Friday, May 6, 2016

Sivaganga Park, Thanjavur

Sivaganga Park, Thanjavur
Sivaganga Park is a recreational park in the city of Thanjavur in Tamilnadu, India. It adjoins the Brihadeeswarar Temple, a popular tourist destination. This park remains to be a popular picnic spot for people from Thanjavur and Surrounding Areas. The garden, which lies in the quadrangular Siva Ganga Fort, is well maintained with an appealing mix of both flowering and non-flowering plants.












There is a square tank in the Siva Ganga Park; this was believed to be built by Raja Raja Chola and renovated in the 16th century by the Nayak ruler, Sevappa Nayaka to provide water to the Tanjore Palace. Even today it is in use and is appreciated for its sweet-tasting water. 












Geographic Position
Sivaganga Park in Thanjavur is located at 10°47'05.9"N 79°07'53.0"E or 10.784977, 79.131383.
History
The Sivaganga Park was created as a people's park by the Tanjore municipality in 1871 – 72. It is situated to the east of the 11th century Brihadeeswarar Temple and encompasses the Sivaganga Tank believed to have been built by the Medieval Chola king Raja Raja Chola. In the initial days, the park was not maintained as the locality was overcrowded and ill-ventilated. However, the park is fairly maintained now. As a part of the makeover operations in the lead up to the 1994 World Tamil Conference, motor boating facilities were introduced in the Sivaganga Tank.









Facilities
A toy train, motor boating facilities and a miniature zoological garden are located within the park. The Thanjavur Municipal Library is also situated within the precincts of the park. Water sledge, water tumbler and water umbrella are the major attractions here. Zoological Park consists of love birds, pigeons, ducks, jackals, rabbits and deer. Science Park also present in this park.













Siva Ganga Park is a great place to unwind. You could just sit around and soak in the greenery or indulge in some activity. The park offers boating facilities; there is a toy train and a mini zoo which kids will love. If you want a thrilling ride, take the cable car that connects to a small temple. Bird lovers can spot many birds here.
















The place is abuzz with fairs in the evenings. And if you are a foodie, do indulge in some of the mouth-watering food that is on offer here. The food is delicious and easy on the wallet and you can get to taste many local delicacies.















Timings
This park remains on all days and the timings are between 9 AM and 6 PM.









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