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Thanjavur City Guide

Attractions : Brihadeeshwarar Temple, Chandra Bhagwan Temple, Shiva Ganga Garden

Thanjavur City Guide was formerly known as Tanjore. The name of the place is derived from the name of legendry Asura "Tanjan" who was killed by Lord Vishnu and Anandawali Amman. This culture rich district is also known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. During the reignof Chola Kings, it gained prominence and glory. After Cholas, Maratha Kings and Nayaks nurtured it with art and culture and it is still an important cultural center in South India. Tanjore painting styles are extremely popular and some of the Thanjavur City Guide monuments are classified as World heritage sites by UNESCO. This city is also known for its cotton and silk saris, Carnatic music and musical instruments.

How to Reach By Air- The nearest airport to Thanjavur is Tiruchirappalli Airport. This domestic airport is about 65 km from the city which has got regular flights to various important cities in the country. The nearest international airport is 300 km far Chennai International Airport.

By Train: Nearest railhead is Trichy Junction which is at a distance of 65 Km from Thajavur. There are regular trains from Trichy to Madurai and Chennai.

By Road : You can get regular bus services of Tamil Nadu Road Corporation. These are the cheapest ways to reach Thanjavur City Guide. Or you can opt for private bus services as well.

Best time to visit In summers the temperature may reach 40 o C in Thanjavur city. The best time to visit this city is between the months of October and March when the temperature is moderate and ideal for tourist visits Thanjavur City Guide.

Tourist Attractions

Brihadeeshwarar Temple- Brihadeeshwarar Temple is also known as Peruvudaiyar Koyil and Rajarajeshwaram. It is is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. Brihadeeshwarar Temple which is also called Big Temple is more than 1000 years old and was built by Raja Raja Chola in 1010 AD. This is India's one of the most important architectural sites and is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Chandra Bhagwan Temple - At a distance of about 25 km from the city is situated a most important navagraha temple which is Chandra Bhagwan Temple and Thanjavur city. This temple is dedicated to Moon God. The devotees come and pray in this temple to ward off the evils and offer raw rice, jiggery and white clothing to the deities in the temple.

Shiva Ganga Garden - It is located near the famous Tanjore Palace and you can see it from the Brihadeeshwarar temple as well. The garden is situated in Shivaganga Fort that was built in 16th century by Nayak ruler Sevappa Nayaka.

Vijayanagar Fort - At a distance of 2 Km from Brihadeeshwarar Temple is located Vijayanagar Fort. This temple was built by Marathas and Nayaka rulers during 1550 AD. Shiva Ganga Garden in situated in this fort and Tanjore Palace, Saraswathi Mahal Library and Sangeeth Mahal are also located nearby.

Vellai Puliar Temple - Thanjavur City Guide has many ancient temples and Vellai Puliar Temple is one of them. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Vellai Puliar means "White Idol of Lord Ganesha". This temple has both the religious and architectural importance and therefore it is one of the centers of the attractions in the city.