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Thanjavur / தஞ்சாவூர்
Brahadeeswara Temple Towers
Thanjavur / தஞ்சாவூர்
Location of Thanjavur / தஞ்சாவூர்
in Tamil Nadu and India
Coordinates 10°48′N 79°09′E / 10.8°N 79.15°E / 10.8; 79.15
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District(s) Thanjavur
Municipal Chairperson Thenmozhi Jayabalan[1]
Population
Density
215725 (2001)
7,700 /km2 (19,943 /sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Area
Elevation
36 km2 (14 sq mi)
2 m (7 ft)
Website municipality.tn.gov.in/thanjavur/

Thanjavur (Tamil: தஞ்சாவூர் (tañcāvūr), also known by its anglicised name Tanjore, is a municipality and the headquarters of the Thanjavur district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It has a population of a 221,185 (2001 census).

The name Thanjavur is derived from "Tanjan", a legendary asura in Hindu mythology. Thanjavur is one of the oldest cities in India and has a long and varied history dating back to Sangam period. The city rose into prominence during the rule of the Later Cholas when it served as the capital of the Chola empire. After the fall of the Cholas, the city was ruled by the Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, the Madurai Nayaks, the Thanjavur Nayaks, the Thanjavur Marathas and the British. It has been a part of independent India since 1947.

Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian art and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, an UNESCO World Heritage Monument are located in an around Thanjavur. The foremost among the Great Living Chola temples, the Brihadeeswara Temple, is located in the center of the town. Thanjavur is also the home of the Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region. The town is an important agricultural center located at the heart of the region, known as the "rice bowl of Tamil Nadu". South Zone Culture Centre in Thanjavur is one of many regional cultural centres established by Indian Government to preserve and promote traditional cultural heritage of India.

Thanjavur is well-connected by roads and railways with other parts of India and with cities and towns in Tamil Nadu. The nearest airport is Tiruchirapalli located at a distance of 56 kilometres and the nearest seaport in Nagapattinam which is 84 kilometres from Thanjavur.

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Etymology

The name Thanjavur is believed to have been derived from Tanjan[2], an asura in Hindu mythology, who is believed to have to have been killed at this spot by the Hindu god Vishnu.[3] Also the name is believed to have been derived from Than-sei-oor, it means the place is surrounded by rivers and green paddy fields.

History

The Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur

The Thanjavur area has a rich historical heritage and is a prism of ancient as well as the modern south Indian civilizations. The city was once the stronghold of the historic Cholas and at one time was also the capital of the Cholas, Mutharayars and Marathas when they were at the peak of their power. Since then, Thanjavur has been one of the chief political, cultural and religious centres of South India.

Thanjavur contains over 90 temples, as it was favored by the Chola rulers between the 1st - 12th centuries, the Nayakas in the 16th century, and the Marathas in the 17th and 18th centuries.[4]

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Under the Cholas

Brihadishwara Temple built by Rajaraja Chola I

Thanjavur, or Tanjapuri as it was called in the ancient times was chosen by the Mutharayar king and later conquered by Vijayalaya Chola. Vijayalaya built a temple for his favourite goddess Nisumbhasudani in the city. Although subsequent emperors made Kanchipuram a subsidiary capital, Thanjavur maintained its position as the chief city. The great Brihadeeswara Temple, built by Rajaraja Chola I was completed around 1010 AD. It remained the centre of the Chola administration for many years, channelling the state revenue into a number of civic projects. It also acted as a repository of the empire's records, as the great Rajaraja had its walls covered with numerous inscriptions recording his conquests and his endowments to various charities. The impression we get from the inscriptions is of a wealthy, progressive city, although totally dominated by the temple.

The inscriptions tell us about a number of royal palaces in the city and of the districts where palace servants lived. We also learn the names of a number of streets: the big street of Virasola and the big market of Tribhuvanamadeviyar. During the reign of Rajaraja we learn that the city was divided into two parts: Ullalai (inner) and Purambadi (outer) city. Purambadi could have been an extension to the city built during Rajaraja's reign. Among the new streets built by Rajaraja were two running east to west in front of the Brihadeeswara Temple and called Northern and Southern Talichcheries. People who worked in the temple occupied these streets. There were other temples then, such as the Jayabhima temple and Tanjai Mamani found in the inscriptions, which do not exist anymore. There was also a public hospital attached to a Vishnu temple named after Sundara Chola called Sundarachola Vinnagara Salai which was endowed by Kundavai, the sister of Rajaraja Chola.

