Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Tiruvannamalai

Arunachaleshwar Temple

This 10-hectare temple is one of India's largest. Its oldest parts date to the 9th century, but the site was a place of worship long before that. Four huge, unpainted white gopurams mark the entrances; the main,...

Top ChoiceCafe in Tiruvannamalai

Dreaming Tree

Super-chilled Dreaming Tree dishes out huge portions of exquisite, health-focused veg fare, prepped with mostly organic ingredients, on a breezy thatched rooftop loaded with low-slung purple-cushioned booths....

Fort in Tiruvannamalai

Gingee Fort

With three separate hilltop citadels and a 6km perimeter of cliffs and thick walls, the ruins of enormous Gingee Fort rise out of the Tamil plain, 37km east of Tiruvannamalai, like castles misplaced by the Lord...

Mountain in Tiruvannamalai

Mt Arunachala

This 800m-high extinct volcano dominates Tiruvannamalai – and local conceptions of the element of fire, which supposedly finds its sacred abode in Arunachala’s heart. Devout barefoot pilgrims make the 14km...

Cafe in Tiruvannamalai

Shanti Café

This popular and relaxed cafe with floor-cushion seating, up a lane off Chengam Rd, serves wonderful croissants, cakes, baguettes, pancakes, juices, coffees, teas, breakfasts and Indian meals with an...

Cafe in Tiruvannamalai

Tasty Café

In a peaceful, shady courtyard of plastic chairs and wooden tables, friendly Tasty Café does well-prepared Indian and continental food, including pizza, pasta, pancakes and salads. It's 700m southwest off Chengam...

South Indian in Tiruvannamalai

Hotel Sri Arul Jothi

This pure-veg restaurant downstairs at Hotel Arunachala has very good simple South Indian dishes, such as idlis, dosas and thalis (₹80 to ₹100).