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Here is where images from the past come together to paint the collage of a glorious city; a work of art in itself. that reflects the richness of culture and heritage that adorns this land. Thanjavur is a destination unlike any other.

Stretches of temples that speak volumes about the brilliance of Dravidian architecture – that is what Thanjavur is in one glimpse. However this historic city is much more than that. Arrive at the destination and be wondered about the breadth of lush green paddy fields that offer an absolute feast to the eyes. Then comes the sheer splendour of the world-famous Thanjavur Paintings. Sculptures, art, cuisine, hospitality – you will for sure be lost for words. 

When it comes to temples and monuments, Thanjavur is one destination where you get to see an abundance of them; most of them being stunning architectural wonders that carry the glory of their plush past to this day. However the first picture that comes to mind when speaking of Thanjavur temples is indeed that of the Brihadeeswara Temple. Considered as one of the three ‘Great Living Chola Temples’ along with the Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple and Airavastesvara Temple, the Brihadeeswara Temple complex is also listed as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Thanjavur has been under the reign of various dynasties including the Cholas, Pandyas, Nayaks, Vijayanagara Kings and the Marathas, subsequently falling under the rule of the British. Every kingdom left its own indelible legacy that can be seen in every nook and corner of the town today. Their rich patronage to paintings, dance and music has made Thanjavur a destination of cultural exuberance. 

Intriguing and hallowed – Thanjavur is a destination that takes you back and back in time.

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Brihadeeswara Temple

Amid thousands of sacred hymns glow a world of enchanting beauty – one that tells many stories of dynasties, historic triumphs and timeless traditions. The Brihadeeswara Temple is a testimony to the Dravidian architecture of the Chola Period.

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Saraswathi Mahal Library

Libraries are unrivalled cultural repositories and treasure houses of knowledge. They are the bridge between people and the outside world. If you go to Thanjavur, you can visit one of the oldest libraries in Asia called Saraswathi Mahal Library also known as Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji's Saraswathi Mahal Library.

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Nearby Destinations


Hotel Tamilnadu - Thanjavur

Gandhiji Road, Graham Nagar, Manambu Chavdy


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