Tiruvannamalai is a world renowned pilgrim centre located at the foot hills of Annamalai hills. It came to be built over a period of more than thousand years. Many kings particularly the Chola and Pandiya Kings. Apart from the King Krishnadevaraya in the 15th century. This temple can also reached from Chennai traveling to a distance of about 180 kilometres. Shiva is prayed here in the form of Agni.
This magnificent Sathanur dam was built in the year 1958. It is located near the Chennakeshava hills in Chengam district. Sathanur dam is built across the Pennaiyar river that originates at the Chennakesava hills. A large area of agriculture lands are benefited through water stored in this dam. Roughly it irrigates around 8000 hectares of lands. The total storage capacity of this dam is 7321 million cubic feet when the water stands at the full level of 119 feet.
Gingee fort is a very famous landmark for pilgrims visiting Lord Arunachaleswarar temple at Tiruvannamalai. This fort is believed to be built during the Chola dynasty some where in the 13th century A.D. Gingee fort occupies an extent of 3 square kilometer area. It is regarded as a rare architectural marvel created by Chola kings. Gingee fort can be reached from Tiruvannamalai by road by traveling 37 kilometres due east. More importantly it was under the control of the Vijayanagar King Krishnadevaraya.
Melmalayanur is the abode for Angalaparameswari. Pilgrims coming to Arunachala temple travel to this famous Melmalayanur temple to receive the blessings of Angalaparameswari. Every new moon day this temple is thronged by thousands of devotees to seek Parameswari's good wishes.
Jawadhu Hills can be reached from Thiruvannamalai by road to a distance of 75 kilometres. There are some exotic spots available here at Jawadhu hills. They are Kavalur Observatory, Glass house, Kovutteri lake and Beema falls. Few other enchanting tourists places are also worth visiting that are located near by Jawadhu hills.