The SpaceThis space embodies the goddess Maha Lakshmi. It is a sacred space designed to inspire pure, delightful abundance. It was designed using the ancient vedic science of vastu shastra (balancing the natural elements of earth, fire, water, air and space) to create a sense of deep connection, harmony and security. Aiming to align guests with their own prana (life force) and the prana of their environment. This feminine space is deeply nurturing and loving. It is surrounded by the nature (many neem trees, colourful flowers and connection to shiva's mountain- Arunachala). The toilet and shower (is located in the garden area- outside the cottage). It is a home for self healing, writing, relaxing, meditating, bodywork, yoga, chanting, playing music and mindfulness to be by the foot of lord Arunachala the Shiva mountain. Guest AccessGuests can access the Cottage and garden space. Interaction with GuestsA manager will be present on the property to support guests. The NeighborhoodThere are temple towns, there are mountain towns, and then there are temple-mountain towns where God appears as a phallus of fire. Welcome to Tiruvannamalai, one of Tamil Nadu's holiest destinations. Set below boulder-strewn Mt Arunachala, this is one of South India's five ‘elemental’ cities of Shiva; here the god is worshipped in his fire incarnation as Arunachaleshwar. At every full moon 'Tiru' swells with thousands of pilgrims who come to circumnavigate the base of Arunachala in a purifying ritual known as Girivalam, but at any time you’ll see Shaivite priests, sadhus (spiritual men) and devotees gathered around the Arunachaleshwar Temple. Tiru's reputation for strong spiritual energies has produced numerous ashrams, and it now attracts ever-growing numbers of spiritual-minded travellers.
Tiruvannamalai is one of the Panchabhoota Stalams signifying the 5 elements of wind (Kalahasti), water (Tiruvanaikka), fire (Tiruvannamalai), earth (Kanchipuram) and space (Chidambaram). Kartikai Deepam festival here is of great significance.
This 10-hectare temple is one of the largest in India. Its oldest parts date back to the 9th century and the site was a place of worship long before that. Four huge, unpainted white gopurams mark the entrances, with the main, eastern one rising 13 storeys and an astonishing 66m. During festivals the Arunachaleshwar is awash in golden flames and the roasting scent of burning ghee, as befits the fire incarnation of the Destroyer of the Universe. Inside the complex are five more gopurams, a 1000-pillared hall with impressive carvings, two tanks and a profusion of sub-temples and shrines. There's a helpful temple model inside the second gopuram from the east, where the temple elephant gives blessings. To reach the innermost sanctum, with its huge lingam, worshippers must pass through five surrounding prakarams (compounds). Foreigners are allowed to visit the inner sanctums.
Arunachala Mountain is considered an incarnation of Shiva and emanates a very subtle but intense special energy.This 800m-high extinct volcano dominates Tiruvannamalai and local conceptions of the element of fire, which supposedly finds its sacred abode in Arunachala’s heart. Devout barefoot pilgrims, especially on full-moon and festival days, make the 14km circumambulation of the mountain, stopping at eight famous linga along the route. The inner path was closed at research time, but it's still possible to circle around on the main road, or climb the hill past two caves where Sri Ramana Maharshi lived and meditated from 1899 to 1922. The hot ascent to the top opens up superb views of Tiruvannamalai, and takes five or six hours round-trip: start early and take water. An unsigned path across the road from the northwest corner of Arunachaleshwar Temple leads the way up past homes and the two caves, Virupaksha (about 20 minutes up) and Skandasramam (30 minutes). Women are advised not to do the hike alone. If you aren't that devoted, buy a Giripradakshina map (₹15) from the bookshop at Sri Ramana Ashram , hire a bicycle on the roadside nearby (per day ₹40), and ride your way around. Make an autorickshaw circuit for about ₹250 (up to double at busy times) or just abide peacefully in its presence as many sages have done throughout history.
Ramana Ashram a place where lots of Indian and foreign devotees of Ramana Maharishi and Advaita Vedanta philosophy gather. Ramana Maharishi was a sage who lived on Arunachala Mountain all his life after his sudden enlightenment at the age of 16. He is considered the greatest realized sage of the 20th century.
