Annamalaiyar Temple View Point
At a distance of 7 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Annamalaiyar Temple Viewpoint is situated in the village of Thalai Cholai in Salem district of Tamilnadu. This is one of the best vantage points in Yercaud hills and also one of the top places of sightseeing in Yercaud.
Annamalaiyar Temple is a beautiful Shiva Temple with a single tower sculpted with colorful idols. The temple is located at a height of 1400 m above the sea level and offers a panoramic view of the hills along with the Servaroyan temple, coffee plantations, spice gardens and orange groves. The temple is also a simple yet beautiful structure with one small and moderate towers decorated with idols and painted in various colors.
There is also one pyramid like lamp tower which is painted with bright red color. It is spectacular to see the lighted lamp tower during the evenings of full moon days. Hence, these full moon days are considered as the best time to visit this view point as one can enjoy by the exciting views of the ritual flames as well. To get better views of the valley, climb up this lamp tower. There is also a pretty well on one corner of the viewpoint with great scenery at background. The way up to the temple or viewpoint is enveloped by quite green coffee and cardamom estates.
The calm and serene surroundings make this view point a preferred picnic spot. The more adventurous can explore the numerous trails by walking through the coffee and cardamom estates nearby.
Timings: 9 AM - 6 PM