Disclaimer: You’ll not find religious/spiritual information in this weblog publish so do not read further in case you’re in search of that. Within the first place, I wasn’t curious to go to TVM however still agreed to go as a result of I didn’t want to let my dad journey alone together with his poor health. He was recognized with dimorphic anemia around 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 visit again. (But the time this submit goes reside, I should have visited again!)
Although I had visited this city with my mother and father in childhood, this was my first ‘proper’ trip and therefore the title. This blog publish is about our November go to. (During Girivalam!) So sure, though dad needed to see the flame, I went there solely to discover meals and the greenery! (And to say hi 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 hold the luggage as mild as potential. I dressed up in a high 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 wear. (must during touring!) I additionally carried my moisturizers, contacts, body lotion, sunglasses, and my favorite olive beanie! I left the DSLR at house (dangerous concept!) as I wasn’t prepared to add extra weight to my bag!
Conversation 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: Yes. The very considered ‘I could do this’ made me really feel very constructive these days! My type of ego increase. I cycled throughout India.
Me: Great. Even I plan to solo travel, dad. I’ll be doing it soon.
Dad: Oh! Did you come throughout this news on cannibalistic males in India?
Me: WHY WOULD YOU EVEN SAY THIS NOW?! I simply advised you I needed to solo travel 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 reach.
So this 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 a huge dialog argument, I decided to accompany him since I didn’t need him to journey alone. (He’s hitting his 70s) He agreed however didn’t really like the thought of taking me with him (which he advised me later, like 10 occasions!).
Dinner at Akash Inn
We traveled within the afternoon and reached there by late evening. It takes Four-5 hours from Chennai approx. (You would take a cab or a bus.) After checking in to the place my mother and father recommended, which is in the primary and so noisy (That’s why I don’t want to write about it. Subsequent stay will probably be some place else!) I went for a walk with my dad to dine somewhere good. That’s once we came across 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 food is sort of inexpensive in Tiruvannamalai. The quality 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 finished 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 so that they will go throughout the town earlier than dropping you and charge a hefty amount. So I all the time recommend you be on google maps.
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) before we started the journey but sadly, we couldn’t locate it. (then found out it’s shut to the Ramanashram too. An excellent 5-minute stroll.) So we ended up going to Akash Inn once more. (I wasn’t disenchanted although because the menu at this place is sort of fascinating. As well as to south Indian meals, they serve quite a lot of Italian/American cuisine as properly)
I ordered toast with butter, oats with milk and a bowl of fruits (I asked 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 great breakfast. Paid 315 INR for each. The employees was very helpful. 10/10 for the service.
Around 11 AM, my dad already made pals with an auto man and he agreed to take us for a Girivalam. We weren’t planning to get down at the lingams so he charged us 350 INR. In case you’re going to get down at each temple (or lingam) then they’ll often be charging somewhere round 400-500 INR.
The individual (Vijay) who took us was very real, friendly (drop a remark under for his contact number) and stored on speaking to us concerning the city – on how the sadhus on the road (the red-clad men!) get free meals on time they usually stay on the streets, passing time talking to one another. I noticed lots of them and I used to be additionally curious to have a conversation with them, but being photosensitive, I didn’t dare to get out of the auto. (I’m undoubtedly making an attempt to speak to them subsequent time!)
But I beloved wanting across the city – the clear roads, timber, the shady path, and the monkeys!! (Unfortunately, I noticed just a few) The auto man stated they don’t come out during monsoon/winters a lot as they get loads of fruits and food inside the forest. It’s solely in the course of the summer time (draught) they determine to come into the human residence and make their lives onerous (by stealing the meals from the devotees, and so forth.) Surprisingly, listening to this didn’t make me really feel dangerous for the humans. I’d be glad if a monkey steals a bag of meals from me, as long as he decides not to run away with my cellphone.
Some good biryani in TVM!
Dad was a bit tired after returning to our lodge from Girivalam, so I decided to hang out alone for lunch – the thought which didn’t sit properly on my dad’s mind. However I still 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 till date – a mixture of mildly spiced samba rice and tender meat. It wasn’t on the spicier aspect however the general flavor was so appetizing.
I needed to attempt fish but they sadly didn’t have salmon so I settled with Tangri Kebab for the edges. Again, the kebab was properly cooked but tender. The lunch was for lower than 300 INR once more and I beloved it! (The quality of food is best in contrast to 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 where I used to be going, cease stalking me, dad!’. He didn’t 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, but this one is an exception. So don’t hesitate to go to in the event you can’t thrive on a vegetarian weight loss plan if your loved ones dragged you in for a holy trip!)
Dinner at The Dreaming Tree
Lastly, we reached the place the place I needed to go! The Dreaming Tree is a famous restaurant in TVM which has elegant French decor (I noticed mini Hindu statues as properly). 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 mainly attracts the vacationer crowd and the employees was helpful. The individuals here, I inform you, are very pleasant and this restaurant is custom-made for loners like me. If I happen to go to there next time, I’m going to settle there for a very good few hours with a e-book! (You would additionally go as a gaggle)
Coming to the food – 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 middle, 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 seemed colorful and I ended up consuming every thing apart from the raw 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 travel again to Chennai. I’d undoubtedly advocate this restaurant to everybody who visits the city.
A couple of more footage on the dreaming tree..
It was 12 past midnight once we returned to Chennai. My dad spoke to me on how I ought to give up my plans to solo travel on the best way back too. Typically, it’s really fascinating to hear him speak, although it’s not that I’ll all the time obey what he says. General, my dad is comfortable concerning the trip. He is content material seeing the flame and didn’t complain about not visiting the temples. And me – I beloved the journey for the meals and for a way the place felt!
I wish I might quiet down in a place like this – air pollution free, filled with greenery and most importantly, peaceful. I’ll hold you up to date with my travelogue part-2 super quickly!
Have you been to Tiruvannamalai? Where did you’re keen on to visit/eat/stay? Share your experiences under! I’d love to read!