While on a tour to Tamil Nadu, come to Tanjore, which lies in the east of Trichy. Historically, Tanjore was the regal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas. The several tourist attractions in Tanjore manifest the glorious history of Tanjore.
Following are the prime tourist attractions in Tanjore that you can explore -
Brihadeeswarar Temple: Also called the Big Temple, this is one of the best temples in South India. This temple was built by the greatest Chola emperor Raja I in 10th century AD.
The Royal Palace: This vast building of masonry is near the Big Temple. It has an Art Gallery comprising of many granite and bronze statues of the Chola period, and the ancient Hall of Music. There is a library named Saraswathi Mahal Library preserving more than 30,000 palm leaves and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages. Also present in the palace is the Royal Museum housing items like manuscripts, weapon dresses, utensils, musical instruments used by the royal family of Tanjore. In the palace garden is the 18th century Schwartz Church, built in memory of Rev. C. V. Schwartz of the Danish Mission. Enjoy a bird's eye view of Tanjore city from Sharja Madi.
Sivaganga Tank: Renowned for its sweet water, this tank is situated near the palace.
Rajarajan Mani Mandapam: Built during the 8th World Tamil Conference, this mandapam has a small garden with children's play materials.
Rajarajan Museum: Located in the ground floor of the main mandapam, this museum is run by the State Archaeological Department.
Mariamman Temple (Punnai Nallur): This famous temple, located 6 km from Tanjore, is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman.
Around Thanjavur: You can also visit the nearby Naageswaran Temple and the heritage monument Airavatheeswar Temple, or go for excursions to the picturesque Orattanad and Manora.