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Places Near Thanjavur

There are many nearby places of interest around Thanjavur.

Thiruvaiyur , 13 km away from Thanjavur is where the south Indian saint Thyagaraja lived. A festival is held in his honour every Jan.

Kumbakonam (36 km) has the important Mahamaham Fair every twelve years, due next in 2016. It also has five important temples that are known for their semi erotic sculptures.

Thirubuvanam (45 km) has a 13th century temple to Shiva and is known for silk weaving.

Manora , 65 km from Thanjavur has a quirky souvenir from the colonial times; an eight storey high Victory Tower built in 1814 by an Indian king to celebrate the British victory over Napoleon at Waterloo.

Velankani (90 km) has a very popular shrine to Our Lady of Health that people of all religions flock to with mini gold and silver replicas of the ailing body-part.

At Nagore (88 km) is the 500-year-old tomb of Hazrat Shahabdul Hameed that has a golden dome and five minarets. The tank near it, Peer Kollam is believed to have curative water and is visited regardless of religious belief.

Tirunallar 101 km away from Thanjavur, has one of the few temples to Saturn or ill-favouring Saneeswar, which people visit to cancel out ill fortune. Kodikarai or Point Calimere is a wildlife and bird sanctuary 112 km from Thanjavur. This Sanctuary is home to migratory birds, especially flamingos, and animals like the black buck and wild ponies. The best time to visit is November to January when the weather is cooler. Contact The Forest Ranger, Kodikkarai. Tel: (04369) 72424 or the Wildlife Warden, 110 Public Offices Road, Nagapattinam. Tel: 22349 for accommodation at the Poonarai Illam Forest Resthouse.

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