Thiruvannamalai – Connectivity
Thiruvannamalai the world renowned abode of Lord Shiva is ideally located with ample access options by air, train and road.
Thiruvannamalai is well connected by road. The Puducherry – Krishnagiri national highway, NH 66 and the Villupuram – Mangalore National highway NH 234 pass through Tiruvannamalai. By road from Chennai the travel time is around 3.5 hours. The travel by car or by public transport is quite comfortable. Bus services are available in plenty from Chennai, Tirupathi, Salem, Madurai and from other important cities in Tamilnadu.
From Bangalore there are plenty of bus services to Thiruvannamalai operated by government corporations. Thiruvannamalai can also reached from Kanchipuram very conveniently by road by traveling due south. The bus station and the railway station at Tiruvannamalai are within walking distance from the temple of Lord Shiva.
Nearest Railway Station is located at Thiruvannamalai. It is on the line connecting Katpadi Junction and Villupuram Junction and falls under the Tiruchchirapalli division of the Southern Railway. The Madurai – Tirupathi bi-weekly expresses connects Tiruvannamalai to the cities of Madurai and Tirupathi in either direction. There are also passenger trains running either side from Katpadi to Villupuram. Nearest Major Railway Stations are Villupuram (76 km) and Katpadi (65 km), both of which are well connected with the rest of the state and the country.
Nearest airport is Chennai (185 km), which offers good domestic and international connections. Pondicherry Airport is located at about 89 Kms from Thiruvannamalai.