Tirupati Tourism places

Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati is a city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the administrative headquarters of the Tirupati district. The city is home to the important Hindu shrine of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple and other historic temples and is referred to as the “Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh”. It is located 415 km (258 mi) southwest of state’s capital Amaravati. It is one of the eight Swayam vyaktha kshetras (Self-Manifested Temples) dedicated to Vishnu. Tirupati is a municipal corporation and the headquarters of Tirupati (urban) mandal, Tirupati (rural) mandal, and the Tirupati revenue division.

Sri Venkateswara Temple

As of 2011 census, it had a population of 287,035 making it the 9th most populous city in Andhra Pradesh. It is the seventh most urban agglomerated city in the state, with a population of 459,985. It is the second biggest city in Rayalaseema after Kurnool. For the year 2012–2013, India’s Ministry of Tourism named Tirupati as the “Best Heritage City”. Tirupati has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under Smart Cities Mission by Government of India.

Places To Visit In Tirupati

1.Sri Venkateswara Temple

Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple – Visited By Thousands of Devotees Each Day

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.

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Weather : 29° C

Time Required : 2 to 3 Hours

Best Time to Visit : September – October

Popular Festival Celebrated : Bramhotsavam Festival

Built In : 12th Century

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2. Akasaganga Teertham

Akasaganga Teertham – 3 kms Away From the Main Temple

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.

3.Silathoranam

Silathoranam

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.

4.Swami Pushkarini Lake

Swami Pushkarini Lake – Holy water 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.

5.Vedadri Narasimha Swamy Temple

Vedadri Narasimha Swamy Temple

This temple lies at a distance of 70 km from Tirupati and was constructed by Sir Krishna Deva Raya. It holds great mythological importance and is believed to be the site where Lord Vishnu battled with Rasksash Somakadu, won and took over the vedas from him.

6.Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple

Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple

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.

Sri Suryanarayana Temple, Tiruchanur

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.

7.TTD gardens

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.

8.Chittoor Tourism

Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

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.

Places To Visit In Chittoor

A.Sri Venkateshwara National Park

Sri Venkateshwara National Park

Located about 10 km from Tirupati and on the Eastern Ghats, Venkateshwara National Park and biosphere reserve is home to endemic plant species and interesting fauna species like Slender Loris, Tree shrew, Wild dog etc.


Bird watchers are also in for treats like Crested Serpent Eagle, Indian Roller, Kingfishers etc. But the main attraction of this national park are the three waterfalls, viz, Talakona, Gundalakona and Gujana.

Talakona is the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh and needless to say, it is a stunning spectacle. With good Forest guest houses and accommodation facilities available, one can spend an entire day here.

Sri Venkateshwara National Park – Home for a Variety of Flaura and Faua

Weather : N.A.

Timings : Monday – Sunday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entry Fee : For Adults: INR 50 
For Children: INR 10

Best Time to Visit : December to March and August to November

Trekking : Allowed

Area : 136 sq mi

Openend In : 1989

B .Srikalahasti Temple

Srikalahasti Temple

Situated in Chittoor, Srikalahasti Temple is popular among devotees who visit the temple along with the highly revered Tirupati Temple, which is just 36 km away. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kalahasti temple has immense religious importance for Hindus and was constructed in the year 1516 by Krishnadevraya, a king of the Vijayanagara empire.

The elaborate structure of the Srikalahasti temple complex is a breathtaking view right from the entrance. It has intricate carvings of numerous mythological illustrations that one can explore in the divine surroundings. This magnificent temple is often reffered as the Kailasa and Kashi of the south. The temple represents one of the five elements (Pancha Bhoota) – Air or Vayu. 

Srikalahasti aerial view



The place has an abundance of vibrant, divine aura and has the potential to draw visitors with its ornate shrines and mesmerising beauty. Srikalahasti is an excellent example of South Indian temple architecture where highly ornamented gopurams with expansive intricately carved interiors unfold the magnificent treasures of the Dravidian style of architecture.

Weather : N.A.

Timings : Monday – Sunday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Time Required : 3-4 Hours

Entry Fee : Entry: Free.
Rahu Kethu Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Puja: INR 300-500 (outer courtyard), INR 1500-2500 (within temple premises)

Best Time to Visit : November to February

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Legends of Srikalahasti Temple 

Srikalahasti temple Gopuram

The most famous legend states that during the initial phases of the creation of the world, Lord Vayu performed penance to please Karpoora Lingam for thousands of years. Lord Shiva, delighted with Lord Vayu’s devotion, granted him three boons. Lord Vayu thus asked for him to grant him worldwide presence, to be an essential part of every living being on the planet and to be given the permission to rename the Karpoora Ligam as Samba Siva. These three requests were granted by Lord Shiva, and Vayu (pranvayu or air) has ever since been an integral part of life on earth and the lingam was worshipped as Samba Siva or the Karpoora Vayu Lingam.

C. Nagalapuram

Spectacular View of Nagalapuram Waterfalls

Hidden like a jewel behind the lush green forests of Andhra Pradesh lies a serene and tranquil place named Nagalapuram. Also known as Nagala Hills, it is famous for the various adventurous activities proffered in this scenic village. Nagalpuram is also known for housing the Nagalpuram Falls. A group of 3 waterfalls, it offers a great trekking opportunity and a stunning panoramic view.

Surrounded by majestic hills and gurgling waterfalls, the serene Nagalapuram and Nagalpuram Falls is mostly visited by tourists from Chennai due to close proximity.

Front View of the Nagalapuram Temple nice

Weather : N.A.

Timings : Open 24 Hours

Time Required : 1 – 2 Days

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

Best Time to Visit : October – March.

D. Horsley Hills

Horsly hills best tourism places

Located near the southwestern border between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Horsley Hills refers to a hill station that is the perfect amalgam of the charms of Andhra Pradesh and the beauty of the hills. It is thus often called, the Ooty of Andhra. This natural marvel is situated at an astonishing height of 4312 metres and is well-known for its breathtaking landscapes.

Also called as Yenugulla Mallamma Konda, this place is home to the largest Banyan tree and the oldest Eucalyptus Tree, it is lined with dense forest areas with 113 species of birds. The picturesque landscape of Horsley Konda also doubles up as a destination for adventure sports and activities such as trampoline, shooting, bow and arrow, wall climbing, water walking, rappelling, swimming pool, fish spa and a mini zoo.

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Sightseeing Around Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills andhra pradesh

Horsley Hills has quite a few beautiful sights to offer. In addition to its tranquil natural charms, it is also the land of Kalyani, the oldest known eucalyptus tree which is believed to be around 148 years. While you’re at it, visit Thimmamma Marrimanu banyan tree which is said to be the world’s largest banyan tree spread covering an area of 8 acres.

