Breakfast in the Hotel and Checkout
Later depart by Private Vehicle for Tanjore. Thanjavur is about 10 km from the south of the Cauvery River. The name Thanjvur is derived from the name of Tanjan who is the demon, killed by Sri Anandavalli Amman and Sri Neelamega Perumal. Because of Tanjan’s last request, the city has the name of him. Thanjavur is famous for its ancient handicrafts, making of bronze icons. Tanjore is famous for its Dancing doll (Thanjavur thalaiyatti bommai), Art plates, bell metal castings, bowels, powder boxes, artistic in laying and engraving work of motifs well known in Tanjore paintings. Upon arrival in Tanjore check in at your pre booked Hotel
Afternoon city tour of Tanjore visiting The Thanjavur Maratha Palace Complex, known locally as Aranmanai, is the official residence of the Bhonsle family who ruled over the Tanjore region from 1674 to 1855. The original name of Thanjavur Palace is Sivaganga Fort, which is rarely used these days. If you observe carefully, there is even a small moat around it which provided security against enemy access. Often mistakenly called the “Thanjavur Maratha Palace” was not built by Maratha Kings, but by Thanjavur Nayaks. However, the Marathas made some enhancements to suit their needs. It is more popularly called “Thanjavur Aranmanai” by the people of Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur Art Gallery housed in the Nayak hall of the palace, has an eclectic collection of stone and bronze idols, mostly from the Chola period (8th-9th c.), Royal Palace Museum – The royal objects that are on display in the museum include royal clothing, headgear and hunting weapons. On the upper floor is a skeleton of a 92-feet whale that washed ashore near Tranquebar in 1955.
Later visit to Brihadewawara Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur. It is also known as Periya Kovil, RajaRajeswara Temple and Rajarajesvaram. It is one of the largest temples in India and is an example of Dravidian architecture during the Chola period. Built by emperor Raja Raja Chola I and completed in 1010 AD, the temple turned 1000 years old in 2010. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Great Living Chola Temples”.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Tanjore