Hill of Enlightenment: A Day Trip from Trichy to Tiruvannamalai
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Product Code : AGORA478
Embark on a spiritual journey to Tiruvannamalai, a sacred town at the foot of Mount Arunachala. Explore the ancient temples and ashrams, including the grand Arunachaleswarar Temple and the Sri Ramana Ashram. Enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside and witness the mesmerizing beauty of the Hill of Enlightenment. Experience the tranquility of the holy town and immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of South India.
7:30 AM - Pick up from your hotel in Trichy and depart for Tiruvannamalai.
9:30 AM - Arrive at Tiruvannamalai, a town known for its famous Annamalaiyar Temple, which is one of the most ancient and revered Shiva temples in South India. The temple is located at the base of the Annamalai hill and is a significant pilgrimage site for Hindus. Explore the temple complex, which is known for its impressive gopurams (temple towers), courtyards, and sanctums. Witness the rituals and ceremonies that take place in the temple, and learn about the history, mythology, and spiritual significance associated with this temple from your knowledgeable guide.
11:00 AM - Visit the Ramana Maharshi Ashram, which is located at the foothills of the Annamalai hill. This ashram is dedicated to the famous sage Ramana Maharshi, who was a renowned spiritual teacher and philosopher. Explore the ashram, which is known for its serene and peaceful ambiance, and learn about the life and teachings of Ramana Maharshi, who is considered a spiritual luminary in India.
12:00 PM - Enjoy a traditional South Indian lunch at a local restaurant in Tiruvannamalai, where you can savor the flavors of the region's cuisine.
1:00 PM - Visit the Arunachala Hill, which is considered a sacred hill in Tiruvannamalai and is believed to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva. The hill is circumambulated as a form of pilgrimage by devotees, and the path around the hill is known as Girivalam. You can choose to take a leisurely walk or drive around the hill, soaking in the serene surroundings and experiencing the spiritual atmosphere.
3:00 PM - Visit the Skandashramam, a cave on the Arunachala Hill where Ramana Maharshi spent several years in deep meditation. This cave is considered a sacred spot and is visited by devotees seeking spiritual solace. You can meditate or reflect in the peaceful environment of the cave and experience the serenity and tranquility that has drawn seekers from around the world for generations.
4:00 PM - Take some time to explore the local markets and shops in Tiruvannamalai, where you can find unique handicrafts, traditional textiles, and other local products.
5:00 PM - Depart from Tiruvannamalai and start your return journey to Trichy.
7:00 PM - Arrive back in Trichy and drop off at your hotel.
Private AC car/van for pick up and drop off from/to your hotel.
English speaking local guide, if option selected.
Entrance fees to monuments, if option selected.
Lunch, if option selected.
Bottled water in the car.
Camera charges at monuments.
Gratuities and optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.