The highest point of the hills offers a mesmerising view of the surrounding foliage, and the sight is serene against the backdrop of the sapphire sky. Situated nearby is the Horsley Hills Environment Centre which is home to a number of animals such as deer and crocodiles. Gurramkonda Fort and Governor’s house are other fascinating pieces of history should be a part of your weekend getaway here.

Places to visit

Horsley hills

A part of the Eastern Ghats, the hills in the region are believed to be one of the oldest in terms of geological existence. How the hills came to be known as Horsley Hills is an enigmatic story! It is said that there was once a horse that guarded the Gurramkonda fort situated nearby with such ferocity that as long as it remained there, no one dared to attack the fort.

The title of the hills near the fort was hence dedicated to the selfless service of the horse, and the name Horsley Hills (Horsley Konda) came to be. Some others believed that it is named after a British General with the same name who built a bungalow here.

Horsley Hills Weather

Horsley Hill strek

Horsely Hills, being a hill station in Andhra Pradesh, experiences quite a pleasant and cold weather throughout the year. However, the months between March to May are best avoided as temperatures may soar up to high as 30 Degrees Celsius. The landscape during this time of the year can get arid and dry. Monsoons, however, are quite pleasant and start around June and last until September.

The vegetation changes colours from the dull browns to refreshing and delightful greens, and the rainfall is also moderate to high. The winters, too, aren’t too cold and present an excellent opportunity to witness and experience the chill of the hills!

Activities At Horsley Hills

In addition to being a peaceful haven of nature, Horsley Hills is the perfect spot for some good old trekking, and you can also try your hand at swimming.

Rock climbing here is an exceptional experience to rediscover your physical strength and slide down the peaks by rappeling as you like. You can also enjoy elephant rides, rope sliding, crossing the Burma Bridge, zorbing, shooting bow and arrow, fish spa and water walking.

Tips For Visiting Horsley Hills

1. Take a packaged tour, as it will be more convenient for you to plan your journey and make the necessary arrangements.
2. Don’t venture into the wild on your own.
3. There are no restaurants besides the ones in the resort. However, a couple of shops on the way sell ready to eat snacks so you can stock up on those.
4. Don’t forget to carry walking shoes and some light woollens.

Accommodation at Horsley Hills

The hill station is centred around the Harita Hill Resort, which is a quaint stopover maintained by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC). Apart from this, other private resorts such as Holiday Home Castle Wind, Wind Fall Horsley Hill, Wild Wings and Horsley Hills Holiday Home Resorts are also available. Prior reservation needs to be done in the case of availing a government accommodation. You can take your chance with private hotels if going without reservation, but it is best to make the deal in advance, deciding on your package and requirements.

History of Horsley Hills

A part of the Eastern Ghats, the hills in the region are believed to be one of the oldest in terms of geological existence. How the hills came to be known as Horsley Hills is an enigmatic story! It is said that there was once a horse that guarded the Gurramkonda fort situated nearby with such ferocity that as long as it remained there, no one dared to attack the fort.

The title of the hills near the fort was hence dedicated to the selfless service of the horse, and the name Horsley Hills came to be. Some others believed that it is named after a British General with the same name who built a bungalow here.

E. Kailasakona Waterfalls

Kailasakona Waterfalls

Situated in Nagari Valley near Tirupati, Kailasakona Waterfalls are beautiful perennial waterfalls with an interesting story behind them. Legend has it that Lord Kailasanatheshwara performed the marriage of Lord Venkateshwara Swami and Goddess Padmavati and later performed penance here.

The water here at the Kailasakona waterfalls is crystal clear and is rich with minerals and is believed to have medicinal properties and healing effect. The foot of the waterfall can be reached and one can only gape at the awe-inspiring sight. To reach the waterfall, look out for the 10 km milestone on the way to Puttur and take a left deviation and drive for about 2 km.

Weather : N.A.

Time Required : 1 – 2 Hours

Height : Around 40 Feet

Best Time to Visit : October to February.

F. Kaigal Falls

Picturesque Landscape of Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated in the district of Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, the Kaigal fall is nestled amidst the Koundinya Wildlife sanctuary. The Kaigal waterfall derives its name from the village Kaigal, that surrounds it.

Locally known as Dumukurallu waterfalls ( a Telugu word used for a sound resembling the sound of falling stones from above), Kaigal falls are perennial. The waterfall is subdivided into three cascading falls and water falls from a height of approximately 40 ft. The water forms several small pools at the bottom.

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Places to Visit

1. Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary

Asian Elephant at Koundinya Wildlife

Koundinya wildlife sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary plus elephant reserve. It houses exotic Asian elephants. There are around 78 elephants here, at present. There is an abundance of flora and fauna at the Koundinya Wildlife sanctuary. Acacia and bamboo are the two common plants that you will see here.

You can also spot several species of birds here. The sanctuary is a popular attraction around April. There is a beautiful forest guest house; you can stay here and enjoy nature at its best. The Koundinya Wildlife sanctuary is around 52 kms away from the Kaigal falls. It will take you about an hour or so to reach the sanctuary from Kaigal. High hills and deep valleys surround this immensely beautiful wildlife sanctuary.

2. Shivalinga

Kaigal Falls – Situated at an Altitude of 12m

There is a shivalinga installed near the falls. The locals visit it on special occasions like Shivaratri. The waterfall splits into three singular falls, one of which flows over this shivalinga. It is a beautiful site to view water cascading over the Shivling.

Tips For Visiting Kaigal Falls

1. Carry eatables and water, as there are no shops nearby.
2. Surface at the falls is slippery, hence be cautious.

How To Reach Kaigal Falls

Kaigal falls is approximately at a distance of 100 kms from Bangalore. You can easily reach Bangalore as it is well connected to all the major cities of the country. The village of Kaigal falls on the Kuppam- Palamaner highway. From Bangalore travel towards Kolar highway, and from Mulbagal take a right for kaigal village.

A little further than Kuppam village, falls the village of Kaigal. You will have to travel for approximately 2.5 kms from here to the exact waterfall site. There is parking at the Kaigal waterfalls. And the waterfall is 1 km from the parking spot, which is to be covered on foot. People also take bike rides from Bangalore to Kaigal, but it is easier and more comfortable to hire a cab or a taxi for the journey. It is a 2-3 hour drive from Bangalore to Kaigal.

