Air : The nearest
Airport from Tiruvannamalai is Chennai which is
Tiruvannamalai is situated in between Katpadi
and Viluppuram Junctions on the railway line.
Road : It is well
connected by road with various parts of country.
During festival times Government Transport
Corporation runs special point-to-point buses to
all parts of State. By car it will take four to
five hours from the State Capital Chennai.
21,86,125 (Census 2001)
1028.7 mm (Annual)
Max : 44.1°C Min : 15.5°C
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187 Km from Chennai
The history of this town dates from the early
Chola period i.e. the period of Aditya I and
Parantaka I (A.D. 871-955) when the Chola empire
had expanded northwards to include practically
the whole of Tondaimandalam. After Parantaka I
till the reign of Rajendra I, Chola rule over
this region is not attested by the
Thiruvannamalai inscriptions, possibly on
account of the Rashtrakuta invasions and
occupation of this area by Krishna III. This is
perhaps indicated by a single inscription of
Kannaradeva (Krishna III) found in this temple.
(475;63). The recovery of this region by the
Cholas was a slow process and reached its
successful conclusion only towards the close of
Rajaraja I’s region i.e. AD 1014, for even
Rajaraja is conspicuously absent in the
inscriptions of Thiru- vannamalai.
The temple town Tiruvannamalai, is 85 kms south
of Vellore and it is an important Shaivite town.
Of the 100 or more temples, the most outstanding
is the Siva - Parvathi Temple of Arunachaleswar,
which is said to be the largest in India. The
main gopuram is 66m and 13 storeys high, and
there is a 1000-pillared hall. And there is a
railway station on the Vilupuram - Katpadi rail
route. This town stands on an elevation of 266