Thanjavur Palace

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  • Address: East main road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613001, India
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-4362274476
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art Museums, Museums, History Museums, Historical Site, Palace, Architecture , Fort, Specialty Museums

Built in the heart of the capital of the Cholas, is the beautiful Thanjavur Palace. Although most of the beauty is now turned into ruins due to the natural pressures of thunder, strong winds etc, it still seems to behold the glory of the Chola and the Maratha rulers. This palace is said to be the official resident of the Bhonsle family who were the last rulers of Thanjavur. This place is also known as Aranmanai.

The thanjavur Palace is said to have been built by the Thanjavur Nayak ruler Vijayaraghava Nayakkar. Later after their fall, it was again renovated by the Thanjavur Maratha rulers. They stayed in the palace and held the surrounding forts even after the deposition of the last king Sivaji II.

At present there are two forts namely, the Chinna Kottai (small fort) and Periya Kottai (big fort). There are also the Bell Tower, arsenal tower and the two durbar halls of the Nayaks and the Marathas. It is a famous tourist destination that attracts thousands of tourists annually. The rich culture of that era can be seen from the vast collection of antiques, images, paintings and scriptures here. The stone work resembling that of the Brihadeeswara Temple and the Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple takes you back to the golden days of the Nayaks and the Marathas.

There are also bronze sculptures and other statues made of metals in the interiors of the palace. The several statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses make it clear that the early royals were very religious people.

The main attractions of this monument are the ancient art and glass paintings, especially the unique sculture of ‘bhikshatanamurti’. It is another form of Lord Shiva in the guise of a beggar.

In the palace, you will also find-

  • The bell Tower which has seven storeys is said to have been even higher before has now eroded. It is believed that the Vijayaraghava Nayakkar used to worship from the terrace of this tower every day. Researchers have said that there was a huge clock on this tower with a motif of a monkey, which used to strike the gong every hour. The tower is fashioned in the Gingee nayak style.
  • There is a library which houses several old scriptures and writings of that period. It is known as the saraswathi Mahal Library. The main attraction here is the Palm leaves and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages. There are also documents of medicines and inscriptions of the Sangam periods.
  • The Royal Museum has a vast collection of royal clothing, headgears and royal weapons. There is also the image of Shiva and Parvati on their wedding day. There are also statues of Pallava, Chola, Nayaka and the Pandya Periods. Apart from these there are several statues of Hindu gods and Goddesses.
  • The Art Gallery has a vast collection of various bronze statues and objects of the Chola dynasty. There are also bronze statues which stand as a symbol of the excellent craftsmanship of those days. The images and objects of the gallery clearly depict the lifestyle of the people in those times.
  • The Sangitha Mahal is the remaining of the house of the Court musicians.
  • The two Durbar halls stand in very good shape unlike the other parts of the palace. These two are the places in which the rulers used to gather for public meetings. The durbar halls are adorned with beautiful frescoes on the ceiling and the walls as well.

The whole palace is under renovation also to restore the remaining grandeur of it. But nonetheless you can enjoy your ride on the time machine as soon as you enter the palace.

  • Photography is allowed without any extra charge.
  • The place is well connected with all main road networks.

  • The best time to visit is between November and March.

  • Nearest airport is Tiruchirappalli
  • Nearest railway station is Thanjavur

  • Sewel Amita Restaurant
  • Diamond Restaurant
  • Ariya Bhavan
  • Nandhis Homely restaurant
  • Hotel Karthik
  • Anas Restaurant
  • Murugan Cafe
  • Thanmayi Restaurant

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  • Thanjavur Palace Address: East main road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613001, India
  • Thanjavur Palace Contact Number: +91-4362274476
  • Thanjavur Palace Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Thanjavur Palace Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Thanjavur Palace(preferred time): 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Thanjavur Palace: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Thanjavur include Thanjavur Palace in their plan

  • 92.16% of people start their Thanjavur Palace visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Thanjavur Palace

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

94.31% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Thanjavur Palace

People normally club together Tanjore Hi Hotel and Schwartz Church while planning their visit to Thanjavur Palace.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • The palace is beautiful but no maintenance. I wish if the authority takes some responsibility and work towards refurbishing the area. Tanjore is a small town and the palace is one of the main attraction after the big temple.

  • Awesome place to spend an hour. Lot of ancient scriptures and king's collections preserved. A walk through the premises would make you time travel back to early 1800 ADs

  • It's a very good historical place. To understand our ancient Tamil history. Maintenance is very very poor. Lots items missing, which I have seen in year 2010. Govt is not caring about this place.

  • You'll really feel the ancient historic moments of Tamilans and their Architecture knowledge at this place. Amazing place to visit. Everyone wants to visit this palace at least once in their life time.

  • Yeah. I went with my friend. From the entrance no guidance about parking. No sign boards. 50rupees entry fee. But inside 2 more specific places are there. They are also collect fee 2 and 5 rupees. Palace was good. But not maintained property. Dirty smells are there. There is no pleasant music inside. Art gallery was nice with full of air conditioning. 3hr is enough to visit all the stuff.

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