It is roughly 100 Km away from Neyveli. This is one of the places attributed to five elements viz., earth, water, fire, sky and air. This place is dedicated to the Fire element, whereas Chidambaram is Akasa sthala. It is also said that one attains salvation by merely thinking about Thiruvanamalai. Ramana Maharishi has glorified the place with his penance and attaining samadhi here. His ashram at the out skirts of the town attracts devotees and followers by its serene, tranquil atmosphere. The beautiful hill is said to be abode of sages.