Trip Planner:   Asia  /  India  /  Tamil Nadu  /  Thanjavur  /  Sightseeing  /  Brihadeeshwara Temple
Brihadeeshwara Temple, Thanjavur
(4.8/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
Part of a World Heritage Site, Brihadeeshwara Temple boasts a 66 m (216 ft) tall structure dating back to the 10th century. The attraction holds the title as the world's tallest temple tower and features numerous murals, frescos, and statues, which add to the overall visual appeal of this elaborately decorated site. Consider visiting with a guide who can help you better understand the history of the temple and its works of art. Plan your Brihadeeshwara Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Thanjavur using our Thanjavur itinerary builder.
Create a full Thanjavur itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Thanjavur

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Thanjavur by other users

4 days in Kumbakonam & Thanjavur BY A USER FROM INDIA December, teens, culture, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in Thanjavur BY A USER FROM INDIA January, kids, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 3 days in Thanjavur BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in India BY A USER FROM INDIA March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in India BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Thanjavur BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Thanjavur BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Tamil Nadu BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Thanjavur BY A USER FROM INDIA December, kids, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in India BY A USER FROM INDIA December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in India BY A USER FROM INDIA January, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Thanjavur BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The Brihadeeshwara Temple is quite breath taking both in grandeur and size, the carvings are gorgeously detailed, even if you do not have a guide to explain the story telling then you could easily dri...  more »
  • Definitely good place to visit, is old ancient temple of the rock ,its huge surrounding wall across the temple,basically its shiva temple and large size of lingam here i found than another temple in t...  more »
  • Great Hindu architecture. Unfortunately you can not purely in the central part as a Nichthindu. Definitely book the viewpoint. Otherwise, a walk around the facility.
    View original
Google
  • One of biggest & ancient temple of Shiva in tamilnadu with big Shivalinga big gopurams biggest Nandi 2 nd biggest in india really amazing
  • The Amazing Brihadeeshwara Temple is 1003 years old. 100% Granite temple weighing approximately 13,00,00,000 KG. 216 feet tall, 81,220 KG Vimana (...top), 800 ft circumference . UNESCO included this amazing temple in World Heritage Site. Just imagine a millenium back, the technology Hindus had to lift a 81,220 KG single rock, to the top of a 216 feet temple. Build by Raja Choola.
  • If there are two temples that you should not miss in South India, one of them happens to be the Tanjore 'Periya Koil' or big temple. This temple is also on the UNESCO list of monuments. (The other temple is the Madurai Meenakshi temple) A huge structure, this is comparable to any of the best monuments in the world and is exceedingly majestic and delicate at the same time. The huge Shiva linga and the huge Nandi are amazing examples of ancient architecture. If you have time, visit the Tanjore temple after you visit the Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple, where there is a relatively smaller replica of this temple. Ideally, explore the temple over a full day and if you can hire a knowledgeably guide, the experience will be superb.
  • A place where you can sit in the shade of mango tree and feel the calmness in the nature with the blessings of lord shiva. The most beautiful temple in Tamil Nadu which was build by chola emperor Raja Raja. It's creation of Dravidian architect. If you visit Tamil Nadu then must go for lord shiva blessing in this temple.....
  • Epic place which might wonder you about chola's artistic thoughts Bsnl wifi is serving good. Snacks and Prasadams are good.