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Girivalam Date JULY 27, 1.50 AM


Sathanur Dam – 30 km

The Sathanur Dam built across the south Pennar River is surrounded by hills. Constructed in 1958 the dam irrigates a total area of 8088 hectares of land. The dam site is adorned with lush green lawns and parks. There is also a mini zoo, a large crocodile farm and a fish grotto for tourists.

Gingee Fort – 44 km

The Gingee Fort is one of the few surviving ancient forts of India. The great Maratha emperor Shivaji hailed it as the "most impregnable fortress in India" while the British proclaimed it as “Troy of the East”. While the fort’s origins date back to the 9th century, its present appearance is credited to the Vijayanagara kings who made it a truly impregnable citadel. The fort is surrounded by high walls which are guarded by a triple gate. Beyond this were the heavily guarded courts which could not have been breached easily by enemies. Even today, one can reach the summit only after a strenuous two hour climb.

Padavedu Temple – 55 km

Padavedu is a calm and beautiful place surrounded by Javadu hills, water bodies, paddy, coconut and plantation fields. Home to more than 10 ancient temples, this region was ruled by the Sambuvarayar chieftains during the 13th and 14th centuries. Legend has it that Padavedu had 1008 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and 108 temples dedicated to Vishnu. Most of these temples disappeared over the years due to natural disasters except the Yoga Ramar temple and the Renugambal temple. During the 1990s, some of the disappeared temples were unearthed and renovated.

Aathi Thiruvarangam - 30 km

One of the oldest temples for Lord Ranganatha dating back to Kretha Yugam Gigantic Ranganatha is bigger than the Lord at Srirangam. Lord Ranganatha is seen in a gigantic east facing sleeping posture and measures over 15 feet, not seen in any other Divya Desam.


Lord Vishnu in the name of Thiruvikkrama Swamy & Pushpavalli Thaayaar (Vaamana Avathaaram) temple is located in the center of the town. Town evolves around the temple. Lord Tiruvikrama Swamy, seen facing east, in a standing posture with the right leg lifted high here. This temple is one among the Pancha Krishnaranya kshetrams, the other four being Tirukkannankudi, kapisthalam, Tirukkannapuram and Tirukkannamangai.

Distance from Tiruvannamalai : 35 kilometers

Melmalayanoor - 35 km

The temple of Angala Parameswari is 35 kms from Tiruvannamalai, Here festival occurs in February-March. A special feature of this festival is the Simimasana kollai. Ammavasai (New Moon day) there will be the Lakhs of devotees throng here. In the inner sanctum there is a snake pit which is being worshipped. There is a congregation of devotees on every new moon day.