Temple Town of Tiruvannamalai

The Temple Town of Tiruvannamalai is one of the most ancient heritage sites of India and is a centre of the Saiva religion. The Arunachala hill and its environs have been held in great regard by the Tamils for centuries. Tiruvannamalai is a Hindu pilgrimage town in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. At the foot of sacred Arunachala Hill is the vast, ancient Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, with intricately carved gopurams (towers). 

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Leading producer of Rice

Tiruvannamalai is one of the most venerated places in Tamil Nadu. In ancient times, the term “Annamalai” meant an inaccessible mountain. The word “Thiru” was prefixed to signify its greatness, and coupled with the two terms, it is called Tiruvannamalai.

Tiruvannamalai District was created from erstwhile North Arcot District on 30-09-1989. The  district is surrounded by Kanchipuram district in the East, Villupuram district in the south, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri Districts in the West and Vellore District in the North as its boundaries. Tiruvannamalai District is divided into 3 Revenue Divisions namely Tiruvannamalai, Arni and Cheyyar and  12 Taluks namely Tiruvannamalai, Kilpennathur, Chengam, Thandarampattu, Kalasapakkam Polur, Arni, Chetput, Cheyyar, Vembakkam, Vandavasi and Jamanamarathur. They are further sub-divided into 18 development blocks, 4 Municipalities and 10 Town Panchayats and 860 Village Panchayats.

Tiruvannamalai District is leading producer of Rice.  The quality rice produced from Arni region is being exported to throughout Tamil Nadu and to other States of India and foreign countries. Thinai, Samai and Varagu millets, Seetha and Jackfruit are producing in Jawadhu hills. Banana plantation is widely practiced in Padavedu region. Approximately 56 % of people are depended on Agriculture related works.

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Connectivity to reach

By Air: Tiruvannamalai doesn’t have an airport of its own. The nearest is the Puducherry airport which is about 87 km away. It’s a small airport, hence doesn’t operate many flights. Hence, the other major airport is Chennai.

By Rail:
Although Tiruvannamalai isn't a major station. Major cities aren't connected by train although they can be availed from cities such as Vellore, Puducherry, and Tirupati among others.

By Road:
Tiruvannamalai is fairly well connected to multiple cities via bus, especially the larger urban centres within the region such as Madurai, Chennai, Bangalore and others. 

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Climate & best time to visit

Winter from December – February: This is the best time to visit as the during this time, the temperature can get as low as 20 degrees Celsius. It is the perfect season to visit Thiruvannamalai. The weather is pleasant to visit the places.

Monsoon from June – September:
The weather becomes really pleasant with the plants and trees reviving. Because of the rains the ambiance becomes freshly awake and it is a good season to explore the beauty of Thiruvannamalai.

Summer from March – May:
This is not the good time to travel, as this is the summer time and the temperature can rise greatly and touch the 40 degrees Celsius mark. Due to various ailments and issues that come along with hot weather, it is best to avoid going to Thiruvannamalai during the summers.

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