Temple towns are a dime a dozen in India. But what about an ancient temple town where God appears in a blazing fire of glory? Now that’s a town to visit! A place known far and wide for its powerful spiritual energies, Tiruvannamalai is one of the holiest destinations in Tamil Nadu. A spiritual haven for Saiva devotees from all over; so exalted that it finds mention in the poetry of revered Tamil Saivite poets.
The Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar temple complex is located below the towering Mt. Arunachala, an extinct volcano piercing the town’s skyline. A fitting home for Shiva in his fire incantation, the mountain is believed to be the heart from which the sacred element of fire emanates. Considered to be one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalam or manifestation of five natural elements, Annamalaiyar is said to have manifested himself as an element of fire in this temple. Plan your visit in time to catch a beautiful full moon, when thousands of pilgrims circle the base of the mountain in a purifying ritual known as Girivalam. The temple was built between the 16th and 17th centuries by the kings of the Vijayanagara empire. It is famous for its majestic gopurams - or ornate monumental entrance towers, typical to the Dravidian architecture of Tamil Nadu - as well as several shrines, carved pillars, and structures.
Walk in the footsteps and holy life of Ramana Maharishi at the Ramana Ashram. The 20th-century saint lived a simple, ascetic life and imparted teachings on the Ramana Ashram way of life here. Consider visiting Arhasugir as another stop on your spiritual voyage. This ancient Jain temple complex has four Jain Temples and three Jain caves, along with a sculpture of Neminatha of the 12th century. At 16 ft, it is the tallest Jain sculpture in the state.
The beautiful Vishnu temples, Ulagalantha Perumal Temple and Adhi Tiruvarangam are popular destinations near Tiruvannamalai. A short drive away from the town will bring you to these temples, whose equally rich traditions and worldview vary slightly from that of the Saivas.
Tiruvannamalai's natural beauty is unparalleled. Enjoy a picnic near the Sathanur Dam, built over the river Thenpennai or bathe in the waters of the Bheema Falls near the town.
Round off your spiritual journey on a completely different road at the Kavalur Observatory. Find meaning in the stars and come closer to understanding the universe, at one of the biggest observatories in Asia.
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OYO residences offer services across the spectrum such as free Wi-Fi, AC, and non-AC rooms, running cold and hot water, 24-hour room service, complimentary breakfasts, along with conference rooms to Banquet Halls and in-house restaurants.
OYO hotels in Tiruvannamalai will look after all your accommodation needs, guaranteeing a comfortable and peaceful stay. Aesthetically designed and clean, with essential amenities and security around-the-clock, the OYO hotels are your home-away-from-home.
The hotels in Tiruvannamalai are located near bus stops and places of interest in the town. For a hassle-free check-in experience, you can filter hotels that welcome couples and guests with local identification documents.