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Thanjavur Holiday Packages

Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu and the cultural capital of the country in the 18th century, Thanjavur rose to prominence during the Chola reign. Temple architecture was redefined during their rule, and a new paradigm of Dravidian architecture was set.

The 11th century Big Temple or the Brihadeeswara Temple in the heart of the town stands testimony to such a tradition. The structure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is unparalleled in terms of grandeur, scale and detailing.

Conceived during the heyday of Chola rule by the great Rajaraja Chola I, the Brihadeeswara temple for centuries has attracted fascinated artists, curious historians, sociologists, and travelers who delight in its wealth of sculptures, beautiful calligraphy, frescoes, and over a hundred inscriptions on the walls.

This artistic tradition was righteously carried forward by the Nayak and Maratha kings, and one can get a glimpse of it in monuments such as Serfoji Mahal Library and Tanjore Palace to name a few.

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Marvellous Rock Temples of Mahabalipuram

2 Nights Mahabalipuram (2)

Mahabalipuram is well known for its architectural monuments as well spectacular silver-sand beach. So, take Yatra's 3 day tour of the Marvellous Rock Temples of Mahabalipuram and enjoy a memorable getaway. Yatra’s efficient managers have carefully planned the itinerary, backed by Yatra’s excellent services that have made Yatra a trusted brand today. This package takes you to popular attractions, as Arjuna's Penance, Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Tiger Cave, and the natural rock formation called the Krishna’s Butter Ball. You also get leisure time to enjoy the serene beach life.


Marvellous Rock Temples of Mahabalipuram

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Beautiful Tamil Nadu

7 Nights Mahabalipuram (2)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Tiruchirapally (1)  →  Madurai (2)

Discover Tamil Nadu, a land of magnificent temples and lovely beaches. In this holiday package, you will see the splendid sculpted walls of temples in Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram and the towering and colourful gopurams of the Meenakshi and Ramanathaswamy temples. Trichy's Rock Fort is built atop an ancient rock and has been important throughout history, right from the Pallavas in the sixth century to as recent as the British. Pondicherry's French influence over architecture and names of streets will give the impression of being in another country altogether.


Beautiful Tamil Nadu

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Spiritual & Religious Tour of South India

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (2)


Spiritual & Religious Tour of South India

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South India: Scenic Hills-Beaches & Temples

7 Nights Madurai (2)  →  Kodaikanal (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (2)


South India: Scenic Hills-Beaches & Temples

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Wonderful Tamil Nadu

7 Nights Mahabalipuram (1)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Madurai (2)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)

This Tamil Nadu holiday package is your introduction to the wealth of Dravidian history, culture and architecture. From sculptures of half-animal gods on temples in Kanchipuram to the long corridor of pillars at the temple in Rameshwaram, you will see brilliant samples of workmanship executed centuries ago. By the sea is the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit. There is also some leisure time in Pondicherry to soak up the welcome French hangover of the town.


Wonderful Tamil Nadu

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Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry

5 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Mahabalipuram (2)  →  Pondicherry (2)


Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry

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Tamil Nadu: Natural to Spiritual Treasures

4 Nights Kodaikanal (2)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Madurai (1)

Plan a different honeymoon with your loved one. While Tamil Nadu may seem like an unlikely honeymoon destination, its attractions are sure to leave you spellbound. Your trip starts in Kodaikanal, a hill station full of lush greenery and magnificent views. Rameshwaram and Madurai will stun you with their impressive temples, allowing you to admire Dravidian architecture and seek blessings for this new chapter of your life.


