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Tiruvannamalai Travel Guide

It is a municipal district in Tamilnadu. It got its name after the central deity of the location, the Annamalaiyar Temple. Karthigai festival celebrated on the full moon day between November and December, is a grand festival of the local people. On this day, a gigantic beacon was lit at the top of the Annamalai hills. Many people across the state rush to view the mountain shining by the light from the top. Girivalam, where tourists circumnavigate the temple base, is also a familiar occasion of the city.

Before Indian independence, it is the capital of Hoysalas—the city’s weather changes as hot and humid climate. People believe in Agriculture as their primary source of income. But most of the people arrived at developed cities for work due to lack of employment there. Many people work in the tertiary sector of working in civil and household jobs. Records reveal that the formation of Tiruvannamalai is around the Annamalaiyar temple. Let us see some more features of the site. The appearance of the Annamalaiyar hills and the temple have a separate history in Hindu religious myth.

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Best Tourists Places In Tiruvannamalai

  • Arunachaleshwar temple
  • Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram
  • Sathanur Dam
  • Javadu Hills
  • Gingee Fort

Arunachaleshwar temple

The primary purpose of visiting Tiruvannamalai for more tourists is the Arunachaleshwar temple. It is also known as Annamalaiyar temple with the tallest gopuram. The presiding god of the temple is Lord shiva as Arunchaleshwarar and his consort Parvati as Unnmulaiyazh. It is Agni temple and one of the five sites of Lord shiva and have four entries. The formation of the temple has an extensive history in the Hindi religion. In this temple, there is a merged statue of him and his consort in the name of Ardhanaishvara, the half Shiva and half Parvati. Karthigai Deepam, an annual festival commemorated on the full moon day between November and December and Girivalam, circumnavigates the temple base and the hills on the full moon day of each month’s big festival temple. Other than the main temple, eight separate shive temples face eight directions located on the temple’s surrounding. We can witness the eight essential statues in the Girivalaam Path. People say that It is a sacred pilgrim site lived by many saints until their death. Here is the towering and divine place for Lord Shiva seekers.

Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram

Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram is honouring the principles of Sri Seshadri. This place holds the saying and preaching him. It constitutes a temple, and the people believe that the value of his teachings remains here. This place offers tranquillity and solitude to mind and soul. Tourists can explore more about Vedas in the ashram. The location of the site is in the mid of the forest. It houses the samadhi of Sri Seshadri and spreads the thoughts of him. Silent seekers love this place as it is filled with patience and calmness. Green lush trees and a breeze climate protect the site every time. The area replenishes the mind away from the hustling-bustling city.

Sathanur Dam

Here is a perfect picnic spot for family tours. It is shortly away from Thiruvannamalai town. Tourist can spend a lot of time enjoying the gushing water with the flowing breeze. Nature lovers enjoy the place in the morning because the climate and the flora combine to give you an awful essence of the site. It houses the crocodile farm and a zoo. The dam is beautiful amidst the dense forest. Thenpennai river is the source of water in the dam. A fish grotto present inside the dam premises creates enthusiasm for the tourist. Many feature films had a good background location in the dam during the period before forty years.

Javadu Hills

It’s hard to climb and explore the Annamalai hills, but seeing the mountains for the far seems disappointing. But the Javadu hills, slightly away from the town, clear all our sorrows. It is a wide majestic hill range that glitters in the rays of nature. The quiet hills houses the Beema falls, Komutteri Lak,e Kavalur observatory, Amirthi forest and the Glasshouse. It is incredible to experience the wealth of mother nature in one place. The cool climate supports the hills. Amidst the dense forest, Javadu hills are worth of visiting. It is an unlimited fest for nature lovers. It offers a perfect picture ambience. The sun hides inside the clouds seeing your visit, and passes its rays as its blessings. The sliding hill gives the feel of visiting Ooty and Kodaikanal.

Gingee Fort

Locally known as Chenji fort, it is the “Troy of the East” by the British. It is far way from Tiruvannamalai and located in the Villupuram district of Tamilnadu. This majestic fort has three other citadels in the foothill. Strong rocks and massive walls protect the fort on all sides. Looking at the enormous structure, the great Maratha king, Shivaji, said it is the “most impregnable fortress in India.” The fort’s extinguished view answers all the saying of legends. The location of the fort is most strategic so that it is unreachable to the enemies. It portrays the intelligence and architectural skills of Tamilians.
Roadways are the primary mode of transport to reach Tiruvannamalai. Carry your camera through the trip to click the picture of its grandeur.