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Talakona waterfalls are situated in Sri Venkateswara National Park in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh state. With a height of 270 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh. At a distance of 49 KM from Tirupathi, 220 KM from Chennai and 105 Kms from Chittore, Talakona Falls are situated at a distance of 23 KM from Bakarapeta which is the nearest town.The waterfalls are placed amidst dense forest surrounded by natural beauty and greenery. It is believed that the water of Talakona Falls is enriched with herbs wit healing powers. Talakona was declared as Bio-Sphere Reserve in 1989-90 because of wide variety of plant species present in the region. Talakona means 'head hill' in Telugu. This place is believed to be the starting point of 'Seshachalam Hills' which are extended till Tirumala. There is a temple near the falls called Lord Siddeswara Swamy Temple. This temple is believed to be built by a devotee named Appa Swamy in 1811 AD. This Temple Attracts large number of devotees during Mahashivaratri.The falls have to be reached by 2 Kms trek from Siddeswara Swamy Temple which is nearest motorable road to the falls. The duration of the trek is about 30 minutes (one way) through dense forest and slippery road.November to January is the best season to visit. There are several private transport facilities to Talakona Falls from Bakarapeta, which has direct bus services from Tirupati and Chittore.
Tirupati is a pilgrimage city in the extreme southeast of the state of AP in Chittore district. It is often referred as a synonym to Tirumala which is a sacred temple town of Sri Venkateswara, also known as Balaji, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.At a distance of 592 Kms from Hyderabad and 150 Kms from Chennai, Tirupati is one of the most ancient and sacred pilgrimage spots in India. Tirumala, the home of Lord Venkateswara is at a distance of 20 Kms from Tirupati. However, Tirupati is the town and transport hub to Tirumala at the bottom of the hill. Tirumala is said to be the busiest in the world, eclipsing even Rome, Jerusalem and Mecca in the number of pilgrims visiting it. The initial temple at Tirumala was built by the Tamil king Thondaimaan. The Pallavas of Kanchipuram (9th century), Cholas of Tanjore (10th century), Pandyas of Mathura and Vijayanagara Kings (14th & 15th centuries) regularly visited the temple and contributed largely to the temple. Especially, Sri Krishna Devaraya of Vijayanagara Empire contributed a lot to the temple. The statues of Sri Krishna Devaraya and his spouse stand in the premises of the temple. Also known as the 'Lord of the Seven Hills', the 2 meter high standing idol of Venkateswara on a lotus flanked by his consorts Bhudevi and Sridevi. The most striking feature of the awe-inspiring black idol is its fabulous diamond crown, which is said to be the most precious single ornament in the world.
Tirumala, adobe of Sri Venkateswara (also known as Balaji - an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centers in India. The temple of Lord Venkateshwara was built by the Tamil king Thondaimaan. At a distance of 612 Kms from Hyderabad, 170 Kms from Chennai, 20 Kms from Tirupati, Tirumala is the richest and most visited temple (of any faith) in the world.The 2 meter high standing idol of Venkateswara on a lotus flanked by his consorts Bhudevi and Sridevi. The most striking feature of the awe-inspiring black idol is its fabulous diamond crown, which is said to be the most precious single ornament in the world. This temple draws millions of pilgrims from all parts of India. The Sanctorum 'Ananda Nilayam' has a glittering gold covered 'Vimana' and gold covered gates. The initial temple was built by the Tamil king Thondaimaan. The Pallavas of Kanchipuram (9th century), Cholas of Tanjore (10th century), Pandyas of Mathura and Vijayanagara Kings (14th & 15th centuries) regularly visited the temple and contributed largely to the temple. Especially, Sri Krishna Devaraya of Vijayanagara Empire contributed a lot to the temple. The statues of Sri Krishna Devaraya and his spouse stand in the premises of the temple. Accommodation is provided by TTD near the temple, which is always crowded. No private accommodation is available. Several devotees walk to Tirumala from Tirupati through 3500 well laid steps with roof through forest (4 hours one way).
Horsley Hills is a famous Hill Station in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh at a distance of 144 Kms from Tirupati, 56 Kms from Madanapalle and 460 Kms from Hyderabad. It is named after W.D. Horsley, the Collector of Cuddapah district, who chose this spot for his summer residence. Situated at an altitude of 1265 meters, Horsley Hills is an exciting place to visit. The journey to Horsley Hills is exciting as one gets to see thick verdure of various species of plants and wild animals. Covering the entire stretch of narrow road are dense growth of Eucalyptus, Jacaranda, Allamanda, Gulmohar and many other species. The old name of Horsley Hills is Eenugu Mallamma Konda. According to the legend there used to be a little girl named Mallamma who was taken care by Elephants. She used to heal tribal people on the hills. When she disappeared suddenly, people thought she was a goddess and built a temple for her.The fragrance of Sampangi flowers mesmerizes the tourists even after they leave this place. One can find a wide variety of flowers in these hills ranging from Reeta, Shikakai, Amla, Beedi leaves, Bay leaves, Sandalwood, gum, Mahogany to Bamboo. Wildlife like bears, wild dogs, jungle fowl, sambars and panthers are also sheltered in the forest here.The atmosphere of the hill resort is pleasant throughout the year, and it can be visited anytime in the year. The Horsley Hills have been a popular refuge for the sun-scorched souls since long.