Thiruvannamalai is a town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It happens to be the district headquarters of a district by the same name. The nearest major urban agglomeration close by is Pondicherry at a distance of 101 km to the east along the Bay of Bengal coast. Thiruvannamalai is a place which has legends which can be traced back to mythological times. Temple-lovers will love this place.
Places to Stay
There are a lot of budget-friendly options in the town, when it comes to lodging. Some of the places which are worth trying are Trishul Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 300), Arunachala Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Aakash Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Nala Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are the Karthikai Deepam (at the Annamalaiyar Temple premises in November-December), Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November and New Year.
Places of Interest
The town is most famous for its massive temple complex - Annamalaiyar Temple (one of the five Shiva temples). Other places of interest are the Ramana as well as Yogi Ramsuratkumar ashrams, the Sathanur Dam (20 km southwest) is a place which will give you a nice picnic. Places of tourist interest are also available in Puducherry (Pondicherry). Some of the places which are worth visiting are the French War Memorial, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville Township, Pomenade Beach, Pondicherry Museum and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport at a distance of 173 km.
The town has its own railway station in the form of Thiruvannamalai Railway Station.
Mostly, it is the state transport buses which serve the local populace of the region. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.