My Chennai to Tiruvannamalai Road Trip with Family

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My Chennai to Tiruvannamalai Road Trip with Family

Post by vignesh_31822 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:22 am

Tiruvannamalai or Trinomali is the centre of ”Fire” one of the five elements. The presiding deity is Arunachaleeswara or Annamalayar. Tiruvannamalai is home to many devout Siva devotees, some of them having surrendered at the feet of Annamalai. Ramana Maharishi one of the rishis of modern era attained enlightenment here due to the grace of Lord Siva. Spiritual journey at Tiruvannamalai is not complete without paying respects at Ramanashram and the ashta lingas dotting the Girivalam path. Yours truly, wifey and son planned a trip there on a weekend.

The road trip to Tiruvannamalai started from Adyar at precisely 0545 hrs. Hit the OMR with fairly minimal traffic with the occasional trucks (water tankers) continuously creating irritants. Good cloudy skies and prediction of rains in regions bordering our destination. We made our way to Chengelpet via Tiru Porur. Saluting Lord Muruga from outside, proceeded along the detour to Chengelpet. Smooth surface, even though single track made for a very pleasing drive with the windows down. Lot of photo ops are available on the way. Trees along the highway formed a tunnel on the road. A sight very regularly being compromised nowadays.
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We hit Chengelpet at around 0645 hrs, shaving off a straight 45 minutes from the usual route via Tambaram, although around 15 kms extra. Seeing other vehicles on the road travelling on the same path, now required additional senses to judge what the immediately next vehicle driver is going to do. Reached Harita restaurant located 100 kms from Chennai at 0730 hrs, on time for breakfast. It is a clean hotel with all required amenities for the highway with reasonable costs, even though slightly higher than other run of the mill ones. Resuming our journey, we reached the deviation towards Tiruvannamali and Gingee shortly. The last 70 odd kms would be on single lane road, sufficiently wide to maintain an average speed of 60-70 kmph. A brief stopover was planned at Gingee fort which had always been on the agenda from since we started travelling to get the grace of Arunachaleeswarar.
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Chattrapati Shivaji's second son, Chhatrapati Rajaram, had used Ginjee fort for a brief period and continued the fight with Moghuls from here. The fort was the seat of the Maratha Empire for a few months. The Moghuls could not capture the fort for seven years in spite of laying siege. The fort was finally captured in 1698, but not before Chhatrapati Rajaram escaped. The fort spans three hillocks: Krishnagiri to the north, Rajagiri to the west and Chandrayandurg to the southeast. The three hills together constitute the fort complex, yet each hill contains a separate and self-contained citadel. Continuing on the track for the last 40 kms of the journey was a breeze with a good half hour spent a Gingee fort, although no attempt was made to climb up the hillocks. Detailed exploration would consume 3-4 hrs. It would be prudent to look out for the rogue bus drivers who storm their ride at a crazy speed.

Reached Tiruvannamalai at the foot of Lord Arunachaleeswara at 0930 hrs, a good half an hour beyond ETA, which was due to the time well spent at Gingee. Our spiritual tryst with the almighty was greatly enriched with a good darshan of the Lord and a blessed mind.
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Re: My Chennai to Tiruvannamalai Road Trip with Family

Post by yayawar » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:53 pm

This Ginjee fort has now caught my attention. Added to my bucket list. Thanks for posting about it. :)



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Re: My Chennai to Tiruvannamalai Road Trip with Family

Post by earthian » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:15 pm

Seems you had a good trip. Good photographs and writing. As yayawar says, had not heard about Gingee fort. Thank you for sharing .
Any photographs of the fort?


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Re: My Chennai to Tiruvannamalai Road Trip with Family

Post by yayawar » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:23 pm

Guess the third pic from top has the fort in background. Vignesh did said that he didn't attempted to climb the hill.



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Re: My Chennai to Tiruvannamalai Road Trip with Family

Post by teamgsquare » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:04 pm

yayawar wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:53 pm
This Ginjee fort has now caught my attention. Added to my bucket list. Thanks for posting about it. :)
Gingee is one of the better maintained fortification in south. You should keep good two days to explore this fort, better visited in winter months (if any).


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Re: My Chennai to Tiruvannamalai Road Trip with Family

Post by yayawar » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:12 pm

teamgsquare wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:04 pm
Gingee is one of the better maintained fortification in south. You should keep good two days to explore this fort, better visited in winter months (if any).
Noted... :)



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