This is our one day trip from Bangalore by train to visit 3 famous temples in Tiruvallur.
Tiruvallur is a small district in TamilNadu. Surrounded by Chennai, Kanchipuram, Nellore of Andra is famous for many temples in the city. There are 3 temples in Tiruvallur you must visit if you are planning for a one day trip here.
Apart from the 3 temples in the list, we have also visited another temple near Tiruvallur called Pallikondeswarar Temple in Surutapalli.
The reason why we chose to visit this place is that we did not want to miss it in our life time. Because it is believed to be the first temple where Pradosa Pooja was performed for the very first time about 1000 yrs ago. That’s why this place is also called “Pradosha Kshetram”.
Here is the travel plan of how we reached Tiruvallur and how we covered these temples by local transport.
Temples In Tiruvallur – Famous and All Time Crowded
On 26th November 2016, on an auspicious day of Sani Maha Pradosam, we went to visit famous temples in Tiruvallur.
It was a well planned one day trip from Bangalore by train. We did not book any accomodations nor did go sightseeing any other places apart from the destination.
I have given list of places you could couple with Tiruvallur at the end of this article.
List of Temples with Google Map Link
Here is the list of all the famous temples in Tiruvallur.
- Vaidhya VeeraRaghava Perumal Temple – One of the famous Vishnu Temples, with the presiding deity Veeraraghava Perumal is in a reclining position. It is also one of the 108 Divya Desams. Devotees offer salt and pepper here and pray for curing any ill health. The sacred tank here is Hrittapanasini, believed to be holier than the river Ganga.
- Sri JalaNarayana Temple – The specialty of this temple is that both the Lord Shiva and Vishnu are the presiding deities. Lord vishnu inside the water tank in the reclining position is the special attraction of this temple. Click here for Google map directions – https://goo.gl/maps/Mn9qNrLYV8CQJVyA7.
- Not far from here is yet another famous temple named Vishwaroopa Panchamuga Anjaneyar temple. A majestic 40 feet monolithic idol of Lord Hanuman with 5 faces. It is one of the very famous temples in Tiruvallur and crowded on all saturdays and other special occasions. Here is the link – https://goo.gl/maps/MgWR6EeRgPGJTNta6
- Surutapalli Pallikondeswarar, Suruttapalli, Andhra Pradesh – Located 26 kms from Tiruvallur, situated in Chittoor district of State Andra. It is yet another famous, historically important temple is Pallikondeswarar temple. Though it is quite far from our destination, this is a must see temple. The uniqueness of this temple is that the Lord Shiva in a reclining position just like Lord Ranaganathar (Lord Vishnu). Since it is a rare sight to see Lord Shiva in this avatar, it is one of my most favorite temples so far. Here is the location link – https://goo.gl/maps/Waq7cBKEqKPbEzEDA
How to Reach Tiruvallur From Bangalore
If you are travelling by road, you would need just half day to cover all the famous temples in Tiruvallur.
So you either make it just a one day trip or couple other places to make it a 2 days long road trip.
For travellers from Chennai, Kanchipuram, Vellore and Tirupati, Tiruvallur is a neighbouring town. Travelling from Chennai to Tiruvallur is smooth with little travel distances, well connected by local trains, buses and road.
You can easily travel, visit all the temples in Tiruvallur and return home on the same day.
Other than places mentioned above, a trip to Tiruvallur needs to be planned and arranged for accomodation.
When we travelled from Bangalore to Tiruvallur, we took a train from Bangalore KSR station, reached straight to Tiruvallur.
Thankfully we had Train – 12610 MGR Chennai central SF express from Bangalore to Chennai. We left KSR Bangalore by 8 AM, arrived at Tiruvallur the same day by 1.30 noon.
After a relaxed lunch in the local eatery, we took a bus straight to Surutapalli Temple. After about an hour of travel, we reached the temple, stood in the darshan que for about an hr and returned back to Tiruvallur.
Since it was late evening, we hired an auto to reach the rest of the temples before they close for the day.
Temples near Tiruvallur – Other famous places near by
If you are planning a road trip from Bangalore, then you could choose to stay at Vellore or Kanchipuram, which are the closest cities to Tiruvallur, as you have no good options in your destination.
Since you could cover all the temples in Tiruvallur in just half a day, you could very well plan the rest of the trip to spend sightseeing temples near Tiruvallur in places like Kanchipuram or Vellore or even Chennai or Puducherry.
If you ask one good suggestion on the temples near Tiruvallur – I would suggest “Tiruttani” a very famous Arupadai Murugan Temple, located at a distance of 43kms from Tiruvallur.
In Vellore you could visit couple famous places like Lord Shiva temple called Jalakandeswarar temple, Tiruvalam Lord Shiva temple (Padal Petra stalam), Padavedu Amman temple, the two very famous Vallimalai Lord Muruga temple and Ratnagiri Balamurugan temple.
In Kanchipuram, house for famous Sakthi Peedam Kanchi Kamakshi temple other than many famous temples.
And you could also stretch your travel plan two more days to visit Chennai, Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry.
Now you know how to reach Tiruvallur from Bangalore. Also you have the list of places to visit in and around temples in Tiruvallur.
Hope this article helped you with travel plan.