TIRUPATI TRAVEL GUIDE
City | Pilgrimage
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Base Station: Tirupati
Nearest City to Tirupati: Tirupati, Chennai (134 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Tirupati: October to March
Peak Season: April to May & September to December
State: Andhra Pradesh | District: Chittoor
Tirupati Weather: Summer: Maximum - 45°C & Minimum - 22°C
Winter: Maximum - 28°C & Minimum - 15°C
At a distance of 71 km from Chittoor, 413 km from Vijayawada, 556 km from Hyderabad, 763 km from Vizag, 134 km from Chennai and 259 km from Bangalore, Tirupati is a pilgrimage city in the extreme southeast of the state of AP in Chittoor district. It is often referred as a synonym to Tirumala (called as Tirumala Tirupati) which is a sacred temple town famous for Sri Venkateswara Temple also known as Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Lord Venkateswara is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Tirupati along with Chandragiri is an ideal Chennai getaways for a two day trip.
Tirupati is one of the most ancient and sacred pilgrimage sites in India. Tirumala, the home of Lord Venkateswara is at a distance of 22 km from Tirupati. However, Tirupati is the town and transport hub to Tirumala at the bottom of the hill. 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.
Spread over an area of 450 square kilometers, at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, Tirupati offers a magnificent religious and natural delight to devotees and tourists. Apart from Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, Varahaswami temple, Tiruchanur temple of Goddess Padmavati, Govindaraja temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Avanakshamma temple, ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple etc. are the important temples in Tirupati. The Kapila Theertham is a place of worship dedicated to Lord Shiva, Parasurameswara Temple in Gudimallam, Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple, Chandragiri Fort, Kanipakam, Srikalahasti and Talakona Falls are the interesting places around Tirupati to be visited.
Tirupati is also known for its fairs and festivals. The biggest festival though is the Brahmotsavam, the Vijayanagara Festival held at Chandragiri Fort and the Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival are some of the other attractions of the temple town. The Gangamma Jatra held for a week in May is another important festival here. It is held at the Tataiah Gunta Gangamma temple in Tirupati and is known for its unusual rituals.
Renigunta is the nearest airport (15 km Tirupati) which serves direct flights from Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai as well as Bangalore. Tirupati Railway Station is well connected with Hyderabad, Chennai, Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Kakinada, Nagercoil, Kolkata, Pondicherry, Jammu, Bangalore, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, New Delhi, Vizag, Mangalore, Gujarat, Kochi and Jharkhand. Buses are available from Tirupati to the adjacent cities like Chennai, Kanchipuram, Vellore, Vizag, Bangalore, Vijayawada, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Mysore and Hyderabad.
The best time to visit Tirupati is from October to March while the Peak Season is April to May & September to December. Usually it takes 1-2 days to visit major places in and around Tirupati.