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Top Choice Hindu 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, 17t…
Top Choice Cafe 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. Expect…
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, especially on full-moo…
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 extra-healthy t…
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 Rd…
Arts & Crafts in Tiruvannamalai

Shantimalai Handicrafts Development Society

Beautiful bedspreads, bags, incense, candles, oils, bangles, scarves and cards, all made by local village women.
Supermarket in Tiruvannamalai

Nilgiri's

Well-stocked supermarket opposite Sri Ramana Ashram.
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).