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Thiruvannamalai

TTDC / Thiruvannamalai

This is a pilgrimage town that has a sacred hill. In this place Lord Shiva is known as Annamalayar or Arunachaleswarar, and hence this place has earned the name Tiruvannamalai. It is the largesttemple in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva, making Tiruvannamalai truly the capital of Saivism.

The deity is found atop a hill in most holy places, but in the case of Tiruvannamalai the hill itself is the deity [Lord Annamalayar]. Arunam means sun [which is the colour red] and Asalam means Giri or mountain. The holy hill which is 2668 feet high is red in colour.

The KarthigaiDeepam is a very special event at the Tiruvannamalai, where a huge fire is lit on top of the holy mountain. The entire mountain is considered a Shiva Linga and 3500 kgs of clarified butter are used to light it. Called the Maha Deepam, it can be seen from 35 kms away. [This para is available in Experiences: Festivals: Karthigai Deepam 2nd para]

Annamalayar Temple:

Dedicated to Lord Shiva this massive temple is located at the foot of the sacred hill and spread over 25 acres. This is a Pancha Bootha Sthalam and Annamalayar is represented by a lingam, called the Agni Lingam. Parvati is represented as Unnamalai Amman. The temple dates back to the period between the 10th and 16th Century.

Girivalam:

Girivalam: On full moon days, and on days of the Karthigai Deepam, the temple attracts large crowds and people perform the Girivalam – the 14 km trek around the holy hill. There are 8 lingams on this path of Girivalam.

Ramana Ashram:

Born in Tiruchuli as Venkataraman Iyer, the sacred hill of Arunachala attracted him, and in 1896, as a boy of sixteen he attained enlightenment. Six weeks later he left his uncle’s home in Madurai and journeyed to Tiruvannamalai where he took sanyas.

This ashram was his refuge and is being administered by his disciples. He attained mukthi in 1950. Kandashram, where the swami meditated in his early days, is on the Girivalam path.

Sathanur Dam:

It forms the Sathanur Reservoir and is one of the major dams in the state. It was constructed in 1958. There is a large crocodile farm, and it has many parks to attract children.

Padavedu:

Many centuries ago, this region is believed to have had two forts, and was home to 1008 Shiva temples and 108 Vishnu temples. It was also the capital of Sambuvarayar chieftains around the 13th Century. The temples were buried due to some unknown natural disaster and are being recovered.

Javadu Hills:

Repeated in Vellore

Beema Falls:

These falls are active 8 months a year and the slower the gush the more enjoyable the experience. They are 5 kms away from Jamunamarathur.

Komutteri Lake:

It’s the largest lake on these hills and is also known as the Kolappan Lake. There’s an artificial manmade island and boating facilities are available.

Kavalur Observatory:

The VainuBappu Observatory is an astronomical observatory which started in 1968. Scientists from all over the world visit this research center. The computer controlled Big Telescope is a big favourite among tourists.

Glass House- Melpattu Village:

It was constructed during the British rule and is located at Melpattu village, the highest peak of Javadu hills. There is an Herbal Farm that is being maintained and run by the Forest Department. Cave like Stone Age Houses that are more than 5000 years old, found at Kilseppili-Valparai, are the stunning attraction.

POSTS & TELEGRAPHS

1. Head Post Office S.N. High Road, Thirunelveli Junction.
2. Railway Mail Service [RMS] Railway Station, Thirunelveli Junction.

