5 days in Madurai & Thanjavur Itinerary

5 days in Madurai & Thanjavur Itinerary

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5 days in Madurai & Thanjavur Itinerary

Start: Thanjavur
Drive:  2 h 30 min
1
Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
End: Thanjavur

2
nights
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai custom trip planner.

Thanjavur to Madurai is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

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Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Visit Brihadeeshwara Temple and Gangaikonda Cholapuram for their historical value. Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery and Jambukeswarar Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Thanjavur: Tiruchirappalli (Erunbeeswarer Temple & Rock Fort Temple) and Kumbakonam (Airavatesvara Temple, Uppiliappan Temple, Kumbakonam, & more). Next up on the itinerary: browse the collection at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, take in nature's colorful creations at Sivaganga Gardens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raahu Navagrahasthalam.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur trip generator.

You can drive from Madurai to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tiruchirappalli, Kumbakonam, Uppiliappan Temple
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Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©

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