Thanjavur – Connectivity
Thanjavur is located in the fertile Cauvery delta in Tamil Nadu. It is well-connected by air, road and rail to all major cities like Chennai and Bangalore. Here is how to reach Thanjavur.
Thanjavur is well connected by road to other cities of Tamil Nadu. Buses ply regularly from Thiruvananthapuram, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Chennai and other cities of Tamil Nadu. Private buses ply regularly from Bengaluru too.
The National Highways 67, 45C, 226 and 226 Extn pass through Thanjavur. The city is connected with Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Karur, Tirupur, Vellore, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Bengaluru, Mysore, Salem, Pattukkottai, Ooty, Viluppuram, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Karaikal, Mannargudi, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Pudukkottai, Karaikudi, Aarani, Tirunelveli, Bengaluru, Ernakulam, Nagercoil, Tirupathi and Trivandrum through regular bus services.
Thanjavur had a single bus terminus located at the heart of the city. An integrated bus terminus, called New Bus stand was constructed in 1997 near Raja Serfoji College to handle the passenger traffic. Thanjavur has a well-maintained sub-urban public transport system. Government and private buses operate frequently between the two bus termini and other towns and villages like Vallam, Budalur, Mohamed Bunder, Nadukkavery, Pillaiyarpatti, Vallam Pudursethi, Sengipatti, Vadakkur North and Kuruvadipatti.
The railway line connecting Tiruchirappalli Junction railway station to Chennai Egmore via Thanjavur, the Main Line is a historical line established by South Indian Railway Company in 1879. The Great South Indian Railway Company (GSIR) operated a broad gauge rail service between Nagapattinam and Tiruchirapalli via Thanjavur between 1861 and 1875.
During 1875 it was converted to a meter gauge line (MG line). Modern day Thanjavur railway junction has three rail heads leading to Tiruchirapalli, Kumbakonam and Thiruvarur. Thanjavur is connected by rail with most important cities and towns in India.
There are daily express trains to Chennai, Mysore, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Tiruchirapalli, Salem, Karur, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Rameswaram,Tiruchendur, Cuddalore, Darmapuri, Viluppuram, Chengalpattu, Mannargudi, Bengaluru, Dindigul, Karaikudi, Manamadurai and weekly trains to Tirupati, Nellore, Itarsi, Visakhapatnam, Hubli, Vasco da Gama, Goa, Vijayawada, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Allahabad, Varanasi & Bhubaneswar.
There are frequent passenger trains from the city to towns like Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Karaikal,Tiruchirapalli, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai and Nagore.
The nearest major railhead is also at Trichy. Trichy Junction is an important railway station on the Thiruvananthapuram – Chennai route. Trains from Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Rameswaram, Varanasi, Mysore, Tirupati, etc. halt at the station. From the station, one can hire a taxi for Thanjavur.
In the early 1990s, Thanjavur was connected with Chennai via the Vayudoot flight service, which was stopped due to poor patronage. A full-fledged air force station is operational at Thanjavur. Thanjavur Air Force Station was to become a major air base by 2012, to handle Fighter, Transport aircraft and also refueling aircraft. However, the establishment and activation of air base has been delayed as of March 2013.
The IAF will base a squadron of its Sukhoi Su-30 Super maneuverability Fighter aircraft at Thanjavur, making it the first fighter squadron in Tamil Nadu. The nearest airport is Tiruchirapalli International Airport.
The nearest airport is at Trichy, about 55 km from Thanjavur. The airport is well connected by flights to Indian as well international cities. From the airport, taxi services are available for Thanjavur.
The nearest seaport is Nagapattinam which is 84 km (52 mi) east of Thanjavur and another nearest seaport is Karaikal Port, which is 94 km (58 mi) away from Thanjavur.