Thiruvannamalai-Abode of Heritage & Traditions
   

THIRUVANNAMALAI-ABODE OF HERITAGE & TRADITION

 

Thiruvannamalai, located at the foot of a hill is 185 kms from Chennai. It is one of the major pilgrim centers in India. Five different temples were dedicated to lord Siva for worshipping Him in the form of five elements of nature, namely, earth, water, wind, ire and ether. The Arunachaleshwara Temple in Thiruvannamalai is one of them and Siva is worshipped in the form of fire.

 

Javadu Hills: -

    It is situated 75 kms from Thiruvannamalai. It is situated in the northwestern part of Thiruvannamalai, and a part of the Eastern Ghats. The beautiful mountain lies at about 2350 feet to 3500 feet above sea level, Javadu hills have many scenic spots. The cliffs and precipices of hills allure and excite tourists. Places of interest in the Javadu hills are Beema Falls, Komutteri Lake, Kavalur Observatory,Amirthi Forest, and the  Glass House.

 

Beema Falls: -

    This falls is situated 5 kms away from Jamunamarathur. Water flows approximately for 8 months of the year. The refelction of sun on the water falls glow like a silver sheet that is a beautiful and magnificent sight. This falls is one of the main attractions of tourists. People enjoy bathing in this falls. Majorities of the people enjoy bathing at this falls where water flow is less. The route to the falls and a bath will have an exotic extravaganza. This place is the resplendent rendezvous.

 

Komutteri lake: -

        This is the biggest lake in the Javadu hills and it is also known as Kolappan lake. This is one of the scenic places that attract tourists. Recently this lake has been developed with boating facilities for the benefit of tourists. In the midst of the lake an island is developed for the enjoyment of the tourists.

 

Kavalur Observatory: -

     This is 11 kms from Jamunamarathur on the border of Vellore District. This is the biggest observatory in Asia. Astronomy, stargazing and research on the stars are the main activities of this observatory. This is under the control of Government of India for protection and maintenance. Scientists from all over the country and abroad visit this place for observation and research. The biggest telescope that is controlled by computers is one of the main attractions for tourists.

 

Glass House: -

     Situated on the highest peak of Javadu hills, is Melpattu village. In Melpattu village there is a Glass House that was constructed during British rule, and this is a tourist attraction. The Forest Department also maintains a herbal farm here. The Kilseppili-Valparai cave-like houses constructed by stones more than 5000 years ago are the Stone age houses, and they are worth seeing.

 

Places of Interest

Arunachaleshwara Temple:-

     This gigantic temple is located at the foot of the sacred Annamalai or Arunachala Hill Nine lofty towers of the Arunachaleshwara Temple, the numerous stucco figures and the neatly and intricately carved stone sculptures stand as admirable testimony to the Dravidian Architecture and skills of the master craftsmen of the yesteryears. The temple is located on a sprawling 25 acre land, encompassing several shrines, mandapams, corridors and other such enclosures each adorned with massive pillars with sculptures minutely and aesthetically carved. A huge hall here has a thousand pillars, each elegantly carved, neatly and orderly installed bearing testimony to the planning skills of the engineers of those times. Numerous inscriptions dating back as early as to the 10th century and as a late as 16th century are found on the walls of this temple, recording the liberal contributions of kings and rich to this temple.

 

Ramana Ashram:-

     Raman Maharishi, the 20th century saint lived here and taught simple methods of meditation to his disciples from all over the world. He attained mukthi in 1950, but his Ashram continues his work by propagating his teaching and voluntary services. The tourists visit from all over the world and they feel that they get peace and spiritual elevation by visiting the Ashram. Kandashramam were Ramana once meditated is half way up the hill and mountain path used by him is beautiful and tranquil.

 

Sathanur Dam: -

     Located 35 kms away from Thiruvannamalai. The dam built across the River Pennar, with hill surrounding, is a quiet and beautiful place to visit. The greenery around and the children's park with a mini-zoo keep the children happy. There is crocodile farm run by the State Forest Department. Being a transport services are available from Thiruvannamalai.

 

Padaveedu: -

      This village of temples is 35 kms from Thiruvannamalai. Remains of a 13th century palace of the Sambuvarayars who were chieftains of the Chola Empire can be found near by.

 

Javadu Hills: -

      It is situated 75 kms from Thiruvannamalai. It is situated in the northwestern part of Thiruvannamalai, and a part of the Eastern Ghats. The beautiful mountain lies at about 2350 feet to 3500 feet above sea level, Javadu hills have many scenic spots. The cliffs and precipices of hills allure and excite tourists. Places of interest in the Javadu hills are Beema Falls, Komutteri Lake, Kavalur Observatory,Amirthi Forest, and the  Glass House.

 

Beema Falls: -

    This falls is situated 5 kms away from Jamunamarathur. Water flows approximately for 8 months of the year. The refelction of sun on the water falls glow like a silver sheet that is a beautiful and magnificent sight. This falls is one of the main attractions of tourists. People enjoy bathing in this falls. Majorities of the people enjoy bathing at this falls where water flow is less. The route to the falls and a bath will have an exotic extravaganza. This place is the resplendent rendezvous.

 

Komutteri lake: -

        This is the biggest lake in the Javadu hills and it is also known as Kolappan lake. This is one of the scenic places that attract tourists. Recently this lake has been developed with boating facilities for the benefit of tourists. In the midst of the lake an island is developed for the enjoyment of the tourists.

 

Kavalur Observatory: -

     This is 11 kms from Jamunamarathur on the border of Vellore District. This is the biggest observatory in Asia. Astronomy, stargazing and research on the stars are the main activities of this observatory. This is under the control of Government of India for protection and maintenance. Scientists from all over the country and abroad visit this place for observation and research. The biggest telescope that is controlled by computers is one of the main attractions for tourists.

 

Glass House: -

     Situated on the highest peak of Javadu hills, is Melpattu village. In Melpattu village there is a Glass House that was constructed during British rule, and this is a tourist attraction. The Forest Department also maintains a herbal farm here. The Kilseppili-Valparai cave-like houses constructed by stones more than 5000 years ago are the Stone age houses, and they are worth seeing.