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 Comments

  1. Maria
    July 28, 2015

    There is a Rajnikanth movie called Annamalai I guess too…

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    1. trablogger
      July 28, 2015

      But this is Thiruvannamalai 😉

      Reply
  2. Maria
    July 28, 2015

    Yes I hope if you were a fan of Abul Kalam Azad… you remember him he died yesterday… let him be inspiring people forever…goodday

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      July 28, 2015

      Yea. APJ definitely is an inspiration to dream big.

      Reply
  3. Maria
    July 28, 2015

    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…

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    1. trablogger
      July 28, 2015

      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

      Reply
  4. amritasabat
    April 11, 2015

    Looks like an awesome place! Wd love 2 rent a bicycle & xplore! 😀

    & now it is Odisha Calling for U! Do participate in a simple quiz I’m hosting on my blog & win awesome Toshali Resorts stays in the enchanting seaside pilgrimage land of Puri & the lap of Buddhism at Ratnagiri! Link is here: #UtkalaDibasaQuiz : Win 2N-3D Stay at Puri, Ratnagiri & lots more!

    Looking fwd 2 Ur entry! 🙂 All d best! Hurry- only 2 days remaining!

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    1. trablogger
      July 30, 2015

      I think I missed this opportunity. Thank you for letting me though 🙂

      Reply
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  6. Saya
    January 27, 2015

    nice to see the footprints of lord Shiv are visible…generally all such places are covered with flowers and milk and what not..

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    1. trablog
      January 27, 2015

      it is at the top of the mountain that is windy. Maybe they have flown away and milk evaporated 😛

      Reply
      1. Saya
        January 27, 2015

        u mean der is no line of people and rush n all..?

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        1. trablog
          January 27, 2015

          didn’t you read the post?! 😉

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          1. Saya
            January 27, 2015

            I did..maybe missed something..

          2. trablog
            January 27, 2015

            We were only 3 at the top.

  7. GreenRideBikers
    January 27, 2015

    I loved the shot of Temple pillars you took..awesome!

    Reply
    1. trablog
      January 27, 2015

      Thanks man 🙂

      Reply
  8. sandydunne
    January 24, 2015

    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.

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    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      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.

      Reply
  9. IndianDrifter
    January 24, 2015

    thank you for the informative blog and definitely looks like the place to see

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    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      Glad you enjoyed. Visit, do the trekking, do meditation and do take that much needed break 😉

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      1. IndianDrifter
        January 25, 2015

        ah I wouldn’t mind the meditation and looking around:)

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        1. trablog
          January 25, 2015

          now there is only one question. “When” 😉

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          1. IndianDrifter
            January 25, 2015

            haha true.. i have to plan one trip this year..

          2. trablog
            January 25, 2015

            Awesome! 😀 We’ll get to soon one more story then!

          3. IndianDrifter
            January 25, 2015

            haha .. i need some more mad ones right??? 😉

          4. trablog
            January 25, 2015

            they have coined a term “solo travel” 😉

  10. Indah Susanti
    January 24, 2015

    Impressive! Thanks for the post – enjoy it very much 🙂 Have a great weekend!!

    Reply
    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      Thank you Indah. Glad you liked the photo tour 🙂
      Have a great weekend 🙂

      Reply
  11. Amy
    January 24, 2015

    25 acres, that is immense! Do people get lost there? Thank you for putting the travel info together!

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    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      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 😉

      Reply
  12. ANooP
    January 24, 2015

    That’s a nice little summary. I think you have reviewed the place very well. 🙂 (like reviewing a car :D)

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    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      haha.. thank you. Glad you liked the review 😀

      Reply
  13. faburlifekhloe
    January 24, 2015

    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

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    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      Thank you again and again 🙂 for reading and for your kind words. Yes, the temple is really big. and vast.

      Reply
      1. faburlifekhloe
        January 26, 2015

        You’re more than welcome 😉 I’m sure that temple is definitely worth visiting 🙂

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        1. trablog
          January 26, 2015

          Yep, add one more to your list and definitely visit it too 😀

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          1. faburlifekhloe
            January 26, 2015

            Definitely 😉

          2. trablog
            January 26, 2015

            oh I am helping Indian tourism industry so much 😛

          3. faburlifekhloe
            January 26, 2015

            You are for sure. They better pay you well haha 😀

          4. trablog
            January 26, 2015

            or else i’ll start charging for recommendations :p

          5. faburlifekhloe
            January 26, 2015

            hahahahaha you better start charging them now 😀

          6. trablog
            January 26, 2015

            I gave YOU the recommendation 😛

          7. faburlifekhloe
            January 26, 2015

            hahahahahaha 😀

          8. trablog
            January 26, 2015

            DO you really want me to charge NOW?! 😛

          9. faburlifekhloe
            January 26, 2015

            No hehehehehe 😛

          10. trablog
            January 26, 2015

            😛

  14. naddieh
    January 24, 2015

    🙂

    Reply
    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      🙂
      How are you today?

      Reply
      1. naddieh
        January 24, 2015

        Fine:))))

        Reply
        1. trablog
          January 24, 2015

          Good to know 🙂

          Reply
          1. naddieh
            January 24, 2015

            Love to know that someone cares:):):):):):);)

          2. trablog
            January 24, 2015

            And good to know that one too 😀

          3. naddieh
            January 25, 2015

            Hahahah oh yeah

          4. trablog
            January 25, 2015

            You are one happy soul now!! 🙂

          5. naddieh
            January 25, 2015

            Yesssssssss!

          6. trablog
            January 25, 2015

            haha 😀 I can see that 🙂 Good for you. Stay happy 🙂

          7. naddieh
            January 25, 2015

            Thank you and i’ll make sure my smile dznt fade;)

          8. trablog
            January 25, 2015

            Awesome. I’ll keep a tab 😉

          9. naddieh
            January 25, 2015

            Hhaha sure..
            Ppl like u are life:):):)
            Lucky ti have buds like u!

          10. trablog
            January 25, 2015

            haha.. don’t ever do silly things again 😛

          11. naddieh
            January 25, 2015

            Okay yeah
            Good news
            Gonna flush the blade:)

          12. trablog
            January 25, 2015

            hmmm

          13. naddieh
            January 25, 2015

            🙂

  15. Fimnora Westcaw
    January 24, 2015

    A wonderful journey to an amazing place! You pictures and words bring a reader so much closer to being there.

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    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      Thank you so much. Glad to know that you enjoyed the journey through my pictures 🙂

      Reply
  16. randomwordstorm
    January 24, 2015

    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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    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      haha.. you still remember that !! 😀 I’ll edit and add that warning note too 😉 Thank you for reading the summary too 🙂

      Reply
  17. joshi daniel
    January 24, 2015

    loved that temple shot 🙂

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    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      Thanks bro 🙂

      Reply
  18. Debbie
    January 24, 2015

    Looks like quite an amazing temple, Trablogger!

    Reply
    1. trablog
      January 24, 2015

      Yes. the temple is grand. and the whole place is amazing 🙂
      Thank you Debbie, for reading 🙂

      Reply

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