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Brihadeeswara Temple

Megha G krishna
22nd Jul 17

Amazing temple

Amazing temple  Video Review

Brihadeeswara Temple

Manoj Menon
5th Nov 16

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Reasons to go to Thanjavur

1The land of the Cholas
The land of the Cholas

HolidayIQ Reviewer Piruthivi Raj adds, “Brihadeeswarar Temple Peruvudaiyar Kovil, which is also famous as Brihadeeswarar Temple, and RajaRajeshwara Temple, is located at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Harilal Pillai says, “Amazing temple; One of the best ancient and largest temples in India. 1000year old temple, still preserved as it is. Temple tower is so huge and carved out of a single 80ton rock. Nandi's Statue is also made out of a single rock.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Bhupalam Kumar says, “A beautiful lifetime memory; A huge temple you can't even imagine. There is a big Nandi. The premises are neat and clean. We visited the temple at night time. It is very beautiful with lights. The architecture is very nice.”  


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2Pilgrimage Through The Sage at Thanjavur
Pilgrimage Through The Sage at Thanjavur

HolidayIQ Reviewer Piruthivi raj shares, “Brihadeeswarar temple, Thanjavur, tamilnadu, India Brihadeeswarar temple Peruvudaiyar Kovil, which is also famous as Brihadeeswarar temple, and RajaRajeshwara temple, is located at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu state of India. It is one Hindu temple, which they dedicate towards Lord Shiva. It is one luminous example of major heights, which Cholas achieves within Tamil architecture. This temple is one tribute and one reflection of power of its supporter Raja Chola .”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Harilal Pillai says, “Amazing temple One of the best ancient and largest temple in India. 1000year old temple, still preserved as is. temple tower is so huge and carved out of a single 80ton rock. Me and my friends planned to complete the temple darshan and sightseeing by 1hr and we took more than 3hr seeing the marvellous architecture.”  


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3The architecture of this ancient Brihadeeswarar tempe will leave you awe inspired
The architecture of this ancient Brihadeeswarar tempe will leave you awe inspired

HolidayIQ Reviewer Piruthivi raj shares, “Brihadeeswarar temple, Thanjavur, tamilnadu, India Brihadeeswarar temple Peruvudaiyar Kovil, which is also famous as Brihadeeswarar temple, and RajaRajeshwara temple, is located at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu state of India.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Harilal Pillai says, “Amazing temple One of the best ancient and largest temple in India.


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4Places to Experience India's Glorious Past
Places to Experience India's Glorious Past

Temple | Architecture | History | Palace

HolidayIQ Reviewer Isha Jajoo adds, “Thanjavur- a place from history book Well, Thanjavur is not in everyone' s list but it had always been in my checklist. There are two main reasons - one because of its architecture and another for its especial Thanjavur paintings which I did not know until I read a history book and about Chola dynasty and came down to South. As far as architecture is considered, Brihadeshwara temple is infamous UNESCO site and paintings here are made of gold .. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer S.M.Bega Raaj shares, “A must see heritage site Majestic!!! Huge and Handsome!! ...One of the most beautiful Temple in Tamilnadu, symbolizing the pride of Tamil culture. Hats off to the Designer and the team of sculptures for sculpting this monumental structure.


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5Visit this UNESCO site
Visit this UNESCO site

Temple | Architecture | Heritage | History

HolidayIQ Reviewer Payalgangwal says, “It is a huge and beautiful temple I have seen ... the temple was built by Raja Chola, the king of Chola dynasty. It's the perfect example of Dravidian architecture. The art and cutwork on temple wall that includes ceilings were marvellous and awesome.This temple is world famous and also included in UNESCO the world's heritage list. A very beautiful ancient temple with beautiful architect must visit.”  


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Reviews (71)

Iypan pabu

Iypan pabu5.0/5

2 reviews

Excellent Hotel, True Value for Money

I stayed at the hotel very nice food very good I stayed in this hotel for 1nights, the hotel manager and front office staff were very helpful and gave very good service. The food was also good. I was happy and comfortable with my stay in this hotel,

Ariff mohamed

Ariff mohamed5.0/5

2 reviews

Best luxurious hotel

This has been an excellent hotel and value for the money. The hotel has been very supportive and cooperative. Specially the complimentary breakfast has been excellent and typical South Indian which one can enjoy. The rooms are very well maintained and rest rooms too are hygienic. I had an excellent stay in this hotel and would definitely stay once again on my visit to Thanjavur

Recommended Duration in Thanjavur

Number of days to spend in Thanjavur as recommended by our travellers.

