyagaraja temple. With agriculture holding its primary root, and an abundance of water flow, Thiravarur is a place immersed in the peaceful atmosphere of temple tanks, lakes, and multiple rivers, and lush greenery. 

Administrative headquarters of Tiruvarur Taluk and Tiruvarur district, the town is renowned for being Chola empire’s one of the five traditional capitals, where Kulothunga from Chola I acquired Thiruvarur as his capital. Agriculture being the primary occupation in the town, Thiruvarur is a part of the Cauvery delta region, with Odambokki river flowing through the town’s centre. Thiruvaru rose into popularity because of Thyagaraja Temple and its chariot festival held every April. The town is also known for the birth of Trinity of Carnatic music by the world-famous Thiruvarur residents Muthuswami Dikshitar, Tyagaraja, and Syama Sastri from the 18th century.

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Culture of Thiruvarur

Chariot Festival

Thyagarajaswamy temple’s annual chariot festival is held from April to May, similar to that of the Tamil month of Chitrai. The chariot is one of a kind and is renowned for being the largest chariot in the world and Tamil Nadu. It boasts a height of 90 feet (27 meters) and weighs about 300 tonnes (300,000 kg). The chariot traverses through the streets that encompass the temple. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the state.
After the occurrence of the chariot festival, it is followed by the float festival, also known as Theppam. There is also a Carnatic music festival held every year that is attended by a vast audience.


Being a really small town, certain basic amenities or items may not be available here, unlike other big cities.
Since Thiruvarur is a temple town, it is best to dress conservatively.
Exploring the town after dark isn’t advisable, as the locals head home early and the streets will be completely deserted.

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What is famous about Thiruvarur?

The town is a cultural town filled with temples and lakes. If serenity, admiring architecture, getting immersed in the culture, and learning about traditions is what visitors are after, Thiruvarur is the best place to be.

What is not so good about Thiruvarur?

Since it is a small town and a temple town, everything shuts early with no nightlife.

What is not so good about Thiruvarur?

Since it is a small town and a temple town, everything shuts early with no nightlife.

Who should visit Thiruvarur?

People who are deep-rooted in Indian culture, tradition, architecture, and nature can visit Thiruvarur. Solo-travelers, families, and couples who fit under this bill would love this small town.

What is the best time to visit Thiruvarur?

Although tourists flock to this quaint temple town throughout the year, the best time to visit Thiruvarur is between December and March, which is considered as winter season. Furthermore, the weather in winter seems favourable for tourists to visit and explore Thiruvarur.

The average temperature in this season range from 17-degree to 30-degree Celsius. The summer months from March to May has dry and hot weather with temperature ranging up to 40-degree Celsius. And the months from June to September is the wet season featuring heavy showers, making this time unpleasant and unfavourable to visit Thiruvarur.
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What is the best way to reach Thiruvarur?

  • By Air: The closest airport is the Civil Airport (TRZ), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu around 102 km away. Pondicherry Airport is 121 km away.
  • By Rail: Thiruvarur is well connected to the railway network with its own train station - Thiruvarur Junction (TVR)
  • By Road: You can hire taxis or take buses to reach Thiruvarur from nearby cities.

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What are the places near Thiruvarur?

The top places near to Thiruvarur are Pondicherry which is 129 km from Thiruvarur, Velankanni which is located 24 km from Thiruvarur, Chettinad which is located 23 km from Thiruvarur, Kumbakonam which is located 34 km from Thiruvarur, Mayiladuthurai which is located 36 km from Thiruvarur

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