A special grade municipality in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Tiruvannamalai, is a well-known temple town in Tamil Nadu, famously recognized for its Annamalaiyar Temple.
Named after the central deity of the Annamalaiyar Temple, Annamalaiyar, it is a major pilgrimage center in Tamil Nadu. Situated about 196 kilometers from the state capital Chennai and 210 kilometers from Bangalore, the Tiruvannamalai town, is constructed throughout the Annamalaiyar Temple.
Witnessed by about three million pilgrims, the Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated during the day of the full moon between November and December.
Established on the foothills of Annamalai hills, the town has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, the Vijayanagar Empire, Tipu Sultan, and the British.
Spread over an area of about 25 acres, the Annamalaiyar Temple is the most prominent landmark of Tiruvannamalai and one of the largest temples in India.
Gingee Fort, Annamalaiyar Temple, Sathanur Dam, Sri Ramana Ashram, Skandashramam, and Virupaksha Cave are some of the most important tourist destinations to visit in the town.