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Friday, December 08, 2006




  Thanjavur Brahadhiswara Temple


Photographs by Mrs. Usha Kris

Vimanam from the Doorway

The magnificent Vimanam of the Brihadhiswara Temple seen from the entrance. Built in the year 1007 AD by the greatest of rulers RajaRaja Chola. The magnificence of the temple is incomparable.  It is one of the World Heritage sites.

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Getting There

  • By Air: Nearest Airport is Tiruchirappalli - distance 54 km - Indian Airlines flies of Chennai (Rs.1,766) Thiruvanthapuram (Rs.1,765) and Kozhikode (Rs.1,875) fares are subject to change.

  • By Rail: From Chennai to Thanjavur Rockfort Exp. from Egmore Station in Chennai

Where to Stay 

  • Hotel Gnanam  Ph. 04362 - 278501 - Rs. 600 - 2,250

  • Hotel Oriental Towers Ph.04362 - 230850, 231461 - Rs.1,100 - 2700 - www.hotelorientaltowers.com,

  • Hotel Tamil Nadu TTDC Ph. 04362 - 231325 - Rs.550

  • Hotel Sangam Ph.04362 - 236695 - Rs.1,800 - 2900

  • Hotel Parisutham  Ph. 231801 - Rs.1,700 - 5,400 - www.hotelparisutham.com.

Where to Eat

  • Ananda Bhavan Veg. 

  • Swagath Non-veg on Gandhiji Road

  • Coffee Palace on Elaiamman Kovil Street

What to See

  • The Brihadeeswara Temple

  • Museum in the Temple premises

  • Palace Complex: Art Gallery

  • Sarasvati Maha Library

Where to shop

  • R. Govindarajan on Kuthirakatti Street for collectables, Swaminathan's opposite Thanga Sarada Nursing Home for Thanjavur Paintings.

  • Thanjavur Veenai, Tanjore Plate, and Thalai Aatti Bommai (Thanjavur shaking head doll) are famous crafts of this area.


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