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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the best places to explore around Tanjore?

Rb Trivedi DEC 10 2012
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Well, if you think you will be mesmerised with what you see at Tanjore, hold on, there is quite a bit - shopping, travel, temples and mansions that will sweep you off your feet. So plan your holiday in way that you get enough time to glance through the following as well:

  • Chettinad

About an hour and half's drive from Thanjavur will take you to the exotic land of architectural bliss- Chettinad. The massive mansions, Burma teak, marble work, exoticcourtyardswill take you back all the way to the 18th century Chettinad. It is believed that the unique sheen of the wall polish came from egg whites! Don't you want to see that in person? It also has more of the Chola temples. You could visit Karpaga Vinayakar Temple, Kundrakudi Murugan Temple, Kottaiyur Sivan Temple, to name a few.

But that should not be the only reason you come to Chettinad. Heard of the Chettinad cuisine? Travel to Chettinad for its spicy and exotic, cuisine that will fill your tummy but your heart would crave for more - Brinjal curry, ghee rice, spicy chicken curry, drumstick sambar, payasam, kara kolambu, paal paniyaram and there is still lot's more to go. And finally, on your way out pick up a Chettinad cotton saree - a buy you'll never forget.

  • Manora Fort

The stories enveloping the Manora fort, about 65 km from Tanjore will definitely stir your curiosity. This 8 story tower was built by Maratha Ruler, Serfoji II and some say that he has hidden a treasure in the tower's maze. The 23 metre tall tower stands alongside a beautiful view of the Bay of Bengal and it is believed that this is where the traders from Sri Lanka and India met. The violent Tsunami waves may have damaged the tower but the legend of the tale of the secret underground passage linking this tower to the Brihadeeswarar Temple still stands strong and attracts a lot of tourists.

For security reasons you will be allowed only up to the second floor of the structure.

Address: Manora Fort


Tamil Nadu


  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram

What can one say about a magnificent temple set in a serene ambience? Rare yet splendid – the temple at Gangaikonda is a must visit. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this unique architectural creation from the Chola period displays a octagonal shaped Vimana. The temple stands pompously in the city built by Rajendra Chola to celebrate his successful march to the Ganges. It is a spectacular example of the Dravidian style architecture and makes for some striking pictures too. There are also numerous tiny temples studded in the area. Don't miss the shrine dedicated to the Goddess, the one with a colossal lion guarding the entrance. Although less remains of the erstwhile capital city of the Cholas, this temple is well maintained and stands in all its glory.

Read up a bit on the Rajendra Chola and the history of the city to make your visit even more exciting. Unlike most popular spots, this place is devoid of large crowds and so you can spend some relaxed time here.

Address: Cholapuram


Tamil Nadu


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