Here are the top 9 tourist attractions to see in Thiruvannamalai:

1. Sathanur Dam

4.2 / 5

23 kms
from city center
1 out of 9
places to visit in Thiruvannamalai

Sathanur Dam, a stunning engineering marvel, is located at a distance of 30 kilometres from the city of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. This breathtaking structure has been built over River Thenpennai (River Pennaiyar) flowing through the Chennakesava Hills in Thandarampet Taluk. The reservoir is called the Sathanur Reservoir and is considered as one of the major dams in the state. The structure consists of pleasant parks, a fish grotto and a huge crocodile farm that attracts nature enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world. The site is strikingly beautiful during the monsoons as the river gushes with clear waters. It is so attractive that it has been a favourite spot for many feature films, especially in the 50s and 60s.

2. Annamalaiyar temple

Must visit 4.3 / 5 View 10+ photos

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

Annamalaiyar Temple, a breathtaking temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located in the bustling town of Thiruvannamalai, at the base of Annamalai Hills in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. As you walk closer to the grand temple complex, you'll notice how marvellously the structures have been built. This 25-acre complex is sure to mesmerize you with its beauty and elegance. 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. Do make it a point to see the splendid eastern gopuram (tower), which is one the tallest temple towers in India as it stands 66 metres tall and the gorgeous thousand-pillared hall that extends serenely in the temple complex.

3. Gingee Fort

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35 kms
from city center
3 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.

4. Ramana Ashram

Must visit 4.2 / 5 View 5+ photos

1 kms
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. Skandashramam

3.2 / 5

2 kms
from city center
5 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.

6. Virupaksha Cave

3.2 / 5

2 kms
from city center
6 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.

7. Tiruamalai

3.2 / 5

41 kms
from city center
7 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.

8. Mamara Guhai

3.2 / 5

1 kms
from city center
8 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.

9. Seshadri Swamigal Ashram

3.2 / 5

2 kms
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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