G. Kanipakam Vinayaka temple

Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple Beautifully Decorated with Lights beautiful places

Chittoor is a district laden with famous temples, one of them being the Kanipakkam Vinayaka Temple. The temple was ideated and constructed in the 11th century CE by Kulothunga Chola I, a revered Chola king. It was then rebuilt in 1336 by the Vijayanagara rulers.

What makes the Kanipakam temple unique is the fables and legends associated with it! It is reported that the idol of Vinayaka grows every year; The armour offered to the deity 50 years ago does not fit anymore!

This historical temple with Ganesha as its primary deity is also known as Shrine of Water and is in Irala Mandal of Chittoor district. The regal Kanipakam temple has immense religious significance and importance because of its miraculous idol. The water found in the complex is believed to be holy and can cure various deformities. 

Pilgrims visit this temple before going to Tirupati since it is a Vinayaka Temple. The Kanipakam temple is very well maintained by the authorities despite being a major crowd puller and is a rapidly developing complex. This unique sanctuary of Ganesha is in the middle of a river. Its significance lies in its purity and rich heritage.

Temple Pond in Front of Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple nice places

Weather : N.A.

Timings : Entry: 4:00 AM – 9:30 PM,
Darshan: 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 Hours

Entry Fee : Entry: Free,
Pujas and Sevas vary from INR 116 to INR 7500 depending on the type of ritual you wish to perform at the temple

Best Time to Visit : September to February

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History of Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple

Kanipakam temple entrance and koneru in front

The opulent temple was constructed in the early 11th century by the Chola king, Kulothunga Chola I and further expanded in 1336 by the emperors of Vijayanagara dynasty. The name Kanipakam itself breaks into Kani (wetland) and pakam (flow of water into wetland) due to its presence next to river Bahuda. A Siva Temple was also created in the complex when Kulothunga Chola expanded the temple. It was to show his devotion to Lord Shiva as well as Lord Ganesha.

Kulothunga Chola was a very religious person who dedicated his life to restoring and renovating old temples and building new ones. The Kedah region in Malaysia also has instances of the architecture used during the expansion of this temple due to the growing reign of Kulothunga Chola. He was a devotee of the Sun God, and the structure of the Kanipakam Vinayaka temple is very similar to the Pudukottai temple that he constructed.

Legend of Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple

Ratha Yatra of Lord Vinayaka at Kanipakam VInayaka Temple best places

The famous idol which led to the construction of the Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple has many stories linked to it. The most famous legend speaks of three farmers who were dumb, blind and deaf by birth. They needed water to irrigate their fields. They found a dried-up well and decided to dig it more. One of them started the work and was surprised to see his iron implement hitting a stone-like formation. As he continued to dig, he found that blood was oozing out of the stone. Soon the whole water had turned red because of the blood. He called out to the other two farmers to witness the event.

As they had been present for such divine intervention, their deformities had disappeared. When the villagers found out about their miracle, they thronged to the well and decided to deepen it. However, they couldn’t as a self-manifested idol of Vinayakar emerged from the waters of that very well.

Even today, the idol resides in the well, and its water branches are perineal and eternal. During the monsoon season, the well overflows and the water is provided to the devotees as Tirtham, holy water.

The river of Bahuda, along with the banks of which the temple is built, also has a very popular story. Two brothers Sanka and Likhita were on a pilgrimage when the younger brother Likhita felt hungry. Ignoring his elder brother’s advice, he plucked a mango from the nearby mango grove and ate it.

Sankha felt betrayed and reported his actions to the ruler, who in punishment deprived Likhita of both his arms. Later, when Likhita was taking a dip in the Bahuda river, a miracle occurred. Both his arms were restored! Hearing this, the ruler renamed the river as ‘Bahuda’ meaning human arm.

Festivals Celebrated at Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple

People Gathered in Large Number for Kanipakam Ratha Yatra

The Kanipakam Vinayaka temple celebrates two major festivals that coincide – Brahmotsavam that falls during the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations between the English months September and October. This makes the entire celebration a 20-day affair. According to legend, Lord Brahma descends on to Earth and performs the Utsav in 9 days. It is supposed to be a cleansing ceremony for the devotees who attend it.

During the Brahmotsav, Vahanans (processional vehicles) are carried around the complex of the temple through the rows of devotees. Most of these processions are on chariot-like wooden vehicles. Each day has a significance of its own, and from the second day, the chariot goes around once in the morning and once in the evening.

Devotees from all around the world come to Chittor to attend the festival as it is one of the most pious festivals of the Hindu religion. All the temples in Chittor celebrate the Brahmotsavam in a very grand manner due to the importance of the Tirumala Temple. All the three temples, including Kanipakam Vinayagar Temple, are visited during this time of the year.

Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple Timings and Sevas

Puja Performed for Kanipakam Vara Siddi Vinayaka

There are a lot of sevas that a devotee can participate in at the magnificent Kanipakam temple. The first seva of the day is Suprahatham Binduteerthaahishekham which happen at 4:00 AM – 5:00 AM. It awakes the god and is the first darshan of the Lord. Then is the Paalabhishekam where devotees offer the Lord milk. This seva happens throughout the day, with each session being 30 minutes long. It starts at 7:30 AM and ends at 6:15 PM.

For couples who are hoping to start a family or any particular issue related to wealth and health, Sankatahara Ganapati Vraham is the perfect seva. It happens from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Special Abhishekham occurs five times in a day, each Abhishekham being half an hour long. It starts at 5:30 AM and ends at 7:15 PM. The newly married couples or couples having issues at home can participate in the Pavalimpu Seva that happens from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM.

Nithya Kalyanotshavam Seva is for couples who are facing a lot of trouble in getting married because of obvious objections. The timings for this seva is 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you are hoping to get a better darshan and be closer to the idol, you can opt for the Vunjala Seva where the lord is placed on the devotee’s shoulders and the idol is later placed in a cradle and put to sleep by them. This seva starts at 6:30 PM and ends at 7:30 PM, making itvthe last seva of the day.

Tips For Visiting Kanipakam Vinayaka temple

1. Prasadam is served for free outside the temple from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
2. Headwear like caps and hats are prohibited inside the temple premises.
3. Don’t buy prasadam from street vendors who sell spurious items at more rates. The prasad is available at the temple counter.
4. Facilities to deposit luggage, mobile phones and footwear are also available.
5. Avoid visiting during the monsoon season as it is very crowded and becomes a major pilgrim site at that time.

H. Tada Falls

Tada Falls

Tada Falls, Chittoor Overview

Also known as Ubbalamudugu Falls, Tada Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located near the near Tricity and Oneness Temple in the Chittoor district of India. Cascading from a towering height of around a 100 m, the crystal clear waterfall falling down the rocks is a visual delight and a sight to behold.

