Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu)

Once the capital of Cholas, is rich in history and heritage. The BrihadeeswaraTemple built of monolithic granite is 66.5 m high and the cupola on the top weighs 81.3 tonnes. The Palce near the temple housing the Sangeetha mahal and the ArtGallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library with a good collection of palm-leaf and paper manuscripts are the attractions here. Airport: Trichy (60 km).