Amidst the thickly-wooded hills in Chittoor district lays the temple town of Tirumala with Tirupati at the foothills, the abode of Lord Venkateswara. The range of hills is said to resemble a snake with Tirumala forming the hood. Lord Venkateswara, the residing god, is known as ‘Lord of the Seven Hills’ and ‘Balaji’. Tirupati and Tirumala today are modern destinations of pilgrim tourists. Not only the bliss of a divine 'darshan' but added attractions provided by nature make them the ideal pilgrimage-cum-holiday destination. While Balaji remains the main draw, the beauties of nature and the serene surroundings have made Tirupati today a much visited town. A beautiful road leads up across the Seven Hills to Tirumala.
Nearest Airport is Renigunta, a place just 10 kms from Tirupati.
Tirupati is connected with all major cities in cities. It is just five hours by rail from Chennai and Bangalore
Chennai 130 Km,
Bangalore 240 Km
Hyderabad 572 Km
Vijayawada 380 Km
Chittoor 61 Km
The Temple of Balaji at Tirmula hills is famous the world over and millions of pilgrims from across the globe visit the temple annually. The temple, which finds mention in ancient texts, was patronized by the Pallavas, Pandyas, Cholas, the Vijayanagar ruler and the Maharaja of Mysore.
Many of the pilgrims have a dip in the tank adjacent to the temple at Tirmulla, before having a darshan of Lord Venkateswara. The tank is considered sacred. According to legend
About three km north of the main temple is perennial stream that is said to flow from the feet of the deity.
Situated on the Tirmula Hills, this natural rock formation is one of nature’s wonder and only one in two other places in the world—Rainbow Arch at Utah in the USA and the Cut through in the UK.
Being in a Temple town at the foothills of world famous Balaji shrine at Tirmulla, one is bound to visit such temple s as the Alamelumanga temple at Tiruchanur, four Km from Tirupati.
This is where the marriage between lord Venkateswara and Hoddess Padmavatti is said to have taken place. Located 36 km from Tirupati, ther is a temple dedicated to ‘Kalyana Venkateswara’.
A sacred Tank a mile and a half distant from Tirupati, where Lord Shiva is said to have blessed Sage Kapila with a vision of himself and his concert.
Spread over 500 acres, this wildlife sanctuary and national park has a number of species of flora and fauna and provides an ideal leisure spot
The Vijayanagar Empire contributed vastly to Telgu culture, art and literature. The Last capital of the Vijayanagar kings was Chandragiri on the banks of the River Swarnamukhi in Chittoor District. 12 km from the temple town of Tirupati.
This is an 11th century Vinayaka temple and pecuriarity is that idol seems to be growing in size. A ‘Kawacham’ (breast plate) made for the idol half a century ago has become too small for it now. Kanipakam is about 70 km from Tirupati and 12 km from Chittoor
Kailasanathakona water falls are situated in the valley of Nagiri hills near Puttur. The water here is said to be rich in minerals and possess curative properties. Hence this place is called Kailasanathakona which is a picnic, scenic and pituresque spot.
The temple of Shiva in the form of a ‘Vayulinga’ lies 36 km from Tirupati. According to lelend, a spider (Sri) spum a web over the Linga, Kala, anake, placed a gematop it and Hasti, an elephant, brought water in its trunk to wash the Linga. All three ardent worshippers of Shiva.
One of the best known hill resorts of Andhra Pradesh, the place has been named after a British Collector of Cuddapah who discovered the beauty of the area and made it his summer resort.The hill station, 1265 meters above sea level, is situated 140 km from Tirupati and almost the same distance from Bangalore.