Sri Ramanashramam – 4 kms E
Sri Ramana Maharishi established various ashrams on the slopes of the holy Arunachala mountain. The 20th century saint lived on this mountain and expounded simple methods of meditation and guidance to tread the path of self enquiry to his disciples and followers. Tourists from all over the world flock to the ashram where his path of self-realisation is taught in beautiful and tranquil surroundings.
Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram – 4 kms E
The Seshadri Swamigal Ashram is located next to Sri Ramanashramam and lies between the second and third Lingam on the circular route around Mount Arunachala. Sri Seshadri Swamigal was a 20th century saint who is believed to have worked many miracles. After renouncing material life at the age of 19 the saint came to Thirvannamalai. Regular pujas are performed at the samadhi of the saint and the beautiful ashram premises is a much sought after place to meditate and introspect.
Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram – 4 kms E
Yogi Ramsuratkumar an Indian saint and mystic also referred to as ‘Visiri samiyar’ spent most of his post enlightenment period in Thiruvannamalai. Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram has a meditation hall, darshan mandir, dining hall and Vedapadasala. The Yogi's Mahasamadhi has a sivalingam installed on it and daily pujas, abhisekams, bhajans and aradhanai are performed.
Arunachaleswara Temple – 5 kms E
Situated at the foot of Mount Arunachala, the Arunachaleswara temple is located on 25 acres with several shrines, mandapams and corridors that are adorned with pillars carved with sculptures. The large gopurams, the tallest of which is over 60 metres tall with 13 stories were erected between the 10th and 16th centuries. There is a huge hall with 1000 pillars in the temple. The walls of the temple also have numerous inscriptions, which record the contributions of kings and other wealthy patrons to the temple dating between the 10 century and 16th century.
Sathanur Dam – 40 kms W
The Sathanur Dam built across the south Pennar River is surrounded by hills. Constructed in 1958 the dam irrigates a total area of 8088 hectares of land. The dam site is adorned with lush green lawns and parks. There is also a mini zoo, a large crocodile farm and a fish grotto for tourists.
Gingee Fort – 44 kms E
The Gingee Fort is one of the few surviving ancient forts of India. The great Maratha emperor Shivaji hailed it as the "most impregnable fortress in India" while the British proclaimed it as “Troy of the East”. While the fort’s origins date back to the 9th century, its present appearance is credited to the Vijayanagara kings who made it a truly impregnable citadel. The fort is surrounded by high walls which are guarded by a triple gate. Beyond this were the heavily guarded courts which could not have been breached easily by enemies. Even today, one can reach the summit only after a strenuous two hour climb.
Padavedu Temple – 55 km N Padavedu is a calm and beautiful place surrounded by Javadu hills, water bodies, paddy, coconut and plantation fields. Home to more than 10 ancient temples, this region was ruled by the Sambuvarayar chieftains during the 13th and 14th centuries. Legend has it that Padavedu had 1008 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and 108 temples dedicated to Vishnu. Most of these temples disappeared over the years due to natural disasters except the Yoga Ramar temple and the Renugambal temple. During the 1990s, some of the disappeared temples were unearthed and renovated.
Javadu Hills – 67 km NW
Javadu Hills a part of the Eastern Ghats comprises beautiful hills that lie about 2350 to 3500 feet above sea level. Bheema falls, Glass House, Kavalur Observatory and Komutteri Lake are some of the noteworthy attractions in Javadu hills. The scenic spots, cliffs and breathtaking views of the hills allure trekkers and tourists alike throughout the year.