 

Tourist Office in Tirunelveli : Collectorate Complex,
Tirunelveli - 627 002. Ph: 0462-2500104

IMPORTANT AUDITORIUM AND MARRIAGE HALLS

1. Sangeetha Sabha Kailasapuram, Tirunelveli Junction.
2. Municipal Kalyana Mandapam Near Palayamkottai Bus Stand.
3. Rose Mahal Marriage Hall Near Science Centre, Kokkirakulam.
4. Raj Mahal Marriage Hall

 

 

 

Important Festivals in Thoothukudi & Tirunelveli District

 

1. January Pongal Tourist Festival
2. February R.C. Church Car Festival at Uvari
3. April Papanasam Chitirai Vishu Festival.
4. May Veerapandia Kattabomman Vizha - Panchalankurichi
5. June Lord Murugan Temple Car Festival at Tiruchendur,
Kalugumalai and Panpozhil
6. July 1. Saral Thiruvizha, Kutrallam
2. Nellaiappan Ganthimathi Car Festival - Tirunelveli.
3. Adi Thabasu Festival - Sankarankoil.
4. Govt. Exhibition at Tirunelveli.
7. August Adi Ammavasai Festival at Papanasam
8. September 1. World Tourism Day at Thirunelveli
2. Pottal Pudur - Sandanakoodu Festival.
9. October 1.Lord Murugan Temples - Skanda Sashti Fesstival   2.Athangarai Pallivasal - Sandhanakoodu Festival
10 . November Kulasekarapatinam Dasara Vizha.
11. December Kurukkuthurai - Tirunelveli Junction 'Karthigai Deepa Thiru Vizha
PLACES OF WORSHIP

 

Temples Kanthimathi Nellaiyappar Temple and Salaikumarasamy Temple - Tirunelveli Town.
Churches C.S.I Church and Roman Catholic Church
Mosque One in the town and the other near Tirunelveli junction.

 

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE BY ROAD FROM TIRUNELVELI TO

 

PLACE DISTANCE(IN KMS.) PLACE DISTANCE
( IN KMS.)
CHENNAI 630 PALANI 270
BENGALURU 583 PICHAVARAM 475
CHIDAMBARAM 460 POINT CALIMERE 379
COCHIN 280 POOMPUHAR 450
COIMBATORE 360 PONDICHERRY 491
COONOOR 440 RAMESWARAM 220
KUTRALLAM 73 SALEM 378
GURUVAYUR 370 SITTANNAVASAL 295
HOGENAKAL 491 THANJAVUR 356
HYDERABAD 1146 THEKKADI 270
KANCHIPURAM 563 THIRUCHENDUR 063
KANNIYAKUMARI 084 THIRUCHI 300
KODAIKANAL 258 TIRUPATI 700
MADURAI 166 THIRUVANNAMALAI 482
MAMALLAPURAM 584 TRIVANDRUM 158
MUDUMALAI 470 TUTICORIN 50
MYSORE 528 VEDANTHANGAL 556
NAGORE 440 VELANKANNI 380
UDHAGAMANDALM 430

 

SHOPPING CENTER IN TIRUNELVELI AND THUTHUKUDI

 

Poombuhar Handicraft Emporium - S.N. High Road, Thirunelveli Junction.
Khadi and Village Bamboo Industries at Sengottai.
Bell Metal Industries at Vagaikulam, Ambasamudram Taluk.
Mat Knitting Industries at Patthamadai and Kayathar
Terracota Industries at Thenpothai in Tenkasi Taluk.
Nellai Super Market - S.N. High Road, Thirunelveli Junction.

 

IMPORTANT PRIVATE TRAVEL AGENCIES

 

1. Air King Travels Ph : 2322079 S.N. High Road,
Thirunelveli Junction.
2. JJ Cabs Mob: 094434-86253 D/10, 3rd Main Road,
Maharaja Nagar, Tirunelveli - 11
3. Regaul Travels Ph : 2339172 Madurai Road,
Thirunelveli Junction.
4. Standard Cabs Ph : 2337222, 2337666, 4010514 S.N. High Road,
Thirunelveli.

