Around 37 kms in the east of Tiruvannamalai, you will find Gingee which has important significance in the historical context. There are two ruined forts that of Rajagiri and Krishnagiri which were almost identical in structure. The forts were constructed by the Vijayanagars in 16th century although the main construction work had begun in the 13th century. After that the fort was occupied by a number of rulers for their military purposes including the Marathas who took control in 1677. Soon after that Mughals attacked and took control in 1698. They were followed by the French who remained here until they were thrashed by British and were restricted to Pondicherry after that. Today the place appears absolute quiet with only the memories of the past and nothing else. If you take a walk on the opposite side you can reach to the top of Krishnagiri. There are a number of buildings that are built within the main fort. These buildings include a granary, a Shiva temple, a mosque, and an audience hall. Gingee can be easily approached from either Pondicherry which is 67 kms or Tiruvannamalai which is only 37 kms. The fort is located around two kilometers from Gingee town and if you are traveling by bus you will have to get down here. There are a number of transport options available and the town is well connected to the fort area.