Discover Tanjore (Thanjavur)
The city of Thanjavur or Tanjore, 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. T
oday, Tanjore’s 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.
Regal Maratha Palace
The 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.
Tanjore (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.
Tanjore 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.
How to visit Tanjore (Thanjavur)
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