Chennai-Tiruvannamalai - day trip?

#1 Feb 28th, 2006, 05:49
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wondering.... is a day trip possible or is it an overnighter?

buses from Chennai? how long a ride?

the LP really doesn't have too much to say.....

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its 4 to 5 hours by bus (and maybe more). you can also go by train to villupuram and then hop on a bus for hour and half!...but this might take longer..

extremely hot is this place!
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It is around 190km. Day trip is definitely possible. If you go by bus, it may take 4 to 5 hours. By car around 4 hours or less. My folks usually leave Madras at 4PM, drive to Tiruvannamalai during Girivalam days, have darshan and reach back home by 2AM.

Or you can leave Madras by 7/8 AM, reach there by noon/1PM. Spend 4/5 hours and can be back in Madras by 9/10PM.
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OUr guest did it by car last week. She left 6.00am, returned about 10pm. The car cost her Rs2400.

Somehow she managed to annoy the driver so he drove all the way back extremely s l o w l y !
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hi

yes vie done a day trip but in a taxi

not sure about bus but if u wanna climb the hill better take a over nigher will be more comfy

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Yogagal,
It takes about 4 hours by bus and cost about 80 rupees,my suggestion would be go there make it a priority.you should stay over night so you can walk around the mountain.I spent 5 days there in those 5 days it changed my whole out look on life.even if you can do a day trip do it.
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Late Night 11 AM would be perfect

Until you know somebody in tiruvannamalai it is hard to get the hotel room on Deepam festival days.

In normal days i start late night around 11 PM by bus from Koyambedu and reach Tiruvannamalai
by early morning.

During deepam days start in the morning reach there at evening, will reach home by early morning 1-2 AM.
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I went there by bus and found it was okay, certainly much cheaper (arouns Rs 90 or something like that, though don't trust my memory) than a taxi. I really enjoyed the window on Indian life that the bus gave - are you out in Chennai right now???

I didn't have such a great experience in Tiruvannamalai but always wonder if I hadn't built it up to be something more than I should have. Ramanashramam was wonderful, if I were going back I'd make hte effort to book in advance and stay there. As it was we stayed at the Hotel Ramakrishna which was okay, nothing special. My room had no window, just a sieve-like grill, didn't realise until a monkey was getting murdered outside my window at 5am - or at least that's what I think it was, it sounded very human at first! The food in the restaurant is okay, not quite up to the New Woodlands but did us just fine.

We got up early to walk around Arunachala and were plagued by beggars all the way round, including one woman whose tactic for getting money was to run alongside us screaming at full pitch. Between that and auto drivers always angling for a few rupees more we'd had enough of Tiruvannamalai after the first day and bailed out for Pondi. Still, I feel I have unfinished business there and would like to go back, reckon my own attitude got in the way very much.

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First impressions can be a bit misleading............ you had a bad bus journey, got ripped off somewhere, lost luggage. cruddy hotel....... the list can go on. Been there done it.

However if you think a place is worth a revisit, and have the time to do so please try again.

I hope you will be surprised.

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thanks so much for your posts! But as you can see, I posted this question back in March, before I went to Chennai!

as it turned out, I hired a driver for a day and did go to Tiruvannamallai, it was my last trip out before I came home. Loved the temple, however, the ashram was closed (bookstore, etc.) when I got there, could only walk around. Came back the same day.

FYI for anyone looking for a place to stay, one of my classmates told me she stayed at the Sesha Bavan Guesthouse when she wasthere -- said it was so clean she could have slept on the floor. R. Arulmani is the proprietor, cell #9443446089

as for bus trips, Scott, I loved taking buses (and trains) wherever I went -- always took buses to Pondy, both trips. Took a bus to Kodaikanal, loved it. Took a Madurai city bus tour -- loved it. I always get into great conversations with people on the bus.

On the bus ride to Kodai, sat next to two old brahmins (they made sure to tell me they were brahmins!) and we talked about yoga, the Gita, etc. One gave me the phone number of the guru his brother stays with in Chandigahr! So I have the cell number of a swami for my next trip!
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Any road route/map / directions to have a bike ride from chennai to thiruvannamalai ?
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Kmohng,

Take NH-45 ( Chennai to Trichy highway) and drive past Tambaram,Chengalpattu, Maduranthagam & Melmaruvathur. Around 20 - 25 km before Tindivanam , you need to take a Right Turn for Tiruvanamalai ( A Big Sign board will be there at that place indicating this). Drive past Chenji and you will be in tiruvanamalai. Chennai - Tiruvanamalai distance is 187 Kms.

Hope this Helps.
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Thank you very much
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Tiruvannamalai map

This tiruvannamalai Map site may come to handy for a road trip and driving direction to Tiruvannamalai from Bangalore and Chennai

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Tiruvannamalai

To go to Tiruvannamalai, one needs to take a right turn on NH 47 just 1 km (AND NOT 20 or 25 kms as posted earlier) before reaching Tindivanam.
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