Ten-Second Takeaway

Housed in a colourful, colonial bungalow, Tanjore Hi makes for a cheery and posh setup from where you easily tour the historic town of Thanjavur.

Paint It Blue

The regal looking Tanjore Hi is doused in bright-blue and white that gives the hotel a happy vibe. Built in the 1920s, the bungalow, that stands right opposite the gates of the Tanjore Palace, was redone by a German artist and converted into a hotel.

The blue spills onto the interiors of the hotel as well. The spiffy rooms {they have 14 of them} come with blue painted walls or floors. Some rooms even come with headboards and doors fitted with panes of glass that feature impressions of leading characters in Hindu mythology – all done in a watered down blue. These make for a gorgeous sight and if you can snap up one of these rooms, you’ll stay in style. Keeping in mind that Thanjavur is famous for its paintings, the hotel has included contemporary art that’s clearly inspired by Hindu mythology {just like Tanjore paintings} in every nook and cranny of the hotel. The artwork stares back at you from the behind of upholstered chairs, from the ceilings, and even alongside the bathtubs. If you are an art lover, you’ll hit the jackpot here!

You won’t have to venture too far during meal times either. The hotel has a rooftop restaurant, which is done up in – no prizes for guessing – blue. We recommend that you try it out because they source all their produce from Kodaikanal and promise healthy , gourmet food whether you choose from their Indian or Continental lineup.

Art’s All Around

Developed as a cultural and literature hub, by the Cholas and the Marathas, Thanjavur’s landscape is studded with many notable sights. You only need to step out from Tanjore Hi to encounter the stunning Thanjavur Maratha Palace. The powerful Bhonsles once called this palace home and it is a must visit for its Durbar Hall that is done up in detailed work that’s filled in with a riot of colours. The palace grounds also house the Saraswathi Mahal Library where you can browse through over 30,000 Indian and European manuscripts that have been produced on palm leaves and paper.

Of course, no trip to Thanjavur is complete without a trip to Brihadeeswara Temple that is over a thousand years old and was built during the reign of the Cholas. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the temple is made entirely from granite and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Dravidian architecture. And you should visit to marvel at its intricately carved temple tower {the tallest in the world}, its graceful sculptures, and the vibrant frescoes that feature the Chera King’s and Saint Sundarar’s journey to heaven.

Where: 464, East Main Street, Thanjavur

Price: INR 3,950 onwards

Contact: +91 4362252111

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