Top things to do in Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Brihadishwara Temple

Come here twice: in the morning, when the honey-hued granite begins to assert its dominance over the white dawn sunshine, and in the evening, when the rocks capture a hot palette of reds, oranges, yellows and pinks …
Top Choice Palace in Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Royal Palace

Thanjavur’s royal palace is a mixed bag of ruin and renovation, superb art and random royal paraphernalia. The mazelike complex was constructed partly by the Nayaks who took over Thanjavur in 1535, and partly by a l…
Multicuisine in Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Tanjore Hi

On a boutique-hotel rooftop, this industrial-chic restaurant is a welcome surprise in traditional Thanjavur. The world-wandering menu is fuelled by fresh, organic ingredients grown at the hotel's sister property in …
Music in Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Thyagaraja Aradhana

At Thiruvaiyaru, 13km north of Thanjavur, this important five-day Carnatic music festival honours the saint and composer Thyagaraja.
Indian in Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Vasanta Bhavan

The busiest of several veg places facing the local bus stand, Vasanta Bhavan doles out biryanis and North Indian curries as well as smoothies, juices and your usual southern favourites.
Indian in Thanjavur (Tanjore)


This classy hotel restaurant does a very nice line in fresh, tasty, mainly Indian veg dishes, along with lunchtime thalis (₹140) and a decent multicuisine breakfast buffet (₹175).
Church in Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Schwartz's Church

At the northern end of the Brihadishwara Temple compound, within the outer ramparts, stands 18th-century neoclassical Schwartz's Church.
Multicuisine in Thanjavur (Tanjore)


The Hotel Gnanam's smart-ish nonveg restaurant is very good, with a wide range of North and South Indian dishes, plus local Chettinadu fare – and even beer and spirits.
Multicuisine in Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Ideal River View Resort

The good, semi-open-air Indian/Sri Lankan/Chinese restaurant at the jungle-fringed Ideal River View Resort overlooks the river.
Antiques in Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Kandiya Heritage

Opposite the palace, Kandiya Heritage sells antiques, reproduction bronzes, brightly painted wooden horses and dolls, old European pottery and jewellery.