A wonderful tourist destination widely identified as Tanjore, Thanjavur is located in the state of Tamil Nadu and is the headquarters of Thanjavur District. Its name has been derived from ‘Tanjan’ the legendary Asura in the Hindu mythology. It is also an important pilgrim center of the state.

Some of the famous tourist destinations of the city include Thanjavur Royal Palace, Siva Ganga Garden, Sangeetha Mahal, Nandi Bull, Airavateswara Temple, Swami Malai Temple, Vellai Puliar Temple, Grand Anicut Thanjavur Art Gallery and Brihadeshwar temple etc.

The city is very famous for agricultural activities and is believed to be the granary of South India because of its agricultural produce. It is intensively known for its Tanjore paintings, cotton sarees and handloom silk sarees which are in demand worldwide.


The best season to visit Thanjavur is the winters and the onset of summers. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for sightseeing. The best months to visit are October, November, December, January, February and March.

The summers are hot and dry and are generally avoided by the tourists. The month of March marks the start of summer season and it lasts till May. Temperature ranges between 26°C to 37°C during these months.

June marks the beginning of Monsoon season and it lasts till September. Heavy rainfall is experienced by the region in the months of July and August.

The city experiences winters in the months of December to February. The temperature remains in the comfortable 20°C – 29°C during these months. These are the best months to visit Thanjavur.

How to Reach

The nearest International Airport is Tiruchirappalli International Airport, Tamil Nadu, roughly one hour drive from Thanjavur. Tiruchirappalli International Airport is well connected to major cities and countries.

The nearest Railway Station is Trichy Junction, located at a distance of 58 km from Thanjavur. It is also well connected to major cities.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Airavateswara Temple: The panchayat town of Darasuram is nestled at a distance of around 3 km from Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. It is popular for being the abode of the 12th century old Airavateswara temple built by Rajaraja Chola II. The temple is one of the finest examples of Dravidian style architecture that has now been recorded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple possesses intricate sculptures on the walls that resemble Hinduism and art and architecture typical to any temple of South India. The Airavateswara Temple is not only a paradise for pilgrims, but also an excellent learning spot for those who want to inculcate the richness and vivacity of Indian temple art and architecture.

Thanjavur Royal Palace: Thanjavur Royal Palace is one of the famous historical destinations which is located within the Vijayanagara Fort complex. This palace was the house of the Nayak Kings of Thanjavur and was constructed in 16th century. Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Durbar Hall, Nayak Hall, and the arsenal tower are the main attractions of this Palace.

Grand Anicut: A popular tourist destination, Grand Anicut is located at a distance of 47 km from the city. This place is known as Kallanai and is one of the oldest dams of the world. This attractive site was made in 1st Century AD on the Cauvery River by the Chola King Karikalan.

Thanjavur Art Gallery: Located within the Thanjavur Royal Palace, Thanjavur Art Gallery is a renowned tourist site of the town. This Art Gallery offers a big collection of bronze and stone statues and idols belonging to the Chola period. The Gallery reminds of 8th to 18th centuries and an idol of Raja Serfoji is the main attraction of this Thanjavur Art Gallery.

Brihadeshwar Temple: Brihadeshwar temple is one of the famous tourist attractions of Thanjavur which is also known as Rajarajesvaram and is devoted to Lord Shiva. This temple was constructed by Rajaraja Chola I in the early 11th century and was made in Dravidian style of architecture. Shivalinga is amid the prime attraction of this temple which is 2.7 m in height.

Swami Malai Temple: Swami Malai temple is at a distance of 35 km from Thanjavur and lies atop a 60 feet high artificial hillock. This temple is listed among the six sacred houses of Lord Murugan and others include Palani, Pazhamudhircholai, Thiruparamkundram, Thiruthani and Thiruchendur.

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