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Manora Fort


Manora Fort is situated 65 km away from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. This majestic fort was built by the Maratha ruler, Serfoji II. Manora Fort is 8 storied hexagonal towers with 23 meters height overlooking the Bay of Bengal. The fort derives its name Manora from the word “minaret”.

The legend says that Lankan traders used to come to Manora and traded goods with the Indian traders. It is also believed that there is a treasure hidden inside the secret maze of Manora by Serfoji. Visitors are allowed to go only till 2 storeys inside the fort, due to damage and fear of collapse of the tower. It is said that there is an underground passage in Manora that leads to the main temple of Thanjavur.

Built in beautiful stone, Manora Fort is an ultimate ancient specimen that takes you back to the world of kings and their secret passages which weaves together our country’s great history.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Manora Fort is from October to March.


It is claimed by the locals that in those hay days, the 8 storey tower overlooked a part of distant country Sri Lanka across the Bay of Bengal, a claim still unproven.


Manora Fort is open from morning to evening.

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