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Meghna Paul Apr 29 2014

What is the best way to reach Thiruvannamalai?

Kanika Nevatia Apr 29 2014
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The nearest airport is Chennai (185 km), which offers good domestic and international connections. Taxi from here to Thiruvannamalai costs approximately Rs 3,000 (return). The nearest railway stations are Villupuram (76 km) and Katpadi (65 km), both of which are well connected with the rest of the state and the country.

Photo of Thiruvannamalai (by Govind Swamy)

However, the best way to reach Thiruvannamalai is a road journey from Chennai for convenient timings and connectivity Road From Chennai, it’s a fast drive of 4-5 hours on NH45, the old Grand Southern Trunk Road of the Raj era. Thiruvannamalai is well connected by bus from Chennai (board at the Koyambedu Bus Terminus) and other parts of the state. If driving down, stop en route for a darshan at the ancient Rama Temple at Madhuranthakam, right besides a beautiful eri (lake) in Chengalpattu’s famous lake district. The drive to Thiruvannamalai is through verdant Tamil Nadu countryside full of green- gold fields, innumerable tamarind trees, mud houses with thatched roofs, piles of drying hay and bundles of freshly harvested sugarcane.

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