Tiruvannamalai is 185 Km from the State Capital, Chennai. British called this as Trinomali or Trinomalee. It is in the foothill zone of Annamalaiyar Hill. The Identity of Tiruvannamalai revolves around the proud presence of the sacred shrine of Lord Arunachaleswara and Ashrams of Ramana Maharishi, Yogi Ramsuratkumar and Seshadrinatha Swamigal, known for eternal peace and divinity. Tirumalai or Arhasugiri is an ancient Jain temple complex, around 50km from Tiruvannamalai, consists of three Jain caves, four Jain Temples and a 16 feet high sculpture of Neminatha of the 12th century, the tallest Jain image in Tamil Nadu. The Sathanur Dam over the Thenpennai River located 20 km south-west of the town is a prominent picnic spot. Ulagalantha Perumal Temple at Tirukoyilur [35 Km] and Adhi Tiruvarangam [30 km] are the popular Vishnu temples near Tiruvannamalai.
Annamalaiyar Temple is located at the foot of the sacred Tiruvannamalai Hills. Arunachaleshwara Temple, It is located in an area of 25 acres, with nine lofty Towers, encompassed with several shrines, mandapas and other enclosures decorated with finely and aesthetically carved pillars and sculptures.
Ramana Ashram Raman Maharishi, the 20th-century saint lived here and taught simple Ramana Ashram way of life. This Ashram developed and maintained by Sri Ramana Maharishi’s disciples attracts tourists from all over the world.
Sri Renukambal Temple Amman in the temple is a swayambumurthy – head alone. This is one among the Shakti Peetas. Against the kumkum Prasad offered in Shakti temples, only sand is offered here. Though an Amman temple, three are no lion paintings on the walls but only cows.