If you are looking to visit a Temple over a small hill near Chennai, Sri Veera Anjaneyar Swamy Temple – Hanuman Temple with Ramar-Seethai idols, located at Pudhukuppam, close to Pudhukuppam bus stop, off Vandalur-Kelambakkam road (Google Maps link for location) is a good choice.
The above photo was taken at the foot of the hill which contains an arch with a large statue at either side, and a Pillayar (Ganapathy) Temple on the side. People who wish to walk can park their vehicles here and go, which is what we did. But there is another route for cars/bikes to go till the top.
It’s a pleasure to walk up this small mountain as there are a couple of hundred steps to cover (max) – that’s why we even decided to attempt it 😉 Actually we were supposed to leave the footwear at the bottom, but we removed it only after we reached the top as it was summer and quite hot!
Here you can see a partial view of the Temple and the car parking area –
Hanuman Temple is on the right and Ramar-Seethai Temple is on the left, in the above photo. We also found a prasadam counter but there was no one to sell it, hence we couldn’t buy the ladoo and kara vadai.
The view from the Top is very good, especially considering that there are many rows of big apartments on one side and lush green natural view on the other. There is even a small pillar like structure and we went until the base for a good view of both sides.
Here is a partial representation of what we found –
I think the best time to visit this Temple is either early in the morning or in the evening. We found many coconuts tied to trees containing paper with wishes – probably devotees have tied them praying that their wishes would come true. Here it is –
It’s good to know that there are Temples over small mountains/hills so close to Chennai. This place is a good choice for a casual weekend outing too. It’s close to the main road/bus-stop/shops, and the maintenance is quite neat as well. Do visit the Temple, especially if you happen to travel on the Kelambakkam – Vandaloor main road. It’s closer to OMR-Kelambakkam (6 KM).