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The Land of Eternal Peace

One of the most ancient heritage sites in India, the temple town of Tiruvannamalai is home to arguably the largest Siva temple in the world. A town filled with monolithic temples and hills Tiruvannamalai has been and continues to be a leading spiritual destination and major attraction in Tamil Nadu. The stand-out feature of the town is the towering Arunachalam Hill – the temple mountain that is worshipped by circumambulation to seek the blessings of Lord Arunachala, in a tradition known as Girivalam.

In many holy places, the deity or the temple is found at the summit of a hill, but it is only here in Tiruvannamalai, and entire hill is worshipped as a deity. The name Arunachalam comes from the word “Arunam”, meaning “sun”, and “asalam” meaning mountain. There are eight lingams located at 8 places around the Arunachalam Hill, and one can encounter all of them on the 14-km girivalam, around the hill, which occurs every full-moon day of the year.

Apart from the famous Arunchaleshwara temple, which is well renowned for its architectural and sculptural beauty and a hall of 1000 pillars, there are several other temples in the area, for the religiously inclined. One cannot leave Tiruvannamalai without visiting the famous Sri Ramana Ashramam, the former meditation site of the renowned sage Sri Ramana Maharishi.

The town and its surrounding areas also boast of several historically and culturally significant sites like the Sathanur Dam, Virupaksha Cave, Jawadhu Hills, Tirumalai Jain Complex and more.


Important Information

State: Tamil Nadu

Destination Type: Heritage

Destinations Nearby: Gingee Fort, Tirumalai Jain Temple, Sathanur Dam

Languages: Tamil and English

Nearest Railway Station: Vellore Railway Station

Nearest Airport: Chennai

Summer: March to May. Temperature ranges between 21°C to 44°C.

Monsoon: June to September. June to September. The heavy rainfall adds a refreshing dimension to the experience.

Winter: November to February. Temperature ranges between 14°C and 31°C. 



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