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    The historical heart of Hinduism, bedrock of Dravidian architecture and foundation of ancient spirituality, art, music and dance; Thanjavur is home to the honey-coloured Brihadisvara Temple, the tallest temple in India. Flanked by 30m high Gopuram entrances, intricately carved in elaborate Hindu deities, the temple is fortified. Explore the vast grounds, nooks and crannies, which are symbolic and architectural masterpieces, sits a large stone Bull ‘Nandi’ deity. It’s bathed daily in litres of buttermilk whilst classical Bharatnatyam dancers perform the 3rd century temple dance before a sitting crowd of thousands. The temple is a World heritage Site, designated as a prime example of Chola kingdom architecture. Stay at the boutique hotel, Tanjore Hi, for creative and expressive suites.

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    The best "off the beaten track" temple city you can possibly visit. This city is a delight for the travel maven seeking to be overwhelmed by history, food, culture and the weather. Must visit: As many temples as possible but do not miss the Big Temple (Brhadeesvara), Must eat: Local Tamil cuisine, Plain dosa, Masala Tea, Sarfoji Mahal Library. It boasts perhaps one of the few hindu temples where foreigners are welcome to go the entire way inside.

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