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My First Trip to Tiruvannamalai: Travelogue, Food & Girivalam

My First Trip to Tiruvannamalai: Travelogue, Food & Girivalam

Disclaimer: You’ll not discover religious/spiritual information on this weblog publish so don’t learn additional for those who’re on the lookout for that. Within the first place, I wasn’t curious to go to TVM however nonetheless agreed to go as a result of I didn’t need to let my dad journey alone together with his poor well being. He was recognized with dimorphic anemia across the full moon time however was adamant about watching the mountain flame! However, BUT… Surprisingly, I fell in love with this place after being there for a day and already am planning to go to once more. (However the time this publish goes reside, I should have visited once more!)

Although I had visited this city with my mother and father in childhood, this was my first ‘correct’ journey and therefore the title. This weblog publish is about our November go to. (Throughout Girivalam!) So sure, although dad needed to see the flame, I went there solely to discover meals and the greenery! (And to say hello to some monkeys perhaps!)


My Outfit + What I packed?: It was a fast journey; we have been planning to return the subsequent day so I attempted to maintain the luggage as mild as potential. I dressed up in a excessive neck black polka dotted prime and a flared skirt (Endlessly 21) and I carried with me a white striped tee & black thick leggings (H&M) and in addition a easy wine jumpsuit for leisure/consolation put on. (should throughout touring!) I additionally carried my moisturizers, contacts, physique lotion, sun shades, and my favourite olive beanie! I left the DSLR at house (dangerous concept!) as I wasn’t prepared so as to add extra weight to my bag!

Dialog in the course of the journey 

Dad: (in a boasting tone) Once I was younger, I used to cycle alone to Tiruvannamalai many occasions. And to Tirupathi, greater than thirty occasions from Chennai.. you realize in what? A bicycle! 

Me: Actually? Solo?!

Dad: Sure. The very considered ‘I might do that’ made me really feel very constructive these days! My sort of ego increase. I cycled throughout India.

Me: Nice. Even I plan to solo journey, dad. I’ll be doing it quickly.

Dad: Oh! Did you come throughout this information on cannibalistic males in India?

Me: WHY WOULD YOU EVEN SAY THIS NOW?! I simply advised you I needed to solo journey and also you’re discouraging me already. Don’t be a nasty mum or dad.

Dad: You’re a woman.

Me: Okay. I feel it is best to sleep for some time. It’s going to take a number of extra hours to succeed in.

So that is how my journey began – with my dad telling me scary tales in hopes I’d give up my plans to solo journey. He truly needed to go alone for Girivalam. After an enormous dialog argument, I made a decision to accompany him since I didn’t need him to journey alone. (He’s hitting his 70s) He agreed however didn’t actually like the thought of taking me with him (which he informed me later, like 10 occasions!).

Dinner at Akash Inn

We traveled within the afternoon and reached there by late night. It takes Four-5 hours from Chennai approx. (You may take a cab or a bus.) After checking in to the place my mother and father instructed, which is in the primary and so noisy (That’s why I don’t need to write about it. Subsequent keep can be elsewhere!) I went for a stroll with my dad to dine someplace good. That’s once we got here throughout this lodge referred to as Akash Inn. (Reverse to Ramanashram).

Akash Inn has a restaurant on the bottom flooring and that is what we had for dinner. (attaching the pic under!) I need to inform you the meals is sort of cheap in Tiruvannamalai. The standard is superb (recent produce!). I had these for dinner – Cream of tomato soup, Pasta in pink sauce and Stir-fried greens in soy sauce. Dad – Veg pulao (It was lower than 400 INR for all these)

It was late at night time after we completed our dinner, so we took an auto to our lodge. The auto males listed here are specialists pretending neither to know the routes nor to know your lodge in order that they will go throughout the city earlier than dropping you and cost a hefty quantity. So I all the time recommend you be on google maps.

My dinner on the Akash Inn – Cream of tomato soup, Pasta in purple sauce, Stir-fried greens in soy sauce!

Dad’s dinner – Veg pulao with none aspect course.

The place we missed to go to! (However I badly needed to see the peacocks and fishes!) 🙁

Breakfast at Akash Inn

I needed to go to this restaurant referred to as ‘The Dreaming Tree’ which I had googled earlier (rated no.1) earlier than we began the journey however sadly, we couldn’t find it. (then found out it’s near the Ramanashram too. An excellent 5-minute stroll.) So we ended up going to Akash Inn once more. (I wasn’t dissatisfied although as a result of the menu at this place is sort of fascinating. Along with south Indian meals, they serve quite a lot of Italian/American delicacies as nicely)

I ordered toast with butter, oats with milk and a bowl of fruits (I requested them to papaya-proof it). Dad had masala dosa and Idly. Every thing tasted so good (and recent), particularly the strawberry jam served with my toast. Completely, it was a superb breakfast. Paid 315 INR for each. The employees was very useful. 10/10 for the service.

Oats milk porridge, Toast with butter & strawberry jam, combined fruit salad.


