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Tanjore Tour Packages

The state of Tamil Nadu in South India has always been the spiritual stage for tourists, and so do its towns. Book our Tanjore tour packages to find out why we are saying this. Tanjore is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, snuggled in the fertile Cauvery Delta, and has the reputation of housing ancient intricate temples.

Tanjore is one of the 32 districts of Tamil Nadu and is considered a famous spiritual destination. Legends of this town state that it was named after the demon who was later killed by Lord Vishnu. Some facts claim that the city’s name is derived from the fact that it is surrounded by rivers and green paddy fields.

Also called Thanjavur, the city houses dozens of temples along with several artifacts and handicrafts shops. The Tanjore paintings, handloom silk, cotton saris, and paintings, bronze, brass idols, and jewelry are the must-buy things when returning from Tanjore.

Accommodations and restaurants are scattered around the city, and tourists won’t find any dull moments on their trip to Thanjavur. Tanjore is also called the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu because of its reputation as the prominent center of rice cultivation in the state.

Historically, the cultural capital of Tami Nadu gained a reputation during the reign of the Cholas during the 11th to 14th century. Several sacred shrines were built during this period, and thus, Thanjavur was shot into prominence as the capital of Chola Kings. Brihadeeswarar Temple personifies the fact that Tanjore stands testimony to the wealth and supreme reign of the Cholas empire.

After the Chola Kings, several dynasties like the Pandavas, Vijaynagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, Thanjavur Nayaks, Thanjavur Marathas, and British Empire ruled this region. But it was the Cholas Kings under whom the Tanjore region experienced great heights of glory.

Book a wide range of Tanjore tour packages at Indian Holiday and explore Thiruvaiyaru. It is located a little outside of the main town, around 55 kilometers (approx.), and is the best place to witness Thanjavur’s culture, music, and art.

Before you explore Tamil Nadu’s cultural capital, learn everything to know about it!

Why Visit Tanjore On the Next Tamil Nadu Trip?

To unfold historical importance and cultural significance. Tanjore is the birthplace of ancient and modern South Indian civilization. Tourists here would love their visit because of the agricultural vegetation and timber production. Lush green paddy fields are drenched around the town, which gives shutterbugs the reason to visit Tanjore.

Hardly there are not many sites left in India which still have temples and relics preserved. And guess what? Thanjavur is amongst one of those places. If you want to witness the astounding historical splendor of Tamil Nadu, you should visit Tanjore on a Tamil Nadu trip.

Places to Visit in Tanjore to Cherish the Bygone Era Ruled By Several Dynasties

From the capital town of Chennai, Tanjore is around 345 kilometers (approx.), and one could reach it within 7-8 hours (approx.). An exploration of this town of Tami Nadu will allow you to dive deep into the history and historical splendor of the unexplored towns.

Most of the places to visit in Tanjore depict the glory of the Chola Kings, including temples. But as we said, the Tanjore region was ruled by several other dynasties whose blueprint could still be witnessed in Thanjavur (Tanjore). Have a look at the attractions to visit in Tanjore on your next trip:

  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram: Chola King - Rajendra commissioned this architectural marvel to commemorate this victory over the Pali dynasty.
  • Brihadeeswara Temple: UNESCO has crowned this temple in its tentative list of World Heritage Sites because dozens of lingam carved onto the stone structure.
  • Thanjavur Royal Palace: This place was the erstwhile residence of Nayak Kings. Inside the grand palace, explore Nayak Hall, Saraswati Mahal Library, and the durbar hall.
  • Thanjavur Art Gallery: Introduce yourself to the collection of flawless Tanjore paintings at Thanjavur Art Gallery. It houses legendary Tanjore Dolls, also.
  • Saraswati Mahal Library: Explore Asia’s one of the oldest libraries that harbor a legendary treasure trove of rare collections of palm leaf manuscripts. Tourists can view some manuscripts on special requests.
  • PunnaiNallur Mariamman Temple: Flawless Dravidian architecture awaits you at PunnaiNallur Mariamman Temple. Here the temple of the goddess is Mariamman.

When is The Best Time and Season to Visit Tanjore?

Generally speaking, the best time and season to visit Tanjore is during winter (November through early March) and the early summer (May to June). Both winter and early summer bring good temperature and climate for sightseeing.

Not to mention, an abundance of greenery will erase all your summer blues if you consider the best season to go to Tanjore in winter and early summer. However, the onset of monsoon (July till September) is another great time to visit Tanjore amidst the downpour.

What Are the Things to Do in Tanjore

Admiring the Tanjore paintings for its delicate structure is one of the top things to do in Tanjore. The Tanjore paintings are a perfect amalgamation of gold foil and intricate design. Consider yourself lucky if you have got an opportunity of exploring the unexplored cultural side of Tamil Nadu at Tanjore.

The Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu has been shaped by several dynasties, including Cholas, Nayaks, and Marathas. Explore the art, culture, and historical monuments set up by the reign dynasties in Tanjore to unlock the most popular things to do in Tanjore:

  • Marvel the architectural grandeur of the temples
  • Go inside the lavish Royal Palace Complex to taste royalty like never before
  • Shop distinctive Thanjavur style paintings and dolls
  • Go on village-hopping tours to learn about the making of Tanjore’s handicrafts
  • Relish local South Indian cuisines to drool over your mind

How to Reach Tanjore?

If you are coming from the towns within Tamil Nadu, the transportation within the city won’t be the concern. But if you come from long-distance locations across India or international destinations, there are commute ways to know before choosing. Scroll on!

  • By Air: Tanjore doesn't have its own airport, and the nearest airport to reach is Tiruchirappalli International Airport. It is 63 kilometers/1 hours (approx.). The airport is well connected with domestic flights along with international flights from Dubai and Singapore.


  • By Train: One needs to go outside the main town around 60 kilometers/1 hours (approx.) to Trichy Junction, the nearest railway station to Tanjore. It is well connected with prominent Indian destinations like Varanasi, Coimbatore, Rameshwaram, Delhi, Mumbai, etc.


  • By Road: Considering that you are coming from Chennai, cab, self-driven cars, and local state buses are the options to reach Tanjore. Not only from Chennai, but towns like Rameshwaram, Trivandrum, Mannargurddi, and Pattukkottai are a handful of destinations that are well connected via road.


Popular Thanjavur Tour Packages

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South India Temple Tour

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Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Sawamimalai - Tanjore

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10 Days Tamil Nadu Temple Tour

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Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai – Trivandrum - Kanyakumari

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  • Excursion to attraction of Chennai
  • Visit the UNESCO Sites at Mahabalipuram
  • Trip to Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjore
  • Pay homage at Ranganath Temple
  • Tour to famous temples in Trichy
  • Madurai temple tour
  • Holy bath at Dhanushkodi Sea, Rameshwaram
  • Explore the gems of Kanyakumari
  • Witness the tourist spots of Kerala

Trip to South India Temples

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Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur – Trichy - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Madurai - Chennai

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16 Days Tamil Nadu Kerala Tour

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Chennai - Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore (Thanjavur) - Madurai/Chettinad/Kodaikanal – Munnar - Cochin (Kochi) – Mararikulam - Chennai

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  • Excursion to Chennai
  • Explore monuments of Mahabalipuram
  • Enjoy Tanjore city tour
  • Guided tour of Madurai/Chettinad
  • Day trip to Kodaikanal
  • Sightseeing in Munnar
  • Outing to Cochin
  • Cruise on the backwaters

Complete Tamilnadu Tour

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Chennai – Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Trichy - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Madurai - Chennai

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Great India Chennai Tour

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Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Tanjore

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Andaman Tamil Nadu Tour from Chennai

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Chennai- Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Trichy - Port Blair - Havelock Island - Chennai

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  • Chennai sightseeing tour
  • Guided tour to Kanchipuram
  • Explore Mahabalipuram
  • Enjoy at Pondicherry
  • Visit Thanjavur
  • Excursion to Trichy
  • Delight in Island Hopping
  • Unwind at Havelock Island
  • Enjoy at Radhanagar Beach
  • Visit Mount Harriet

South of Malabar Coast

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Chennai - Covelong - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai - Kodaikanal - Munnar - Cochin - Mararikulam - Cochin

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  • Glimpse of culture at Dakshin Chitra
  • Sightseeing in Covelong
  • Bask in French charms of Pondicherry
  • Explore Chidambaram and Kumbakonam
  • Full day excursion to Tanjore
  • Pray at fabled temples of Madurai
  • Awe at Kodaikanal
  • Explore the lure of Munnar
  • Cochin Sightseeing
  • Beach getaway in Mararikulam

South India Vacation Tour

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Mumbai – Mysore – Nagarhole – Coonoor – Cochin – Periyar – Madurai – Karaikadi – Tanjore – Pondicherry – Fisherman’s Cove – Chennai

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Southern India Peninsular Tour

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Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Pondicherry - Swami Mailer - Swami Malai - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Kodaikanai - Madurai - Kanya Kumari - Kovalam - Periyar - Kottayam - Alleppey - Cochin - Ooty - Coonoor - Chennai

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Monuments of India

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Delhi - Khajuraho - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Aurangabad - Mumbai - Madurai - Chettinad - Tanjore - Trichy - Madras - Delhi

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14 Days Kerala Tamil Nadu Tour

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Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Madurai – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Cochin – Chennai

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India Museums & Architecture Tour

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Delhi – Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Aurangabad - Ajanta caves - Ellora caves - Mumbai-Madurai -Chettinad - Tanjore - Trichy - Chennai

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South India Ayurveda With Temple Tour

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Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore – Swamimalai – Madurai - Chennai

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Tanjore Tour Package takes you to the nearby Naageswaran Temple and the heritage monument Airavatheeswar Temple, and for excursions to the picturesque Orattanad and Manora.

