Thiruvannamalai District

The district of Thiruvannamalai, located in the northern part of Tamil Nadu, is one of the most revered places in the state. The word Thiruvannamalai is derived from two terms in Tamil language – “Thiru” used as a prefix to signify the greatness of the place and “Annamalai” meaning the Lord of mountains or an inaccessible mountain.

Thiruvannamalai District is noted for its ancient heritage sites and sacred temples. The district is bounded by Vellore district in the north, Villupuram district in the south, Kanchipuram district in the east and Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts in the west.

Tourist Attractions in Thiruvannamalai District

  • Lord Arulmigu Annamalaiyar Temple, Thiruvannamalai
  • Sri Ramanasramam, Thiruvannamalai
  • Skandasramam, Thiruvannamalai
  • Virupaksha Cave, Thiruvannamalai
  • Mamara Guhai, Thiruvannamalai
  • Seshadri Swamigal Ashram, Thiruvannamalai
  • Ashta Lingams, Thiruvannamalai
  • Gingee or Chenji Fort, Thiruvannamalai
  • Pachaiyamman Sameda Mannarsamy Temple, Pavazhakundur (1.5 kilometres from Thiruvannamalai bus stand)
  • Thirumalai, has 4 Jain temples and 3 Jain caves (around 46 kilometres from Thiruvannamalai)
  • Nedungunam Ramar Temple, Nedungunam (around 52 kilometres from Thiruvannamalai)
  • Lord Arulmi ubal Temple, Padavedu (around 60 kilometres from Thiruvannamalai)
  • Javadu Hills, Jamunamarathur (75 kilometres from Thiruvannamalai)
  • Beema Falls, Jamunamarathur (75 kilometres from Thiruvannamalai)
  • Kommuteri Lake, Jamunamarathur (75 kilometres from Thiruvannamalai)
  • Sathanur Dam (around 61 kilometres from Thiruvannamalai bus stand)

How to reach Thiruvannamalai

Road – Thiruvannamalai is well connected to various cities in Tamil Nadu through roadways. The best option of going to Thiruvannamalai by car or a
hired taxi is to take the national highway NH 66 (Pondicherry-Krishnagiri Highway). You can also avail government buses that take you to Thiruvannamalai.

Rail – Thiruvannamalai Railway Station is connected to cities including Chennai, Madurai, Pondicherry, Vellore and Tirupati.

Air – Chennai International Airport is the nearest rail head to Thiruvannamalai (around 155 kilometres away).