How to reach?
Thanjavur is well connected to other cities in India via air, road and rail connection. Some of the most important districts and their distance from Thanjavur are as follows:
- Trichy – 56 km
- Madurai – 158 km
- Coimbatore – 285 km
- Chennai – 343 km
- Trivandrum – 417 km
- Bangalore – 426 km
The nearest airports are the Madurai Airport which is about 20 km away and the Tiruchirappalli Airport at Trichy which is about 65 km from Thanjavur. Tourists flying in from other parts of the country or the world can opt to land at the Chennai International Airport while the Cochin-Trichy air route is also another option.
Railway transportation is an alternative mode of reaching Thanjavur where the railway station is only about 1 km from Sangam Hotel. The chief railway lines connecting the city are Trichy, Madurai, Chennai, Chidambaram and Nagore.
Regualar interstate bus routes are also available from cities like Chidambaram, Kanyakumari, Kumbakonam, Chennai, Madurai, Pudukkotai, Rameshwaram, Trichy. Thanjavaur has good access from Cochin, Ernakulam and Trivandrum in Kerala and Bangalore in Karnataka. The main bus depot of Thanjavur is also just about a kilometer from Sangam Hotel.
Thanjavur is an agrarian city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India, which still preserves much of the traditional culture from its centuries of existence. Having a long history that dates back to the Sangam period, Thanjavur is considered to be one of the most ancient cities in India. The city was founded by Swaran Maran, a Mutharayar king and later stood out among other cities when it became the capital of the Chola Empire. Following the decline of the Cholas, Thanjavur went through the hands of different rulers such as the Pandyas, the kings of Vijaynagar, the Madurai Nayaks, the Thanjavur Nayaks and the British Empire. It later on went to become a part of independent India after gaining freedom in 1947.
Thanjavur is known as the hub of South Indian art, literature and architecture where many architectural wonders can be found and numerous cultural arts and literary works are said to have been originated. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples which have been approved as the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments are located on the landscapes of Thanjavur. Also, the most unique and world famous Tanjore paintings belong to the rich, classical facade of Thanjavur.
Being one of the chief agricultural centers of Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur is sometimes referred to as the “Rice Bowl” of Tamil Nadu. The city is well-connected by roads, railways and flights and has easy access to the other major cities and towns of the country.