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Practicalities

Tiruvannamalai is served by regular buses from Chennai, Puducherry and Trichy. Coming from the coast, it’s easiest to make your way on one of the numerous buses from Tindivanam. The town bus stand is just over 1km north of the temple on the main road to Gingee. Half a kilometre east of there, the railway station is on the line between Tirupati and Madurai, with a daily service in each direction. There is internet access at the Image Computer Centre, 52 Car St, and Sri Sai, 14-A Kadambarayam St.

For food, you’ve a choice of a dozen or so typical south Indian “meals” joints just off the bottom of Car Street. Delicious hot ghee chapattis are served here all afternoon, as well as all the usual rice specialities. The Udipi Brindhavan and the Deepam on Car Street opposite the temple’s east entrance are typical udipi restaurants, serving, amongst other dishes, excellent parottas for under Rs10. The latter also has an adjacent ice-cream and milkshake parlour. Of the hotels, the Trisul has a posh ground-floor restaurant which serves north Indian buffets for around Rs100, and tandoori in the evening, while the Ramakrishna does excellent lunchtime thalis and a range of north and south Indian food in the evenings.

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