Chennai to Thiruvannamalai Tour

ONE DAY CHENNAI TO TIRUVANNAMALAI TRIP WITH SRI KAPILESWARA TRAVELS
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ONE DAY CHENNAI TO TIRUVANNAMALAI TOUR

A/C TOYOTA ETIOS | A/C SWIFT DEZIRE A/C CAR 4+1 seater Rs 5000/-

A/C TOYOTA INNOVA CAR 6+1 or 7+1 Seater Rs 7000/-

A/C TAVERA CAR 8+1 Seater or 9+1 Seater Rs 7500/-

A/C Tempo Traveler 12+1 or 14+1 Seater Rs 11000/-

  • Full Day TIRUVANNAMALAI Local Tour
  • Fixed Itinerary
  • Pickup and drop service from your Chennai Hotel, Railway Station, Airport, Residency
  • Inclusions – Parking Charges, Driver Betta;
  • Exclusions – Entry Fees; Lunch / All meals

TWO DAYS CHENNAI TO TIRUVANNAMALAI TOUR – GIRIVALAM TOUR

A/C TOYOTA ETIOS | A/C SWIFT DEZIRE A/C CAR 4+1 seater Rs 5000/-

A/C TOYOTA INNOVA CAR 6+1 or 7+1 Seater Rs 7000/-

A/C TAVERA CAR 8+1 Seater or 9+1 Seater Rs 7500/-

A/C Tempo Traveler 12+1 or 14+1 Seater Rs 11000/-

  • Two Days TIRUVANNAMALAI Local Tour
  • Fixed Itinerary
  • Pickup and drop service from your Chennai Hotel, Railway Station, Airport, Residency
  • Inclusions – Parking Charges, Driver Betta;
  • Exclusions – Entry Fees; Lunch / All meals

Tiruvannamalai named after Annamalaiyar, is an 1100 year old temple. Here, “Thiru” signifies “greatness” and “Annamalai” represents “inaccessible mountains”.

It is also believed that Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva, while playing, closed the eyes of her husband. Suddenly, the light in the universe totally disappeared and darkness over took the universe. Parvati repented for her mistake and performed a penance along with the devotees of lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva appeared back in the form of fire and restored light to the universe. The place where he manifested himself in the form of fire is now called as the “Annamalai Hills”.

There’s also another legend describing the etymology of Tiruvannamalai. It is said that, when Brahma and Vishnu were fighting for their superiority, Lord Shiva appeared before them in a ball of fire and asked them to identify his source. But, both were unable to find his source. Vishnu accepted his failure whereas Brahma tried to hide his failure. Lord Shiva found Brahma’s mistake and cursed him.

      “Arunam” means “fire” and “Asalam” means “hill”

Since, Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of fire on a top of a hill. The term Arunachalam got associated with the colloquial name “Annamalai” and thus this hill got its name.

FACTS ABOUT TIRUVANNAMALAI :

  • This city ruled by the Pallavas, cholas, Hoyasalas and Vijayanagar kingdom served as the capital of the Hoyasalas.
  • The Tiruvannamalai hill is an extinct volcano and the temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is believed to be present in the form of fire.
  • This city is builtlike other Nayak capitalsi.e a town built around a temple.
  • Tiruvannamalai is administered with a special grade municipality.
  • This 200 meters high hill attracts tourist all over the world.
  • The important festival celebrated in this temple is “KarthigaiDeepam”. It is a festival celebrated during the full moon day which falls between November and December.

Let’s explore this temple city with “SRI KAPILESWARA TRAVELS”.

PLACES TO VISIT IN TIRUVANNAMALAI :

  • ANNAMALAIYAR TEMPLE
  • SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI ASHRAM
  • SKANDASHRAM AND VIRUPAKSHA CAVES
  • SESHADRI SWAMIGAL ASHRAM
  • ADI ANNAMALAI TEMPLE
  • PACHAIAMMAN TEMPLE
  • SANTHANUR DAM

ANNAMALAIYAR TEMPLE :

The tallest temple of the Nayakar dynasty located in Tiruvannamalai is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

This temple represents “fire” which is one among the “five elements” or “PanchaBhoodhas”. Lord Shiva is worshipped as “Arunachalesvara”. Here, “Arunam” means “fire” and “Asalam” means “hill”.

This temple known for its unique architecture and is flanked with gopurams on all four sides.The construction was started by Krishnadevaraya, who belonged to the Vijayanagara dynasty and completed by SevappaNayaka.

