Day Trip To Tiruvannamalai From Chennai

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From $269.00

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: Chennai, Chennai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Thiruvannamalai is a town 120 miles from Chennai in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On this day trip from Chennai visit two of the most famous historical sites of Thiruvannamalai - the Arunachaleshwara Temple and the Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi. The Arunachaleshwara Temple is the largest temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.

• 217 feet temple tower (gopuram)
• Temple hall with 1 000 pillars
• Cave where Sri Ramana Maharshi meditated

What's Included

02 bottles of mineral water per person

Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Local English speaking guide

Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle

What's Not Included

Additional food or drink, unless specified


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Consider wearing comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for pregnant women and people with back problems.
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Visit to the temple is from 06:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m, and then from 04:00-09:00 p.m.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Arunachaleshwara Temple
You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel in Chennai. The drive to Thiruvannamalai will take about 2.5 hours. Enjoy the views of the rural landscape as you drive past villages and farms.

On reaching Thiruvannamalai, head off to the famous Arunachaleshwara temple.  The temple was built by the Kings of Vijayanagar between the 16th and 17th century. It is the largest Shiva temple in India. The temple is said to be located at a site where the five elements of life - earth, water, fire, air and sky are present.

The temple is spread over 25 acres of land. It has four stately gateways, each crowned with large towers (gopurams). The east gopuram is eleven tiered and rises to a height of 217 feet. The main hall of the temple has 1 000 pillars. There is a large sculpture of the Nandi bull, the divine vehicle of Lord Shiva. Two large ponds of water are also present in the temple.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Sri Ramana Ashram
Next visit the Ashram of the saint Sri Ramana Maharshi which is situated at the foot of the hills, outside the town. You can visit the cave where the saint is said to have meditated. Inside the ashram visit the final resting place of the saint and the Matrubhuteswara Temple. A cow-shed, library and a bookstore are also present on the premises of the ashram.

After the tour of the ashram, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).

After lunch you will be driven back to Chennai and dropped off at your hotel.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

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