Considered to be one of the top tourist attractions of the city, there is Siddulaiah Kona forest in the vicinity of the site which is an ideal place for trekking, hiking and other foresty activities. Besides, Tada Falls is known for its an incredible landscape, lush greenery and ethereal hillocks.

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Places to Visit Near Tada Falls

In addition to that bounteous natural beauty, there are also some sites of tourism and sightseeing located near the waterfalls, like the stunning Pulicat Lake and the Shiva Temple. 

Tada Falls

Other than regular tourists, nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, the place also visited by a lot of Lord Shiva devotees. The most common activity to enjoy near Tada Falls other than swimming and picnicking, is trekking.

Trek to Tada Falls

Since the waterfalls is located in the woods, trekking is the most common and also the most thrilling to reach the Tada Falls. You can park your vehicle around 10 km from the destination at the Tada Falls parking lot, which is almost at the junction of the city and the woods. The adrenaline rushing trek has several trails and routes through rocky terrains and rough patches. On the way, there are several Base Camps on the way to give you a sense of direction. 

If you are a novice trekker, you can take the 3 km long trek that goes along a clear stream. Besides this, there is also a mid level trek up along some boulders to the base of Tada Falls. This trail is laden with dainty streams and lush green landscape sprawling all over, offering a pleasant experience and a gorgeous view. As mentioned before, there are several streams on the way where you can sit and relax, soak your feet in the clear waters or even take a dip.

Tips

  1. Wear comfortable trekking shoes with a good grip. As the rocks are really slippery, you would need to be really careful.
  2. Make sure you don’t step into the water or the streams with your shoes on. If your shoes get wet, the steep trek will be all the more difficult and risky.
  3. The trek is a little difficult, so it is advisable not to bring young children and elderly people.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Tada Falls is during the period between August and December. At this time, the sun is less intense and shrill and thus provides a pleasant wholesome experience. It is advised not to visit the waterfalls between the months of March and June as the area experiences high humidity. Plus the sun is really bright and trekking at this time can be extremely uncomfortable.

What is the best time to visit Chittoor?

Chittoor experiences hot and dry climate throughout the year. The summers are scorching, and with temperatures soaring up to 40 degrees Celcius, it is not advisable to visit the town in summers. Monsoon is mild, and rainfall is spread over June-September. One can consider visiting the place during this period for the temperatures are mild, and rainfall is not heavy. However, the best time to visit is between September and February when the temperature is moderate and the weather, overall pleasant.

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Chittoor in Winter (December-February)

The temperature in winters varies between 19 and 25 degrees Celsius. Winters are characterized by windy mornings and cold nights. November to January is the most suitable and peak pilgrim season to visit Chittoor.

Chittoor in Monsoon (June -November)

Due to its location, Chittoor experiences monsoons in two phases- South West monsoon in June to September and North East monsoon in October to November. Maximum rainfall is however recorded in the former phase. The temperature in monsoon varies between 20 to 27 degrees Celsius and is comfortable for pilgrims.

Chittoor in Summer (March-May)

The temperature in summer in Chittoor usually ranges between 24 and 40 degrees Celsius. Summers also experiences maximum humidity. However, occasional showers keep temperature in check in the region.

Hotels in Chittoor

1. HOTEL ROYAL GRANDE

2. Fortune Park Vellore – ITC’s Hotel Group

3. Aloka Stay Inn

4. Arihanth Inn

5. Rangalaya Royal

6. Regency Sameera Vellore by GRT Hotels

7. Darling Residency

8. Khanna Fiesta

9. FabHotel Pranav Park

10. Sar Raj S R RESIDENCY

9. Sri Venkateswara Dhyana Vignan Mandiram

Sri Venkateswara Dhyana Vignan Mandiram

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.

Timings: The chief attraction of Venkateswara temple is its Vishesh Puja which is held from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. everyday. 

Sri Prasanna Venkateshwara Swamy Temple – Built in Dravidian Style Architecture

Best time to visit: The busiest months of temple activities are September and October when the Brahmotsavam festival is held with great pomp. It is also the best time to visit the temple.

Location: S Mada St. Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh- 517504.

10. Sri Govindarajaswami Temple

Sri Govindarajaswami Temple

The Govindaraja Temple located at a distance of about 20 Km from the world famous Venkateshwara Temple is one of the most highlighted places to visit in Tirupati. It is a revered pilgrim site among the Vaishnavites whose presiding deity is Lord Vishnu. Given the number of followers visiting the temple everyday, pomp of rituals and the brilliance of Dravidian architecture it showcases, Govindaraja Temple  is an architectural marvel to behold.

The history of the Govindaraja Temple dates back to the 12th century by the saint Ramanujacharya. From the sanctum of the temple you can get sweeping views of the Tirumala Hills, Padmavathi Temple and Kapila Teertham.

Govindaraja on Pedda sesha vahanam

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the temple is between October- March.

Timings: Entry timing is between 5am -9pm. 

Price: Entry fee is Rs. 5 for special darshan and Rs. 20 for quick darshan.

Location: Near Railway Stn, Tirupati, Chittoor dist, Andhra Pradesh- 517501.

11. Sri Varahaswami Temple

Sri Varahaswami Temple

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.

12. Sri Venugopalaswami Temple

Sri Venugopalaswami Temple – Must Visit Tourist Attraction in Thirumala

A little away from the city of Tirupati, this temple is devoted to Lord Venugopalan. With the highlights being an idol of Sri Sita Ramula Pattabhishekam, it’s a must visit area, when in Tirupati.

Some of the main festivals celebrated in this temple are Annual Bhramotsava, Ugadi Asthanam and Sankranti Utsavam.

13. Nellore Tourism

Nellore – Home to Many Religious Temples

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. It is the 6th most populous city in Andhra Pradesh, also, holding its position as the administrative headquarter of Sri Potti Sri Ramulu Nellore District. Even though a large percent of its population is rural and dependent on agriculture, it is witnessing an increase in the number of Educational institutions and businesses, helping it gain a new found stature as a city. The city is also home to several significant temples that witness a large number of devotees throughout the year.