Round 11 AM, my dad already made buddies with an auto man and he agreed to take us for a Girivalam. We weren’t planning to get down on the lingams so he charged us 350 INR. For those who’re going to get down at every temple (or lingam) then they may often be charging someplace round 400-500 INR.

The individual (Vijay) who took us was very real, pleasant (drop a remark under for his contact quantity) and stored on speaking to us concerning the city – on how the sadhus on the road (the red-clad males!) get free meals on time they usually stay on the streets, passing time speaking to one another. I noticed lots of them and I used to be additionally curious to have a dialog with them, however being photosensitive, I didn’t dare to get out of the auto. (I’m undoubtedly making an attempt to speak to them subsequent time!)

However I liked wanting across the city – the clear roads, timber, the shady path, and the monkeys!! (Sadly, I noticed just a few) The auto man stated they don’t come out throughout monsoon/winters a lot as they get loads of fruits and meals contained in the forest. It’s solely through the summer time (draught) they determine to return into the human residence and make their lives exhausting (by stealing the meals from the devotees, and so on.) Surprisingly, listening to this didn’t make me really feel dangerous for the people. I’d be completely satisfied if a monkey steals a bag of meals from me, so long as he decides to not run away with my cellular phone.

Girivalam within the auto! (I ought to stroll subsequent time)

Caught in a photosensitive physique with a wanderlust soul!

Clicked from the auto! It’s the girivalam path.

Chilling! #objectives

Some good biryani in TVM!

Dad was a bit drained after returning to our lodge from Girivalam, so I made a decision to hang around alone for lunch – the thought which didn’t sit nicely on my dad’s thoughts. However I nonetheless managed to persuade him and left the lodge. I went to this restaurant referred to as TN 25 Ambur Biryani which served one of many best biryanis I’ve had outdoors until date – a mixture of mildly spiced samba rice and tender meat. It wasn’t on the spicier aspect however the general taste was so appetizing.

I needed to attempt fish however they sadly didn’t have salmon so I settled with Tangri Kebab for the edges. Once more, the kebab was properly cooked however tender. The lunch was for lower than 300 INR once more and I liked it! (The standard of meals is best in comparison with what I often get in Chennai. No offense). Once I was virtually ending my meal, my dad stunned me by visiting the restaurant and I used to be like – ‘I didn’t even inform you the place I used to be going, cease stalking me, dad!’. He didn’t really feel like consuming; had vanilla ice cream after which we left to our room.

(Being a religious city, there aren’t many locations right here that serve good non-veg meals, however this one is an exception. So don’t hesitate to go to should you can’t thrive on a vegetarian food regimen if your loved ones dragged you in for a holy journey!)

My lunch at TN 25Ambur Biryani! Head out to this place for some good non-veg meals within the city.

Tangri kebab – tremendous tender and good!

Dinner at The Dreaming Tree

Lastly, we reached the place the place I needed to go! The Dreaming Tree is a well-known restaurant in TVM which has elegant French decor (I noticed mini Hindu statues as nicely). The restaurant was actually calm, had a mountain view and we have been the one Indians seated there once we went for dinner. This place primarily attracts the vacationer crowd and the employees was useful. The individuals right here, I inform you, are very pleasant and this restaurant is custom-made for loners like me. If I occur to go to there subsequent time, I’m going to settle there for a superb few hours with a guide! (You might additionally go as a gaggle)

Coming to the meals – I ordered the Buddha bowl which is an progressive concept. It has layers of meals – cooked brown rice on the backside, stir-fried cauliflower, cooked chickpeas, inexperienced peas, and Tofu within the center, peanut sauce and roasted peanut on the highest. Additionally they adorned the bowl with uncooked veggies like spiral carrots, beetroots, spinach, and mandarin. The bowl appeared colourful and I ended up consuming every thing apart from the uncooked tomato and beets which aren’t my favorites. The meal was very filling (heavy on protein) and I didn’t really feel hungry throughout my journey again to Chennai. I’d undoubtedly advocate this restaurant to everybody who visits the city.

Buddha bowl – a satisfying meal!

Mountain view! (The lamp was seen after it acquired darker. It was a lovely sight!)

The menu at The Dreaming Tree, Tiruvannamalai


A number of extra footage on the dreaming tree..

It was 12 previous midnight once we returned to Chennai. My dad spoke to me on how I ought to give up my plans to solo journey on the best way again too. Typically, it’s actually fascinating to listen to him speak, although it’s not that I’ll all the time obey what he says. General, my dad is glad concerning the journey. He’s content material seeing the flame and didn’t complain about not visiting the temples. And me – I liked the journey for the meals and for a way the place felt!

I want I might quiet down in a spot like this – air pollution free, filled with greenery and most significantly, peaceable. I’ll maintain you up to date with my travelogue part-2 tremendous quickly! 

Have you ever been to Tiruvannamalai? The place did you’re keen on to go to/eat/keep? Share your experiences under! I’d like to learn!

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