Discover Thanjavur

Once the capital of the great Chola Empire, Thanjavur is now a bustling modern city. It lies in the fertile Kaveri Delta, a region often referred to as the ‘rice bowl of Tamil Nadu’.

For nearly a thousand years, this great town dominated the political history of the region as the capital of three powerful dynasties – the Cholas, the Nayaks and the Marathas. The magnificent Brihadeeshwara Temple is the most important Chola monument a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the Royal Palace dates to the Nayaka Maratha periods.

Things to do in Thanjavur

The culture extends beyond temples and palaces, to encompass classical music and dance. It is also a flourishing centre for bronze sculpture and painting.

  • Plenteous Chola Temples – Step back in time as you marvel at the collection of Chola Temples, built between the 11th and 12th century by the kings of the Chola Empire. Brihadeeswara is the most popular of the temples, stunning architecture, tall tower, superb sculptures, and shrines to many Indian deities
  • The Regal Maratha Palace constructed by the Narak and Maratha dynasties, is not to be missed. Take in the brightly coloured frescos and shady, crumbling courtyards as you tour the compelling maze of rooms
  • Magical Music -Thanjavur is said to be the birthplace of Carnatic music, the traditional music of southern India, mainly improvised around melodies passed down from generation to generation. Catch strains of this diverse, unique and captivating sound as you wander the streets
  • Super shopping – Thanjavur  is awash with distinctive souvenirs to take home. Bag yourself a Thanjavur Dancing doll, art plate, painting or a saree made from Thirubhuvanam silk. Or even a sitar-like Veena if you’re a music lover

The best way to see Thanjavur

If you would like to visit Thanjavur, why not take a look at one of our wonderful ATOL and ABTA protected holidays?  Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and the tours mentioned are just examples to help inspire you. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email for more information.