Best Things To Do in Thanjavur, India

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  • Brihadeeshwara Temple
  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram
  • Alangudi Temple
  • Thanjavur Palace
  • Sangeetha Mahal
  • Sivaganga Garden
  • Schwartz Church
  • Phoompuhar art Gallery

Below we have a list of things to do in Thanjavur and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Thanjavur getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Thanjavur with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Thanjavur

Here is the list of things to do in Thanjavur and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Brihadeeshwara Temple

    4.8 (409 Votes)
    Brihadeeshwara Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Architecture

    Emperor Arulmozhivarman, popularly known as Raja Raja I was the founder of the magnificent Brihadeeswara Temple. History says that the king got the idea of this temple in a dream in which God instructed him to build the temple as a symbol of the grandeur of the Tamil king, his wealth and culture. The temple was built within a very short time of 5 years. The king wanted it to be a symbol of his ...Read more
  2. Thanjavur Palace

    4.2 (462 Votes)
    Thanjavur Palace

    Art Museum, Museum, History Museum, Historical Site

    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 k...Read more
  3. Poompuhar Art Gallery

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Art Gallery, Museum

    Also known as the Silappathikara Art Gallery, it is the house of all traditional and ancient paintings and sculptures of the ancient kings and lifestyle of Thanjavur. It is an introduction to Tamil Nadu’s rich art forms. The various attractions in this gallery are: The beautiful structure of the sun peeping out behind the stunning Mahabalipuram temple is an excellent masterpiece by the lo...Read more
  4. Gagaikonda Cholapuram

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Monument

    Gangaikonda Cholapuram, which means “the town of the Chola who took the Ganges”, is just at the centre of the city of Tamil Nadu. The tiny village of Gangaikonda Cholapuram was built by Emperor Rajendra Chola, who was the Son of RajarajaChola. He was most successful Chola ruler and this village was the capital of the kingdom. At the time of Rajendra Chola, there was wealth overflowi...Read more
  5. Uppiliappam Temple

    4.7 (79 Votes)
    Uppiliappam Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Architecture

    This temple is said to be a 1000 years old or even more than that. There is no proper evidence of when it was formed but there are many proofs of the Chola kings worshipping in this temple. Legendary story behind this temple is that Bhoomadevi approached Perumal and said that she also deserved a place in his heart as she was nothing less than Mahalakshmi. Perumal in turn told her that she would...Read more
  6. Airavateswara Temple

    4.7 (195 Votes)
    Airavateswara Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Architecture

    The Airavateswara temple is located in a small place called Darasuram near the town of Kumbakonam. It is known that the original name of the place was Rajarajapuram and later converted into Darasuram. This temple is the main attraction of this place. According to the legends, Airavata, the white elephant of Lord Indra worshipped Lord Shiva here to get freed from the curse of sage Durvasa. The s...Read more
  7. Adi Kumbeshwarar Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Architecture

    It is said that when the world was moving rapidly towards destruction, Lord Brahma approached Lord Shiva for a remedy. The lord told him to build a pot filled with nectar of life and float it in water. He is said to have taught Lord Brahma the way how to leave it on water. Legends say that the pot stopped at a place and Lord Shiva shot an arrow to break the pot. The pot broke and the nectar of ...Read more
  8. Alangudi Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    The Alangudi temple is considered as a holy place for the worship of Shiva. It is situated in the Alangudi village of the Thiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu. The temple built on the banks of River Cauvery is also known as Abathsahayeswarar Temple. The prime deity here is Abathsahayeswarar and his consort is Elavar kuzhali Ammai or Umayammai. There is a self manifestedshivalinga here and the &lsq...Read more
  9. Great Living Chola Temples

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Architecture

    The Great Living Chola temple is referred to the collection of three famous granite temples all dedicated to Lord Shiva. These are the Brihadeeshwara temple in Thanjavur, The Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple and the Airavateshvara temple at Darasuram. The latter two were recently added to the world heritage extensions.  These temples built during the reign of the Chola kings are spread over t...Read more
  10. Shiva Ganga Garden

    Garden, Park, Zoo, Leisure

    Sandwiched between the huge brihadeeswara temple and the Schwartz church is this cute park known as the Sivaganga gardens. It was a place initially built by the Chola King Vesappa Nayakkar. It is said that the Chola kings believed that the water of the Ganges from Shiva’s head in the Brihadeeswara temole will fall and flow till this place. It was later designated to a garden in the 19th c...Read more
  11. Mahalingeshwar Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Architecture

    This place is known of one of the sacred places on which the drops of the nectar of life fell from the magic pot of Lord Brahma when Lord Shiva hit the arrow. This is how the Shivalinga was formed here. The four other places are- Tirudharasuram, Naganathar temple, Tiruvorgam, Tirupadalavanam. The prime deity here is Lord Shiva and his consort called Brihathsundarakujambigai or Nanmulayinayaki. ...Read more
  12. Sangeetha Mahal

    4.2 (102 Votes)
    Sangeetha Mahal

    Historical Site, Palace, Architecture

    It was originally known as ‘Navaratnamana maina Nataka Sala’. This tongue twisting name means ‘the thatre adorned with gems’. It was so called as the interiors of this hall were all decorated with precious gemstones. It was built many many years ago by the Nayak king, Sevappa Nayak during the 1600s. Later, when the Marathas started ruling this place, it came to be known ...Read more
  13. Schwartz Church

    Church, Religious Site, Memorial

    Thanjavur was originally the kingdom of the Chola kings and the nayaks. Later after the fall of this kingdom the Marathas took over and ruled this place for more than 180 years. Within this time there was the entry of the British eho started rising in power but were then defeated by the French colonials in the 18th century. The wealth was overflowing the kingdom due to these foreign invasions. ...Read more
  14. Kasi Viswanathar Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Architecture

    This temple is built around the Mahamaham tank in the town of Kumbakonam. Legends say that this temple dates back to the time of Ramayana. It is said that Lord Rama worshipped Shiva when Ravana captured Sita. Lord Shiva is said to have gifted lord Rama with supernatural strength and energy in him to win a war against the evil Ravana. This is the place where Rama converted into his Rudravatar fr...Read more
  15. Ramaswamy Temple

    Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site

    This temple was built under the instructions of King Raghunata nayaka, who was a great devotee of Lord Rama. The work was supervised by his minister Govinda Dikshitar. This temple is linked by a pathway with the Chakrapani temple which was also built by Dikshitar. According to the pages of History, King Dasaratha was very disappointed as he had no children to take forward his legacy so he condu...Read more