Thanjavur is an important city of Tamil Nadu, it is famous for the Great living Chola Temple, which are also the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments. Thanjavur city is not only the city of religion and architecture, it was once the famous centre for culture like art, paintings etc. Art enthusiast can simply love the Tanjore paintings and Thanjavur doll and can surely décor their home with them. If one want to explore a bit further of ancient South Indian architecture one can head towards Kumbakonam, located on the bank of river Kaveri, it’s an important place for ancient Sangam period architecture. It’s an important Hindu religion culture learning centre and the biggest Hindu festival celebrated here is Mahamaham festival, which attracts lots of pilgrims from around the country.
Thanjavur-Kumbakonam: What to see?
As both being the city of culture, temples and architecture, there are much to explore. The famous temples located in Thanjavur is Brihadeswara Temple, an 11th century Hindu Temple build by Rajaraja Chola I has fascinating and magnificent history. The temple is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Great Living Chola Temples", along with Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple and Airavatesvara temple that are located around 70 kilometres and 40 kilometres to its northeast respectively. This place has 16th century royal Maratha palace. Thanjavur is full of temples of ancient architecture like Thanjapureswar Temple, AralmiguAiyaraapar Temple, Thanjavur Kamakshi Amman Temple, Rajagopalaswamy Temple, Vishnu Temple etc. Kumbakonam also known as Temple city has Airavareswara Temple, Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam dedicated to Lord Shiva, Nageswaraswamy Temple, dedicated to Shiva, Sarangapani Temple dedicated to Vishnu, is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu. Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Arulmigu SwaminathaSwamy Temple dedicated to god Murugan, Kumbakonam Brahma Temple, Kampaheswarar Temple or kampa-hara-ishvarar dedicated to the god Shiva, Prathyangira Devi Temple dedicated to the powerful goddess Pratyangira or Narasimha. These two places is a must visit.
How to reach
Trichy airport is nearest to Thanjavur city and it can be reached by rail and by roads as well. Kumbakonam is easily reached from Thanjavur by car.
Places to stay
Thanjavur city has many options to choose from luxury hotels to budget hotels, starting from INR 7000 to as low as INR 1000. In Kumbakonam most of the hotels are budget hotels starting at INR 1000 per night.