Tanjore

Places to visit in Tanjore

Tanjore travel guide

Famously known as the 'Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu', Tanjore has more credentials to its credit to be the most sought after tourist destination in the South Indian State Tamil Nadu. The Great Living Chola Temple recognized by the UNESCO , Lord Bragatheeswarar Temple is the landmark of Tanjore. The temple was built by the famous Chola King Raja Raja Cholan

In and around the Tanjore, a number of UNESCO world heritage monuments and living Chola shrines are located. The place is also the home of famous Tanjore painting, an exclusive style of this territory. Due to the patronage of the Chola Kings on art and culture, Tanjore witnessed a tremendous growth and still it is the place known for its musicians, dancers and artistes.

Places of attraction in Tanjore:


Among all, Lord Brihadeeswara Temple, also known as the Big Temple, is the place never to be missed in Tanjore.The huge temple built before 1000 years stands as an engineering marvel. The temple is famous for its magnificent lingam and the bull facing the sanctum. The 220 feet tower atop the sanctum has a huge single stone weighing 80 tonnes is still a mystery and the shadow of the tower never falls down.

The other important places are the Saraswathi Mahal Library containing manuscripts of 1700 years old heritage, the palace and the Durbar Hall from where the Kings ruled the city and the Sivaganga park.

Every place in Tanjore will tell you a story of 1000 years old, rich in culture and heritage.

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Palace : The architectural wonder built during the period of Nayaks and Marathas is the Tanjore Palace. The palace has spread over an area of ten acres with gigantic corridors, very spacious halls and beautiful towers and shady patios. Sangeetha Mahal, Art Gallery, Saraswathi Mahal Library are functioning inside the palace attracting large number of tourists.

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  • Foreigner Rs. 30/-, Indian Rs. 7/-.
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Saraswathi Mahal Library :This got opened between the periods of 1535 AD & 1673 for the sovereigns of Nayaks. Later on the library was extended by the Maratha kings between the periods of 1673 AD & 1855. Thousands of books were added to this library during the realm of Sarabhoji II. The library contains assortments of rare as well as illustrated manuscripts in both Indian & European languages. There are more than 20,000 palm leaf manuscripts and very rare Sanskrit books collected from various locations available in this Library.

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  • 9.00 AM - 1.00 PM & 2.00 PM - 5.00 PM
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Nayak Art Gallery : The bronze figurines and stone statuettes dating back to the 12th century are portraying the art and culture in this gallery.

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  • Rs 60/- for foreigners & Rs 7/- for Indians(No charge for child, age up to 5 yrs ).
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Maratha Durbar Hall : This splendid hall was built by Shahji II during 1684. It has elaborately bedecked walls, pillars and ceilings. At present the Durbar Hall features the Rajaraja Museum & Art Gallery with an imposing set of bronze as well as stone statues dating back from 7th to 20th centuries.

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  • Rs 50/- for foreigners & Rs 10/-for Indians.
  • 10.00 AM - 1.00 PM & 2.00 PM to 5.00 AM
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  • Rs. 100/-, Rs. 50/-

Sivagangai Garden :This is an attractive park. It is situated to the North side of the Big Temple. The garden features a fine collection of gorgeous and beautiful birds, flowers and animals.

Tamil University :This University was set up in 1981. It is engaged in higher study as well as research in Tamil. This is the only University where research works on Lexicography are carried out. The complex has been built in such a way that from the aerial view, the buildings look like the tamil word Tamil.It also has a fine collection of music instruments and coins.

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Day Excursion from Tanjore

Tanjore - Velankanni (Vailankanni) - Tanjore :renowned for the Roman Catholic Church on the Seashore of Bay of Bengal,Velankanni Is a small town which can be reached in two hours drive from Tanjore. Thousands of pilgrims across all religions worship the Lady of Good Health who answers to all our prayers.

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Tanjore-Tranquebar- Tanjore : The place famously known as Tharangambadi, situated at 120kms from Tanjore. The place is also famous as the 'Place of the singing waves'. It is a panchayat town in the district of Nagapattinam and is approximately 100 km south of Pondicherry close to the junction of a tributary of River Cauvery. From 1620 to 1845, the place was a Danish colony in India.

Tranquebar Beach : : It is a sea-side hamlet, where the Danish traders settled for employment and trade. On The right hand side of the village, there is a beautiful palace which was once the residence of the Danish Governors

Tanjore-Gangaikondacholapuram- Tanjore : The replica of the Lord Brihadeeswarar Temple built by Rajendra Cholan,son of the great King Raja Raja Cholan is the Shiva Temple in Gangai Konda Cholapuram. Situated at a distance of 35 km from Kumbakonam and 75 km from Tanjore, the architectural marvel will make you spell bound. The significance of this temple is that the sanctum is designed in a temperature controlled strategy. The sanctum remains hot during winter and cool during summer.On the roof and on the walls, there are 42 Chola style sculptures. Winter is the best period to pay a trip to this place.

This day trip will enlighten you on the many similarities that exist between the temples at Tanjore and GangaiKonda Cholapuram.

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Fort :In 1620 A.D., this fort was constructed by a Danish navy officer. Locals call it Dansborg Fort.The fort is still found there posing like a rock and is 100m away from the beach. It consists of two levels;the Rooms joining the Rampart wall at the bottom level were utilized as prison, godown, plus rest area for the warriors. The upper or higher level was reserved for the abode of the Governor & the Priests. Under the Monuments and Archaeological Sites & Remains Act of 1966, it has been declared at a historically important monumental site.

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  • Indians Rs.5/- & Foreigners - Rs.50/-
  • 10.00AM-2PM & 3.00PM-6.00 PM
  • Rs. 100/-
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Fairs, Festivals and Celebrations :

Dance Festival :Every year, the festival of dance & music takes place the Brihadeeswarar temple on every 2nd & 4th Saturdays of a month.

Thiruvaiyaru Music Festival : The annual feast for the music lovers all over the world is the Thyagaraja Aaradhana celebrated in memory of the great Carnatic music saint Thyagaraja. The festival is celebrated in a grand manner at a place called Thiruvaiyaru which is just 14 km from Tanjore. Hundreds of renowned musicians, instrumentalists, those who have just started as beginners in music and a huge crowd of audiences assemble in front of the Thyagaraja Temple and pay their homage to the legend in the form of music. This mega event generally falls in the month of January Every year.

Birth Anniversary of King Raja Raja Chola The birthday of the King Raja Raja Chola based on his birth star Sadhyam in the Tamil month of Aippasi is rejoiced as 'Sadhaya Vizha' at Tanjore.It is celebrated as a mega event in the Brihadeeswarar Temple premises during October every year.

Pradosham : This festival is celebrated in Big Temple every month. Legends are that all Gods and Devas get assembled in Shiva shrines during the period of Pradosham. The festival falls once in 15 days and regarded most propitious by Saivites, just about 2 days before either on Full moon day (Pournami) or new moon day (Amavasya).

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