Organic Farming and Schooling in Tiruvannamalai.
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When I asked around regarding the Krishnagiri - Chengam - Tiruvannamalai route, everyone said that the roads were bad. I wouldn't really call them bad roads. Well, to be fair, I wouldn't really call them roads either. This is one of the better sections of the highway.
Probably short for Ramana Maharshi, the sage and philosopher associated with Tiruvannamalai. A very simple cafe serving 'world food'. Just lied down on the mats and went of to sleep after the trek on Arunachala Hill.
The Journey Begins
Started off from Bangalore at 6:45. Stopped at Shoolagiri for breakfast. There were a group of bikers on Hayabusas, CBRs, R15s and Enfields headed out to Yercaud. A big group of riders on Harleys also stopped over at the same place for breakfast. Seemed like a busy day for highway diners around Bangalore.
A pilgrimage centre known for its temples and ashrams. The weather is mostly hot and slightly humid. Plenty of breeze in the farms and hill tops.
Route 1: Bangalore - Krishnagiri - Uthangarai - Chengam - Tiruvannamalai. Shorter route in terms of distance. However, almost the entire stretch of NH-66 (between Krishnagiri and Tiruvannamalai) is under construction. Would recommend this route only once the construction is over.
Route 2: Bangalore - Krishnagiri - Karimangalam - Harur - Theerthamalai - Tiruvannamalai. Slightly longer in distance. Good roads, mostly two lane. Very scenic route, roads winding through small villages. Very little traffic.