Annamalaiyar Temple is located at a distance of 8 km from Yercaud Lake in the village of Thalaisolai, it is a popular vantage point. The Temple is built at a height of 1400 metres. Annamalaiyar Temple is a beautiful Shiva Temple with a single tower sculpted with colourful idols. Also it has a pyramid-like lamp tower which is painted bright in red. The lamp tower is lit on all full moon days in the evenings. This is the best time to visit this view point as one can enjoy the ritual as well.
The Annamalaiyar Temple, reminds tourists of Thiruvannamalai which is situated 100 miles further in Tamilnadu. It has no connection with the popular Siva temple renowned for its grand festival – Karthigai Deepam. It appears to share the same ritual of lighting the lamp on a full moon day. This will be similar to Thiruvannamalai Deepam that is lit on Annamalai Hill. The temple is a simple yet beautiful structure with one small and moderate towers decorated with idols. The idols are painted in various colors. Also the courtyard of the temple has a nice manicured lawn.
Annamalaiyar Temple – View Point
The panoramic view of the Shevaroys hills along with the Shervarayan temple, coffee plantations and orange groves will serve as a feast to visitors’ eyes. The temple has nothing to do with this viewpoint but only adding an ingredient to its calm and scenic location. The calm and serene surroundings make this view point a preferred picnic spot for the family and other groups. The more adventurous people can explore the numerous trails by walking through the coffee and cardamom estates nearby. To get a better view of the valley below, people climb up the lamp tower.
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Annamalaiyar Temple – Transportation
Situated well within the city limits, cars and autos can be hired to reach Annamalaiyar Temple View Point. One can also visit Pagoda View Point, another spectacular vantage point located in the vicinity.