Thiruvannamalai Travel Guide

 

 

places to visit




Arunachala Temple


This has been determined from an inscription in the structure that was made during the reign of Chola kings who ruled in the ninth century A.D

The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was built between the 16th and the 17th centuries by the Chola kings of the Tamil empire. The temple is famous for its massive gopurams[6]. This has been determined from an inscription in the structure that was made during the reign of Chola kings who ruled in the ninth century A.D

The 11 tiered East Rajagopuram towers to a height of 217 feet, while the fortified walls pierced with 4 gopura entrances offer a formidable look to this vast temple complex . The Pei Gopuram, Tirumanjana Gopuram and Ammanaiammal gopuram are the other three. The 1000 pillared hall and the temple tank were built by Krishna Deva Rayarar of Vijayanagar. Each of the prakarams has a huge Nandi and several towers such as the Vallala Maharaja Gopuram and Kili Gopuram

It is one of the panchabhoota sthalam - representing five basic elements. This is the Tejo Sthalam among the Pancha Bootha Sthalams representing Fire. The others are - Tiruvanaikavil (Appu sthalam - Water) Kanchipuram (Prithvi sthalam - Earth) Kalahasti (Vayu sthalam - Air) Chidambaram (Akasa sthalam - Space).

 

 

 

get there and around

Road

Thiruvannamalai is well connected to many cities and towns in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh by road. This town lies on the junction of the Chittoor - Cuddalore state highway and the Puduchery - Bengalooru national highway (NH 66). The TNSTC operates many bus services to different towns and cities in Tamil Nadu.specaially to chennai]], vellore, Thiruppathi, villupuram,bangaluru ,tiruchi,madurai , coimbatore ,erode ,tiruppur, kanyakumari, puduchery.

Rail

A railway line between Vellore and Villupuram passes through Thiruvannamalai, where passengers can board a passenger train to Vellore (up) or Villupuram (down) (traffic in this section is now closed for gauge conversion). The nearest major railway station is at Villupuram (60 km). New railway line between tiruvannamalai and chennai via tindivanam inprogress.

Air

The nearest airport is at Chennai (170 km) and Bangaluru International airport 200 km.