Thanjavur or also known as Tanjore is a very beautiful city full of various tourist attractions it is situated in south India in the Tamilnadu State. This city is the main location for south Indian religion, art and architecture. Also, the great Chola Temples are mainly situated in and around this place which makes this place the main tourist attraction. All of these Chola Temples are included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Monuments so tourists from all around the world visit this place to see these beautiful temples and enjoy the beautiful architecture of the temples. There are mainly three of such Chola Temples and the foremost among them is the Brihadeeswarar Temple which is located in the exact center of the city. Not only for temples Thanjavur is also famous for various different things like Tanjore Paintings which is a unique and different style of painting. Thanjavur India is a city which is located in the Thanjavur district. Today we will see why this place is so important and how you need to visit this place at least once in your lifetime.
First off we will start by how you can reach this place. There are various ways of transportation which you can use to reach this place.
If you are planning to visit this place via flight then let me warn you that this place has now Airport of its own. the nearest Airport is a domestic airport which is located in Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu which is approximately 50km away from the Thanjavur. There is also another airport at Puducherry which is approximately 150km away from the Thanjavur. Both of them are domestic airports, so if you are visiting from a foreign country then you will need to switch out your flights. I would recommend you to use the Tiruchirappalli airport as it is the nearest airport to the city.
Once you have landed there you can use other public transportation services like buses or trains or you can just rent a car or hire some cab company to drop you off to the Thanjavur. the approximate journey time would depend upon the mode you choose, if you chose to drive there or use a bus it would take you around 2 hours or by train, you can just reach the main station within just one hour.
If you are not interested in flights then you can simply take some express trains which will directly halt at Thanjavur. Thanjavur is well connected to the other cities via the railway network. the distance between Chennai to Thanjavur is almost of 400km. So the driving would take you around 6 hours to reach you there. If you are coming from Mumbai or any other city then I would really recommend you to use the Train.
I think Trains are possibly the cheapest and fastest way to reach the Thanjavur. There are many trains available from all around the India which will directly help you to reach the Thanjavur Station.
Now that you have seen how you can reach this beautiful place, let’s talk about various Tourist attractions in the Thanjavur. Following are some of the main places which you should definitely visit if you are planning on to visit the Thanjavur.
The city of Thanjavur is also known as the city of temples. It is one of the important cities in Tamilnadu because of its rich value and heritage. The main attraction of this city is the Chola Temple or also known as the Brahadeshwara Temple. This temple is also listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Monument. This Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and it is mainly famous for its Dravidian Architecture Style. The temple is really a sight to see. It is huge and it is made from the Granite stones. A must visit Temple not only for religious purposes but also for its Architecture style
This is also a very famous tourist spot which is located just near the Brahadeshwara Temple. It is just approximately 2km away from the temple. This is a majestic fort which was built around 1500 A.D. mainly by Nayaks and then partly by Marathas. In this fort, you will find many interesting things like Tanjore Palace, Sangeetha Mahal, Library and many art galleries that include unique sculptures and paintings. The famous Shiv Ganga garden is also a part of this Fort.
Another one of the Chola Temple which is also located in the Thanjavur. It’s also one of the best examples of the Dravidian Architecture. It stands next to the beautiful Brahadeshwara Temple. This temple is re known for having one of the biggest Shiv Lingam in South India.
THANJAVUR ROYAL PALACE AND ART GALLERY
This is one of the most ancient museums in town. This place holds many of the ancient items such as Sculptures, Paintings images and other Ancient artifacts. If you are interested in knowing the detail of Thanjavur during the early period then this is the best place you can go to. You will be able to see many of the earlier paintings from Chola age, The various statues and sculptures from the Pallava dynasty and Chola Dynasty. this Thanjavur palace is a total mix of Ruins and renovation.
this temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that one will be completely free from the Shani Dasa Or Bad Period or partially free by praising Lord Shiva by taking a bath at the Brahma Teertham and praying to lord Shiva in their wet clothes. This temple was also built by the Chola’s in the 12th Century.
THE SERFOJI SARASVATI MAHAL LIBRARY
This is one of the oldest libraries in the Asia. If you are interested in learning more and gaining knowledge then you can go online and see all the oldest manuscripts which are available for the public. If you want to see some very old manuscripts then that can also be arranged by just requesting them online.
Above mentioned are some of the main things that are a must see if you are planning to visit the Tanjore. Now that you know how to reach there and what things to see the main question arises what is the best time to visit this place?
Well, I think the duration between October to March. Because during these periods the climate is very calm. If you try to visit during the months of April to June you will be facing a lot of Heat and since there are a lot of temples which you are going to be visiting they will ask you to remove your footwear, So it will be hard to be walking on the temple rocks while it’s hot.
Also during the months of June to September, the monsoon season is going on, So if you don’t want to mess up your travel plans just because of some rain then it is really advisable that you should visit this temple during the period of October To March. In these months the heat is not that heavy, and also there are very low chances of rain so you will be able to easily enjoy your trip
If you are not the religious kind of person but do have interest in Architecture and other ancient things then Thanjavur is a place for you. You will be truly having a one of a kind experience when you visit this place. If you are worried about the stay then don’t worry Thanjavur also has many Hotels which will provide you with comfortable service and will help you relax. The hotel prices range from various price points but don’t worry even if you are not so great on your trip budget then also there are many hotels which will provide you with enough services and accommodation.
Thanjavur is also known as the Temple city, it holds very importance in the mind of South Indian People. You will definitely enjoy your time here, You will be amazed with the Chola Temples and the rich tradition of this city, If you visit the museums you will understand why this city is one of the holiest cities in India, and why it holds so much importance in our heart.
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