The influence of Thanjavur began to diminish when Rajendra Chola I built a new city named Gangaikonda Cholapuram and moved his capital there.

A Mighty Cannon of forge-welded Iron. This cannon was built during the reign of Raghunatha Nayak (1600 - 1645 CE), and it was located at the defense barricade at the Eastern entrance to the city.

Under the Nayaks and Marathas

Thanjavur town in 1955
Maratha palace at Tanjore, circa 1914

After the Cholas the Pandyas conquered the Chola country. Madurai was the Pandya capital and Thanjavur remained in the background, as a province of Vijayanagara empire.

Later in 1535,the Vijayanagara king installed a Nayak king hence the era of Tanjore Nayaks which lasted till mid-17th century, until attacked by the Madurai Nayaks. Later slipped into the hands of Marathas.

Tanjore was conquered by the Marathas in 1674 under Venkoji, the half-brother of Shivaji the Great; his successors ruled as Maharajas of Tanjore. The British first came into contact with Tanjore by their expedition in 1749 with a view to the restoration of a deposed raja of Tanjore Nayak lineage. In this they failed, and a subsequent expedition was bought off. The Maratha rajas held Tanjore until 1799.

In October 1799, the district was ceded to the British East India Company in absolute sovereignty by Raja Serfoji II, a pupil of the missionary Schwartz. The raja retained only the capital and a small tract of surrounding country. He died in 1833 and was succeeded by his son Sivaji, on whose death in 1855 without an heir the house became extinct.

Geography

Thanjavur is located at 10°48′N 79°09′E / 10.8°N 79.15°E / 10.8; 79.15[5] approximately in the centre of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town is located in the centre of the Cauvery delta, about 320 kilomtres from the state capital Chennai and 56 kilometres from Tiruchirapalli. Some of the nearby towns are Kumbakonam (40 km), Pattukkottai (45 km), Mannargudi (37 km), Pudukkottai (55 km), Tiruvarur (58 km),peravurani (80) and Nagappattinam (84 km)[citation needed] The municipality has an area of about 36 km2. The township and its exterior suburbs extend for an area of about 100 km2. The town has an elevation of 57 metres above mean sea level. It is drained by the rivers Vadavar and Vennar in the north.

Places of interest

Bell Tower

Thanjavur is famous for the Brahadishwara Temple (or Brahadeeswara temple) built by Rajaraja Chola during the 11th century [6]. The Brahadishwara Temple, also known as the Big Temple, is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple is enclosed in two courts, surmounted by a lofty tower and including the exquisitely decorated shrine of Murugan. Among the other historic buildings is the Vijayanagara fort, which contains a palace that was expanded by the Maratha king Serfoji II with an armoury, a Bell Tower and the Saraswathi Mahal Library, which contains over 30,000 Indian and European manuscripts written on palm leaf and paper. Also built by Serfoji II is the Manora Fort, a monumental tower, situated about 65 km away from Thanjavur. The then "Sangeetha Mahal" has been converted to a handicrafts exhibition centre now which has handicrafts from local artisans. Raja Rajan Manimandapam which is also one among the tourist places in Thanjavur, Thanjavur is in the second place next only to Chennai in attracting more tourists.

Arts and culture

Tanjore became a major cultural center during the 18th & 19th centuries, under the Maratha rule. Figure depicts a Tanjore painting from this era.

Thanjavur is one of the chief political, literary and religious centres of southern India, known for its contribution to Carnatic music, it has produced many classical musicians and Bharathanatyam dancers. It has become the second most important site for the annual Natyanjali dance festival.

Tiruvaiyaru, which is close to Thanjavur, is the place where the great musician Saint Tyagaraja lived. Here in Tiruvaiyaru every year in the Tamil month of 'Thai' (second half of January) Thyagaraja Aradhana will be held where musicians from all over the country will participate.

Tanjore is well known for bronze sculptures and its unique painting style called Tanjore Painting, a percussion instrument called the Thavil, a divine classical string instrument Veenai and the Bobblehead Thanjavur Dolls.

