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1. Gingee Fort

Gingee Fort
Must visit 4.2 /5

35 km
from city center
1 out of 9
places to visit in Thiruvannamalai

Also known as the Chenji Fort, this is an ancient structure last modified in the 13th century by the Vijayanagara Emperors. Called the 'Troy of the East' by the British, this fort has impressed many by its strength and architecture.

2. Sathanur Dam

Sathanur Dam
Must visit 4.2 /5

23 km
from city center
2 out of 9
places to visit in Thiruvannamalai

Sathanur Dam is a stunning engineering marvel built over River Thenpennai (River Pennaiyar). The structure consists of pleasant parks, a fish grotto and a huge crocodile farm. The site is strikingly beautiful during the monsoons.

3. Annamalaiyar Temple

Annamalaiyar Temple
Must visit 4.3 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 9
places to visit in Thiruvannamalai

Annamalaiyar Temple is a breathtaking temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are numerous intricately adorned shrines and halls within the entire temple complex which is also considered as one of the largest temple complexes in India.

4. Ramana Ashram

Ramana Ashram
Must visit 4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
4 out of 9
places to visit in Thiruvannamalai

It is located at the foothills of Aruchana hills and people from all over the world visit the place to relax and refresh themselves from the maddening crowd of the city.

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5. Virupaksha Cave

Virupaksha Cave
3.2 /5

2 km
from city center
5 out of 9
places to visit in Thiruvannamalai

This unique cave aashram is in the shape of the Hindu symbol OM. The cave is situated atop a small peak in the Arunachala Hill, nearly 200 feet below the Skandasram cave.

6. Tiruamalai

Tiruamalai
3.2 /5

41 km
from city center
6 out of 9
places to visit in Thiruvannamalai

On the outskirts of the town, lies this beautiful temple complex which has four Jain temples, 3 Jain caves. It also houses a 16 feet tall statue of Mahavira erected in 12th century AD and is the tallest Jain statue in India.

7. Mamara Guhai

Mamara Guhai
3.2 /5

1 km
from city center
7 out of 9
places to visit in Thiruvannamalai

Literally translated, Mamara Guhai means the 'Tree Caves'. This is a religious spot in the hilly terrain of Thiruvannamalai. It is believed that this is the cave where the mystic saint Sri Ramana Maharishi carried out penances and meditation for six years.

8. Skandashramam

Skandashramam
3.2 /5

2 km
from city center
8 out of 9
places to visit in Thiruvannamalai

Close to the Arunachaleshwar temple and the Ramana Ashram, this is one of the caves where the saint Ramana spent his period of stay in Thiruvannamalai. In order to reach this destination, one needs to trek a long way. The view from the top is definitely worth it.

9. Seshadri Swamigal Ashram

Seshadri Swamigal Ashram
3.2 /5

2 km
from city center
9 out of 9
places to visit in Thiruvannamalai

Located near Ramana Aashram, this aashram has a history of its own! Mahan Sri Seshadri Swamigal was a 20th century saint who had displayed majestic powers.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Thiruvannamalai?

Day 1- Reach Thiruvannamalai and check in to your hotel. Begin the day by exploring the spiritual side of Thiruvannamalai. Visit Annamalaiyar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Day 2- Go to Arunachaleshwara Temple which is among India's biggest temples. Dedicate the rest of the day to visiting famous Ashrams of Thiruvannamalai. First, visit Ramana Ashram which is nestled in the laps of Aruchana hills. Then head towards Seshadri Swamigal Ashram which is dedicated to a saint of the 20th century who was known by the same name.
Day 3- On the third day, you should visit the popular caves of Thiruvannamalai. Vist Skandashramam caves which are associated with Saint Ramana. The next stop is Virupaksha Caves which are present in Arunachala Hill. Shop at the local market of Thiruvannamalai and buy souvenirs. Finally, get ready to leave Thiruvannamalai.

How can I commute within Thiruvannamalai?

Bicycles and two wheelers are available on rent. Auto rickshaws and buses are easily available and are the local mode of transport.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Thiruvannamalai?

The top sightseeing places in Thiruvannamalai are Sathanur Dam, Annamalaiyar temple, Gingee Fort, Ramana Ashram, Skandashramam, Virupaksha Cave.
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