Tamil Nadu: Natural to Spiritual Treasures

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Appealing South India

5 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (2)


Appealing South India

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Tirupati-Mahabalipuram-Puducherry: Divine Tour

6 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Tirupati (1)  →  Mahabalipuram (2)  →  Pondicherry (2)


Tirupati-Mahabalipuram-Puducherry: Divine Tour

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GLIMPSE OF SOUTH INDIA

4 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Tirupati (1)  →  Pondicherry (2)


GLIMPSE OF SOUTH INDIA

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Fascinating South

7 Nights Ooty (2)  →  Kodaikanal (2)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)


Fascinating South

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Graceful South

6 Nights Mysore (1)  →  Coorg (1)  →  Ooty (2)  →  Kodaikanal (2)

In the upcoming holiday season, take a tour to some of the enchanting destinations of South India like Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty and Kodaikanal. Tour to this part of the country is not complete without exploring Coorg, which awes its visitors with the lush green environs and serene environs. Enjoy an awe-inspiring view of Ooty from the majestic Doddabetta Peak and admire the natural beauty of Sim's Park. End this journey by exploring Kodaikanal with visit to Kodai Lake, Bryant's Park and Pillar Rocks.


Graceful South

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Peaceful Pondicherry & Aurobindo Ashram - Ex Chennai

2 Nights Pondicherry (2)

Enjoy the tranquil charm of a city marked by its spirituality, old-world heritage, serene beaches and laid-back natives. Yatra's Peaceful Pondicherry & Aurobindo Ashram: Ex Chennai package takes you on leisurely sojourn through this former French colony and its unique culture. This 3-day itinerary, takes you for a spiritual retreat to the Aurobindo Ashram, you also have the chance to visit the innovative Auroville township or enjoy the breathtaking beaches of the city. The aura of Pondicherry will cast an awe-inspiring effect on your mind and soul that will remain with you long after your return.


Peaceful Pondicherry & Aurobindo Ashram - Ex Chennai

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Pondicherry with Aurobindo Ashram - Ex Bangalore

2 Nights Pondicherry (2)

If you are seeking peace of mind, then Yatra's Pondicherry with Aurobindo Ashram: Ex Bangalore package is absolutely meant for you. This 3-day itinerary offers you a chance to soak in the tranquil atmosphere of this place and soothe your mind and soul. The visit to the well-known Sri Aurobindo Ashram is the highlight of this package. Along with this, Yatra also gives you an opportunity to visit the experimental township of Auroville and see its monumental marvel the Matrimandir; as well as relax on the pristine beaches of Pondicherry or visit its other attractions. Yatra executives put their 100% to ensure you have a relaxed time and leave this destination with beautiful memories.


Pondicherry with Aurobindo Ashram - Ex Bangalore

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Mesmerizing South Tour

6 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Mahabalipuram (1)  →  Tanjore (1)  →  Tiruchirapally (1)  →  Madurai (2)


Mesmerizing South Tour

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Scenic Kodaikanal Lake - Falls - Valleys

2 Nights Kodaikanal (2)

Located in Tamil Nadu, the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ - Kodaikanal is noted for its enchanting waterfalls, pristine lake and rolling green valleys. To visit this charming town, you can avail Scenic Kodaikanal: Lake - Falls - Valleys tour and come and explore the myriad natural attractions here. Diligently planned by skilled tour managers of Yatra, this 3-day itinerary will not only help you escape the monotony of life, but also introduce you to some astonishing vistas of nature. With this package you visit the enthralling Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Coaker’s Walk, Silver Cascade Falls, Shenbaganur Museum and Kodaikanal Lake


Scenic Kodaikanal Lake - Falls - Valleys

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Ethnic Tamil Nadu

8 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Tanjore (1)  →  Tiruchirapally (1)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)


Ethnic Tamil Nadu

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Abundant Tamil Nadu & Kerala

8 Nights Kovalam (1)  →  Kumarakom (1)  →  Thekkady (1)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Pondicherry (2)


Abundant Tamil Nadu & Kerala

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Chennai Tour & Tirupathi Darshan - Deluxe

2 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Tirupati (1)

Chennai is the largest city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, and is a gateway to the culture of South India. The city is a major hub of cultural, commercial and education in South India. The city of Chennai has also been endowed with the rich heritage of art and culture. Carnati


Chennai Tour & Tirupathi Darshan - Deluxe

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Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam - Deluxe

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (1)

This South India temple and beach tour include Madurai, which is called the `Athens of the East' because of its antiquity and great historical relevance. Also, it is famous for the world acclaimed Meenakshi Temple. Rameshwaram, the temple town where Lord Ram struggled for his wife Sita is the holy place where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue Sita from Ravana. Kanyakumari, another famous destination is known as the land of Amman temples. Kovalam is the beach paradise of Kerala and is very near the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple.


Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam - Deluxe

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Chennai Tour & Tirupathi Darshan - Superior

2 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Tirupati (1)

Known as the Gateway to South India, Chennai is the major industrial, cultural, and educational hub of South India. Being the capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is also fondly known as the Detroit of India because major auto giants have set up their automobile manufacturing facilities here. Besides, the city of Chennai is a unique blend of art, culture and tradition. Carnatic music and Bharatnatyam are the two famous art forms that reflect true Tamil culture. Moreover, the city boasts beautiful beaches, theme parks, quaint hill stations, famous wildlife sanctuaries and more. Tirupati, a famous spiritual destination is located in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Famous for its century old temple, Tirupati is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver. The town of Tirupati-Balaji is one of the most sacred places in India.


Chennai Tour &  Tirupathi Darshan - Superior

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Traditional South- Temple Tour

3 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)

Visit some of the most revered shrines of Hinduism with this four-day journey. Take blessings at the centuries-old Meenakshi Amman Temple at Madurai, known for its elaborate and beautiful architecture. At Rameswaram, visit one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India, the Ramanathaswamy Temple, a site of immense religious and historical significance. Proceed to serene and picturesque Kanyakumari, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. Surrounded by three oceans on three sides, Kanyakumari is a visual treat for all. It is also the site of the renowned Kumari Amman Temple.


Traditional South- Temple Tour

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Rameswaram Dham Yatra

3 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (2)

Go on a spiritual journey to Madurai and Rameshwaram, to allow the tranquil energy to soothe you. Rameshwaram is an important pilgrim destination and is also one of the four dhams of Vishnu. A stroll in the concentric quadrangular streets of Madurai will leave you astonished. This four-day tour includes a visit to famous temples including Meenakshi Amman Temple, Alagar Koyil and Pazhamudhircholai in Madurai and Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Lakshmana Theertham, Rama Theertham and the famous Five-Faced Hanuman Temple in Rameshwaram.


Rameswaram Dham Yatra

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Chennai Tour & Tirupathi Darshan - Standard!

2 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Tirupati (1)

Known as the Gateway to South India, Chennai is the major industrial, cultural, and educational hub of South India. Being the capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is also fondly known as the Detroit of India because major auto giants have set up their automobile manufacturing facilities here. Besides, the city of Chennai is a unique blend of art, culture and tradition. Carnatic music and Bharatnatyam are the two popular art forms that reflect the essence of the Tamil culture. Moreover, the city boasts beautiful beaches, theme parks, quaint hill stations, famous wildlife sanctuaries and more.


Chennai Tour & Tirupathi Darshan - Standard!

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Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam -superior

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (1)

This South India temple and beach tour includes Madurai, which is called the `Athens of the East' because of its antiquity and glorious historical relevance. Also, it is famous for the world acclaimed Meenakshi Temple. Rameshwaram, the temple town where Lord Ram struggled for his wife Sita is the spiritual place where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue Sita from Ravana. Kanyakumari, another important destination is known as the land of Amman temples. Kovalam is the beach paradise of Kerala and is very near the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple


Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam -superior

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Relaxing In Pondicherry

2 Nights Pondicherry (1)  →  Pondicherry (1)

If you are seeking some peace and need a break from the rush of life, Pondicherry is one of the choicest holiday destinations in Southern India. The town offers a unique blend of modern culture and spirituality. With an impressive historical background, Pondicherry takes you into a time warp. Starting from Bangalore, you also visit Thiruvannamalai Temple on the way. At Pondicherry, you get a chance to amble on the beaches and enjoy the cool turquoise water of the sea. So, chill and have a time of your life at Pondicherry.


