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Tirupati Hotels and Travel Guide

Tirupati town is 67-km from Chittoor in Chittoor district, the southern portion of Andhra Pradesh . The most important place of interest at the place is the historic shrine of Sri Venkateswara, the Lord of Seven Hills, who is famous all over the country. The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the Tirupati Hill, and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini.It is by the Lord's presidency over Venkatachala, that He has received the appellation, Venkateswara (Lord of the Venkata Hill). He is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills.

CLIMATE:
Tirupati experiences Tropical climate and is usually hot round the year. But on the Tirumala hills it is quite cool in winters.

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Chandragiri - 11 km Located 11 km southwest of Tirupati-Balaji, Chandragiri was once the capital of the Vijayanagar rulers in AD 1600. This town is famous for the Chandragiri Fort built on a 180-metre-high rock. Apart form these there are beautiful palaces and temples.

Sri Kalahasthi - 36 km Sri Kalahsti is located amidst two steep hills on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi about 36 km from Tirupati-Balaji. This places has a temple dedicated to Vayu, the God of wind. A river flowing in the north washes the foot of the temple.

Agastyaswamy Temple - 12 kms The Agastyaswamy Temple is situated on the merging point of three rivers namely, Swarnamukhi, Bhima and Kalyan, almost 12 kms from Tirupati - Balaji. There are three beautifully carved entrances adding to the glory of the hall inside. The temple consists of a shrine of Goddess Parvati.

Horsley Hills - 148 kms The Horsley Hills is a beautiful hill station situated on the southwest border of Andhra Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of about 1,265 metres above sea level. This fabulous hill station is named after the former collector of Chittoor. Lovely valleys covered with teak, mango, sandalwood and eucalyptus plantations flank the place.

Nagalapuram - 65 km The town of Nagalapuram is situated about 65 km south-east of Tirupati-Balaji. The highlight of this town is Sri Vedanarayana Swamy Temple, which is supposed to be built by the Vijayanagar emperor, Sri Krishna Devaraja. This temple displays the exotic Vijayanagar style of architecture. The sun worship of the temple is a vital attraction

Temple tank in Tiruchanur, Tirupati
Temple tank in Tiruchanur, Tirupati

Alvar tirthan, Tirupati.
Alvar tirthan, Tirupati.

Tirupati City
Tirupati City

Kailasakona Waterfalls The Kailasakona Waterfalls is situated in the Nagary Valley. It is a mesmerizing waterfall having water that is quite rich in minerals and is said to be therapeutic.

Narayanavanam - 22 km At this place, there is s shrine dedicated to Kalyana Venkateswara. It is a major attraction of this small town, situated about 22 km south-east of Tirupati-Balaji. According to a legend, Lord Venkateswara married Padmavathi Devi, the daughter of Akasa Raja, at this place. The temple was built by Akasa Raja to celebrate this event.

Attractions and Places to Visit in Tirupati

Tirupati Balaji The temple of Tirupati Balaji in south India is one of the most revered and sacred shrines in the country. Millions of devotees visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu, who is the patron deity of the temple. The peaceful environs of the temple make the place look more beautiful.The temple complex is large and spacious, surrounded by the Tirumalai range. The stone Gopuram appears different with celestial figures and statues. Inside, the pillars, doorways, and the Vimana of the main shrine are plated with gold. Besides this it is a massive rectangular bathing ghat, enclosed on all four sides by stone steps leading down to the water. A wide street runs around the entire complex.

Kailasanatha Kana Don't miss the lovely Kailasanatha Kona natural waterfall in the valley of Nagari Hill near Puttur. It is believed that a batch at this mineral rich waterfall, has curative effects.

Horsley Hills Looking for a quiet end to your holiday? Stop by at Horsley Hills, located at an altitude of 1265 mts. The delightfully cool hills are named after W.D. Horsley - a one time collector of Cuddapah District, who chose this spot as his summer residence. Groves of teak, red sanders, eucalyptus, gulmohar, and enchant you.

Sri Kalahasti There's nothing like a good story to add flavour to your tour. Close to Tirupati, is the sacred shrine of Vayu the wind God at Kalahasti town. There's a legend that the Linga here was worshipped by a spider (Sri), a snake (Kala) and an elephant (Hasti). And that's how Sri Kalahasti got its name.

Tirumala Raya Mandapam The Mandapam has a typical complex of pillars in the Vijayanagara style, with a central pillar surrounded by smaller pillars, some of which emit musical notes when struck with a stone. The main pillars have rearing horses with warriors mounted on them. Some of the best sculptures of the temple are found in bold relief in the Mandapam. The bronze statues of Todermallu, his mother Matha Mohana Devi and wife Pitha Bibi, are kept in a corner of the Mandapam.

The Aina Mahal The Aina Mahal is on the northern side of the Tirumala Raya Mandapam. It consists of two parts - an open mandapam in the front consisting of six rows comprising six pillars each, and a shrine behind it consisting of an Antarala and Garbhagriha. It has large mirrors which reflect images in an infinite series. There is an unjal in the middle of the room in which the Lord is seated and festivals conducted.

How to Reach Tirupati

Road : Tirupati is located 547kms from Hyderabad. It is well connected by Road.

Rail :
Tirupati is located 547kms from Hyderabad. It is well connected by Rail.

Air :
Tirupati,Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore Airports.


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