Thanjavur was once the capital of the Chola dynasty and later of the Thanjavur Nayak and the Maratha rulers. The Cholas built most of the 93 odd temples here. Although they were great patrons of arts and lavished their wealth on building temples, they also encouraged the practice of donating part of one’s wealth to the temples for spiritual gain.
One of the greatest of the Chola emperors was Raja Raja (985 – 1014), who built the Brihadishwara Temple, Thanjavur’s main attraction. His son Rajendra I (1014 – 1044) fought the Arabs for control over the Indian Ocean trade routes.
Set on a fertile delta, agriculture is a major industry here.Thanjavur is also famous for its silk, carpets, jewellery and musical instruments. In 1995 Thanjavur hosted the World Tamil Congress. It became the centre of Tamil learning and culture. It became the original home of the Dravidian art and architecture besides being the centre of Tamil classical dance which is now known as Bharathnatyam all over the world.even today, The teachers of Bharatha Natyam hail from Thanajavur.Its further glory is the Carnatic music which is essence is nothing but classical Tamil music. The only remains of its glorious past are the beautiful temples that were built by the Cholas known for their amazing architectural wonder, and not less than 74 of them are around Thanjavur itself. The Pandyas, the Nayaks and the Marathas ruled the city after the later Cholas and finally the British made it a district.
More than 2500 years old ancient city, situated on the banks of the river Vaigai. Madurai is believed to have b Loeen built by the Pandyan King Kulasekara. Legend has it that drops of Maduram (nectar) fell fromrd Shiva's locks when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai's history can be divided into four periods, beginning over 2000 years ago, when it was the capital of the Pandyan Kings. Apart from a brief period it fell to the Cholas, Madurai remain with Pandyan till the decline of the empire. The 200 year old reign of the Nayakas marked the golden era when art, architecture and learning scaled new heights.
The Pandiyan rulers made Madurai their capital and ruled from here for 4 centuries till the 10 th century AD when the Cholas took over briefly before handing it back to the Pandiyans who late lost it to the invading Muslims led by Malik Kaufer.In the 14 th century the Hindu Vijayanagar kings of Hampi captured Madurai.In the 16 th century, the Nayaks took over and it was during the glorious reign of Tirumalai Nayak (1623-1655) that Madurai become the cultural centreof the Tamils, playing a pivotal role in the development of the Tamil language.
The Meenakshi Temple in the heart of the old town is the supreme attraction here. A rightfully flamboyant example of Dravidian architecture it has gopurams covered from top to bottom with vibrant images of deities, animals and mythical figures. Its magnetism lures pilgrims and tourists here in hundred of thousands, and it is estimated that on an average not less than 10,000 visit here every day. Today Madurai is a lively bustling city and an important commercial hub of Tamil Nadu popular with travels too.
Assistance on arrival
Meal plan will be on CPAI (Room+Break fast) at all the hotels.
Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary
Transportation as mentioned with an English/Hindi speaking friendly driver cum guide throughout your trip
Includes toll,parking,driver allowance & fuel Cost.
Govt. service tax
Any train fair/airfare unless specified.
Any rides/safari/boating charges
Entrance fees, camera fees & guide charges
Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
Any other expenses or services not mentioned in inclusions
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