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Tirupati is not only a hub of academic centres and is also well-known pilgrim centre of A.P. located in the south-eastern part of A.P, in Tirupati (D.t). Well known as the abode of the ‘Kaliyuga’ deity Lord Sri Venkateswara popularly known as Balaji. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in India, the temples draws millions of pilgrims and is believed to be the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world. The other famous temples in and around Tirupati are Padmavathi temple, Kalyana Venkateswara swamy temple, Govindaraja swamy temple, Kapileswara temple, Prasanna Venkateswara swamy temple, Sri Kalahasteeswara temple, Kanipakam Vinayaka temple, Gudimallam Paraasureswara temple, Golden temple vellore etc.

How to Reach:

By Air: Nearest airports are Tirupati Airport, Chennai Airport
  1. Tirupati Airport (TIR), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, IN – 14 KM from Tirupati city
  2. Chennai Airport (MAA), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IN – 145 KM from Tirupati
By Rail: Tirupati is well connected from other major cities of India by rail network. Name of the station is Tirupati Railway Station (TPTY) and Renigunta Junction (RU)

By Road: All major cities of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore are well connected to Tirupati by buses.

Distances to Tirupati from cities: Chennai – 134 KM, Vijayawada – 412 KM, Visakhapatnam – 755 KM, Bangalore – 248 KM, Hyderabad – 556KM

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Few important sightseeing options in and around city

Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati (1 km from city center)
Sri Venkateshwara Temple is the most revered and celebrated temple of Tirupati having tourists and pilgrims flooding in all year long. 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 every day, 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 the various facilities provided.

Akasaganga Teertham, Tirupati (12 km from city center)
Akasaganga Teertham is a waterfall in Tirupati, located at a distance of 3 km from the main temple. The waterfall has water flowing all throughout the year and holds immense religious significance.

Pilgrims can also pay homage to the Devi temple situated very close to the waterfall. During the monsoons, the waterfall is a beautiful sight to the eyes.

Silathoranam, Tirupati (11 km from city center)
One of the natural marvels that history left behind, the Silathoranam, now, finds itself being an important landmark in archaeology and heritage. This is a natural rock formation, one of the only three of this kind in the world.

While geology and archaeology foster a number of theories, the rock formation is also tied to beliefs of its connection with the idol of Lord Venkateswara. The rock formation is a national monument and is protected by the State Government.

Swami Pushkarini Lake (0 km from city center)
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.

Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple (1 km from city center)
At a little distance from the main city area, one finds the Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi. One of the many sacred structures of Tirupati, this one is home to many legends and stories about the Goddess.

The legend has it that while Akasha Raja of Thondamandalam was having a great yagna performed and had the earth ploughed, he found a little girl in a lotus flower, and hence the name. A voice from the skies asked him to love and bring up the child. As she grew up, she was married to Lord Venkateshwara. The temple is frequently visited by the devotees on their spiritual trail around the town.

TTD gardens, Tirupati (4 km from city center)
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

Chittoor (57 km from city center)
Steeped in religion, devotion and architecture, Chittoor is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Also blessed with scenic beauty, cascading waterfalls and a beautiful hill station, Chittoor is not a disappointment to the traveller who seeks redemption from the busy metro life. Also known as the Mango City, Chittoor offers myriad varities of heavenly mangoes to please its visitors.

Sri Venkateswara Dhyana Vignan (56 km from city center)
Established in the year 1980, the Sri Venkateswara Dhyana Vignan Mandiram in Tirupati is a museum that houses some of the most traditional articles that are used to perform Puja.

Many stone and wood carved items can also be sighted here. The museum is extremely beautiful and fills into you a sense of religious faith not easy to describe. This is one of the experiences, one must not miss while in Tirupati.

Sri Govindarajaswami Temple (0 km from city center)
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple is a 12th century Hindu Vaishnavite shrine built by Saint Ramanujacharya and is one of the biggest temple complexes in the district. The presiding deity is Lord Vishnu, also called Govindarajaswami. The beautiful traditional Dravidian architecture and its rich culture attract tourists in quite a large number every year.