Relaxing In Pondicherry

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Yercaud Relaxing Getaway - Tamil Nadu

2 Nights Yercaud (2)

This weekend, take a tour to Yercaud, which is an enchanting hill station in Tamil Nadu. This three-day tour to Yercaud includes a visit to various lakes and scenic spots, like Yercaud Lake Pagoda Point, Shevaroy Temple, Lady?s Seat, Kiliyur Falls and The Anna Park. Allow the misty winds and serene weather to cool you down while you set yourself free. Run around in the lush green forest and catch the butterfly, while you let your stress and worries just flow.


Yercaud Relaxing Getaway - Tamil Nadu

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Rameswaram Dham Yatra

3 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (2)

Legends say that Lord Ram built a bridge from Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka to rescue his wife, Sita. Come on a 4-day tour that can also be termed a pilgrimage, to the sacred shrines and theerthams of Rameshwaram and Madurai. Visit Meenakshi Temple and be spellbound by the beauty of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal Palace?. Take a dip in the holy waters of Lakshmana Theertham and head up the hill of Gandhamadana from where Lord Hanuman is said to have begun his flight to Lanka.


Rameswaram Dham Yatra

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Kanchipuram And Mahabalipuram Weekend Leisure.

1 Nights Kanchipuram (1)

If you feel stuck in the rigmarole of daily life and can hear your soul echo the divine, then drop everything and sign up for this weekend getaway. Bathe in the spiritual hues of this beautiful place and experience innate peace. Let the breathtaking sights enrich your soul while you marvel at the amazing architecture of the temples. A perfect trip to absolutely unwind and to feel one with the divine.


Kanchipuram And Mahabalipuram Weekend Leisure.

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Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam - Standard

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (1)

This South India temple and beach tour includes Madurai, which is called the `Athens of the East' because of its antiquity and glorious historical relevance. Also, it is famous for the world acclaimed Meenakshi Temple. Rameshwaram, the temple town where Lord Ram struggled for his wife Sita is the spiritual place where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue Sita from Ravana. Kanyakumari, another important destination is known as the land of Amman temples. Kovalam is the beach paradise of Kerala and is very near the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple


Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam - Standard

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Divine Tamil Nadu Tour

4 Nights Tiruvannamalai (1)  →  Kanchipuram (1)  →  Mahabalipuram (1)  →  Pondicherry (1)

Blessed with ecstatic natural beauty in the form of lush green valleys, picturesque hill stations, and fun filled beaches, Tamil Nadu is the homeland of one of humanity?s living classical civilizations-stretching back uninterrupted for two millennia and very much alive today in the Tamils' language, dance, poetry and Hindu religion. On this 5 day trip, enjoy exploring magnificent places in the State of Tamil Nadu like Chennai, Tiruvanmalai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry and be prepared to be spellbound. It?s all packed into a State that remains aloof from its neighbours but at the same time is among the most welcoming.


Divine Tamil Nadu Tour

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Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

1 Nights Pondicherry (1)

Go on this short trip to Mahabalipuram and Podicherry to rejuvenate your senses. Visit the famous Muthukadu Boating Club at Mahabalipuram and see varied species of crocodiles. Also, enjoy the famous tourist destinations of Pondicherry and go shopping to buy souvenirs for your journey back home. While Mahabalipuram showcases glories of the Pallava Kingdom, Pondicherry comes with its French colonial charm. Both these places are of historical importance and flaunt a charming old-world beauty that is sure to impress you.


Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

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Tamil Nadu Tour

3 Nights Mahabalipuram (2)  →  Pondicherry (1)

Sticky, steamy, rich in history, studded with temples, dotted with beaches, alive with culture and blessed with spectacular food, South India is another world, even for travelers from the north or other parts of the country. When life has been an uphill battle lately, take this 4-day trip and travel to Tamil Nadu, a state which is the home of one of humanity?s living classical civilizations, stretching back uninterrupted for two millennia and very much alive today in the Tamils' language, dance, poetry and Hindu religion. Visit places of interest like Chennai, Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry and indulge in unbridled fun.