Thanjavur Bobblehead Dolls - Animated Version
Thanjavur Rocking Doll - Animated Version

The Tanjore paintings are very popular and are renown around the world. The artists use a combination of canvas background with glass, metals, etc. to depict and decorate various scenes from Hindu mythology.

Tanjore plates which are made of color glass pieces which are aesthetically cut and embedded on velvet cloth. It will have god image or birds at the center.

Sacred Heart Cathedral in the city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tanjore.

The South Zone Cultural Centre

A South Zone Cultural Center (SZCC), corresponding to the North, West and North-East zone cultural centres, was moved to Thanjavur after functioning initially from the town of Tiruvaiyaru. It is the only one of its kind in South India and is dedicated to the promotion of fine arts, dance, drama, music, theater and other arts by providing opportunities for the artists, documenting dying art forms and ensuring the participation of the youth in cultural activities.It organizes special programs and collaborative programs with the Lalit Kala Akademi, Sangeet Natak Academi, Sahitya Akademi and National School of Drama.

Economy

Thanjavur's economy is mainly agro-based. The town acts as a focal point for food grains transported from the adjoining areas of the Cauvery Delta. The town also has some medium and small-scale enterprises. Tourism constitutes a major portion of the town's revenue. Prominent supermarket chains such as Food World, Nilgiris, Spencers and Subhiksha have their branches in Thanjavur. There are also a few local supermarket chains of which Punniyamoorthi Pillai Departmental Store (PPDS) is the largest.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop.  %±
1871 52,171
1881 54,745 4.9%
1891 54,390 −0.6%
1901 57,870 6.4%
1911 60,341 4.3%
1921 59,913 −0.7%
1931 66,889 11.6%
1941 68,702 2.7%
1951 100,680 46.5%
1961 111,099 10.3%
1971 140,547 26.5%
1981 184,015 30.9%
1991 202,013 9.8%
2001 215,725 6.8%

Thanjavur is the eleventh largest city in Tamil Nadu with a population of 221,185 (est. 2008). Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Thanjavur has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 85%, and female literacy is 76%. In Thanjavur, 9% of the population is under 6 years of age. Tamil is the most widely spoken language while Telugu, Saurashtrian and Thanjavur Marathi are also spoken. The Tamil spoken in Thanjavur constitutes the Thanjavur dialect which is the standard lingua franca of the Cauvery delta. Hindus form the majority, but the town has substantial Muslim and Christian minorities.

Street life in Thanjavur

Transportation

Crowded bus

Thanjavur is well-connected with Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Kumbakonam, Pattukkottai, Bangalore, Ernakulam, Marthandam, Nagercoil, Tirupathi, Thiruvananthapuram, Ooty and Mysore through regular bus services. Previously, Thanjavur had a single bus terminus located at the heart of the town. However, recently a new bus terminus has been constructed outside the town limits in order to handle the passenger traffic. Thanjavur also has a well-maintained domestic public transport system. Government and private buses operate frequently between Old Bus Stand and New Bus Stand and between Old Bus Stand and outlying towns as Vallam and Budalur and villages as Pillaiyarpatti, Vallam Pudursethi, Sengipatti and Kuruvadipatti. There are also minibus services between Old Bus Stand and Reddipalaiyam and share auto services along the Thanjavur-Trichy national highway.

Thanjavur is an important railway junction of Southern Railways. Thanjavur is connected by rail with most important cities and towns in India.

Flights

In early 1990s, Thanjavur was connected with Chennai via the Vayudoot Flight Service, which was stopped due to poor patronage. Now a full fledged Air Force Station is coming up at Thanjavur to station Fighter (aircraft) and Sukhoi jets and is expected to include civil service for passengers.

Administration

City officials, as of September 2007[7][8]
Chairperson
J. Thenmozhli[9]
Deputy Chairperson
S. N. Saleem Ahamed[10]
Commissioner
K. G. Umapathy[11]

Thanjavur is a Special Grade municipality administered by a municipal corporation. The municipal corporation is headed by a Chairman assisted by a Deputy Chairman. The general administration of the town is headed by a Commissioner. The municipal corporation consists of six departments: general administration, revenue, accounts, engineering, town planning and public health. The legislative powers are held by an elected council of 51 members.

