An influential Tamil temple town with a lovely setting amidst the delta of the Kaveri River, Tanjore is home to one of the most impressive monuments of southern India – the Brihadeeswarar Temple. Tanjore was once the capital of the Chola Empire sitting in the centre of a territory which, at its height, encompassed the majority of South India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Over time the Chola rulers become known as great supporters of the arts, encouraging the development of Tamil literature and funding temple construction throughout the empire. Most of this, however, was centred on Tanjore with the majority of the town’s 93 temples dating to the Chola period. Undoubtedly the thousand year old Brihadeeswarar Temple, with its towering 60m vimana and exquisite Chola frescoes, is the main highlight of Tanjore but the town is also a good base from which to visit neighbouring Kumbakonam.

Suggested Journeys for Tanjore

We are pleased to offer the following selection of suggested itineraries based on our personal experiences. By combining these itineraries with your thoughts and ideas we can tailor any journey to make it special, unique and designed around you.

A Journey through South India

24 days starting from £3985 per person

Distinct to the north, exotic South India is a melting pot of cultures and religion. Starting in historic Kochi, join the Nilgiri Mountain Railway to Ooty then on to the wonderful coffee plantation retreat of Tranquil. Visit the sandalwood city of Mysore then fly to Tamil Nadu - a land of dusty...