Thanjavur District

Thanjavur District is one of the 32 districts of the state of Tamil Nadu, in southeastern India. Its headquarters is Thanjavur. As of 2011, Thanjavur district had a population of 2,405,890 with a sex-ratio of 1,035 females for every 1,000 males.

Thanjavur District Geography

Agriculture is the main occupation of people in Thanjavur district

The district is located at 10.08°N 79.16°E in Central Tamil Nadu bounded on the northeast by Nagapattinam District, on the east by Tiruvarur District, on the south by the Palk Strait, of Bay of Bengal on the west by Pudukkottai District, and on the north by the river Kollidam, across which lie Tiruchirappalli and Perambalur districts.

Thanjavur district has 3 Divisions

  • Kumbakonam
  • Pattukkottai
  • Thanjavur 

8 taluks

  • Kumbakonam Taluk
  • Orathanadu Taluk
  • Papanasam Taluk
  • Pattukkottai Taluk
  • Peravurani Taluk
  • Thanjavur Taluk
  • Thiruvaiyaru Taluk
  • Thiruvidaimarudur Taluk

Thanjavur District Rivers

  • Arasalar River
  • Kaveri River
  • Kollidam River

Thanjavur District Demographics

According to 2011 census, Thanjavur district had a population of 2,405,890 with a sex-ratio of 1,035 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 238,598 were under the age of six, constituting 121,949 males and 116,649 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 18.91% and .15% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the district was 74.44%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The district had a total of 605,363 households. There were a total of 974,079 workers, comprising 117,321 cultivators, 327,673 main agricultural labourers, 26,430 in house hold industries, 363,060 other workers, 139,595 marginal workers, 12,592 marginal cultivators, 87,688 marginal agricultural labourers, 4,770 marginal workers in household industries and 34,545 other marginal workers.

Thanjavur District Economy


This district lies at the Kaveri delta region, the most fertile region in the state. The district is the main rice producing region in the state and hence known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Kaveri River and its tributaries irrigate the district. Apart from paddy, farmers here grow coconut and sugarcane and it is the largest producer of coconut in Tamil Nadu. Being an agrarian economy, industrial growth in the district is mainly confined to agro-based industries. A large number of Rice mills, Oil mills are spread over the district.

Thanjavur District Tourism

Karanthai Jain Temple

Karanthai Digambar Jain Temple was built 1000 years ago is one of the famous Jain temples in Tamil Nadu.The primary deity in this Jinalaya is Shri Adinath Swamy(Rishabh dev), first tirthankar of Jainism. The other deities are Goddess Padmavati Yakshi, Nava Graha are installed. In addition few alloy idols of Thirthakars, Yakshas, and Yakshis were seated. Thirthankar idols, 24 Jinars big and small stone icons are also there.

Festivals celebrated are

  • Akshaya Tritiya
  • Mahavir Jayanti
  • Diwali
  • Jinaratri
  • Vasant Panchami

Peruvudaiyaar Temple

Peruvudaiyaar Temple, built by the Cholas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at Thanjavur. The green paddy fields and the Kaveri river provide for picturesque spots in the district.

Thanjavur District Flora

Thanjavur flora were explored and studied by Dr. Ragupathy in 1992

Thanjavur District Universities

Thanjavur District Places of interest

  • Adi Kumbeswarar Temple
  • Airavatesvara Temple
  • Aiyarappar Temple
  • Brihadeeswarar Temple
  • Kalyanasundaresar Temple
  • Kampaheswarar Temple
  • Kanjanur
  • Mahalingeswarar Temple
  • Manora Fort
  • Melattur
  • Nachiyar Koil
  • Poondi Madha Basilica
  • Punnainallur Mariamman
  • Samadhi of Bodhendra Saraswathi
  • Sarangapani Temple
  • Saraswathi Mahal Library
  • Sivaganga Park
  • Suryanar Kovil
  • Swamimalai Murugan Temple
  • Swetha Vinayagar Temple
  • Thanjavur Maratha Palace
  • Thingalur
  • Tiruvidaimarudur Conservation Reserve
  • Uppiliappan Temple
  • Vasishteswarar Temple
  • Veetrirundha Perumal Temple