Education

Thanjavur is renowned for its culture of education. It is home to the famous Saraswati Mahal library which dates back to the end of the 16th century and contains over 30,000 rare manuscripts. It has now been fully computerized.One of the famous school in the city is Don Bosco MMS. St.Antony's Hr sec School. Kalyanasundaram Hr. Sec. school (since 1891) and St. Peter's, founded in the 18th century by Schwartz, are renowned schools in the town. Currently, Thanjavur has four universities, viz., the Tamil University, Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy, Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute Of Science & Technology and Periyar Maniammai University and several colleges including the renowned Thanjavur Medical College.There are other Engineering Colleges namely the upcoming Parisutham Institute of Technology & Science (P I T S) & St Joseph's College of Engineeringand Teacher educational colleges like Dr.S.R.J College of Education. There are also many research centres, including the Paddy Processing Research Centre (Now Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology) and Soil and Water Research Centre.

People from Thanjavur

  1. Kalki (Tamil: கல்கி) was the pen name of R. Krishnamurthy-Author of famous Tamil novels such as Ponnniyin Selvan, Alai Osai, Paarthiban Kanavu (பொன்னியின் செல்வன், அலை ஒசை,பார்த்திபன் கனவு), Kalvanin Kaadhali
  2. "Muththamizh Vallal" Rao Bahadur A.Y. Arulanandhaswamy Nadar - Co-Founder and Second President of Karanthai Thamil Sangam. Philanthropist.
  3. S.Sridhar, CEO of Two Wheelers, Bajaj- Head of Pulsar Team
  4. A Balasubramanian, CEO of Birla SunLife MF
  5. Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister, DMK supremo, born in Tirukuvalai, later Thanjavur Dt.
  6. Sir A.T.Panneer Selvam - Barrister-at-law, Minister in the erstwhile composite State of Madras (Presidency) and Justice Party Leader. Co-Founder of Karanthai Thamizh Sangam.
  7. Thiru. Uma Maheshwarar, Renowned Tamil Scholar & Founder of Karanthai Tamil Sangam.
  8. Nadigar Thilagam Padmashree Sivaji Ganesan - Actor
  9. Thiru P.A.Yagappa Nadar - Donor of the lands now occupied by the Thanjavur Medical College, Rajah Serafoji College and the New Bus Stand.
  10. Thiru Chaandilyan - Tamil Writer - Author of kadal Pura, Yavana Rani..
  11. Thiru T. Janakiraman (Thi. Jaa) - Tamil Writer - Author of Moha Mul, Mara Pasu..
  12. Thiru A.Y.S. Parisutha Nadar - Long time M.L.A. and Municipal Chairman of Thanjavur, Philanthropist
  13. Prof Ku.Sivagnanam - Orator, Tamil scholar and Ex-Director of State Government's Dept of Tamil Development.
  14. Hema Malini -Famous Actress
  15. Shankar - Famous Tamil Film Director
  16. Madan - Cartoonists
  17. Late Shri.Subburama Bhagavadhar
  18. Bhagavadha Sironmani Shri. Kovai S. Jayaraman
  19. SVe.Shekar - Actor, Politician
  20. Thirumathi Manorama- Tamil Actress
  21. Dr.S.Janikiraman - Well known Child Specialist.
  22. T.S.Swaminathan, E.O. HR & CE TAMILNADU
  23. Thiru G. Ramaswamy - ex. Attorney General of India.
  24. Late Dr. N. Ramanathan - The first M.B.B.S Doctor after whom a landmark, Ramanathan Hospital bus stop, is named.
  25. Late Dr. D. Andal - The first lady doctor who started practicing in the year 1952.
  26. Dr. R. Radhakrishnan - Well known Physician, ex. Dean of Thanjavur Medical College.
  27. D.Rajasekar IFS, Secretary, Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI)
  28. Late R. Venkataraman- Former President of India(1987-1992)
  29. Krishnan Iyer- Senior Turtle farmer of Fiji
  30. G.M. Akbar Ali B.Sc. M.L. - Tamil Nadu Chief Judge born in Vallam, Thanjavur
  31. Dr.A.Srinivasan - Senior Paediatrician & social activist
  32. S.D.Somasundaram B.E., - Formerly Minister of Tamilnadu
  33. Vellur T.Veerasamy M.A. - Formerly Minister of Tamilnadu.
  34. K.Thulasiayya Vandayar B.A.(Honours),Kalvikavalar,Formerly Member of Parliament.
  35. Prabhu Kasinathan - Famous Software Engineer and One of the greatest Enterprenuer of India
  36. Balaji UDM, Support coordinator in GoFrugal Technologies Private Limited., http://gofrugal.com

