( Excursion )
of the smaller towns in the Thanjavur area are well known for their
impressive Chola temples. The distances of each from Thanjavur are mentioned
Thirukandiyur (10 km) the temple here, Brahma Sirakandeshwara and
Harsaba Vimochana Perumal, are noted for their fine sculptural work.
Thiruvaiyaru (13 km) the famous temple here is dedicated to Siva
and is known as Panchanatheshwara. Accommodation is completely booked
out every January, when an eight day music festival is held in honour
of the saint, Thiagaraja.
Tiruvarur (55 km) the Thyagarajaswami Temple ar Turuvarur, between
Thanjavur and Nagapattinam, boasts an 807-pillared hall and the
largest temple chariot in Tamil Nadu. It's dragged through the streets
during the 10 days car festival in March. There are numerous cheap
places to stay around the bus stand.
Velenkanni (94 km) this is the famous Christian pilgrim centre,
the site of the famous Catholic Roman Church of our Lady of Good
Health, people from all religions flock to the Church, many donating
gold and silver models of cured body parts. A major festival is
held at the beginning of September.