This temple premises accommodates 16 pillared and thousand pillared hall or mandapam.

  • Departure: 10:00 AM
  • Must See / Things to Do: Kala Bhairava shrine
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI ASHRAM :

This ashram was started by RamanaMaharshi, who is known as the master of Advaitha Vedanta. Maharshi, after the death of his mother, built a small hut near her samadhi which is now developed into an ashram.

It was started in the year 1922 and Maharshi stayed in this ashram till his death. After the death of RamanaMaharshi, he was buried in this ashram next to his mother’s samadhi. Many devotees visit his samadhi to invoke his blessings.

  • Departure: 10:40 AM
  • Must See / Things to Do: RamanaMaharshi Samadhi
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

SKANDASHRAM AND VIRUPAKSHA CAVES :

The Virupaksha caves located on the eastern slopes of Arunachala hills got its name from an age old saint Virupaksha.

It is believed that after his death, the body of this saint turned into ashes which are considered to be sacred among the devotees. This place is specially known for meditation and its pleasant scenario would help devotees who come here to contemplate more on his /her life. Just below the Virupaksha cave, at a distance of 200 km stands the Skandashram caves.

It is in this cave RamanaMaharshi stayed with his mother.

  • Departure: 11:20 AM
  • Must see / Things to do: experience a peaceful meditation.
  • Timings : 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

SESHADRI SWAMIGAL ASHRAM :

SeshadriSwamigalin his childhood went to a shop with his mother and was attracted towards Lord Krishna’s statue. The shopkeeper felt something strange with this boy and offered him the idol at free of cost. Later, it is said that all the idols in the shop were sold and the shopkeeper believed that this miracle happened because of that boy and nicknamed him as “A Saint with a Golden Hand”.

The ashram is located in Tiruvannamalai and invite devotees to have a peaceful meditation in this placid environment.

Let’s travel to this placid environment with “SRI KAPILESWARA TRAVELS”.

  • Departure: 12:35 PM
  • Must See / Things to Do: Experience a peaceful meditation.
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

ADI ANNAMALAI TEMPLE

The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is known for extraordinary inscriptions which depicted the stories of ancient god and goddess.

    “Adi” in Tamil means “ancient or old”.

    Thus it denotes the ancient AnnamalaiEshwara temple.

To know more about the architecture of this age old temple traverse with “SRI KAPILESWARA TRAVELS”.

  • Departure: 1:20 PM
  • Must See / Things to Do: Shrine of God Dakshinamurthy
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

PACHAIAMMAN TEMPLE :

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati who is the consort of Lord Shiva.

As mentioned, Parvati while playing closed the eyes of her husband and made the whole universe turn dark. To resolve this, she performed penance at various places and the place where this temple is situated is also believed to be one of the places where Parvati performed her penance.

  • Departure: 2:45 PM
  • Must See / Things to Do: Observe the wonderful image of the goddess
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

SATHANUR DAM:

The Sathanur dam constructed along the Thenpennairiverin Chennakesava hills is a home to a crocodile farm, fish grotto and a park.

This place is really captivating and mesmerizes the tourists with the immense beauty of nature.

  • Departure: 3:50 PM
    • Must See / Things to Do:Crocodile farm, Fish grotto and Park.
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS :

When is the best time to visit Tiruvannamalai?
The best time to visit Tiruvannamalai is between October and March.

What are the places to visit in Tiruvannamalai?

  • Annamalaiyar Temple
  • Sri RamanaMaharshi Ashram
  • Skandashram And Virupaksha Caves
  • SeshadriSwamigal Ashram
  • AdiAnnamalai Temple
  • Pachaiamman Temple
  • Santhanur Dam

What is the average temperature recorded in Tiruvannamalai?
The average temperature recorded in Tiruvannamalai is 28.2.C.

What is Girivalam?
On the day of Pournami, people walk nearly 14km around the temple surrendering their lives to God.

How long will it take for Girivalam?
Girivalam takes about 4 hours to complete. So, the best time preferred to perform Girivalamwould be early in the morning or late in the evening.

How far is Tiruvannamalai from Chennai?
Tiruvannamalai is located at about 162 km from Chennai.

Why “SRI KAPILESWARA TRAVELS”?
SRI KAPILESWARA TRAVELS would offer a comfortable and a pleasant trip. It is customer friendly and helps her tourists to have a safe and a joyous trip.