Thanjavur also famous for fine arts, music instruments, paintings, artplates etc

References

  1. ^ The Hindu dated 29 October 2006
  2. ^ http://www.madhyakailas.org/kovilgal10.html The Legend of Tanjan
  3. ^ Southern India: Its History, People, Commerce, and Industrial Resources. Somerset Playne. 1914. pp. 465. 
  4. ^ "Brihadeeswarar Temple". http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/india/thanjavur/bri01.html. Retrieved 2006-09-14. 
  5. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Thanjavur
  6. ^ The Handbook of India By Publications Division, India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Telephone Directory - Commissioner of Police". Tn.gov.in. 2009-01-21. http://www.tn.gov.in/telephone/hod/hodPage57.html. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  9. ^ "Biodata of Municipality Chairperson". Thanjavur Municipality. http://municipality.tn.gov.in/thanjavur/who-mayor.htm. 
  10. ^ "Biodata of Municipality Deputy Chairperson". Thanjavur Municipality. http://municipality.tn.gov.in/thanjavur/who-deputy.htm. 
  11. ^ "Biodata of Municipality Commissioner". Thanjavur Municipality. http://municipality.tn.gov.in/thanjavur/who-commiss.htm. 

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain. {V.NavaBharathi,Famous writter,thanjavur}

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Thanjavur (or 'Thanjai') or tanjore is 342 KM from Chennai the capital of the state Tamil Nadu, India. Thanjai is considered to be the granary and 'rice bowl' of Tamil Nadu. It is the district headquarters by the same name.

Pronounce : Than-jaa-voor. It is sometime referred as Tanjavur(wrong) or Thanjavoor.

Understand

Thanjavur thrived as the ancient capital of the Chola kingdom, later of Marathas and Nayaks. Thanjavur was at the height of its glory during the Chola period between the 10th and the 14th century and became a great centre of learning and culture.

The important landmark in Thanjavur is the great Brahadeeswara Temple also known as the Big Temple, it was built by Raja Raja Chola - I. It is one of the most magnificent piece of South Indian temple architecture. Established in 1011 AD in celebration of victory of Chola kingdom that extended till Ceylon and some parts of the Malaya archipelago. Now it is a world heritage site.

Even today Thanjavur is not only considered as the rice bowl of tamil nadu but also as a cultural head quarters. Though the Thanjavur district is dominated by agriculture, the town is diverse in its own, Having a literacy percentage of more that 75% and a homogenous mix of population of all religions.

Get in

By plane

Nearest airport is Tiruchirapally. There are direct flights from Chennai

By rail

Thanjavur is also reachable by train from other Indian cities. 'Thanjavur Junction' is the station to alight. There are daily trains from/to Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore and to all main cities. For train timings and on-line reservations (within India) visit the IRCTC's website.

By bus

There are several state and private buses that ply daily from Mannargudi,[Pattukkottai]], Kumbakonam, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Thiruchi. The journey from Bangalore and Chennai takes about 9 hours and there are over-night buses.

