Thanjavur

Thanjavur

Located in the top of the southern part of the country, Thanjavur located in the Cauvery delta in Tamil Nadu.

Due to its substantial paddy production, the place popularly referred to as the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu.

Also known for its agricultural activities and because of its agricultural produce, known as the granary of south India.

The district bounded by the green paddy fields, coconut trees and vegetation all around.

Thanjavur located quite close to the well-known town of Tirucirapalli.

The place one of the oldest cities in India and exists since the times of the Chola Kings.

Ruled by Nayaks and Maratta kings who integrated the art and culture into the monuments like Grand Anaicut, The Big Temple, The Serfoji Mahal Library, etc.

The place has a mythological background attached to it making it a divine place.

Popularly known as Mother Cauvery, which is clearly evident from ‘Kaviri-Thala-Puranam’. The river flowing in the district named as Ponni, because believed that it yields ‘pon’ meaning gold in the form of paddy.

Also said that every bit of earth in the place a piece of gold.

The reason why often said, especially among the natives, that every iota of the earth of this city equal to an iota of gold.

In Tamil literature, the tillers are rightly called as the sons of the Cauvery as they alone are worthy of this title for the rich production of grains in this fertile soil.

This city regarded as the major learning centre for culture and education.

Home to art and architecture and has given birth to one of the most popular classical form of dance called Bharatanatyam.

The carnatic form of music also has its origination from this city along with Tanjore paintings.

The place is full of rich with culture and music and still holds the essence of olden times. The people here speak one of the ancient languages of the country, Tamil.

Famous for among the pilgrims.

Things To Do in Thanjavur

The Brihadeeswara Temple or the Big temple, prime tourist attractionwhich built in the early 11th century by Rajaraja Chola I.

The other popular religious spots offered by this city ,Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Schwartz Church, Thirumananjeri Temple, Thiruvannamalai Temple, Vellai Puliar Temple and Airavatesvara Temple among others.

This city hosts a music festival in the month of January in honour of the south Indian saint Thyagaraja.

Every twelve years, the Mahamaham Fair held at Kumbakonam.

The next Mahamaham Fair will be held in 2016.

Also known for its handicrafts by highly competent craftsmen.

Also famous for silk weaving; tourists can buy the typical large border silk sarees here.

Another thing that tourists can pick up from Thanjavur are Tanjore paintings, which are in demand all the over the world.

How to reach Thanjavur

Thanjavur well connected by air, rail and road. Trichy international airport serves as the closest airport from Thanjavur which is at a distance of 58 km.

Lots of regular flights connecting Trichy to Chennai (345 km), Bangalore (390 km) and other major cities.

Tourists can hire cabs from the airport to reach Thanjavur which costs around Rs 1000. Trichy railhead

closest railhead, which is at a distance of 58 km

There are regular train services from Trichy to Madurai and Chennai.

Thanjavur well connected to all major cities of the state by Tamil Nadu road transport corporation buses.

There are regular bus services to Thanjavur from Trichy and Madurai.

Private buses ply from Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Chennai and Bangalore to reach Thanjavur.

The best time to visit the place is during the winter season which is pleasant with comfortable weather.

Summers are hot and humid and not the best time to visit.

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