The Vijayanagar Fort is located about 2 km to the northeast of Brahadeeswara temple in Thanjavur city of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most popular and important historical monuments in India. It is a splendid fort which is situated at a distance of two kms from the north eastern part of exotic Brihadeshwar Temple which is popularly known as the Big temple. Some people also call it the Boro Mandir.
Located in the state of Tamilandu, Thanjavur also known by the name Tanjore is an interesting place to visit for holiday and pilgrimage tour. Thanjavur the capital of the mighty Cholas for centuries is not only known for its magnificent glory of nature but also the cultural heritage that depicts the beauty of the era that once lived and left some resplendent memories in the form of heritage (palaces, temples). While here one can see many exciting and elaborate work of arts that brings back the glorious past of Thanjavur and let one soak the timeless beauty on their visit. To make the most out of your tour, it is always advisable to go with Kerala packages that comes with well organised services and well planned by the experience travel experts, keeping in view of the comfort and the expenses for every package. Just choose one and explore the unseen beauty of Thanjavur with utmost joy and comfort.
Tourist Attractions in Thanjavur
Thanjavur Maratha Palace Complex
Constructed by the Thanjavur Nayak Kingdom, Thanjavur Maratha Palace Complex also known by the name Aranmanai is the official residence of the Bhonsle Family, who rules over this region for centuries from 1674 to 1855. The intricating palace complex comprises of Durbar Hall, Sadar Mahal Palace and queen’s courtyard. It is one of the major tourism attractions of Thanjavur which is visited by huge number of tourists even today.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, brihadeshwar Temple in Thanjavur is one of the most popular temples of the state constructed by the Rajaraja Chola I in the early 11th century. Built in a drividian style of architect, Brihadeshwar Temple is visited by huge number of devotees of Shiva. The main attraction of the temple is the Shivalinga which is of 2.7 metres in height.
Recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Dharasuram is another popular temple in the city built by the Chola King Rajaraja II. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and more importantly it is intricately designed and carvings of various dancers, musicians and acrobats put up the whole show, making it count the glory of the era and how enthusiastic rulers were when it comes to devotion towards gods.
Thanjavur Art Gallery
Also known as Tanjore Art Gallery, the beautiful gallery was built by the Nayaks in 1600 A.D with beautiful arts and sculptures of South India that speaks about glorious Tamil History. The beautiful paintings and the artefacts were recovered from the Chola Dynasty between 9th to 13th Century A.D and from 17th to 18th Century and from the Pallava Dynasty. The beautiful gallery has wide collection which is an asset that describes the glorious history and the era that speak about the nayaks, chola dynasty and the Tamil History.
Built by Maratha ruler, Serfoji II, Manora Fort is located just 65 kms from the heart of the city. The towering fort which is now a major tourist attraction was built to commemorate the successful advance of British in India over Nepoleon Bonaparte. The 8 storied fort which is 23 metres in height is a beautiful place to be and the location serves as the perfect weekend gateway.
One of the most prized and precious monument in Thanjavur, Schwartz Church also known as Christ Church was built in 18th century. The church which is centuries old speaks a lot about the Tanjore Colonial era. The church was founded by Danish Missionary Reverend Frederik Christian Schwartz.
Beside these wonderful attractions there are many other interesting sights to withness while in Thanjavur. Few more to add to the list of tourist attractions are Siva Ganga Garden, Mariamman Temple, Nageswaram Temple, Sharja Madi, Hall of Music, etc.
There is not much to go for activities in Thanjavur but one can take part in the interesting activity to know about the various procedures carried out for Silk making. The classy silk are made in unique way by the expert craftsmen ship of Thanjavur.
Shopping is another interesting activity to enjoy while in Thanjavur. The place is known for its silk saris which are displayed in shops and market for sale. Dancing dolls are also the perfect memento to take back home after a tour.
Known for its historical importance, wide collection of historical paraphernalia, Thanjavur Royal Palace is one of the major tourism attractions of the city that enchants visitors from far and wide. Once the official residence of the Nayak Kings of Thanjavur, the place is located beautifully within the inspiring atmosphere of the Vijayanagara Fort is embedded with embellishment of royal treasure as it passed from one era of the rulers to the others.
The Thanjavur art gallery is located in the Thanjavur or Tanjore city of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Tanjore Art Gallery. This gallery is located inside the Thanjavur Royal Palace which was built by the Nayakas in around 1600 AD. This city is an important centre of South Indian religion, art and architecture and thus an integral part of the history of this place. This gallery was established in 1951 and is built adjacent to a huge building which also houses the Saraswati Library and the Sangeetha Sabha or Music Hall.
Sivaganga Park is a beautiful a recreational park and an ideal chill-out spot for visitors of all age. Regardless of the whether condition and season, the park offers a lot of fun to keep one active and amused. This park is actually not just a garden but it consist varieties of recreational activities such as terrestrial games and aquatic games. Besides, the park has a decent collection beautiful flower plants and some birds and animals. The park lately has emerged as one of the major attraction of Thanjavur for students, youth and tourists.
The Manora fort is one of an important historical monument that is located about 65 kms from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. It was built by the Maratha ruler Serfoji in the year 1814 – 15 to commemorate the successful victory of the British over Napoleon Bonaparte of France. It is a 8 storied, hexagonal tower, which is 23 metres high overlooking the Bay of Bengal. The name of the fort is derived from the word ‘Minaret’ as it looks like one.
The Grand Anicut, also known as Kallanai is one of the most ancient dams of the world. It is built across the Kaveri River in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu. This dam is located as about a distance of 15 kms from Tiruchirapalli and was originally constructed by a Chola king Karikalan around the 2nd century AD. This is one of the oldest water regulator structures in the world that is still in use. It has immensely benefited the local people as well the state in many ways.
Thanjavur has always been a hub of historical accounts and shopping here could be dynamic as dimension of articles represents their culture and tradition which is intact with evolution of local people. The best part about shopping here is, it comprises culture and history in its carving and artistic work and that would probably give you a better idea about their aesthetic approach esthetic nature. So come here the city awaits you with its lights and colors to take your breath away.
Thanjavur is a culinary delight for the foodies to the city. It has many vegetarian and non vegetarian restaurants serving continental and traditional delicacies at reasonable price. South Indian delicacies are the major foods served in the restaurant but you can also savour North Indian and some international cuisine. Staffs in the restaurants are also very well cultured and courteous.
Thanjavur, formerly Tanjore is a wonderful tourist destination and is well known for temples and magnificent architecture. It is also a major pilgrimage centre of Tamil Nadu. A large number of visitors including leisure travelers as well as devotees across the state visit the place every year. The city has well maintained roadways and railway tracks which make it quite easy for the travelers to reach here.