Places To Visit In Nellore

1.Ramalingeswara Temple

Puja Performed for Kanipakam Vara Siddi Vinayaka

2.Narasimhaswamy Temple

Narasimhaswamy Temple

3.Patu Ru

Patu Ru

4.Ranganatha Temple

Ranganatha Temple

5.Mypadu Beach

Mypadu Beach

6.Barah Shaheed Dargah

Barah Shaheed Dargah

7.Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

14. ISKCON Tirupati

The ISKCON Temple at Tirupati is one of the major pilgrim sites of India and a centre for propagating the philosophy of Lord Krishna and teachings of Bhagavad Gita. Its founder is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The Swami is a disciple of the unbroken chain of successors of Lord Krishna and a leading exponent of Vedic culture and theology.

ISKCON Tirupati

The inauguration of the temple was done on April 10, 1984 through installation of the “Archa Vigraha” of Sri Sri Radha Govinda. Besides being an important religious site the Iskcon Temple undertakes various programs for the upliftment of the underprivileged masses. It is widely recognised by students, scholars, theologians and common people as a leading organisation for spiritual and social welfare.

Iskcon Tirupati – Established in 1982

Best time to visit: You can visit the temple at any time of the year.

Timings: Temple timings are from 4:15 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Price: There is no entry fee to visit the temple.

Location: Chenna Reddy Colony, Marri Chenna Reddy Colony, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh- 517501.

15. Tumburu Teertham

Tumbhuru Teertham

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.

16. Kapila Teertham

A Shaivite temple, Kapila Teertham is a famous pilgrimage in the city. The temple is located at the entrance of a mountain cave at the foothills of Tirumala Hills and is a marvellous example of Dravidian architecture. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva who is locally known as Lord Kapileshwara. The idol of the deity was installed by Kapila Muni.

17. Talakona Waterfall

Talakona Waterfall

Located in Sri Venkateswara National Park, Talakona Waterfall is the highest waterfall in the region and a famous picnic spot. The water is believed to have medicinal properties and comes from an unknown underground stream. The attraction is also famous for trekking and has several trekking routes running around it amidst the scenic natural surroundings.

18. Chandragiri Fort

Chandragiri Palace & Fort

The massive fort of Chandragiri with its massive palaces namely the Raja Mahal and Rani Mahal is among the best places to visit in Tirupati. Located amidst lush greenery in the Chittoor district it offers a great trekking destination for adventure enthusiasts. The Chandragiri Fort is a brilliant specimen of the Indo- Saracenic architecture which dates back to the 11th century. The unique feature of the fort is its construction with brick, lime mortar and stone devoid of any timber in the entire edifice. 

Under the reign of the Yadava Naidus, Chandragiri Fort reached a milestone in Indian history as the fourth and the last capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Such rich heritage attracts tourists from various parts of the country to this place. You can see the ruins of the Rani and Raja Mahal in the fort although more than 800 temples of the Shaiva and Vaishnava communities are ruined completely. At present the Raja Mahal Palace is used as an archaeological museum and is an attraction for history buffs. .  

Best time to visit: Winter months (December- March) is the ideal time to visit. 

Timings: Timings of visit are from 10 am- 8:45 pm everyday (except Friday). 

Price: Entry fee is Rs. 20 per person for adults (sound and light show) Rs. 10 for children (sound and light show) and Rs. 100 for family.

Location: Chandragiri Fort Road, Chandragiri, Andhra Pradesh- 517101.

19. Chakra Teertham Waterfalls

Chakra Teertham Waterfalls

Chakra Teertham Waterfalls is a famous water body considered to have high religious importance. It is believed that Lord Brahma performed penance at this location which was later cleansed by Lord Vishnu with his Sudarshan Chakra. The place where his Chakra fell is known as Chakra Teertham. The water is said to have healing powers and can absolve one of their sins.

20. Rock Garden

Rock Garden, Tirupati

The Rock Garden is one of the best places to see in Tirupati which is considered sacred among the believers of Lord Vishnu. It is also known as Silathoranam as it has a Natural stone formation in the form of an arch. The Precambrian natural stone formation of the Rock Garden is the only one of its kind found in the continent. Hence the site has paramount importance among the geologists.

However, according to popular belief Lord Vishnu also known as Lord Venkateswara walked over this arch when he was on his way to Tirumala from the Vaikunth Dham. Another belief says, the height of the presiding deity of the Tirumala Temple is of the same height as that of the religious arch in the Rock Garden. The arch is worshipped as a divine statue and is offered daily aarti by its believers twice a day. The divine arch is a protected monument which attracts thousands of visitors round the year to see this natural spectacle.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Rock Garden is between September- February

Timings: 10AM – 6PM

Location: Chittoor Road Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh- 518002.

21.Sri Venkateswara National Park

Sri Venkateshwara National Park – Situated along the Eastern Ghats near Talakona

Sri Venkateswara National Park is a bioreserve that occupies over 350 square kilometres of the area on the Eastern Ghats of India. The park is well known for several waterfalls and a high level of biodiversity. It has fantastic topographical features and natural landscape, hence is a favourite attraction for nature and animal lovers.

22. Srivari Museum

Srivari Museum

Sri Vari Museum is a famous attraction to get a glimpse into the religious history of the region. The museum has an impressive collection of artefacts that give insights into the ancient history and architecture of the temple that includes sculptures, photographs, scriptures, temple and pooja utensils, etc.

23. Sri Veda Nayaranaswami Temple

Sri Veda Nayaranaswami Temple

Sri Veda Nayaranaswami Temple is dedicated to the supreme God, Lord Vishnu. It is one of the few temples in the country that depict the incarnations of Lord Vishnu whose prime form, Matsya or the fish is also depicted. This is the place where Vishnu defeated demon Somaka and took the form of a fish to retrieve the Vedas thrown in the water by the demon.

24. Regional Science Centre, Tirupati

Regional Science Centre, Tirupati

Regional Science Centre is a famous planetarium built with latest digital technology. They have a marvellous sky observation deck, galleries, parks and equipment of the highest quality. The centre also holds several demonstrations, exhibitions and shows in schools and institutes through their mobile science exhibition.

25. Kanipakam

Kanipakam

Kanipakam is a village in the district most famous for the Kanipakam Vinayak Temple, built in the 11th century by King Mahavarman Sundara Pandian and for the Shiva Temple which was built by King Kullotunga Chola. The rich religious significance of the temples and the stunning ancient architecture attracts visitors in large numbers each year.

26. Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple

Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple

Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple is an ancient Vaishnavite temple, also considered an archaeologically important monument in India. The presiding deity is Lord Venkateswara, who is considered to be highly powerful and can absolve one of their sins, doshas and get rid of any obstacles they face in their lives.