 

IMPORTANT HOTEL

ONLINE BOOKING

 

1. Hotel Aryaas Madurai Road, Tirunelveli Junction.
2. Hotel Venkateswara Main Road, Opp. to Bus Stand, Vallioor.
3. Hotel Sugam Charles Theatre Road, Thoothukudi.
4. Hotel Alwin Thoothukudi.
5. Hotel Tilak Near New Bus Stand Thoothukudi.
6. Hotel Geetha International Near New Bus Stand Thoothukudi.
7. Visaka Lodge Near Old Bus Stand, Thoothukudi.

 

How to get there

 

Tirunelveli is well connected by road from and to all the cities of Tamil Nadu. It is also a major Railway Junction of Southern Railway connecting to various destinations of Tamil Nadu and other places.

 

THE IMPORTANT SILK EMPORIUMS

 

1. R.M.K.V. Cloth Merchants North Car Street, Tirunelveli Town.
2. Pothy's Cloth Merchants North Car Street, Tirunelveli Town.
3. Nalli Silk house S.N. High Road, Tirunelveli Town.
4. Ganthimathi Co-optex Raja Building, Near Bus Stand, Tirunelveli Junction.
5. D. Arumugampillai Cloth Merchants East Great Cotton Road, Thoothukudi.
6. Abirami Textiles East Great cotton Road, Near Sivankoil, Thuthukudi.
7. Seemati Textiles East Great Cotton Road, Thoothukudi.

 

JEWELLERS PARK

 

1. M.K.M. Jewellers S.N. High Road, Tirunelveli Junction.
2. M.H. Jewellers West Car Street, Kuzhakadai Bazar, Thirunelveli Town.
3. Ameer Jewellers West Car Street, Kuzhakadai Bazaar, Tirunelveli Town.
4. V.R.C. Jwellers Hotel Aryaas Complex, Madurai Road, Tirunelveli Junction.
5. A.V.R.M. Jewellers Thoothukudi.
6. Alagiri Chettiar Jewellers Thoothukudi.
7. Somasundaram Chettiar Jewellers Thoothukudi.

 

IMPORTANT HOSPITALS

 

  • Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital, High Ground, Palayamkottai.
  • Get Well Hospital, Raja Buildings Compound, Bus stand Road, Tirunelveli Junction.
  • Annai Velankanni Hospital, Tiruchendur Road, Murugankurichi, Palayamkottai.
  • Indirani Chelladurai Hospital, Thoothukudi Road, Samathanapuram, Palayamkottai.
  • Dr. Agnas Hospital, Murugankurichi, Palayamkottai.
  • Lakshmi Nursing Home, Madurai Road, Tirunelveli.
  • Ganthimathi Hospital, East Car Street, Tirunelveli Town.
  • Krishna Hospital, High Ground Road, Palayamkottai..

 

 

CLUBS

1. Rotary Club High Ground Road, Palayamkottai.
2. Lions Club S.N. High Road, Tirunelveli Junction
3. Innerwheel (Ladies Club) Ganapathi mills Compound, Vannarapettai, Palayamkottai.
4. District Club High Ground Road, Palayamkottai.

IMPORTANT MONEY CHANGERS.

Public and Private Sector banks handle FOREX counters. It is mandatory for foreign nationals to get their Currency Forms endorsed.

IMPORTANT BANKS

1. State Bank of India S.N. High Road, Tirunelveli Junction.
2. Canara Bank Raja Buildings, New Bus Stand, Tirunelveli Junction.
3. Indian Bank Near Bus Stand, Madurai Road, Tirunelveli Junction.
4. State Bank of Trivancore S.N. High Road, Tirunelveli Junction.
5. Union Bank of India S.N. High Road, Tirunelveli Junction.
6. Indian Overseas Bank Near Super Market Building, Madurai Road, Tirunelveli Junction.
7. Central Co-operative Bank Vannarapettai, Palayamkottai.

Road: Tiruvannamalai has private and government bus services.

Rail: There are train services to Tiruvannamalai, but it is a small station with limited trains.

Air: The closest airport is in Puducherry [87 kms], but it has a single service. The largest airport is in Chennai, 172 kms away.

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