Thanjavur, popularly known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu, is an ancient city that has lots of historical significance. Some of the world famous temples of the country are located in this city. Also known as Tanjore, it has been the cultural capital of India during the 1790’s. During the time of Chola kings that this city rose in to prominence. Considered as one of the major pilgrimage and religious sites of India, Thanjavur is located on the banks of Cauvery and its tributaries.
This temple city is dotted with numerous temples, which show distinct from of architectural splendor. The most beautiful Chola architecture, which you can see in this city are Brahadeeswarar Temple, the Siva temples and Thirubuvanam. For Tamil architecture, visit the Raja Rajeswaram temple. The temples are all noted for its stupendous architecture and design.
There are large numbers of places of interest, which you can visit during your visit to Thanjavur, also known as Tanjore. There are large number of temples, mosques and churches, which makes the place religiously more important. Some of the major ones include the following:
- Grand Anaicut
- Big Temple
- Serfoji Mahal Library
- The Palace
- Art Gallery
- Saraswathi Mahal Library
- Tamil University
- Hall of Music
- Schwartz Church
- Sivaganga Tank
Making Thanjavur as the base, you can go for excursions to some beautiful places like Thirukandiyur, Kumbakonam, Tharangambadi, Swamimalai, Darasuram, Thirubuvanam, Thiruvaiyaru, Nagore, Vailankanni, Kodikkarai, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Manora and Thirunallar.
The major festivals, which is celebrated by the people of Thanjavur are Pongal, Saint Thyagaraja Aradhana Musical Festival, Arulmigu Thyagarajaswamy Car Festival, Maham Festival in Kumbakonam, Raja Raja Chola's Birthday Sathaya Thiruvizha, Nagoor Kandoori Festival and Muthupallakku Thiruvizha. These festivals are celebrated with great fanfare and excitement. These festivals bring people together and let them enjoy these festivals to the fullest.
Shopping can be a great fun at this temple city in Tamil Nadu. You can pick up interesting handicrafts and local artifacts from the shop. Poompuhar Handicrafts Emporium is the important place, where you can go for shopping in Thanjavur. You will find a number of vegetarian restaurants that serve local cuisines and delicacies.