27. Nagalapuram

Hidden like a jewel behind the lush green forests of Andhra Pradesh lies a serene and tranquil place named Nagalapuram. Also known as Nagala Hills, it is famous for the various adventurous activities proffered in this scenic village. Nagalpuram is also known for housing the Nagalpuram Falls. A group of 3 waterfalls, it offers a great trekking opportunity and a stunning panoramic view.

Surrounded by majestic hills and gurgling waterfalls, the serene Nagalapuram and Nagalpuram Falls is mostly visited by tourists from Chennai due to close proximity.

Nagalapuram Hills

Weather : N.A.

Timings : Open 24 Hours

Time Required : 1 – 2 Days

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

Best Time to Visit : October – March.

28. Sri Prasanna Venkateswaraswami Temple

Sri Prasanna Venkateshwara Swamy Temple – Built in Dravidian Style Architecture

Sri Prasanna Venkateswaraswami Temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. The Dravidian temple architecture, the magnificent idol of the presiding deity and the divine vibe attract visitors daily. It is a believed that offering prayers to the deity here relieves one of doshas or sins and removes obstacles one faces while achieving their goals.

29. Kapila Theertham

Kapila Teertham

At a distance of 4 kms from the city centre, Kapila Theertham is a popular waterfalls situated inside the premises of Kapileswara Swamy Temple at the base of Sheshadari Hills. The water cascading down of 100 metres to form a pool at the base is a gorgeously enchanting sight to see.

Weather : N.A.

Timings : 24 hrs

Time Required : 1 – 2 hrs

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee.

30. Highway Grand World

Highway Grand World

Situated on Chennai – Thiruttani – Renigunta Hwy, Veerakaverirajupuram near Tirupati, Highway Grand World is a grand water park in Tirupati. The water park also hosts private parties, weddings, work gatherings and school group trips.

Weather : N.A.

Timings : 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Time Required : 2 – 3 hrs

Entry Fee : Adults – INR 200, Kids – INR 250.

31. Teppotsavam

Teppotsavam – Sacred Float Festival in Tirupati

Tirumala Tirupati Teppotsavam otherwise called as the float festival is one of the most popular boat festival held at the Krishna Temple at Tirupati. Falling every year in the month of Chaitra (March) according to the Hindu Calendar, the celebrations are held on a grand scale for five days. Amidst the chants hailing Lord Govinda, the Teppotsavam is a spectacular display of culture, religion, tradition and devotion of devotees.

Dates of Teppotsavam 2021
The festival takes place at the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh and will be held from March 25 to March 28 2021.

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Rituals & Celebrations at Teppotsavam

On each day leading up to the grand finale, different floats are led to the Srivari Pushkarini, the divine tank. The idols of the deities are called Utsav Murtis, as they are specially designed to be brought outside the sanctum. The idols are carried around the temple complex through the mada streets, which lie just outside the main building. After circumambulating the tank, the Murtis are mounted on colourfully decorated floats and carried out to the middle of the tank to the Vasantha Mandapam. This Mandapam is a four-pillared structure built in the Pushkarini, where special prayers are held.

On Ekadasi, the first day, a decorated float bearing Lord Rama, his divine consort Lady Sita and Lord Lakshmana and Lord Hanuman are taken out to the tank. As the procession completes three rounds around the mada streets, onlookers are treated to soothing chants of the Holy Scriptures and majestic music from local musicians.

On the second day – Dvadasi, another incarnation of Lord Vishnu – Lord Krishna and his consort Lady Rukmini, are taken out on a heavenly ride to the tank. As the invocations call on the Lords to bestow mercy and prosperity on the devotees, the sight is truly mesmerising to watch. After three rounds of the procession, the deities are taken to the pond. 

On Trayodashi, Chaturdashi and Pournami – the third, fourth and final day -, finely decked floats carrying the presiding deity of Tirumala – Sri Malayappa Swami and his consorts Lady Sridevi and Lady Bhudevi are brought to the Srivari Pushkarini amidst much fanfare. Three, five and seven rounds are taken out respectively on the third, fourth and fifth days of the Teppotsavam.

As the days progress, the deities are taken out on more rounds around the temple complex. On the final day, Pournami, the floats are taken out seven times, much to the joy of the devotees. As the full moon shines divinely on the spectators, special prayers and rituals are observed in the tank. Spectacularly decorated with lights, colours, fragrant flowers and streamers, the structures are indeed a sight to behold. Nadaswaram, a traditional wind instrument, lends divine music as priests recite holy mantras and pray for the wellbeing of humanity. You are bound to be enthralled by the fabulous display!

Teppotsavam Tickets

Day: INR 500
Arjitha Seva: INR 200

Devotees are expected to book the time of their darshan in advance, and online bookings on the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam website are preferred. You are expected to carry a proof of identity to the venue after booking your slot online. Bookings open 90 days before the commencement of the festival. You must assemble 40 minutes before the event begins, to verify credentials. The Teppotsavam Seva is priced at INR 500 per person per day. Devotees are given offerings of silk garments, a blouse piece and prasadam as part of the Seva. The seva or prayer following the Teppotsavam is called Arjitha Seva. This includes prasadam too. The famed Tirupati laddu is lip-smackingly delicious! This sweet meat is made from ghee, sugar, raisins, cashews and gram flour, and is a must-have here!

Dates of Teppotsavam

The festival takes place at the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh and will be held from March 25 to March 28 2021. The Teppotsavam is a five-day festival held in the Hindu month of Phalguna or Chaitra (depending on the date), which occurs in February-March. The days leading up to Phalguna Pournami (full moon day) are hailed as the Teppotsavam days. The five days are according to the lunar calendar, as follows – Ekadasi, Dvadasi, Trayodashi, Chaturdashi and Pournami. The dates in the Gregorian calendar vary every year. 

The processions are held in the evening, usually between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM. The hour-long event begins at the holy tank.

History of Teppotsavam Float Festival

Teppotsavam has been one of the earliest Hindu temple festivals, dating back to times when temple tanks were first constructed. In the late fifteenth century, King Narasimha Raju Udayar built the Mandapam in the middle of the Pushkarini, where the festival is held today. The celestial cruise marks another unique way of celebrating the many wonders of the deity.

How to reach Tirumala

Tirumala town is located in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and is easily accessible by all modes of transport. The Tirumala hills, where the Venkateswara temple is located, is part of a seven-hill range that some devotees scale by foot as well. The Temple of Seven Hills is accessible by road, air and rail as well.

The nearest airport is located at Renigunta, which is about 15 kilometres away. This is a domestic airport which is connected to Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi. International visitors can catch connecting flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Bangalore.

