"Another great Temple city" Thanjavur by cadzand

Thanjavur Travel Guide: 72 reviews and 307 photos

Coming from Madurai, we are now travelling north, on our way to Thanjavur (Tanjore).

The enormous gopurams of the Brihadeshwara Temple dominate Thanjavur. The temple itself, between the Grand Anicut Canal and the old town is surrounded by fortified walls and a moat. The old town too, used to be similarly enclosed, but most of the walls have now disappeared. What remains, are winding streets and alleys and the extensive ruins of the palace of the Nayakas of Madurai.

It was the ancient capital of the Chola kings whose origins, go back to the beginning of the Christian era. Power struggles between these groups were a constant feature of their early history, with one or other gaining the ascendancy at various times.

Up and away to our next stop : Tiruchirappalli, also called Trichy

  • Last visit to Thanjavur: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Nice pages on tamil Nadu's Temples.

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 1:48 AM

    In Gangaikondacholapuram , devotees are visiting and all the pujas are being done as scheduled. Please correct your website info that Puja rituals are not being performed.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2007 at 5:08 AM

    Excellent page with beautiful pictures and very interesting info. Could I ride on this elephant on your cover picture? The names of these fantatsic temples are longer than the ones of German beers.


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