From a long time we were planning to go to Arunachalam.After delays and delays finally the time had arrived and everything was setback to travel to the Tamil nadu. We first began to last our trip to go to Arunachalam but extended upto Thanjavur.
We started from Guntur my home town and reached Katpadi junction by train the next morning,from there reached Arunachalam by bus.As there are less trains from Katpadi to Arunachalam, we choose to travel by bus.There are frequent buses from Katpadi to Arunachalam run by TSRTC(Tamil nadu govt.).
Buses are not maintained properly but it's convenient enough to travel for such a short time of around 2hrs.It took around 2hrs to reach Arunachalam.Our stay was at Siva sannidhi a charitable yatri nivas which is run by an NGO organisation by people of Andhra Pradesh.rooms are very neat and well maintained and are convenient for small families to stay.Free food is also served for pilgrims and tourists.Although no fee is charged for stay in yatri nivas donations are accepted for maintenance.Nearby is SWAMY RAMANA MAHARSHI ASHRAMAM who is great of LORD ARUNACHALESWARA.Ashramam is fully filled by foreigners than the locals. Very proud moment to see so many foreigners visiting and experiencing the SANATANA DHARMA way of life.Many of them come here not only as tourists but also to experience and feel the divinity of LORD ARUNACHLESWARA.The next day morning I and my father started Giri pradakshina around the ARUNACHALESWARA HILL, which is considered to be very sacred by hindus. It is the actual place where LORD SHIVA first gave darshan as swayabhu.The distance around the hill is 14km which can be easily accessible by walk or people who are old can hire autos for doing Giri pradakshina.price is 100rs for 1person if accessed by auto. I and my father completed Giri pradakshina by foot but my mother,aunt,uncle hired an auto.On the way of Giri pradakshina around sacred hill there are 8shiva lingas signifing 8sides which are must seen.It took nearly 3hours for completing Giri pradakshina.After completing pradakshina we reached the main temple of LORD ANNAMALAI YAR.The temple is so huge with 4magnificient gopuras on four sides of temple.The temple is an engineering marvel which by sure cannot be built by today's engineers the distance from entrance of the temple to main sanctum is almost 0.5kms,with many small temples,pushakarini,1000pillared mandapam which showcases the great architecture of those times.