  • Auto Rickshaws - negotiate a rate with the driver beforehand. Any Place with in city doesn't cost more than 40 rupees and minimum is 20 rupees.
  • Tourist Cabs - Are the best choice in case you want to tour the temples around Thanjavur. Drivers don't follow a fixed method for charging. But its wise to negotiate at least the rates that are applicable in Chennai
  • Cycle rickshaws - Though not popular among the locals, foreign travellers usually hire cycle rickshaws to go around Thanjavur. One can inquire the hotel's service desk for help.
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Magnificient front gopuram
copper and brass tower
copper and brass tower
inner and outer gopurams
inner and outer gopurams
inner and outer gopurams
inner and outer gopurams
inner and outer gopurams
inner and outer gopurams
  • Brahadeshwara Temple - This is the most important place to see in Thanjavur. This is a must see.One can enjoy the architecture of the whole temple and also the cute little garden on the temple's backyard.If you are interested in painting, then this is one of the best in India.
  • Palace & Saraswathi Mahal Library - Possesses very old manuscripts mostly in Tamil and Sanskrit. The library is situated inside the Saraboji Palace which contains many rare paintings depicting various Indian cities during the reign of King Saraboji.
Palace tower
Palace tower
  • Siva Ganga Garden - A cute little park sandwiched between the Brahadeshwara Temple and the Schwartz Church. There are children playing area at the heart of the park and it is very pleasant to watch the innocent laughs and smile. The park has a cute little train and also a theppakulam ( a temple in the middle of pond). Boating is also available in the pond.
  • Art Gallery
  • Sangeetha Mahal
  • Schwartz Church - This church was constructed by Rev. Schwartz more than 200 ago. Though there is nothing much great about the artistic work, the church is still operational under the CSI Trichy-Tanjore Diocease. It is good to attend the morning service which is conducted in English, every Sunday at 7:00am.
  • Ragavendra Temple

In and around Thanjavur there are other ancient temples like Vellai Pillaiyar Temple, Thiruvanajozhi, Lord Murugan Temple, Swami Malai, Chandra Bagawan Temple, Thingalur Moon temple, Sukkiran Temple, Kanchanur, Kethu Temple,Keelaperumpallam, Sani Bhagawan Temple, Thirunallar, Mercury Temple, Thiruvenkadu, Raaghu Temple, Thirunageshwaram, Guru Baghawan Temple at Alangudi, Thirumananjeri.

Navagraha Temple Tour Route Map

Here is the link to temple route map for the travellers visiting Navagraha temples in Tamilnadu. [1]

Buy

Thanjavur is famous for its 'Thanjavur dancing doll' (Thanjavur thalai attu bommai), Tanjore Paintings (Lord Krishna paintings are the best) and Tanjore art plates (Lord Balaji are the best).

There is an outlet inside the palace where old and new art works are sold. You can pay with your credit card too.

There is a Phoompuhar art Gallery, which exhibits and sell wide range of artistic bronze idols, Thanjavur paintings and artistic plates.Its been a hot spot for the foreign travellers.

  • Hotel Sangamam
  • Mullai, Hotel Oriental Towers, 2889, Srinivasam Pillai Road, Cuisine - Multicuisine-one of the few places place here where you get continental food but the food is overpriced..
  • Marutham,Oriental Towers, 2889, Srinivasam Pillai Road, Cuisine - South Indian
  • Sathars-they are good at Mughal dishes but basically all the curries taste the same. Very rich oily gravies. Try this out if you are not too worried about your waist line!
  • Thevars- The best biriyani in town
  • Dheen garden - The only place where you can get grilled chicken. The food is decent. Tandoori chicken is delicious and the portion they serve is very good. Check out their murthapa.
  • Rice Bowl (pla) - They serve awesome Chinese food and their starters also pretty good.
  • Popular - This is the cheapest among the lot and the Chinese dishes are nice.
  • Banam, Oriental Towers, 2889, Srinivasam Pillai Road
  • Hotel Karthik has double rooms at 370rs and single at 200rs. Air conditioned rooms cost 600rs. This is somewhat old hotel and cleanliness is about 3 on the scale of 5, but it is just a 5 minute walk away from Bridhadeeswara Temple and 10 minute walk from the palace. Has a restaurant in the ground floor where food is good south Indian vegetarian cuisine.
  • Hotel Sangam - Near Ramanadhan Hospital
  • Oriental Towers, 2889, Srinivasam Pillai Road, tel. 24724, fax: 22770
  • Parisutham a perfectly adequate hotel with a nice pool area and good food.
  • Temple Tower near Membalam
  • Oriental Towers
  • Hotel Ramanath. Double bedrooms at 450 and single at 270. Clean rooms and a decent place to stay. This hotel is just next to Hotel Karthik (near the Old Bus Stand).
  • Ideal River View Resort A little out of town but well kept and quiet.
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Thanjavur is a town in Tamil Nadu, India. It was the capital of earlier Chola Kingdom. It is called the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Cauvery river flows through Thanjavur.


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