Scattered with gorgeous monuments, a legacy of the mighty Cholas, and ancient temples that are works of art, Thanjavur (popularly called Tanjore), in Tamil Nadu, stands as a glorious tribute to its former kings. At the heart of the town, is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brihadeeswarar Temple that was built in the 11th century and is adorned with unique carvings and sculptures, along with inscriptions that give an account of life 1,000 years ago. While the temples are awe-inspiring, the city's opulent palaces are no less, testifying of the grandeur of the ancient Dravidian civilisation.


A true embodiment of South Indian art and craft, Thanjavur boasts a fine selection of traditional handcrafted items like bobblehead dolls, the divine Tanjore paintings and palm leaf articles. Thanjavur is also popular for classical music and Bharatnatyam dance. It is the birthplace of the percussion instrument thavil, popularly used in Indian classical music.


Fringed by several quaint towns, Thanjavur acts as the gateway to serene destinations like Chidambaram, famous for the Chidambaram Natarajar Temple and Nagore, about 85 km away, that is revered by Muslims.

Legend has it that Thanjavur has been named after a demon, Tanjan, who was killed in a battle by Lord Vishnu. His last request was that the region be named after him, which was granted by the lord.

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Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Housed within the majestic Thanjavur Palace, Art Gallery displays an...

Schwartz Church

Schwartz Church

One of the oldest churches in the region, Schwartz Church is an...

Nagore

Nagore

Lying about 85 km from the city, Nagore is a popular pilgrimage...

Darasuram

Darasuram

Lying on the outskirts of the city, the town of Darasuram is best...

Gangaikondacholapuram

Gangaikondacholapuram

With lush green landscapes surrounding it, the temple established by...

Rajarajan Manimandapam

Rajarajan Manimandapam

Located in the southern part of Thanjavur, this mandapam was built to...

Brihadeeswarar Temple / Peruvudaiyar Kovil Temple

Brihadeeswarar Temple / Peruvudaiyar Kovil Temple

Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja I, a great Chola ruler, the...

Sivaganga Fort Complex

Sivaganga Fort Complex

Sivaganga Fort Complex is an amalgamation of several sites and it...

Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary

Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary

With tidal swamps, dry evergreen forests and mangroves, the sanctuary...

Velankanni

Velankanni

Located about 100 km from Thanjavur, the town of Velankanni is best...

Saraswathi Mahal Library

Saraswathi Mahal Library

An integral part of Thanjavur Palace, Saraswathi Mahal Library is a...

Vaitheeswaran Koil

Vaitheeswaran Koil

This town is best known for the Vaidyanatha Swamy Temple, which is...

Thiruvaiyaru

Thiruvaiyaru

Situated on the banks of River Cauvery, this town lies on the...

Tiruvarur

Tiruvarur

The town of Tiruvarur is renowned as the birthplace of Saint...

Thirunallar

Thirunallar

Lying at a distance of 90 km from Thanjavur, Thirunallar Temple is...

Thanjavur Palace

Thanjavur Palace

In the chronicles of history, Thanjavur Palace has a unique place as...

Mayiladuthurai

Mayiladuthurai

Rooted in history, Mayiladuthurai is a popular pilgrimage site....

Tranquebar

Tranquebar

Once a Danish colony, Tranquebar is nothing less than a paradise for...

Manora Tower

Manora Tower

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Manora Fort has been built as an...

Swamimalai

Swamimalai

Lying in close proximity to Thanjavur, Swamimalai Temple, dedicated...

Tamil University

Tamil University

One of the largest universities in the state, the Tamil University is...

Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam (Coommbaconum) is an idyllic town skirted by Cauvery and...

Chidambaram

Chidambaram

About 110 km from Thanjavur, the holy town of Chidambaram is noted...

madurai

madurai

One of the oldest living cities, Madurai, holds the soul of Tamil...

tiruchirapalli

tiruchirapalli

Lying along the banks of River Cauvery, the ancient city of...

rameswaram

rameswaram

Nestled in Pamban Island that is shaped like a conch, Rameswaram, in...