The relatively quiet part of town around Ramana Ashram is where you can see lots of middle-to old-aged foreigners in white cotton clothes, especially during the winter season. Many are long time stayers and come to meditate in the Ashram, on the mountain and to attain spiritual gatherings with local and foreign teachers. The area features many good restaurants, local crafts and health food shops.
Auspicious Day - Pournami (Full Moon) Day.
Auspicious Festivals- Karthigai Deepam is a very famous event: hundreds of thousands of people used to go for Girivallam, around the mountain. Getting AroundAll transportation can be arranged by the property manager for an additional fee.
Getting to Tiruvannamalai
By Flight: Tiruvannamalai doesn’t have an airport of its own. The nearest airport by distance is the Puducherry airport which is about 87 km away. However, this is a very small airport serviced only by a single airline, Spicejet from Bangalore. The closest largest airport by distance is the Chennai International Airport, which is located about 172 km away. Chennai is serviced by all major domestic airlines like Indigo, Go Air, SpiceJet, Air India, Jet Airways among many others, from large cities such as Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and smaller cities such as Portblair, Trichy, Vizag, and many others. International Airlines such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and others have flights to and from places like Kuala Lumpur, London-Heathrow, Frankfurt, Dubai, etc.
By Bus: Tiruvannamalai is fairly well connected to multiple cities via bus, especially the larger urban centre’s within the region such as Madurai, Chennai, Bangalore and others. Buses to and from Chennai are operated by travel operators such as Sri Renugambal Travels which charge around 300 rupees for Non-AC buses and around 600 or more for AC buses. There are multiple operators who run buses from other cities such as the SRS Travels From Bangalore. Arunachala Travels runs buses from Tiruvannamalai to Chennai and multiple other cities nearby. These buses run at intervals of almost every half an hour throughout the day. Prices are similar to the ranges mentioned above but vary on the distances being travelled.
By Train: Although Tiruvannamalai isn't a major station, there are many connecting trains from the southern route and the eastern coastal route. Major cities aren't connected by train although they can be availed from cities such as Vellore, Puducherry, and Tirupati among others. Long distance trains from Kharagpur and Pune among many others also pass via this station.
Trekking: There are many places in and around Tiruvannamalai for trekking as many hills and hillocks offer beautiful and scenic views. One of the common trekking destinations is the Parvathamalai hill 20 km from the city. Other places where you can chalk out your own trekking trails and explore the beauty of the place are Skandashram and Arunachala among others.
Rental: Bicycle and Bike rentals are easily available in Tiruvannamalai where you can ride around to visit tourist spots in Tiruvannamalai. Car rental services are also available, although if you want a self-driven car, it would be best to enquire on the spot. Other Things to NoteBOOKS: You are most welcome to read any books provided. Please return them to the bookcase prior to leaving.
GAS: If you find that the gas appliance stops working throughout your stay, it may mean that the gas bottles need to be switched over. If this happens please notify the property manager.
WATER: The house is on tank water and we try to be environmentally friendly and water-wise, so please do be conscious of shower times.
LIGHTS: For the sake of the environment, please switch lights off when going out and ensure all lights (including garden lights) are switched off prior to check-out.
ELECTRICITY: At times you may experience electricity interruption due to a regional power outage. You are welcome to use the torch lights provided.
FURNITURE: Please do not take internal furniture outside as it may be damaged. Additionally, please do not sit on internal furniture in wet clothes or swimsuits.
CLEANING: Please use the cleaning supplies provided as they are designed to be kind to the environment and our septic system. Harsh chemicals will cause problems for the septic. Do not use any scourers on stainless steel surfaces including the gas stove top.
CHILDREN: The property is family friendly and children are most welcome. Children will love playing on the trampoline and in the tree cubby houses.
BREAKAGES: All breakages must be reported to property manager.
KEYS: Please do take care of your house key as loss can result in charges to replace all locks (for security purposes).