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Visit Brihadeeswara Temple, Saraswati Library, Palace And Gallery In Thanjavur

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Stop At: Brihadeeswara Temple, Membalam Rd, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613007, India

The Cholas established a powerful monarchy in the 9th century AD at Thanjavur and in its surroundings. They enjoyed a long, eventful rule, lasting for four and a half centuries with great achievements in all fields such as military conquest, efficient administration, cultural assimilation and promotion of art. The Great Living Chola Temples were built by kings of the Chola Empire, which stretched over all of South India and the neighbouring islands. The site includes three great 11th- and 12th-century Temples: the Brihadeswara Temple at Thanjavur, the Brihadeswara Temple at Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temple at Thanjavur is a great example of the rich Chola architecture. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Besides beautiful wall sculptures, the temple also has some exquisitely painted frescoes.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, Art Gallery, Thanjavur 613001 India

The museum is located within the Thanjavur Royal Palace that was the official residence of the Bhonsle dynasty that ruled over Thanjavur from 1674 to 1855. The museum has preserved various items like paintings, manuscripts and statues from the temples of Thanjavur. The beautiful stone sculptures of the Pandya, Chola, Nayaka and Pallava periods are added attractions at the museum.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, Thanjavur Royal Palace, Thanjavur India

It is one among a few medieval libraries existing in the world. It is an unparalleled repository of culture and an inexhaustible treasure house of knowledge built up by successive dynasties of Nayaks and the Marathas of Thanjavur. It contains very rare and valuable collections of manuscripts, books, maps and paintings on all aspects of Art, Culture and Literature. The Encyclopaedia Britannica in its survey of the Libraries of the world mentions this as "the most remarkable Library in India".

Duration: 1 hour
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
From your hotel in Thanjavur
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person
  • Entry/Admission - Brihadeeswara Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery
  • Entry/Admission - The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library
  • Food or drink, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking.
  • Children below 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and hats are highly recommended.
  • No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed in the temple. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
  • Name and gender as on passport, passport number, expiry date and country of issuance is required at time of booking. Please carry the passport on the day of the tour.
  • Temple opens 06.00 to 12.00 & 16.00 to 20.00 hours & Palace visit timings are from 09.30 to 16.30 hours.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing architecture and well preserved temple of 1003AD. This Hindu temple has many specialties like we cannot see the shadow of the main temple at anytime of the day, it is so well calucated and built. Inside there is a big Shiva lingam. Highly recommended...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank swatikavi
Reviewed 12 April 2019 via mobile

Last two days before i visit thanjavur brihadeeswara temple after long time back with my friends, upon its great art work be done

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sarathy1985
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