Tamil Nadu Tour

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Sourthern Breeze!

9 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (2)  →  Alleppey (1)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Thekkady (1)

Come to South India with its paradisiac wonders. Enjoy a marvellous holiday for ten long days. Pay a visit to the various places of interest like Madurai, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, Kovalam, Alleppey, Munnar and Thekkady. Get awe-struck by the natural beauty and wilderness of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Stop by the time-honoured remains of the Ramanathaswamy Temple. Be spellbound by the vistas of the sprawling tea gardens of Munnar. Traverse the serene backwaters of Alleppey on a houseboat and gather memories for a lifetime.


Sourthern Breeze!

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South India Tour!

14 Nights Ooty (2)  →  Kodaikanal (2)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Thekkady (2)  →  Alleppey (1)  →  Kovalam (2)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Madurai (1)

South India is an epitome of natural beauty. It is an excellent contrast to time-honoured traditions and culture on one hand and innate modernism on the other. It is a unique variation of the scenic resplendence as well as the contemporary lifestyle. Dotted with the rolling hills, extensive tea and spice plantations, frothy cascades of gushing waterfalls, majestic ranges of the Western Ghats, lush green National Parks, panoramic beaches and tranquil temples, South India is a place of bewitching splendour and adventure activities. Enjoy a 15-day tour to Ooty, Kodaikanal, Munnar, Alleppey, Kanyakumari and many other spectacular locations. Enjoy a lifetime experience.


South India Tour!

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Know More About Thanjavur

Thanjavur Guide

  • Shopping in Thanjavur

    Thanjavur is an interesting destination to shop especially if you are an art collector. Everything you find at the handicraft market here is one-off and unique to this part of South India. They range from the famous âThanjavur dancing dollâ, Tanjore paintings to Tanjore art plates. You can find an array of Tanjore paintings and other objet dâ art at the Tanjore Palace museum shop. Here old and new artworks are sold, and you can conveniently use your credit card. At the Phoompuhar Art Gallery, both connoisseurs and collectors can revel in its range of artistic bronze statues, Tanjore paintings (a style of painting traditionally practiced in Tanjore depicting scenes from the Hindu mythology), and artistic plates. The genuineness of the artifacts here makes it very popular with foreign tourists.

    A haven for craft lovers, Thanjavur owes much of its fame to the exquisite artwork and bronzes made by dexterous artisans. Browse the craft market some more, and you will find interesting weaves in silk, ethnic jewelry, filigree, woodwork, pottery, handloom products, and paintings. Must put up a bargain, for the prices quoted to tourists are on the higher side.

    Silk weaving is a prominent traditional craft in the temple town, and many artists are engaged in this profession. When in Thanjavur, donât forget to pick up a typical silk sari with a broad border adorned with unique motifs in zari work (golden threadwork). Such a sari is famously worn by the locals for weddings and festivals.

    The traditional dancing, rather head-nodding, dolls (locally called Thalaiyatti Bommai) make for a wonderful souvenir for your friends back home. You can even go for the Thanjavur plates or brass and bronze depictions of Hindu deities. Shop for all this and more from government-owned stores or private ones spread across the city. Another option is to visit the workshops of local craftsmen, watch them turn out a work-of-art, and purchase directly from them if you like.

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  • Restaurants in Thanjavur

    Restaurants - Thanjavur is not really the place for European or Oriental cuisine, sticking to regional delicacies here is a safer bet. The food is flavored with a host of spices and condiments, though coconut and tamarind are added to almost all vegetarian recipes. Not to mention, most dishes are rustled up using coconut oil or coconut milk. Coconut chutney, sambar (seasoned lentil broth), rasam (a hot broth made of tamarind juice and pepper) and mixed spices are served with every meal to enhance the taste. A typical Tamilian meal comprises steamed rice, lentils, grains and vegetables. And if you are non-vegetarian, there is a great variety of Chettinad delicacies to choose from. Chettinad pepper chicken is an all-time favorite of the locals. You can even try out the Tamil style of Mughlai cuisine, especially the biryanis and paya (a type of spiced broth generally eaten with paranthas or appam).

