Welcome to Tiruvannamalai


Set below boulder-strewn Mt Arunachala, this is one of South India's five ‘elemental’ cities of Shiva; here the god is worshipped in his fire incarnation as Arunachaleshwar. At every full moon, 'Tiru' swells with thousands of pilgrims who circumnavigate Arunachala's base in a purifying ritual known as Girivalam; at any time you’ll see Shaivite priests, sadhus (spiritual men) and devotees gathered around the Arunachaleshwar Temple.

Tiru's reputation for strong spiritual energies has produced numerous ashrams, and the town now attracts ever-growing numbers of spiritual-minded travellers.


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Chennai to Thiruvanamalai Transfer by Private Vehicle

Tiruvannamalai is one of the important pilgrimage town located in Tamil Nadu. It has traditionally been associated with great yogis and siddhars. Ramana Maharshi and Swami Arunagiri Nathar are some of the important among them. The town of Tiruvannamalai is famous for the Annamalaiyar Temple, one of the great temples of Lord Shiva in Tamil Nadu. The town of Tiruvannamalai is well connected with cities and towns of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh by road. The town is located on the junction of the Chittoor - Cuddalore state highway. It is situated 185 km from Chennai and 210 km from Bangalore (Karnataka). Thiruvannamalai is one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalangal. It represents the fire element. The other Pancha Bootha Sthalangals are Chidambaram, Sri Kalahasti, Thiruvanaikoil and Kanchipuram each representing the sky, air, water and earth respectively. Four Brahmotsavams are celebrated every year in Tiruvannamalai. The most famous among them is the one that is celebrated during the Tamil month of Karthikai (November/December). There are several tourist destinations are Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram, Yogi Ram Surathkumar Ashram, Arunachaleswara Temple, Sri Ramana Ashram, Sathanur Dam, etc. are some of the important places worth visiting in Tiruvannamalai.

$335 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Cultural Tour Trip to Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Mahabalipuram

Day 01: Arrive Chennai to Kanchipuram Welcomed by our Representative at Chennai airport and drive to Kanchipuram. Easily accessible from Chennai. Kanchipuram was once famous for its thousand temples. Today only about a 100 temples remain and are worth a visit. Apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving handloom industry. Woven from pure mulberry silk, the sarees woven in dazzling colours are embellished with fine gold thread (zari) and are available in a wide variety. You will visit few temples in Kanchipuram, including the Ekambareshwarar Temple, in which a legendary 3,500 year-old mango tree still bears fruit of four different flavors on its four major branches, representing the four Vedas. Kailasanathar temple visit would be the highlight of the day, which is one of the oldest remaining structural stone temple in Tamil Nadu and has 58 small shrines dedicated to various forms of Shiva. Day 02: Tiruvannamalai Travel to Tiruvannamalai which is known for eternal peace and divine. The city is proud to possess the sacred shrine of Lord Arunachaleswara and many ashrams. It is a place of pilgrimage. Walking in the city, you meet a lot of sadhus and pilgrims from every corner of the country. Tiruvannamalai an important pilgrimage center that has an old temple of Lord Shiva .Tiruvannamalai is one of the Panchabhoota Stalams signifying the 5 elements of wind (Kalahasti), water (Tiruvanaikka), fire (Tiruvannamalai), earth (Kanchipuram) and space (Chidambaram). Evening visit Arunachaleshwara Temple Home to the largest Shiva temple in India dedicated to Lord Arunachaleshwara, the spectacular gopuram (tower) is 66m high and dates from 750 AD. Day 03: Tiruvannamalai Today you can visit Temple for morning prayer or you can experience the holiest feel by participating on Yoga Sessions. Enjoy the spiritual expereince by walking around the temple complex where you can witness the people offering prayers, doing meditations, and cultural influences. Day 04: Mahabalipuram Visit Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram is one of the most outstanding examples of Dravidian art and architecture and a jewel in the crown of Tamil Nadu. In a land that is liberally strewn with some of the best in temple art, Mamallapuram holds its own and stands as a silent yet eloquent witness to the glory of its creators. Mamallapuram's wonders in rock leave visitors enthralled, conveying as they do, an impression of beauty and harmony. Enjoy the sightseeing tour of the famous World Heritage Monuments of Mamallapuram: the Shore Temple, built in the 7th century - the Arjuna’s Penance, a Bass Relief - the Five Rathas, which symbolizes equality of men and women and many cave temples. Day 05: Chennai Airport After breakfast, checkout your hotel and drive to Chennai airport for your onward flight.