The Tirupati Railway Station, located 25 kilometres away, is the nearest railway station to Tirumala. Major trains that ply on this route include the Tirupati Coimbatore Express, Seven Hills Express, Narayanadri Express, Tirupati Express, Narsapur Express, Vijayawada Express, Madras Express, Tirumala Express, Swarna Jayanti, Krishna Express and Gurudev Express. All major cities of India are connected to Tirupati.

Government buses connect Tirupati and other major cities of Andhra Pradesh to Tirumala. Buses ply between Tirumala and Tirupati every two minutes. Direct buses from Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities are also present. Private taxis and vans can also be hired, although this is the most expensive option at hand.

Tirumala Temple
Tirupati Tirumala Temple
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The Dress Code at Tirupati

The Tirupati temple is one of the most sacred Hindu sites in the world, and it is imperative that you respect the religious sentiments of the devotees while you are there. A dress code is strictly enforced by the temple management, and it is important that you abide by the rules of the Devasthanam. Light colours are preferred to dark, bright ones. Men are advised to wear dhotis or veshtis that are south Indian staples. You can also opt for kurta-pyjamas or long tunics. Avoid wearing shorts or capris. Jeans are also discouraged. Loose-fitting trousers and pants are allowed. Shirts and tees are also allowed but do not opt for gaudy prints. Men are not required to be shirtless within temple premises.

Women are advised to wear saris or long tunics. Kurtis is allowed as well. Chudidars, suits and shawls are also allowed. Women can opt for ankle-length skirts and blouses, or half-saris too. Sleeveless tops and knee-baring dresses are not allowed within the temple.

Dos and Don’ts at Tirupati

  • For the best views of the deity on the tank, be sure to take a spot on the steps of the holy tank beforehand, as the region gets very crowded as time passes. If you want to accompany the procession as it makes its way around the mada streets, you may not get a good view of the final ceremony. It is advisable to plan your trip around the five days in such a way that you can witness both the procession and the concluding prayers. It is recommended that you get a good spot at the tank steps especially on the last day – Pournami – as the ritual is a must-watch!
  • Make sure to follow the dress code, as violations are viewed seriously. The weather is warm, so dress accordingly.
  • Most of the events are held at the sacred premises, which means that you will have to be barefoot. Avoid littering, and watch where you step.
  • Dispose of waste responsibly, especially prasadam leftovers and other offerings.
  • Take care of your valuables, especially wallets, mobile phones and jewellery. It is advised to not wear flashy jewellery or carry large amounts of cash while on the trip.
  • Take care of your children and keep sight of them at all times, as the crowds are quite overwhelming. It is better to give your children an identity tag with your contact information on it, in case of emergencies.
  • Carry an empty utensil to take the offerings home, as temple packaging may leak or tear. Avoid wasting food and prasadam.
  • Remember to book accommodation at Tirumala well in advance, as pilgrim influx is maximum during Teppotsavam season.
  • Smoking, drinking alcohol and consuming non-vegetarian food are prohibited inside temple premises. Respect the religious sentiments of the pilgrims during your visit.
  • All bookings done online are to be done through the official website of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam website.
  • Be wary of fake sites and quacks who may cheat you.
  • Electronic devices are allowed only minimally inside the temple. Use your phone minimally, and enjoy the wholesome spiritual experience at Tirumala.

Things to Keep in Mind

This is one of the most crowded times of the year at Tirupati, drawing in millions of devotees to the region. If you are looking to attend the regular prayers and rituals, keep in mind that some of them may be cancelled on account of the Teppotsavam. In particular, the Sahasra Deepalankara Seva is cancelled on all five days while the Arjitha Brahmotsavam and Vasanthotsavam pujas are not held on the last three days of the Teppotsavam. The Pournami Garuda Vahana Seva to be held on the day of the full moon is also cancelled. Morning prayers are held as scheduled, and there are not many changes to note.

Tirumala Temple Gopuram

32. Kodandarama Swamy Temple

Kodandarama Swamy Temple

The Sri Kodandarama Swamy Temple or Kodandarama Temple is a temple in the heart of Tirupati, dedicated to Lord Rama. The Varaha Purana suggests that Lord Rama, Sita Devi and Lakshmana stayed here when returning to Ayodhya from Lanka. Built by the Cholas in tenth century CE, this temple commemorates their stay here. While Ugadi and Ram Navami are celebrated on a grander scale, Brahmotsav is also celebrated here every year. There is a sub-shrine dedicated to Anjaneya, the mount of Lord Rama.

33. Akasaganga Teertham

Akasaganga Teertham – 3 kms Away From the Main Temple

Located at a proximity to the Tirumala temple, Akashganga Theertham is of great religious significance to the devotees. It is also a picturesque tourist destination which is visited by nature lovers from different parts of the country.

Followers believe taking a dip in the plunge pool of this holy waterfall washes one of their sins. Akashganga Theertham is known for retaining its water throughout the year. The main abhishekam (bathing) ritual of the deities of Tirumala temple is performed in the waters of the Akashganga waterfall. According to popular belief the waters of Akash Ganga waterfall originates from the lotus feet of Ananda Neelayam.

Best time to visit: You can visit this place at any time of the year as water flows down the cataract at equal speed in all seasons.

Price: There is no entry fee. 

Timings: Timings of visit are 9m -6pm every day. 

Location: Akashganga Dam, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh- 517504.

34. Tirumala Temple

Tirumala Temple

The chief attraction of Tirupati tourism centres round the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam which is one of the most revered sites of Hindu pilgrimage. Its presiding deity is Lord Balaji or Venkateshwara or Vishnu whose effigy is adorned with extravagant jewellery and is considered as the richest shrine of India.

The temple is located atop the Seshachalam Range of Seven Hills in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Tirumala temple is considered as one of the most venerated places to see in Tirupati as Lord Venkateshwara grants every wish of his followers made in this holy site. In return devotees donate their hair to the deity as a mark of gratitude. 

Timing: There is no fixed timing for visit. Special puja timing is 5:30am -7am. 

Best time to visit: September- February is the best time to visit Tirumala Tirupati temple when the climate is pleasant with intermittent showers in November and December. Summer months are torrid with high humidity which makes travelling difficult at daytime. 

Location: S. Mada St.Tirumala Tirupati Andhra Pradesh 517504

Price: Entry fees for Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam is Rs. 20 per person, Rs. 100 and Rs. 300 as SED (Special Entry Darshan).

