Arts and culture
Under the Maratha rule, in the 18th & 19th centuries Tanjore became a major cultural center. Thanjavur is a major political, literary and religious center of south India and is known particularly for its contribution to Carnatic music, it has produced many eminent classical musicians and Bharathanatyam dancers.
Tanjore is well known for bronze sculptures and its unique painting style called Tanjore Painting, a percussion instrument called the Thavil, a divine classical string instrument Veenai and the Bobblehead Thanjavur Dolls.
Just 40 km away from Tanjore is Kumbakonam known as "temple town" due to high number of temples here. It is known for its Mahamaham festival that attracts people from all over the globe. Darasuram, just 3 km from Kumbakonam is known for the Airavateswara temple constructed by the Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century AD. The temple is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage monument.