Thanjavur District is the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. The Big Temple and the other famous temples in the district are known all over the world.
Thanjavur was the cultural capital of the country in 1790. Thanjavur gained prominence during the period of Chola Kings, who made it as their capital. Thereafter, it was ruled by Nayaks and Maratta Kings, who nurtured art and culture. The cultural, the architectural and the scholarly pursuits of these rulers are reflected in the great monuments like Grand Anaicut, Big Temple and Serfoji Mahal Library etc. in the district.
It is also known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and South Indian Musical Instruments. There are a number of ancient temples in the district and most of them are located on the banks of river Cauvery and its tributaries.
Web : http://thanjavur.nic.in/