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General Information about Tirupati

Tirupati is a town of holy shrines in the lap of Chittoor disrict in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Every year millions of disciples come to visit Sri Venkateshwara Temple which is dedicated to Lord VIshnu which is major landmark of Tirupati tourism. Lord Vishnu is recognized in two different ways to people. The North Indians call him as ‘Balaji’ and the South Indians worship him as ‘Govinda’. This shrine is nestled on the top of Tirumala hillock and the rest of the town is located in the foothills.

Tirupati also boasts of a unique zoo, also the second largest zoo in Asia, which houses a lot of animals including the big cats. The ancient city holds several mysteries and one can experience the charm of the hills in the air itself.

The other name of the place is Tirumala due to the Vishnu temple. One has to cross the 7 peaks identified as Sapthagiri to reach Tirumala. These seven mountains are marked as a symbol of the 7 lids of ‘Adishesha’ that is the oldest serpent as per the mythological stories. This is the largest urban area in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. Tirupati town has many temples and is also famous for its red wooden toys. The city is a major educational centre of the state.Tirupati travel guide will lead you to some good and comfortable hotels available here.
Tirupati is known as the 'Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh'. Scattered with ancient temples and shrines, Tirupati is famous for the world's richest Vaishnavite temple.

Connectivity :

By Rail : Tirupati has its own station known as Tirupati Railway station. The station is located in Tirupati Road, Royal Nagar. It has five platforms and is expecting transformation soon. Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Trivandrum and Hyderabad are well connected to this station.

By Air : Tirupati’s Airport is located in Renigunta, at a distance of about 15 km. This airport is connected to Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Nearest International Airport from Tirupati is in Chennai, at the distance of approximately 200 km. Chennai International Airport is an important airport and has flights from different parts of the world. From Chennai you can board a Koyembdu bus number 70 for Tirupati, or can simply get a taxi for Chennai Railway station and catch a train for Tirupati.

By Road : Tirupati is connected with nearby cities and towns by APSRTC buses, privately owned buses and taxis. In order to commute to and from Karnataka, KSRTC buses are the best option.

One will find instances of Tamil, Andhra and Hyderabadi cuisines on the town's platter, giving the visitors a flattering number of choices for food. However, Tirupati, being a site of much religious significance, offers only vegetarian food. One can find garnishing and distinct flavors of Peppers, Cinnamon, Chili, Peanuts, Oil, Tamarind and coconut in the preparations here.
The popular items of Tirupati are Sweet Rice, Dosas, Rava Khichdi, Tomato Rice, Lemon Rice as well as sweets like Halwa, Payassam, Sheermal, Ladoo, Kaja and lots more. The town is also known for a number of refreshing beverages such as Badam Milk, Masala Paal, Mango Lassi

An Ideal Itinerary

Start off your tour with the darshan of Lord Balaji in the Venkateswara Swamy Temple early morning. It's best to have e-booking done before reaching Tirupati, otherwise, the queues are typically very long and it might take a whole day just to visit this temple. If time and energy permits, you can visit other temples in the nearby region including Kapila Teertham which has a holy waterfall too.

Places of Interest :

Thirumala Venkateswara Temple
One of the holiest and most sacred Hindu pilgrimage temples in the world, the Thirumala Venkateswara Temple stands tall in full glory on the seventh peak, the Venkatachala, of the majestic Tirupati Hills.

Comprising of various complexes inside the premise, the temple is known for its Vishesh Puja, held from 5:30 am till 6:30 am everyday. With the most busy months being September-October due to the Brahmostava festival, this temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, and dates back to the 12th century. This is one of the holiest and the wealthiest temples in the world and millions of devotees flock here to pay their reverence.
Around 50,000 pilgrims visit the temple everyday, which is a massive number. Hence, a whole procedure has been planned and set up which effectively ends at the shrine for darshan. The entry for the Darshan is through Vaikuntam Queue Complex which is a series of interconnected halls that leads to the main temple. These halls are clean and comfortable with various facilities provided.
The various activities of the temple include prasadam, hair tonsuring, hundi, arjitha seva and thulabharam. Festivals like Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Rama Navami, Brahmotsavam and Jan

A classic example of the ornate and extremely intricate Dravidian style of architecture, the temple attracts a huge number of devotees every year. People travel from faraway places to get a glimpse of the eight-foot tall idol of Lord Venkateswara standing under the magnificent gold-gilded dome Ananda Nilaya Divya Vimana.

ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple
ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple is situated enroute to Tirumala temple and has its own style of architecture. The carvings of Lord Narasimha Swamy, Lord Varaha Swamy and Krishna Leela and Glass painting works on the windows depicting Lord Krishna decorated like Tanjore art makes it worth a visit for those interested in Art, sculpting and Architecture. There is a beautiful park surrounded with lot of flowers, ponds, fountains and with Krishna Leela idols.

Swami Pushkarini Lake
Almost neighboring the Sri Venkateshwara Temple, is Swami Pushkarini Lake. According to the legends, the lake belonged to Lord Vishnu and was located in Vaikuntham.

It was brought to the earth by Garuda, for the sport of Sri Venkateshwara. Extremely holy, the pilgrims usually take a dip in the waters of this lake before proceeding to the main temple.

Alamelu Mangamma Shrine in Tiruchanur is a renowned pilgrim centre and a temple of Sri Alamelu (Padmavati), consort of Sri Venkateshwara.

TTD Gardens
Spreading over an area of 460 acres, the TTD gardens in Tirupati are known for their ornately decorated and manicured flower gardens. Alongside its lush green beauty, the garden also includes Alwar Tank, Mangalabhavi and Ananthapalligunta.

Flowers to the all the temples in Tirupati are supplied from this garden. They have an annual horticulture show and Pushpa Yagnam wherein exotic flowers are displyed for the visitors.
Srinivasa Mangapuram
Srinivasa Mangapuram temple is dedicated to Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy (married Venkateswara Swamy). It is believed that Lord Venkateswara swamy walked to Tirumala from here.

Gudimallam, 20 km from Tirupati, home to Parasurameswara Temple. This is supposed to be the earliest Linga discovered so far and it has been assigned to the 2nd or 1st century BC.

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