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Chittoor, located in Andhra Pradesh, not just has an immense historical significance but is also home to some of the most picturesque vistas. Rich in culture and traditions, Chittoor is a seamless melange of natural and architectural splendour. This is an ideal getaway and boasts of many beautiful sanctuaries and architectural magnificence. Get intrigued by the varied range of sightseeing options in this place and read on to discover more about Chittoor.
How To Reach Chittoor:
By Air: Chittoor does not have an airport but the nearest airport to the town is located just at a distance of 57 km away from the town. The closest airport to reach the town is the Tirupati Airport, located in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
By Rail: Chittoor has a railway station, the Chittoor Junction, located at its heart, so the most favourable way to reach this town would be by train. The station is well connected by frequent trains to all the major cities of India.
By Road: Chittoor is well connected to other major cities of India via regular buses. Regular buses operate from the bus terminus and keep the town well connected to other parts of the country.
Best Time To Visit Chittoor:
The best time to visit Chittoor would be in the winter months of September to February, where the temperature is pleasantly moderate, ranging from an average of 20°C to 25°C.
1. Gurramkonda Fort
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The Gurramkonda Fort with its worn out rustic interiors is the most beautiful fort that dots the town. Huddled at the top of a hill at an elevation of 500 ft, the fort dates back to the time of Vijayanagar Empire. Initially, the fort was built in mud and rocks but later when it fell into the hands of the Golconda sultans, the fort was strengthened with rock walls. History has it, that the sultans Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan had once occupied the fort.
2. Horsley Hills
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A hill station in Chittoor, the Horsley Hills is a popular tourist destination that also goes by the name of ‘Andhra Ooty' among the locals. A great place to unwind and relax, the Horsley Hills makes for a great place to visit with your near and dear ones. With resplendent picturesque panoramas and dramatic sunsets over spectacular hilltops, the serene environs of the place is just what you need for your next break. Indulge in the trekking activities or other outdoor activities while you are there. With beautifully carved parks and a little zoo, the place makes sure to keep you entertained during your stay.
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Nestled at the confluence of the Aragonda and Ponnai rivers, Kalavagunta is home to many architectural edifices of historic importance. There are a few temples that adorn the place. The inception of these architectural beauties dates back to the 9th century. Built in the Chola architectural style, the temples are adorned with intricate, detailed carvings that portray the architectural genius of that period.
4. Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alluring geographic features, lush green landscapes and a wide range of activities, the Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is so much more than a home to a number of endemic and endangered species. Lounging over a forest area of 358 sq km, the Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is set against the backdrop of the spectacular environs of some picturesque valleys and hills. The sanctuary is home to animals like the Himalayan black bear, sloth bear, elephants, jackals, hippopotamus, hyena, panther and many more. The Kaigal and Kaundinya are the two streams that flow through this sanctuary and make the sanctuary a food for the soul with its delightful charm.
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