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Thiruvannamalai : Summary

Annamalaiyar temple towers

Tiruvannamalai is a temple town Located at the foothills of Annamalai hills  at the Southern part of India,  in the state of Tamil Nadu. Nearest big city is Chennai which is around 200km away by road. Auroville and Pondicherry is around 100km away

How to Reach Thiruvannamalai

Nearest Airport : Chennai International Airport, ~200km away

Another one is Bangalore airport, Around 300km away

Railway station : Tiruvannamalai railway station, but only passenger trains stop here. There are no direct trains from Chennai, that stops here. One might need to reach Villupuram junction or Katpadi junction from Chennai to get a passenger train to Thiruvannamalai. Or reach Pondicherry and take a bus. Plan your train trips from here. If you need more tips check this.

Road transport : Thiruvannamalai is well connected by road. Taking a bus from Chennai to Thiruvannamalai is the cheapest option. Taxi services are available, but 200km taxi ride can be an expensive affair

And i moved forwards, closer to it
Bus Ride to Thiruvannamalai.

 

Things to Do in Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai is a pilgrim town. If you are on a spiritual journey, this is one great place to visit.

  •  Stay atSriRamanasramam and learn about his philosophies, spirituality, Vedanta or just enjoy the serenity of the place.

    Sri Ramanashram
    Sri Ramanashram
  • Visit theAnnamalaiyar Temple, one of the largest temples in India, temple complex of which covers an area 25 acres.

    Annamalaiyar temple towers
    Annamalaiyar temple towers
  • Do Giri Pradakshina( Walking Around the Hill) around the Holy mountain. A 14 km barefoot walk.

    The Midnight Pilgrims
    The Midnight Pilgrims
  • Do a barefoot trek to the holy mountain which is approx. 814m high. ( One can wear footwear if they wish to, barefoot walk and trek are just personal choice )

    Someone going down
    Someone going down
  • Go find the very Special, footprints of Lord Shiva at the top of the mountain.

    Footprints of Lord Shiva
    Footprints of Lord Shiva
  • Take part in Giri valam ( walk around the Hill) on a Full moon day. Dates are given on this site . There will be thousands of people walking around the holy hill that night.
  • Visit during Kartikai Deepam: (Nov-Dec) This spectacular ten-day festival, during which the gigantic temple chariots are led in procession through the town streets. At sunset on the final day, the beacon atop Arunachala is lit and is visible for miles around, burning for 7 days or more. [ More details can be found from the website given at the end of the post ]

Some more things to do

  • Meet some interesting people, talk about spirituality, God, culture and what not!

    The juggler
    The juggler
  • Rent a bicycle and explore the temple town

    Going green
    Going green
  • Buy some stone carved souvenir

    Marble Art
    Marble Art

Things to do : for the Photographer in you

  • Go for a morning walk to capture vibrant portraits

    Early start
    Early birds might get worms, as there are plenty of flocks
  • Getthatbird’s eye view shot of the Town.

    The view from the peak
    The view from the peak
  • Get a panoramic view of the town from top of the hill
  • Capture some vibrant life on the streets

    Some more colours were added to the already colourful day
    Some more colours were added to the already colourful day
  • Capture the architectural marvel of the temple from outside
    The massive Annamalaiyar temple towers
    The massive Annamalaiyar temple towers

    And just have fun, enjoy the serenity of the place, experience the energy of Arunachala and come back with great memories.

Your one stop solution website for your future Thiruvannamalai Trip : Click here to read everything in Detail. Have a great journey.


 

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72 thoughts on “Thiruvannamalai : Summary

  1. Your quite a creature having a nice time visting religious places as well… Well, even though I am not a person who will travel to visit temples I found reaches to go there…mountain trek, views from top and the photo of the temples with the Gopura or triangular roof is very nice… I guess its just spirit of guess what facinates people there.. nicely outline write up… what is nice speciality to there there?…looks like there is nothing special to eat there which is disapointing…anyway… you visited Kashi…that is full on religious place only… anyway…religion is a confusing realm I prefer to stay out of it…

    1. You can travel with me and find out things for yourself 😉
      Yea, there is nothing much as far as food is concerned. Kashi, I haven’t been yet. Yea, its good to stay out of the topic of religion

  2. Yeah. The summary is great, – it’s like a ‘Must See and Do’ condensed travel article for people who haven’t got time for the long version, – and makes people WANT to read more. Beautiful pictures too. BTW, when I commented on bare feet (for Giri valam) I was thinking of how sore your feet might be after 14km, – physical discomfort not important I guess if you’re on a pilgrimage, just curious.

    1. Hey, thank you for reading the summary too 🙂 Well after the 14km walk feet weren’t sore. Had one or two bubbles formed but it was fine. It was only a 14km walk, like 4 hour walk. Luckily the roads were nice unlike many places.

    1. Yea, first timers do get lost I think! They might even wouldn’t reach all the parts. But there is a small scale down model of the temple complex for reference 😉

  3. Never knew Tiruvannamalai a fascinating place until you introduced it to us here. Annamalaiyar Temple looks incredibly amazing and extremely huge!!! 😉 Thank you taking a virtual tour for us!!! <3

  4. My 1st reaction when I saw the topic was like ” who wants to read this summary when we loved reading the full account with all the details” but the summary was more than equally good. And what about that lesson learnt from the “flashiest pajama” episode? A note of warning should be added.

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