Thanjavur Palace, ThanjavurCurrently Closed
- Address: East main road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613001, India
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +91-4362274476
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art Museum, Museum, History Museum, Historical Site, Palace, Architecture , Fort, Specialty Museum
About Thanjavur Palace, Thanjavur
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.
Thanjavur Palace Information
- Photography is allowed without any extra charge.
- The place is well connected with all main road networks.
Thanjavur Palace Opening and Closing Hours
- The best time to visit is between November and March.
How To reach Thanjavur Palace by Public Transport
- Nearest airport is Tiruchirappalli
- Nearest railway station is Thanjavur
Restaurants Near Thanjavur Palace
- Sewel Amita Restaurant
- Diamond Restaurant
- Ariya Bhavan
- Nandhis Homely restaurant
- Hotel Karthik
- Anas Restaurant
- Murugan Cafe
- TASTE ME
- Thanmayi Restaurant
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Things to Know Before Visiting Thanjavur Palace
95% of people who visit Thanjavur include Thanjavur Palace in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
85.1% of people start their Thanjavur Palace visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Thanjavur Palace
93.54% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Thanjavur Palace
Thanjavur Palace, Thanjavur Reviews
Nice old historic palace with a good old library ( even Palm leaf documents can be seen) and a museum with collections of a thousand year old idols. The audio visual show of the history and culture of the region was fantastic. It's a pity that there is no web link for such an informative AV show. The government shall take steps to provide a link on the web if they intend promoting tourism.
Good palace nicely maintained art gallery, Employees there inside the museum were so good and guiding all the category people, they intentionally inform us to see the art gallery and direct us to look at each and every place inside the premise. Need to check those ancient architectural evidence still stand high with its own beauty and pride. Those statues and other precious collections are nicely maintained. Lights and sound show which attracts tourists, we could see foreigners often visit, relax, and enjoy those sculptures and eager to know the history of them. Enjoyed well....
Decently maintained palace. Not so grand, but worth a visit. Has a good collection of articles used by the Kings. Takes about one and a half hour to visit. Also has a large dinosaur skeleton on display inside. Not crowded. Entry ticket. Parking available. Extra charges for camera, as is the case with most palaces in India. Need to do some climbing of stairs to view the entire palace. Not wheelchair friendly
This is a awesome place to spend time. But not in mid day hot summer. I prefer either morning or evening when the sun is down. Saraswati Mahal library has lot of palm leaf scripts and copper plates from past.
Wonderful place. Full credits to the British. They preserved and kept this. We failed to maintain. Beautiful artifacts. Vandalized by us. Particularly the upper floor. Govt seems not interested in preserving this. Probably to send away the unwanted people they are collecting fifty bugs. The library area well maintained. Must visit place for families.