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Thanjavur, formerly known as Tanjore is popular as the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. Located in the fertile Cauvery delta, it is popular for its temples, arts, handicrafts, paintings and history. It is considered the granary of Tamil Nadu and is referred to as the ‘Rice bowl’. The city is believed to have been named after an asura (demon) ‘Tanjan’ who was killed by Lord Vishnu. There are other theories too about how Thanjavur got its name. If you are planning to take a road trip from Chennai to Thanjavur, here’s how you can reach it. Also Read - Road Trip: Here's How You Can Reach Kodaikanal From Chennai by Road
The distance between Chennai and Thanjavur is 324.1 km and it can be covered in 5 to 6 hours depending on the flow of traffic and the route that you choose. The shortest route includes driving via Grand Southern Trunk Road/NH45. There are 2 more routes that one can take to reach Thanjavur from Chennai. One includes driving through East Coast Road and Grand Southern Trunk Road. The other one involves traveling via Grand Southern Trunk Road/Nagapattinam-Chennai Highway/NH45 and NH 45C. Also Read - Road Trip: Here's How You Can Reach Mahabalipuram From Chennai by Road
There are numerous state and private run buses that operate between Chennai and Thanjavur. The bus journey can take 8 to 9 hours, depending on the halts, traffic, etc.