Sri Varahaswami Temple (10 km from city center)
Standing to the north of Sri Venkateswara Temple is the Sri Varahaswami Temple which according to a lot, is said to belong to Sri Adi varahaswami. Various legends surround this temple.

If visiting the Venkateswara temple, it is advised to first pay a visit to this temple. The reason behind this too finds roots in a legend, according to which Sri Varahaswami owned the seven hills. He agreed to hand them to Sri Venkateswaraswami, on the condition that he too, should be worshipped. Hence, Sri Venkateswaraswami asked his devotees, to first pay a visit to Sri Varahaswami and then to him.

Nellore (12 km from city center)
Nellore is a beautiful city lying on the banks of River Penna, a Municipal Corporation in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Anciently known as Vikrama Simhapuri, it derived its name from "Nelluru", a combination of Tamil words "Nel" and "Ooru" where Nel stands for Paddy and Ooru means Place.

This city, situated on the banks of the Penne River is known for its rich agriculture and has been an exporter of Rice, Sugar cane and cane based products, prawns, shrimps and a varied set of crops.

ISKCON Tirupati (2 km from city center)
Located at the foothills of Tirumala Hills, ISKCON Tirupati is one of the most famous pilgrimages in the city. Srila Prabhupada, during his visit in 1974, suggested the teachings from Bhagwad Geeta be propagated by establishing a centre of Vedic Culture. ISKCON Tirupati was thus established in 1982 to revive the messages of Lord Krishna. It is believed to be the only way to bring about peace and harmony in the world.

Tumburu Teertham (8 km from city center)
Tumbhuru Teertham is a sacred lake located amidst dense natural vegetation. The waters are believed to have magical powers and can absolve one's sins and help them attain moksha. The attraction is also famous for its natural beauty and is frequented by nature lovers for nature walks.

Deer Park, Tirupati (2 km from city center)
Located at the foothills of Tirumala Hills, ISKCON Tirupati is one of the most famous pilgrimages in the city. Srila Prabhupada, during his visit in 1974, suggested the teachings from Bhagwad Geeta be propagated by establishing a centre of Vedic Culture. ISKCON Tirupati was thus established in 1982 to revive the messages of Lord Krishna. It is believed to be the only way to bring about peace and harmony in the world.

ParasuRameswara Swamy Gudimallam Temple
Sri Parasurameswara Swamy Gudimallam Temple, Gudimallam is a small village located in Srikalahasti Mandal, of the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is seven miles away from Renigunta Railway Junction of considerable significance. Though a small village, historically it is very important because it has a beautiful Siva Temple which is popularly known as ”Sri Parasurameswara Temple”. The main importance of the temple lies in the Linga which is housed in the Garbhagriha of the temple. This is supposed to be the earliest Linga discovered so far and it has been assigned to the 2nd or 1st century BC. The name of the temple is mentioned as Parasurameswara Temple in the inscriptions.

Vakula Matha Temple, Peruru Village
Vakula Devi is the foster mother of Lord Venkateswara. Vakula Matha Temple is situated in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. As per the legend of Tirumala, it dates back to Dvapara Yuga when Yasoda, the foster mother of Lord Krishna (avatar of Lord Vishnu) complains to him that she couldn’t witness any of his marriages. To this, Lord Krishna replies he would ensure she would get such opportunity later in Kali Yuga.In Kali Yuga, Lord Vishnu adorns the world as Lord Venkateswara and Yasoda is reborn as Vakula Devi, foster mother of Lord Venkateswara, to arrange his wedding with Padmavati the daughter of King Akasa Raja. Thus Vakula Devi fulfills her wish to witness the kalyanam (wedding) of Lord Venkateswara.

Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple
Vinayaka Temple or Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple is a Hindu temple of Ganesha. It is located at Kanipakam in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The temple is about 11 km from Chittoor and 68 km from Tirupati. According to legend, there were three brothers who were mute, deaf and blind. They were digging a well to fetch water to their field. The device they were using fell into the well hitting hard object. When they dug further, blood started to gush out of the well and the three got rid of their disabilities. The villagers rushed to the spot and found deity of Ganesha. Villagers dug further, but they were not able to find the base of the deity. The deity sits in the well which is always full of water.

Govindarajaswamy Temple, Tirupati
Sri Govindarajaswamy Temple is an ancient Hindu-Vaishnavite temple situated at the heart of the Tirupati city in Tirupati District of Andhra Pradesh state in India. The temple was built during 12 century and was consecrated in the year 1130 AD by Saint Ramanujacharya. The temple is one of the earliest structures in Tirupati and also one of the biggest temple complex in Tirupati district. The Tirupati (down hill) city is built around this temple. The temple at current is being administered by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

Sri Kapileswara Swamy Temple, Tirupati
Kapila Theertham is a famous Saivite Temple and Theertham, located at Tirupati. The idol is believed to be installed by Kapila Muni and hence Lord Siva here is referred to as Kapileswara. The temple stands at the entrance to a mountain cave in one of the steep and vertical faces at the foot of the Tirumala hills which are part of Seshachalam Hills, where the waters of the mountain stream fall directly into Temple Pushkarini known as “Kapila Theertham”. A huge stone statue of a seated bull “Nandhi”, Shiva’s steed, greets devotees and passersby at the entrance to the temple

Sri Kalahasti Temple, Srikalahasti
Srikalahasthi is located on the banks of river Swarnamukhi. It is one of the important Saiva Kshetras of South India. The name of the place Srikalahasthi comes from three animals Sri (Spider), Kala (Snake) and Hathi (Elephant) who worshipped shiva and gained salvation here.

Kalyana Venkateswara Temple, Narayanavanam
Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy and Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru, daughter of Akasha Raju were married here. As the marriage took place in Narayanavaram, Padmavathi’s brother build two Temples; one is here, another in Tirumala to co mmemorate this occasion. It is one of the few temples where we can see both Venkateswara Swamy along with Padmavathi Devi in one complex. This Temple has four small shrines of Sri Padmavathi, Andal, Sri Prayaga Madhava swami and Sri Varadaraja Swami. At the entrance in front of the Sanctum is the small Garudalwar Sannidhi. In addition to these, there are five more temples to the main one. These are dedicated to Sri Parasareswara Swami, Sri Veerabadhra Swami, Sri Sakthi Vinayaka Swami, Sri Agatheeswara Swami and Sri Avanakshamma.

Kodandarama Temple
A dash of golden colour in a pearly white structure forms the landscape of Kodandarama Temple of Tirupati. Dating back to many centu ries ago, the temple was originally built by the kings of the Chola dynasty. It was later re-developed by the rulers of Vijayanagara kingdom. The temple worships the great king of Ayodhya, Lord Rama. A popular legend also says that this temple was built after Jambavan went inside an illuminating cave and found a radiating idol. The compound of this temple has a shrine commemorating Lord Rama. Two miniature shrines of Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshmana are also constructed in its vicinity. There are inscriptions on the stoned walls of the temple, depicting the life of the gods. Every year during the festival of Brahmotsav, pilgrims perform aartis and decorate the idols.

Vijayanagar Empire (Chandragiri Fort), Chandragiri
Chandragiri was under the rule Vijayanagara empire for about three centuries and came under the control of the Vijayanagarayadava rulers in 1367. It came into prominence during 1560s during the reign of Saluva Narasimha Deva Raya. The palace is an example of Indo-Sarcen architecture of Vijayanagara period. The crowning towers represents the Hindu architectural elements. The palace was constructed using stone, brick, lime mortar and devoid of timber. Some of important kavyas or epic poems are written in this fort under the patronage of Vijayanagara kings. Inside the fort are eight temples, Raja Mahal, Rani Mahal and other ruined structures. Inside the fort are Raja Mahal and Rani Mahal which are quite well maintained for more than 300 years and Raja Mahal is converted as Archeological Museum by Arechological Survey of India.