2 days


Thanjavur Overview

History of Thanjavur

Located in the southernmost tip of the country, Thanjavur is situated in the Cauvery delta of the state of Tamil Nadu. Due to its substantial paddy production, the place is popularly referred to as the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is known for its agricultural activities and because of its agricultural produce, it is known as the granary of south India. The district is bounded by the green paddy fields, coconut trees and vegetation all around. It is believed that the name Thanjavur derives its origin from the word 'tanjan', which is the name of an asura in the Hindu mythological stories. There are again those who believe that the name is derived from 'than-sei-oor', as it means a place surrounded by rivers and paddy fields. Thanjavur is located quite close to the well-known town of Tirucirapalli. The place is one of the oldest cities in India and exists since the times of the Chola Kings. It was being ruled by Nayaks and Maratta kings who integrated the art and culture into the monuments like Grand Anaicut, The Big Temple, The Serfoji Mahal Library, etc. The place has a mythological background attached to it making it a divine place. It is popularly known as Mother Cauvery, which is clearly evident from 'Kaviri-Thala-Puranam'. The river flowing in the district is named as Ponni, because it is believed that it yields 'pon' meaning gold in the form of paddy. It is also said that every bit of earth in the place is a piece of gold. This is the reason why it is often said, especially among the natives, that every iota of the earth of Thanjavur is equal to an iota of gold. In Tamil literature, the tillers are rightly called as the sons of the Cauvery as they alone are worthy of this title for the rich production of grains in this fertile soil. In Hindu mythology, the sons of Mother Cauvery are called 'Kauvirippudhalvars' as they produce grains in this fertile soil.

People and Culture of Thanjavur

Thanjavur is regarded as the major learning centre for culture and education. It is a home to art and architecture and has given birth to one of the most popular classical form of dance called Bharatanatyam. The carnatic form of music also has its origination from Thanjavur along with Tanjore paintings. The place is rich with culture and music and still holds the essence of olden times. The people here speak one of the ancient languages of the country, Tamil. The place is famous among the pilgrims.

Things To Do in Thanjavur

The prime tourist attraction of Thanjavur is the Brihadeeswara Temple or the Big temple which was built in the early 11th century by Rajaraja Chola I. The other popular religious spots offered by Thanjavur are Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Schwartz Church, Thirumananjeri Temple, Thiruvannamalai Temple, Vellai Puliar Temple and Airavatesvara Temple among others. Pilgrims can opt for Thanjavur holiday packages to plan their holiday to this pilgrimage destination better. Thanjavur hosts a music festival in the month of January in honour of the south Indian saint Thyagaraja. Every twelve years, the Mahamaham Fair is held at Kumbakonam. The next Mahamaham Fair will be held in 2016.

Thanjavur is known for its handicrafts by highly competent craftsmen. Thanjavur is also famous for silk weaving; tourists can buy the typical large border silk sarees here. Another thing that tourists can pick up from Thanjavur are Tanjore paintings, which are in demand all the over the world.

Accommodation in Thanjavur

Thanjavur is well connected by air, rail and road. Trichy international airport serves as the closest airport from Thanjavur which is at a distance of 58 km. There are regular flights connecting Trichy to Chennai (345 km), Bangalore (390 km) and other major cities. Tourists can hire cabs from the airport to reach Thanjavur which costs around Rs 1000. Trichy railhead is the closest railhead, which is at a distance of 58 km from Thanjavur. There are regular train services from Trichy to Madurai and Chennai. Thanjavur is well connected to all major cities of the state by Tamil Nadu road transport corporation buses. There are regular bus services to Thanjavur from Trichy and Madurai. Private buses ply from Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Chennai and Bangalore to reach Thanjavur. The best time to visit the place is during the winter season which is pleasant with comfortable weather. Summers are hot and humid and not the best time to visit. Accommodation options in Thanjavur Pilgrimage are an important part of Thanjavur tourism. Therefore, during peak season, tourists are advised to book hotels in advance. Hotel options in Thanjavur range from budget hotels to resorts, guesthouses and lodges.

Photos of Thanjavur

Thanjavur Royal Palace, Thanjavur

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Saranya Devanathan

Unmaintained garden
Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur

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Saranya Devanathan

Can see another gopuram
Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur

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Saranya Devanathan

Vidhanam above Garbhagraham
Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur

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Saranya Devanathan

Fresco painting on the roof

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