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Tiruvannamalai Travel Guide

With its history closely knitted to the famous Annamalaiyar Temple, Tiruvannamalai is a destination that is steeped in history and spirituality. The headquarters of a district in Tamil Nadu of the same name, the city spreads in the foothills of Annamalai Hills atop which stands the divine Hindu pilgrimage destination, Arunachaleshwar Temple Kulam. Yes, the credit for major Tiruvannamalai tourism can be given to this religious place that is dedicated to Lord Shiva where he worshipped in the form of a Lingam. It is believed that Lord Shiva is present here as Agni (Fire) Lingam. Here, Goddess Parvati is worshipped in the form of Unnamulaiyamman. Spreading in 10 hectares of land, this top place to visit in Tiruvannamalai has not only made its mark as one of the largest temples in India but it boasts housing the tallest Gopuram (Spire) in the country at 66 m. It is indeed a good idea to visit Tiruvannamalai during the Brahmotsavam, which is basically the celebration of four prime festivals between November and December each year. A large deepam (earthen lamp) containing three tons of Ghee (class of clarified butter) lit in the celebration of Karthikai Deepam is the major attraction when visiting during the festival.

Another must-see during the Karthikai Festival is the traditional Cattle Fair, which is a 4-day fair in which 20,000 animals are brought for trade. Apart from the temple, Tiruvannamalai has three Ashrams - Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram, Yogi Ram Surathkumar Ashram, and Sri Ramana Ashram. All three ashrams are special in their own way, however, the Yogi Ram Surathkumar Ashram is said to even offer an unparalleled visual treat. It is, in fact, is considered one of the most beautiful places in Tiruvannamalai. The existence of such spiritual destinations creates a beautiful aura of the city, somewhere you can visit to enjoy a very soulful holiday by seeking the blessing of the Almighty. Other than a pilgrimage, one can relish a day nature outing to Sathanur dam, some 35 km from Tiruvannamalai. The dam is ideal to have that pleasant little picnic with friends and family amidst scenic settings. There is also a crocodile farm and mini zoo to add to the fun. Tiruvannamalai also has two attractions for its visitors situated at a short distance away - Padaveedu Village also known as the village of temples and Javadu Hills. Tour My India has the best Tiruvannamalai travel guide that proffers detailed information on top attractions, activities, transportation, weather and accommodation options.

Best Time to Visit Tiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai's topography is plain, which makes it another hot and humid destination in South India. Therefore, winter season is an ideal time to visit Tiruvannamalai as the weather then becomes pleasantly cool, if not cold. Also, the winter months bring with them a lot of festivals that as a traveller you must witness.

  • Summer


    The summer season in Tiruvannamalai can be uncomfortable for anyone visiting the city. The temperature ranges between 40°C and 45*°C, which construes sweltering summer that is not particularly ideal for sightseeing tour. However, since the city is a pilgrimage centre, devotees throng in summer as well.

  • Monsoon


    Mid-June marks the southwest monsoon in Tiruvannamalai which lasts until the month of September. During these months, the city receives scanty rainfall that brings the temperature down slightly. The average range of temperature during these monsoon months is from 35°C to 40°C. With the rain, humidity level also increases making it slightly inconvenient to head out for exploring.

  • Winter


    Ideally, the best time to visit, the winter season begins in Thiruvannamalai in the month of December. The temperature during this time drops up to 25°C on an average, which keeps the weather quite pleasant to visit.

Popular Tourist Attractions in & around Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai boasts of its religious attractions and especially Annamalaiyar Temple. Indeed, it is the sacred spiritual aura that draws people to this destination in Tamil Nadu. Those looking for getaway to a scenic place around the city, also has some incredible options like Javadu Hills.

  • Arunachaleshwar Temple Kulam

    Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Arunachaleshwar Temple is the major attraction of Thiruvannamalai. It is amongst the largest temples in India with an area of 10 hectares, and it also boasts having the tallest Gopuram of the height of 66 m.

  • Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram

    Dedicated to Sri Seshadri Swamigal, this ashram is one of the most holy places to visit in Thiruvannamalai. The ashram has a Samadhi and a temple where one can pray and find that much-needed peace of mind. One can also meditate here and learn about the Vedas.

  • Yogi Ram Surathkumar Ashram

    Reckoned to be one of the most beautiful places in Thiruvannamalai, the sacred ashram is also known as Visiri Samiyar Ashram. The green statue of the Swamiji is the main attraction of the temple, however, visitors have a good opportunity to get teaching of the Vedas.

  • Sri Ramana Ashram

    Placed amidst a scenic setting, Sri Ramana Ashram is a perfect destination in Thiruvannamalai to meditate and find inner peace. One can also relish delicious Satvic meals at this Ashram. There is also a library in the Ashram which contains unique and rare books.

  • Sathanur dam

    A perfect destination for picnics just a short distance away from Thiruvannamalai city, Sathanur Dam can be visited on a day trip with friends and family. The adjoining area of the dam is adorned with pretty places that are lush green. There is also a crocodile farm and a zoo in the proximity of the dam.

  • Padaveedu

    Also known as the village of temples, Padaveedu is located at a short distance of 35 km from Thiruvannamalai. Apart from its big and small temples, visitors have the chance to witness the remnants of the 13th century palace of the Sambuvarayars who were chieftains of the Chola Empire.

  • Javadu Hills

    In order to find the best of nature around Thiruvannamalai, head some 75 km from the city to witness the majestic Javadu Hills area. Adorned with scenic hills, the area houses must-see attractions like Beema Falls, Komutteri Lake, Kavalur Observatory, Amirthi Forest, and the Glass House.

Where to Stay in Tiruvannamalai?

Thiruvannamalai as a religious destination and a developing city has several avenues for the accommodation of the visitors. Ranging from budget to luxury hotels, the city has a decent number of places to stay. Most of the properties in Thiruvannamalai offers the options of online booking making it easy for visitors to secure a room in the hotel of one choice.

How to Reach Tiruvannamalai?

Railways connect Thiruvannamalai with other major destinations in India, however, the city also boasts good road connectivity as well. The nearest airport from Thiruvannamalai is at Pondicherry which is some 87 km away. Thus, the best way to reach Thiruvannamalai is by railways as the connectivity is quite good.

  • By Air

    The nearest airport from Thiruvannamalai is at Pondicherry at a distance of some 87 km. Another important airport close to the city is at Chennai, which is around 155 km away.

  • By Rail

    Thiruvannamalai Railway Station boasts a brilliant connectivity with major cities and areas of the country. There are trains to all the directions in India, making it the best way to reach the city.

  • By Road

    Thiruvannamalai is well-connected by National Highways and State Highways. NH-77 and SH-9A and 6 connect Thiruvannamalai with other cities in India. Tamil Nadu state roadways corporation offers a good connectivity with other major towns and cities of the state.

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