    Typical South Indian breakfast is readily served and to perfection at most local restaurants. Popular breakfast options include idli (steamed rice cakes), dosa (a pancake made from a batter of rice) and lentils crisp fried on a pan, vada (deep fried doughnuts made from a batter of lentils), pongal (a mash of rice and lentils boiled together and seasoned with ghee, cashew nuts, pepper and cumin seed), yogurt and uppma (cooked semolina seasoned in oil with mustard, pepper, cumin seed and dry lentils). Any Tamil meal is incomplete without crisp papadam or appam!

    Continental cuisine is served well at Mullai restaurant in Hotel Oriental Towers on Srinivasam Pillai Road. Try out authentic South Indian specialties at the Marutham restaurant of the same hotel. You can enjoy sumptuous Mughlai cuisine at Satharâs on Gandhiji Road. And Thevarâs is the best biryani place in town. Dheer Garden does a gob job of grilled delights such as tandoori chicken and their in-house specialty âMurthapaâ. If you are in mood for some authentic Chinese, head straight to Rice Bowl that whips up an array of Chinese delicacies including some succulent appetizers.

    Most of the restaurants in this temple town observe the highest hygiene and cleanliness standards. So much so, the state food department makes regular trips into the kitchens of the restaurants to ensure that safety regulations are maintained.

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  • Things to do in Thanjavur

    The ancient temple town of Kumbakonam makes for a great day trip from Thanjavur, about 40 kilometer ( miles) away. Kumbakonam receives a huge influx of Hindu pilgrims from across the country, particularly South India. A lot of visitors come here only for the Mahamaham festival celebrated with great pomp every 12 years in the month of Masi (February-March) at the Mahamaham tank in the city. Devotees by the thousands take to the streets, and head for a holy dip in the Mahamaham tank. You canât miss the frenzy at this time of the year.

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  • How To Reach Thanjavur

    Surface - A fleet of state and private buses daily enter Thanjavur from Pattukkottai, Kumbakonam, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli (Trichy). The longest journey is made from Bangalore and Chennai in an overnight bus that takes up to nine hours. One can also drive into the city or hire a private taxi.

    Train - From Thanjavur Junction, there are regular trains to and from Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and all major cities.

    Air - The nearest airport is in Tiruchirappalli about 56 kilometer ( miles) away on the NH 210 Tiruchirappalli - Rameshwaram highway. It is serviced by domestic flights to and from Tamil Naduâs state capital, Chennai. It also has flights to Colombo, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Sharjah and Kuwait.

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  • Weather in Thanjavur

    The temple town of Thanjavur is approximately in the center of the state of Tamil Nadu. Located in the center of the Cauvery delta and drained by the rivers Vadavar and Vennar to the north, Thanjavur is about 320 kilometer ( miles) from the state capital Chennai, 56 kilometer ( miles) from Tiruchirappalli, about 40 kilometer ( miles) from Kumbakonam, 45 kilometer (.12 miles) from Pattukkottai and 84 kilometer (.5 miles) from Nagappattinam. The Thanjavur municipality covers an area of 36 sq. kilometer, while the township and the suburbs on the outskirts spread out over approx. 100 sq. kilometer. It is about 57-meter ( foot) above the mean sea level. A flyover cuts through the city diving it into two; one side of the flyover is the old town which is also the main business district of the city, while the other is the residential area.

    Thanjavur enjoys a tropical climate, with maximum temperature going up to 36 degree Celsius and minimum 22 degree Celsius. The city receives an annual rainfall of 111.37 mm.

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