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When to go
Visit between October and March to avoid the summer heat, which makes most outdoor excursions impossibly scorching. Autumn and spring are, by contrast, pleasantly balmy and perfect for city sojourns.
PlanesThe nearest airport is Tiruchirapalli International Airport, which is just over an hour away by car. There are no direct flights from the UK, but it’s only a short connecting plane from Chennai.
BoatsFor more adventurous souls, there is the option to pull in by boat to Karaikal Port, from where it’s a two-and-a-half hour drive to Thanjavur.
TrainsThanjavur Junction Station is large and well-served, and is right in the heart of the city: perfect if you’re only visiting for a whistle-stop tour.
AutomobilesDriving in India isn’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’re brave enough (and not fond of taking too many flights), fly direct to Chennai and rent a car for the six-hour drive to Thanjavur from the airport branch of Avis (www.avis.co.in).