The Arunai Anantha Resort is just the place one looks for in a religious township. Clean and hygienic, it's reassuring despite no frills whatsoever to entice its guests.
The noon Thali was a real treat. Much to our surprise, it also included a couple of delicious chapatis apart from the usual tempting fare of sambar, rice, payasam, rasam and staple vegetables. The dinner choice proved horribly wrong - we went for Chinese and had to bear with the world's most weird version of fried rice. Enjoyed our walks round the place. The parking space is enviably huge. During off season, you will have a gala time parking at different spots. The hotel environs are befitting the Ramana Maharshi Ashram which is located at a stone's throw. Wonderful place for those who relish solitude.
Reaching here could prove taxing for first timers. After Krishnagiri coming from Bangalore side, the smooth ride gets a jolt, immediately following the right for Tiruvannamalai. This diversion turns into a small lane of sorts beyond a point. No map cares to let you explicitly know but you need to pass through the shabby railway crossing of Samalpatti and then turn left towards Uttangiri before you proceed for Tiruvannamalai through Chengam.
The last leg from Samalpatti to Tiruvannamalai proves slightly prolonged, replete with potholes and traffic ... more so, if you are traveling at odd hours. We had left Chitradurga at 5 am in the morning, so it was not a big deal reaching the Arunai resort by 12.30 noon. But in case you are planning a visit, time the last leg suitably.
- Also Known As:
- Arunai Anantha Resort Hotel Tamil Nadu/Thiruvannaamalai