There are quite a good number of excursion options available from Thanjavur. Cholas ruled the areas around Tanjore so it is but natural for these towns to have a lot of tourist attractions as well. The must visit excursion destination around Tanjore is the city of Gangaikondacholapuram that has lots of Chola era temples. Apart from that there are other destinations too that have been listed below: -
Airavateeswar Temple is an exquisitely built temple that is located 30
kilometers from the city of Thanjavur. The temple that was constructed
around 12th century A.D is counted among the bests of Chola Temples in
India. Going by its unique architecture, the place has been recognized
by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Monument.
A visit to the temple town of Kumbakonam is a must for every tourist.
Situated just 35 kilometers off to the city of Tanjore, Kumbakonam is
famous for its temples sculptures having erotic overtones. Some of the
must visit temples are Sarangapani, Kumbeswarar, Nageswara and Ramaswamy
temples. Kumbakonam is also the venue of the Mahamaham festival that is
celebrated every 12 years.
Kodaikkarai or Point Calimere is just 100 kilometers from Tanjore. The
place is famous for its bird sanctuary that is noted for its
congregation of migratory waterfowls such as Flamingoes that come here
during the winters.
Swamimalai is situated 30 kilometers from Thanjavur. The place is
believed to be one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya.
Vailankanni is Roman Catholic pilgrimage that is famous for a beautiful
Church dedicated to 'Lady of Health'. Vailankanni that is situated just
90 kilometers from Tanjore is famous for its Portuguese and Dutch
Located just 35 kilometers from Tanjore, Darasuram is a magnificent
temple that is dedicated to Lord Siva. The temple is among the hundreds
built by Rajendra Chola. Darasuram is also famous as a silk weaving
Manora is situated 65 kilometers from the city of Thanjavur. The
building is considered as the largest and tallest of the monuments built
by the Tanjore Marathas. Manora is an eight-storied miniature fortress
that is hexagonal in shape and is skirted by a moat. Sarfoji II
constructed the structure in the year 1815 in honor of Britain's victory
over Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo.
Situated 90 kilometers from Tanjore, Nagore is a renowned Sufi
pilgrimage that is revered by followers of all the religions. The annual
Urs or the birthday of the Sufi saint attracts lots of tourists.
Situated just 35 kilometers from the downtown Thanjavur, Naageswaran
Temple is an ideal mix of devotion, mythology and aesthetics. The temple
that was built around 1005 A.D is an outstanding symbol of Chola
sculpture. The place attracts academicians and researchers, many of them
foreigners, who are keen in interpreting the rock wall edicts and study
Orattanad is a Maratha Mandapam that has been named after Muktambal,
one of the queens of Sarfoji II who ruled the city of Tanjore in late
18th century. This Mandapam is shaped like a chariot that displays a
fusion of religious sculptures in stucco and wood.
Situated 100 kilometers from downtown Tanjore, Tharangambadi is a
coastal city that was earlier a Danish settlement. The town remained
under the Danish influence from 1624 to 1825 A.D after which the British
annexed it. There are two churches and a fort. This is one of the must
visit excursion around Thanjavur.
Thirubuvnam is a 13th century Chola temple that is dedicated to Lord
Siva. This beautifully crafted temple stands 45 kilometers from Tanjore.
Situated just 15 kilometers from Tanjore, Thiruvaiyaru is the
birthplace and abode of famous poet cum saint Thyagaraja. The place is
considered a vibrant cultural destination because of a music festival
that is held here every January in honor of the saint.