35. Tirumala Deer Park Reserve

Spotted deer in Tirumala

Being in Tirupati does not mean you will have to go on pilgrimage tours only and cannot spend your vacation in a different way. The Deer Park is one such place to visit in Tirupati which offers a rewarding escapade to nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

The Deer Park lies on the way to Tirumala and you may take a stop over in this place and enjoy the joyful company of deer in their natural habitat. You can see herds of deer thriving in the incredible flora of the park and can even feed them with your hands. The Deer Park Reserve is a tourist friendly zone which allows friendly activities with the deer and dramatic views of the surrounding landscapes. 

Timings: The timings for the visit is from 10 am- 5:00 pm.

Location: Nerabailu Village, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

Price: There is no entry fee to visit the Deer Park Reserve.

36. Papavinasanam Dam

Papavinasanam Dam

If you are visiting Tirumala, make it a point to visit the Papavinasanam Dam located near Papavinasanam waterfall at a stone’s throw distance from the main temple. Taking a dip in the refreshing waters of the dam cleanses your body and enriches your soul. It is said that the water of Papavinasanam Dam comes directly from the feet of The Lord.

Whoever takes a dip in this holy water is cleansed of their sins or “paapa”. Hence the place is called papavinasanam. Papavinasanam Dam is a popular tourist destination due to its fascinating natural setting with dense forest and cascading waterfall. 

Best time to visit: The best time to visit this place is during monsoon when the region takes on a verdant look and the waterfall magnifies to its fullest volume.

Timings: Entry timings are from 6am -6pm.

Location: Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh- 517504

Hotels in Tirupati

1. Hotel Mount View Comforts

2. HOTEL PARK KRISHNA

3. Hotel Mookambika Comforts

4. Taj Tirupati

5. FabHotel Aditya Yatri Nivas

6. TrueLife Homestays – Luxury – Location – Service – Fast WiFi – Kitchen – Fully Furnished AC 2BHK Service Apartments for Families visiting Tirupati Temple – Near Railway Station on the way to Tirumala Temple – Top Service with lots of Love

7. Taj homes stay

8. Sri Balaji Residency (AC) 2 BHK Apartment

9. Tirupati Homestay – Apartments

10. TrueLife Homestays – Comfort – Location – Service – Fast WiFi – Kitchen – Fully Furnished AC 2BHK Apartments in Tirupati – Walkable to Restaurants & Super Market – Easy access to Airport, Railway Station, Sri Padmavathi & Tirumala Temple

11. Pai Viceroy Hotel Tirupati

12. MAHAS Comfort Homestays, Fully Furnished Air Conditioned Apartments

13. Treebo Trip Riyas Grand

14. Sree Service apartments

15. HOTEL RAMCHARAN RESIDENCY, TIRUPATi

16. Treebo Trend Hotel Sripadha Residency Alipiri Road

17. G k Homestay

18. Sannidhi Service Apartments

19. MG IRIS HOTEL

20. Bliss Hotel

How to Reach Tirupati

Tirupati is well connected to major cities of the country by road, rail and air. The Tirupati airport is just 15 km away from the main city while the railway station is closer. Tirupati is also linked to other cities via a network of well-connected roads.Chennai is the major nearest connecting railway junction. Luxury and standard buses connecting Tirupati to nearby hotspots are frequent and comfortable.

Most frequently searched routes to Tirupati

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How to reach Tirupati by flight

Tirupati airport is located in Renigunta, 15 km away from the main city. A number of regular flights are available to Tirupati from other cities in the country. The nearest international airport is in Chennai. It takes around 3-4 hours from Chennai to reach Tirupati.

Nearest Airport: Tirupati Airport (TIR)

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Tentative return flight prices to Tirupati Airport (TIR) from major cities in India.

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Mumbai₹ 6,810View Details
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How to reach Tirupati by road

Tirupati has regular bus and services from nearby cities of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

How to reach Tirupati by train

Tirupati has 3 railway stations- Renigunta, Tirupati Main and Anantarajupet. These stations are well connected to major cities of the country via several express and superfast trains.

Local transport in Tirupati

An ample number of buses, cabs and hourly based rent cars are available here. Buses are the cheapest and fastest mode of transportation.

What is the best time to visit Tirupati?

Tirupati is crowded throughout the year; however, the best time to visit Tirupati is from September to February when the climate is relatively balmy with intermittent showers. The summers with its sweltering weather and humidity make Tirupati less ideal to visit.

Winter months are ideal for sightseeing and also visiting the shrine, and the weather is pleasant. The town gets crowded by September which is the onset of Brahmotsavam, one of the auspicious festival of Tirupati. For temple hopping, the best season is again winter owing to festivals like Navratri and Dussehra falling in October. Avoid visiting Tirupati during April and May as the temperature is torrid and unbearable

Monthly Weather in Tirupati

MonthHigh/Low (°C)Rain
January30°/ 18°6 days
February32°/ 18°0 days
March36°/ 20°2 days
April38°/ 23°7 days
May40°/ 26°11 days
June38°/ 26°16 days
July35°/ 25°17 days
August34°/ 25°11 days
September33°/ 24°23 days
October31°/ 23°24 days
November31°/ 21°11 days
December28°/ 20°8 days

More about Best Time to Travel to Tirupati

Tirupati in Summer (March-June)

Summer begins from March and continues up to June. The temperatures soar up to 42 degrees, which is the reason why you must avoid visiting the town during summers. However, the nights are more relaxed. The crowd is also minimal during the summers, which makes it an excellent time to visit the temples and watch the shrines closely. It is also a good time for budget travellers; however, there are no significant events or festivals during this time of the year; hence, it is advisable to travel to Tirupati post monsoon.

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati

Tirupati in Monsoon (July – October)

With the arrival of monsoon, the temperature start falling. The months of June, July, August and September bring moderate rainfall. The rush during September is high because of the Brahmotsavan festival celebrated with great pomp. Monsoon is the perfect time to visit the famous Kapila Teertham waterfalls as it looks breathtaking during these months since the waterfall remains more or less empty during summer and late winter season. With the pleasant weather that Tirupati offers compared to other times of the year, this is indeed the best time to make a trip to this temple town.

Padmavati Ammavari Koneru
Padmavati Ammavari Koneru

Tirupati in Winter (November – February)

November – February is the best time to visit Tirupati, owing to a lot of reasons. Firstly, the weather is pleasant and suitable for temple tours. Secondly, some major festivals fall during this period. Navratri and Dussehra are celebrated in almost all the temples, with great enthusiasm. Another festival, Kapileswara Swamy Brahmotsavan is celebrated in February which is considered to be one of the most significant events in Kapila Teertham, a famous shrine in Tirupati. October to January is also the best time to visit the Talakona falls, where there are trek routes for tourist looking to explore through trekking.

Tirumala View
Tirumala View

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