One of the busiest commercial towns of the Kaveri Delta, Thanjavur (aka Tanjore), 55km east of Tiruchirapalli and 35km southwest of Kumbakonam, is nevertheless well worth a visit. Its history and treasures – among them the breathtaking Brihadishwara Temple, Tamil Nadu’s most awesome Chola monument – give it a crucial significance to south Indian culture. The home of the world’s finest Chola bronze collection, it holds enough of interest to keep you enthralled for at least a couple of days plus it’s a good base for short trips to nearby Gangaikondacholapuram, Darasuram and Swamimalai.

 

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