Recently on a trip towards Chengalpet, I stopped at Appur. The temple at Appur is located atop a hill. The hill is called the Oushadha Giri and the temple is called the Sri Nithya Kalyana Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal temple.
There are about 480 steps to reach the temple atop. There are a lot of monkeys on the way. So be careful. You may carry some bananas to feed them and also have a stick with you to keep them at bay! There are no mandapa till you reach atop through there are some trees that provide occasional shade. So carry enough water!
The Lord Vishnu as Perumal in the Sanctum Sanctorum unusually wears saree here. Archanai with Kumkum is also another specialty. There's no separate shrine for his consort as is the case with many Kalyana Perumal temples; she's seen with the Lord. But sadly, I couldn't see any of these as the temple was closed when I went there. The Maha Mandapam has Dasavathara relief panels atop. But that's a very new concrete structure.
The view from atop was excellent.
But then what took me by awe, were oodles of Rhyothemis variegata. Well, that's the scientific name. What I saw was Common Picture Wing Dragonfly aka Variegated Flutterer. I've never seen this kind of a dragon fly earlier. The bright color combination on the wings was stunning. There were atleast about some 20 that were wandering about.....
While climbing down the steps, a friend spotted a dilapidated brick structure somewhere in the midst of the woods and we checked that out too. It 'was' a temple. Its in ruins now....
TO GET THERE:
To Singaperumal Koil:
From Tambaram: 24 km towards Chengalpet
From Chengalpet: 10 km towards Tambaram
From Singaperumal Koil to Appur: 6 km perpendicular to GST Road towards north west.
Google Coordinates: 12.803926,79.985286
Dedicated to Siva, Gopu and Vishwa