$196 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Cultural Tour: Trip to Tiruvannamalai

Day 01: Arrive Chennai to Tiruvannamalai Travel to Tiruvannamalai which is known for eternal peace and divine. The city is proud to possess the sacred shrine of Lord Arunachaleswara and many ashrams. It is a place of pilgrimage. Walking in the city, you meet a lot of sadhus and pilgrims from every corner of the country. Tiruvannamalai an important pilgrimage center that has an old temple of Lord Shiva .Tiruvannamalai is one of the Panchabhoota Stalams signifying the 5 elements of wind (Kalahasti), water (Tiruvanaikka), fire (Tiruvannamalai), earth (Kanchipuram) and space (Chidambaram). Evening visit Arunachaleshwara Temple Home to the largest Shiva temple in India dedicated to Lord Arunachaleshwara, the spectacular gopuram (tower) is 66m high and dates from 750 AD. Day 02: Tiruvannamalai Today you can visit Temple for morning prayer or you can experience the holiest feel by participating on Yoga Sessions. Enjoy the spiritual expereince by walking around the temple complex where you can witness the people offering prayers, doing meditations, and cultural influences. Day 03: Chennai Airport After breakfast, checkout your hotel and drive to Chennai airport for your onward flight.After breakfast, checkout your hotel and drive to Chennai airport for your onward flight.

$444 Cultural & Theme Tours

Golden Triangle Tour of Tamil Nadu

Day 01: Arrive Chennai to Kanchipuram Welcomed by our Representative at Chennai airport and drive to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram was once famous for its thousand temples. Today only about a 100 temples remain and are worth a visit. Apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving handloom industry. You will visit few temples in Kanchipuram, including the Ekambareshwarar Temple, in which a legendary 3,500 year-old mango tree still bears fruit of four different flavors on its four major branches, representing the four Vedas. Kailasanathar temple visit would be the highlight of the day, which is one of the oldest remaining structural stone temple in Tamil Nadu and has 58 small shrines dedicated to various forms of Shiva. Day 02: Tiruvannamalai Travel to Tiruvannamalai which is known for eternal peace and divine. The city is proud to possess the sacred shrine of Lord Arunachaleswara and many ashrams. It is a place of pilgrimage. Walking in the city, you meet a lot of sadhus and pilgrims from every corner of the country. Tiruvannamalai an important pilgrimage center that has an old temple of Lord Shiva. Evening visit Arunachaleshwara Temple Home to the largest Shiva temple in India dedicated to Lord Arunachaleshwara, the spectacular gopuram (tower) is 66m high and dates from 750 AD. Day 03: Tiruvannamalai Today you can visit Temple for morning prayer or you can experience the holiest feel by participating on Yoga Sessions. Enjoy the spiritual expereince by walking around the temple complex where you can witness the people offering prayers, doing meditations, and cultural influences. Day 04: Pondicherry Enjoy the sightseeing tour of Pondicherry; you'll have more time to gorge on French baguettes for lunch before we set out to see the sights of Pondy, as Pondicherry is popularly known. We'll visit the Shri Aurobindo Ashram, the Ganesha Temple, the Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the Gandhi Statue on the boulevard. Day 05: Mahabalipuram Visit Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram is one of the most outstanding examples of Dravidian art and architecture and a jewel in the crown of Tamil Nadu. In a land that is liberally strewn with some of the best in temple art, Mamallapuram holds its own and stands as a silent yet eloquent witness to the glory of its creators. Mamallapuram's wonders in rock leave visitors enthralled, conveying as they do, an impression of beauty and harmony. Enjoy the sightseeing tour of the famous World Heritage Monuments of Mamallapuram: the Shore Temple, built in the 7th century - the Arjuna’s Penance, a Bass Relief - the Five Rathas, which symbolizes equality of men and women and many cave temples. Day 06: Chennai Airport After breakfast, checkout your hotel and drive to Chennai airport for your onward flight.