Located in Chittor district of Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is one among the major pilgrimage sites of India. Devotees throng the temple town year after year. Here are a few tourist attractions in Tirupati that are not to be missed when you're on a trip to the holy city.
Sri Venkateshwara Temple
Sri Venkateshwara Temple, also known as Balaji Temple, is situated on the 7th peak of Venkata Tirumala Hill. The temple is one of the reasons that make Tirumala famous among travellers. The Balaji Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwra (Lord Vishnu) and is built using Dravidian architectural style.
Malayappa Swamy with his consorts
Photo Courtesy: Vasanthostavam Festival
Lord Venkateshwara is called the Lord of the Seven Hills and the temple has mentions in Vedas and other Hindu religious scriptures.
This holy tank is another attraction that is to be missed on a trip to Tirupati. It is believed that Sage Kapila meditated here before Lord Shiva's idol, thus the name Kapila Theertham.
On the way to Tirumala Hills, you can find the ISKCON Krishna Temple. The beautiful architectural style of the temple and its wonderfully done interiors also make a visit to the temple a worthy experience.
The idols of Krishna and Radha
Photo Courtesy: Ilya Mauter
Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and has Sita and Lakshmana worshipped along with the idol of Rama. It is believed that Lord Rama stayed here with Sita and Lakshmana after his return from Lankapuri. The Brahmotsavam is the major festival of the temple, that happens during the end of March every year. The temple is located around 2 km from the railway station.
Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park
The city of Tirupati also caters to wildlife enthusiasts. Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is home to peafowl, parakeet, leopard, wild boars, to name a few. Take a stroll through the park and enjoy the greenery as you explore wildlife here.
The other attractions in and around Tirupati include Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Tiruchanur and Parasurameswara Temple.
How to Reach Tirupati
By Road: There are direct buses from all major cities in South India to Tirupati.
By Rail: Tirupati has a major railway station with trains that run across the country.
By Air: The Tirupati Airport has flights that operate to cities like Hyderabad, Delhi, Coimbatore, Vizag, Kolkata and Mumbai. The airport is located around 15 km from the city and the closest International Airport is in Chennai.
The ideal time to visit Tirupati is from November to February, when the weather is pleasant. To experience the festivities in the city, the ideal time to pay a visit is from June to September.