Tanjore can be reached conveniently by air, rail and road. Hotels in Tanjore offer a range of options from luxury hotels for business traveler, providing international standards of comfort, to budget hotels for the backpacker, providing affordable and basic accommodation for the travelers. You can enjoy all such accommodation by availing of the Tanjore Tour Package.

FAQs Tanjore Tour Packages

Q: Where is Tanjore Located?

Ans:Tanjore, known as rice bowl of India, is a southern city in Tamil Nadu - southern state of India on east coast. Tanjore, is now renamed as Thanjavur, to its original name. It is a very important centre of South Indian religion, art & architecture.

Q: How to reach Tanjore or Thanjavur?

Ans: Thanjavur can be reached by Air, Rail and Road.:

By Air: Nearest airport is Tiruchirappali International airport, 61 kms/1.5 hrs drive away. If you are unable to find your desired flight connection to Tiruchirappali, there is another noted airport, known as Madurai airport (199kms / 03 hrs 14 minutes).

By Rail: Thanjavur has its own railway station by the name of Thanjavur Junction railway station. It is part of southern railways.

By Road: Thanjavur is accessible by road from other tourism cities of India: Distance of Thanjavur from other important cities are:

  • Tiruchirappali - 61 kms / 1.5 hrs drive
  • Madurai - 199Kms / 03.5 hrs drive
  • Puducherry - 218 kms / 4.5 hrs drive
  • Kumbakonam - 40 kms / 1.5 hrs drive
  • Chidambaram - 111 kms / 03 hrs drive
  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram - 72 kms / 02 hrs drive
  • Chettinadu - 95 kms / 02 hrs drive
  • Karaikudi - 105 kms / 02 hrs drive
Q: Which are the places of Interest for visit in Tanjore / Thanjavur?

Ans: Thanjavur is a very important pilgrimage centre, also a major touristic destination owing to the art and architecture one gets to see in this town of Tamil Nadu. Places of interest in Thanjavur are:

Thanjavur Palace - also known as Thanjavur Maratha palace built in 16th century first by Nayaks and later on by Marathas.

Sawarswathi Mahal Library - Established in 16th century, is a part of the palace and houses more than 40,000 manuscripts - Indian and European on palm leafs as well as on paper, that dates back to Sangam era. It boasts of some rare volumes and is also one of the Asia’s oldest library.

Rajaraj Chola Art gallery - again a part of the palace, it houses vast collection of bronze and stone statues from Chola period between collected from various temples.

Brihadeeswarar Temple - also known as Big Temple. An 11th Century Shiva Temple, is a UNESCO world Heritage site.

Q: Which are the activities of interest in Thanjavur?

Ans: While in Thanjavur, apart from visiting the important sites, one can indulge in below activities:

Tanjore handicraft Workshop - You can indulge in Artisan’s workshop, making dancing dolls, Thanjavur paintings, a bronze-casting workshop as well as crafting of traditional Thanjavur Veena.

Shopping of Thanjavur Paintings & dolls - Thanjavur is known for its unique paintings and dancing dolls with shaky heads.

Local Cuisine - Local cuisine of Tanjore has Marathas influence and is a must try while you are in Tanjore.

Q: Which is the important festival of Thanjavur?

Ans: Thanjavur is famous for its Carnatic music, below are the popular music festival one can participate in while on a visit to Thanjavur.

Tyagaraja Aradhana Festival -Festival of Sacred Music Festival that takes place in January at Tiruvaiyaru, 13 kms from Tanjore. It is named after the great saint and Music Composer, Thaygaraja

Natyanjali Dance Festival - this festival is celebrated in Chidambaram which is 03 hrs drive away from Thanjavur and a very important festival commemorating Hindu deity Shiva - also known as Lord natraj.

Festival of sacred Music - This was first organised in 2009 and with a great success has been repeated every year for 03 days in February or March. This is a Non ticketed festival to expose people to various forms of music and help local artisans for revenue generation.

Q: Is Natyanjali Dance Festival organised in Thanjavur?

Ans: Natyanjali festival is organised in Chidambaram which is 03 hrs drive away. Due to limited hotel inventories, many tourist station in Thanjavur (Tanjore) to participate in the festival.

Q: When is the best time to visit Thanjavur?

Ans: Like other South Indian cities, best time to visit Thanjavur is from October to March, Summers are hot months, May and June being the hottest months, monsoon months are less hot but with relatively high humidity.

Q: What kind of accommodation is available in Thanjavur?

Ans: One can find all levels of accommodation in Thanjavur from budget hotels to 5* star hotel.

Q: Which is the best hotel to stay in Thanjavur?

Ans:As of now, for a luxury stay, you can opt to stay at Svatma, a luxury boutique hotel, recreating the ambience of a classic Tamil residence in a century-old home flanked by old trees. The hotel has three restaurants serving south Indian and Continental vegetarian food as a well a swimming pool designed like a temple tank and an Ayurvedic Spa.