Tirupati is well known as the pilgrimage and cultural city in the district of Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. It is situated on the foothills of the Eastern Ghats at Andhra Pradesh which is 349 kilometres from Vijayawada, 150 kilometres from Chennai and somewhere around 250 Km from Bangaluru. It is one of the richest locations of pilgrimage for the religious faith across the world. It is quite famous for Venkateswara Swamy temple which is dedicated to God Venkateswara. The century old temples are quite famous for pilgrimages and the Tirumala hills in Tirupati are the second oldest rock mountains in the world.
How to reach Tirupati?
The Tirumala hills is having seven peaks mentioned as Sapthagiri which do represent the seven hoods of the Adhisesha who is the serpent under whose hood Vishnu resides in Vaikuntha. It is the world in itself, and millions of pilgrims from across the world do visit.
- Via Air
The airport of Tirupati is located 15Km from the centre of the city and do has flights from Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Vijayawada and New Delhi. Additionally the airport if offering flights to Kolkata, Coimbatore and Mumbai. The nearest international airport is located at Chennai which is just 130 km.
- Via Train
Tirupati main is undergoing construction and modernization. It is well connected to major cities across India especially Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Trivandrum. Further it is connected with Chennai sub urban railways in the North-Western line. It does also have another railway station named as Tirupati West which is currently serving as the terminal focus or point for numerous nights. Some other small stations where train stops are- Chandragiri, CRS railway station and Tiruchanoor Halt.
- Via Road /Car
One of the largest bus station is Sri Hari bus services to the nearby major cities and towns across South India. There is another bus station terminal named Alipiri for the buses to Tirumala. There are numerous buses which are operated by Government operator APSRTC and some of the private operators connecting via major towns and cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vellore etc.
Top 10 places to visit in Tirupati
- Sri Venkateswara Temple
- Talakona waterfalls
- TTD Gardens
- Deer Park
- Sri Vari Museum
- Sri Govinarajaswamin Temple
- Horsley Hills
Where to Eat and Stay?
The local food of Tirupati is considered as an amalgamation of the Telegu and Tamil cuisine as Tirupati was the integral part of Tamil Nadu before 1953 and later came under the part of Andhra Pradesh. Both the states are having a generous use of the chilli in their dishes along with some of the spices like curry leaves, cardamom, chilli peppers, mustards seeds, coconut milk and peanuts. When you talk about the traditional food then sitting on the floor and having the food served on the banana leaf which involves curd rice, Vada, payasam, appam etc. one of the quite popular local food which is available in Tirupati is the sweet rice. Once you have visited the Tirupati Venkateswara Temple which is impossible to move without having famous laddu.
Some of the restaurants and hotels where one could stay when reaches Tirupati are – Vihas Hotels, Fortune select Grand Ridge, Minerva Grand Tirupati, Fortune Kences Hotel, Hotel Sindhuri Park, Hotel PLR Grand, Grand World, Kalyan Residency etc.