A blend of nature and spirituality is the perfect mix which can revive and revitalise the dead soul and awaken the conscience. If you desire to get away from the monotonous curves of life, then plan a trip to Tirupati. You will certainly find yourself elevated by the quintessential atmosphere spread all across the environment.
Also known as the Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is definitely one amongst the fewer places which can decontaminate the body, mind and soul of an individual. It has also been declared as the best heritage city several times. Located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is home to ancient temples, waterfalls, lush green hills and dense forests.
How about planning a trip to Tirupati from Chennai this season to energise and regenerate yourself?
Best Season To Visit Tirupati
Tirupati experiences a wet and dry climate and owing to its climatic conditions, it is advisable to not visit Tirupati during the summer season. The ideal time to visit Tirupati is from October until the end of February when the weather is pleasant and temperature conditions are favourable.
How To Reach Tirupati From Chennai
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By Air: If you are travelling to Chennai by air, then you can take a cab from the airport to Tirupati or take a cab to Chennai city and then take a bus to Tirupati.
You can also take a direct flight to Tirupati airport which is well connected to all major cities of India.
By Rail: Chennai is well connected to Tirupati by rail. You can catch a train directly from Chennai station to Tirupati. This journey will take an approximate time of 2 hr 30 min.
By Road: Tirupati is easily accessible by road from Chennai. You can either take a cab from Chennai to Tirupati or catch a bus from Chennai to Tirupati.
If you are commuting on your own, then you can take the following routes.
Route 1 : Chennai - Puzhal - Periyapalayam - Kailasakona - Nagalapuram - Tirupati
Route 2: Chennai - Tiruvallur - Thiruthani - Puttur - Tirupati
Route 3: Chennai - Perumalpattu - Tiruvallur - Puttur - Tirupati
However, route 1 is fastest and hence, preferable.
Once you are on your way to Tirupati, you can take a break at the following places which will make your journey more interesting and filled with wonders.
1) Puzhal Lake
Built during the British period in 1876, it is one of the major rain-fed reservoirs in the state. Since its inception, it has been catering to the needs of the surrounding towns and cities. If you are looking forward to sitting in a peaceful environment and chilling out, then you must visit Puzhal Lake on your way to Tirupati from Chennai.
The major attraction of Periyapalayam is Sri Bhavani Amman Temple, which is located on Arani river and is dedicated to Goddess Bhavani, an incarnation of Parvati. Every year thousands of devotees and tourists come to enjoy its grand festivals. The temple is also famous for its wonderful patterns and carvings.
3) Kailasakona Waterfalls
One cannot miss this wonderful waterfall en route to Tirupati from Chennai. Over a period of time, it has become a favourite stoppage for all the travellers and tourists. The essence of spirituality and peace can be felt here. Do not miss a visit to the small temple situated at the base of the waterfall. You can start your spiritual journey at this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
From temples to hills and waterfalls to small lakes, this town has everything a traveller wishes for. Take a break at the beautiful water cascade gushing down to revive your soul or get blessings at the Vedanarayana Temple.
Places To Visit In Tirupati
Once you have reached Tirupati, you are free to enjoy the spirituality dispersed in the air and the essence of divinity spread all over the town. Following are some of the must-visit places in Tirupati.
1) Sri Venkateswara Temple
Sri Venkateswara Temple is the major destination in Tirupati for all the travellers and devotees. This temple has become a synonym to Tirupati. During festive seasons, you can see millions of tourists and Hindu devotees gathering here to catch a glimpse of this grand festival.
Also known as the Temple of Seven Hills, Sri Venkateswara Temple is definitely a stoppage for every passer-by. The journey to Tirupati is never successful without paying a visit to this prestigious and ancient temple crooning its legends day by day.
2) Kapila Theertham
It is a famous Shiva temple and was laid down by Kapil Muni. Located at the feet of Tirumala Hills and nestled at the entrance of a cave, Kapila Theertham has been a major learning and spiritual centre since the time of its inception. Today, it is considered as one of the holiest places in Andhra Pradesh.
If you are looking forward to taking a bath in the reviving water of the waterfall gushing down adjacent to the temple, then do not miss this chance of purifying your body and soul.
3) Talakona Waterfalls
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How about trekking a little bit in the spiritual capital? Well, if you are a nature lover and adventure seeker, then Talakona Waterfall should be on your bucket list if you are visiting Tirupati. With its clear water and pristine beauty, it is a major centre of attraction in Tirupati during the rainy season.
5) Govindarajaswami Temple
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Another major temple to be visited in the spiritual capital of Andhra Pradesh is Govindarajaswami Temple. The foundation of this temple is believed to be laid down by Saint Ramanujacharya. Since then, it has been attracting innumerable tourists on account of its beauty carved in the form of idols and shrines, which decorate the temple.