Tiruvarur town is the head quarters for Tiruvarur district,
located at a distance of 58-km from Thanjavur
and 25-km from Nagappatinam. In the olden days Tiruvarur has been an
important town for the Chola Kings. The famous King Manu Needhi Chola was
Tiruvarur is the birthplace of Carnatic musicians "Sangeeta Mummurthigal " Thyagaraja (or Tyagaraja), Muthuswamy (also spelt as Muthuswami) Dheshidar and Syama Shastri. The Arulmigu Thyagarajaswamy (also spelt as Thyagarajaswami) Temple at Tiruvarur is one of the biggest in the country and this temple has the biggest temple chariot in Tamil Nadu. The chariot is very beautiful and Arulmigu Thyagarajaswamy Car festival celebrated here in months of March -April attracts large crowds.
In the temple there is an excellent and unique musical instrument called "Panchamuga Vadyam" with five faces. Each face is ornamented; one with a snake, another with lotus and another one is plain without decorations. One has a Swastik sign. Over each face leather is spread and over the central one Deerskin is spread. It is said that Nanchi Devi played on this instrument when Lord Shiva danced.
Rail: Tiruvarur is well connected by rail with all
the major towns within and beyond the state.
Road: Tiruvarur is located at a distance of 58-km from Thanjavur, 25-km from Nagapattinam, 39-km from Kumbakonam, 315- km from Chennai, and 118-km from Trichy. Regular buses ply from here, connected the town with various cities situated within and beyond the state.
Accommodation is available at the budgeted hotels in Tiruvarur.