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Interesting Facts About Tirupati :

One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage sites, Tirupati - the city where Lord Venkateswara dwells, is located in the south-eastern part of Andhra Pradesh. Situated at the foot of Seshachalam Hills, this city has a tropical climate. Hot summers from March to June are followed by heavy showers from July to November and then the terrain is cooled down from December to February. Hence the ideal time to visit Tirupati would be from around November to February.

Tirupati is most well known for the famous Tirumala Venkateswara temple and its various other historical temples. The Tirumala Tirupati Temple is recognized to be the most visited temple in India and the most visited shrine in the world after the Vatican. It is believed to be the busiest pilgrimage centre of the world and thus it is also referred to as ‘The Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh’. This temple is also considered to be the second most richest temple in the world and hence to assure more safety and protect the hills from terrorists and anti-social elements, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has kept the city under a 24*7 surveillance through CCTV cameras, monitored from a command and control centre.

Tirumala, also known as Upper Tirupati, initially was mostly just a temple town where the temple was built and worked upon in phases by the various kingdoms that ruled there. There was no human settlement then in Lower Tirupati, till the year 1500. But owing to the importance and popularity of Upper Tirupati, slowly a village was formed and has eventually transformed over the ages into its present avatar around the Govindaraja Swamy Temple which is the heart of the city.

The city now also boasts of many educational institutions and universities. In the year 2012-2013, the Indian Ministry of Tourism also conferred upon it the title of ‘Best Heritage City’. Another feather in its cap is the fact that it has been chosen as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the Smart City Mission by the Government of India. It has now gained a lot of prominence as a tourist destination.

This temple is now managed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams which had taken over its responsibility since the year 1932. Tirupati is also known for its world-famous prasadam of the Tirupati Laddoo at the Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala. This laddoo has got the ‘geographical indication’ tag which entitles only the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams to make or sell it.

Commuting within Tirupati is relatively easy as one can board the state-run buses which are comparatively cheaper or hire cabs/ taxis to take you around from one place to another. On the other hand, as the temples and other attractions are located at an easy distance from each other, it is also very convenient to move around on foot, especially if the weather is pleasant.

How to reach Tirupati :

By Bus : The Andhra Pradesh State RegionalTransport Corporation offers regular bus services between Tirupati and all major cities in the state. The Tirupati Bus Station complex has 3 mini-bus stations to many destinations which are the Srinivasa Bus Station, the Sri Hari Bus Station and Yedukondulu Bus Station. Similarly the Karnataka State Regional Transport Corporation runs bus services between cities in Karnataka and Tirupati. Private bus operators also ply from several South Indian cities to Tirupati.

By Air : The Tirupati Airport in Tirumala is well connected with airports in Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, which in turn are connected to several cities around the country. One can easily take a cab from the airport to take you to your preferred location in the city which is about 14 km away.

By Train : The Tirupati Railway Station is well connected to several major railway stations in the South.

Some must-visit attractions in Tirupati:

Lord Venkateswara Temple – This very ancient and sacred temple dedicated to Lord Balaji is at a distance of 1 km from the Tirumala Bus Station. One of the richest temples in India, it is also one of the most visited temples in the country. The main chamber of the Tirumala shrine contains an impressive 2m high standing idol of Lord Venkateswara on a lotus accompanied by his consorts and the most eye-catching feature of this black idol is its spectacular diamond crown, which is deemed to be the single most precious ornament in the world.

Govindaraja Swami Temple – This Hindu-Vaishavite temple situated in the heart of Tirupati city is one of the earliest structures there and has a huge complex with many sub-shrines in it. The city of Tirupati gradually evolved around this temple. The main shrines are dedicated to Vishnu and Krishna.

Kapila Theertham – A famous Shaivite temple and theertham, this structure stands at the entrance to a mountain cave in one of the steep and vertical faces at the foot of the Tirumala Hills. The water of the mountain stream falls directly into Temple Pushkarini, which is known as Kapila Theertham. All the important Shaivism festivals of Mahashivratri, Karthika Deepam etc are celebrated here with the Kapileswara Swamy Brahmotsavam festival being the biggest event held here in February.

Talakona – The Talakona waterfall in Sri Venkateswara National Park is the highest waterfall in the state of Andhra Pradesh with a fall of 270 feet high. This place is also known for the Lord Siddheswara Swamy Temple, which is located close to the waterfall.

Chandragiri Palaces and Fort – Located 11 km away from Tirupati, Chandragiri has palaces and a historical fort. The Raja Mahal and Rani Mahal, along with the fortifications are well preserved . There is also a museum in the Raja Mahal which exhibits Chola and Vijayanagara bronzes.

Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park – One of the largest zoo parks in Asia, it’s main features are enclosures for peafowls, herbivores and a living space for smaller carnivores along with a variety of birds like mynas, parakeets, geese, flamingoes, pelicans etc.

Regional Science Centre – A source of great information, this centre has a lot of details on ancient and pre-historic things. The main attractions here are the 3D screen, the science park outdorrs, the pre-historic section, the zoo close-by and the huge stone sculpture of a dragon in the green park outside the centre.

Timings – 10 am to 6 pm daily. Sundays till 6.30 pm.

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Interesting Facts About Tirupati :

One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage sites, Tirupati - the city where Lord Venkateswara dwells, is located in the south-eastern part of Andhra Pradesh. Situated at the foot of Seshachalam Hills, this city has a tropical climate. Hot summers from March to June are followed by heavy showers from July to November and then the terrain is cooled down from December to February. Hence the ideal time to visit Tirupati would be from around November to February.

Tirupati is most well known for the famous Tirumala Venkateswara temple and its various other historical temples. The Tirumala Tirupati Temple is recognized to be the most visited temple in India and the most visited shrine in the world after the Vatican. It is believed to be the busiest pilgrimage centre of the world and thus it is also referred to as ‘The Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh’. This temple is also considered to be the second most richest......Read More


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