KANIPAKAM | VINAYAKA TEMPLE | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TOUR PACKAGES
#15 of 24 Places to visit in Andhra Pradesh
Ideal Trip Duration: Half Day to Full Day
Nearest City to Kanipakam: Tirupati (71 Kms), Chennai (175 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Kanipakam: September to February
Peak Season: August to October & April to May
State: Andhra Pradesh | District: Chittoor
At a distance of 71 km from Tirupati, 13 km from Chittoor, 175 km from Chennai, 181 km from Bangalore, 50 km from Vellore, 59 km from Sripuram, 420 km from Coimbatore and 575 km from Hyderabad, Kanipakam is a village and pilgrimage center located in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Famous for the Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple (Kanipakam Temple), Kanipakam is one of the top Andhra Pradesh places to visit. This is one of the ideal weekend getaways near Bangalore & Chennai for a day trip and a major pilgrimage site in Andhra Pradesh.
This village lies close to Karnataka & Tamil Nadu border on the banks of Bahuda River. The temple was constructed in the 11th century by Chola king Kulothunga Chola I and was expanded further in 1336 by Vijayanagara Kings. Kanipakam temple is a rare temple with a self-manifestation (swayambhu) idol of Lord Ganesha.
The striking feature of the idol is that it is still growing in size. According to a legend, there were three handicapped brothers, Dumb, Deaf and Blind. They were farmers and used to draw water for farming from a well nearby. One day the well got dried and they could no longer continue cultivation. One of them got into the well and started digging it up. He was shocked to see blood coming out of the well. Within in a few seconds the entire water turned red. All the three became normal getting rid of their deformities. As soon as the villagers came to know about this miracle, they thronged to the well and tried to deepen the well further. They found swayambhu idol (the self-manifested) of Lord Vinayaka emerging from the swirling waters.
The Annual Festival (Brahmotsavam) is conducted for 21 days starting on the Hindu festival of Vinayaka Chavithi (or Ganesh Chaturthi) that generally falls in the months of August/September. Kanipakam is directly connected by bus with Tirupati (every 30 minutes) & Chittoor.
There are few other temples to visit in Kanipakam like Sri Manikanteswara Swami temple and Sri Varadaraja swami temple. Sri Ardhagiri Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple, Sri Boyakonda Gangamma Temple and Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple are some other temples nearby Kanipakam.
Renigunta is the nearest airport (83 km from Kanipakam) which serves direct flights from Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai as well as Bangalore. Chittoor Railway Station (12 km away) is well connected with Hyderabad, Madurai, Trivandrum, Jammu, New Delhi, Vellore, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Nagercoil, Vizag, Bangalore, Jharkhand, Odisha, Kochi, Patna, Mangalore, Kanyakumari, Tirupati, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Pondicherry, Vizag and Madurai. Buses are available from Kanipakam to the adjacent cities like Tirupati, Chennai and Vellore.
There are 6 rooms run by the Kanipakam Devasthanam and 14 rooms run by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Choultries along with few private lodges.
The best time to visit Kanipakam is from Sep to Feb while the Peak Season is August to October & April to May. Usually it takes half day to full day to visit Kanipakam.
Timings: 4 AM to 9.30 PM
Kanipakam Bramhostavam (Aug/Sep)