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Virudhaachalam is a town in the Cuddalore to Salem Highway next to Neyveli in Tamil Nadu state in India. It is primarily a pilgrimage centre with an enormous Shiva temple, the Viruthagiriswarar temple, from which the name arose. The town is a good travel planning centre because it is linked to all the cities in Tamil Nadu by broad gauge railway network and good wide access roads. The town is also known for the large number of doctors, almost 100. The river Manimuthaaru flows through the town splitting it into two halves connected by a long bridge.

Get in[edit]

There are plenty of buses connecting from from Chennai, Trichy, Salem, and Cuddalore.

A few buses come from Kovai, Madurai, Bangalore, Tirupati, and Tanjore.

Vridhachalam Junction is an important railway station in the Chennai to Kanyakumari Line.

You can get trains connecting to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mangalore, and Trivandrum.

Get around[edit]


  • Palamalai Nadhar. A Shiva temple.
  • Thiru Kolanjiyappar Temple. Built for Lord Muruga. You can give grievance to God for fulfilling your wishes, and once your wishes get fulfilled you can withdraw it. The temple has peacocks and deers.
  • Thiru Veddaper Temple. Built for Lord Muruga.
  • Palamalai, Vriddhachalam (east), +91 9629216545. Palamalai Nathar Temple east 5 km near Veddeper Kovil.


  • Do Girivalam around the temple.
  • Take a ride along Erumanoor Road
  • Have a morning walk along the Junction road towards Ulundurpet.



  • Archana Restaurant, near bus stop
  • Ganesh Bhavan
  • Mammu Snacks and Restaurant
  • Bismi Biriyani
  • Vridhachalam Thavala Vadai, Kara Sev, Ragi and Bajra Adai in Ruchi Snack Shop


  • Saaral Bar in Anandha Lodge


  • Shanmuga Lodge with car parking

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