Tirupati Tourism
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Tirupati Tourism

Tirupati Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 161 m
  • Pincode: 517001
  • District: Chittoor
  • Language: Telugu
  • STD code: 0877
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 43°C, Winter 15 to 35°C
Tirupati, situated at the Eastern Ghats’ foothills, is an important pilgrimage centre of the state of Andhra Pradesh. It lies close to the Tirupati Temple, which is located in the hills of Tirumala. The temple attracts millions of devotees every year and is one of the most visited pilgrimage centres of the world.

History of Tirupati

The source of the origin of the name is not very clear, but it is believed that the word Tirupati comes from the amalgamation of two words - Thiru and Pati. Thiru is a Tamil word which means ‘respectable’ while Pati translates to ‘husband’. Thus, the literal meaning of Tirupathi comes out to be ‘respectable husband’.

The hills of Tirumala, which lie close to the city centre, are the second oldest rock mountains in the world. There is no historical evidence to suggest who built the Tirupati Temple, but it has come to be controlled and upgraded by many rulers over the years since the 4th century AD. The temple of Tirupati, unlike the other temples of South India, was able to ward off the invasions by Muslim rulers in the 14th and the 15th century.

People & Culture of Tirupati

Apart from the temple, Tirupati is also known for its fairs and festivals. The Gangamma Jatra, to be held for a week from 8th-15th May, 2012 is one such event. It is held at the Tataiah Gunta Gangamma temple in Tirupati and is known for its unusual rituals.

Devotees disguise themselves and walk across the streets of the temple shouting foul words in the belief that it will drive evil forces away. Later on, they smear themselves with sandalwood paste, cover their heads with jasmine garlands and enter the temple.

The end of the jatra is marked by smashing the earthen idol of the goddess. People from the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka also come to Tirupati during this time to participate in the festival.

The biggest festival though is the Brahmotsavam, during which there is a huge rush. The Vijaynagar Festival, held at Chandragiri Fort and the Rayalseema Food and Dance Festival are some of the other attractions of the temple town.

Things to do in Tirupati

The Tirupati Temple is situated atop the Tirumala Hills which consists of seven peaks known as Sapthagiri. The seven peaks represent the seven hoods of Adishesha, the serpent on whom lies Lord Vishnu. The temple opens at 3:00 am and closes at midnight. According to practice, the Varahaswami Temple should be visited before visiting the temple of Sri Venkateswaraswami.

There is always a huge queue for darshan which can be done through the paid darshan or through the free darshan. Special ‘sevas’ or paid darshans require an additional charge and are a little faster than the free queue. The waiting time in the queue is typically 4-5 hours. Around 50,000 people are believed to visit the temple everyday.

Most of the revenue of Tirumala comes from the pilgrimage to the Tirupati Temple. It is believed that the Tirupati Temple is the richest holy place in the world after the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. Apart from the Tirupati Temple, Tirupati also has the Sri Venkateshwara Zoological Park, which houses birds and animals of various species. Other places of tourist interest in the region include the Padmavati Temple, the Govindaraja Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram and Shilatoranam, which is a rock garden.

Food & Shopping in Tirupati

Food in Tirupati typically consists of the standard South Indian vegetarian fare of rice, sambhar, rasam, vegetables etc. Food is available at the temple too where it is served on banana leaves with sweet rice being the speciality. The other popular food item is the laddu which is a favourite of the Lord as well.

In Tirupati, visitors can shop for locally made unique handicrafts which include woodcarvings, whitewood toys, Tanjore gold leaf paintings and kalamkari art, among other things. Another speciality of the place is the Chandana Dolls which are black carved wooden idols of Lord Venkateshwara and his consort Padmavati.

Travelling to Tirupati

The city is well connected by rail, road and air. To reach Tirupati by air, Renigunta is the nearest airport (15 km away) which serves direct flights from Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai as well as Bangalore. It also has a well equipped railway station which connects it to all the major cities of India. Buses are another means to reach Tirupati. Services are available from Tirupati as well as the Tirumala Hills to the adjacent cities of Chennai, Vizag, Bangalore and Hyderabad.  Buses are operated by APSRTC, KSRTC and other operators.

Travelling within Tirupati

The easiest means to get around Tirupati is bus and car rental. Buses are the cheapest mode of transportation and are available at frequent intervals. Buses can be availed to go to the top of the temple and generally take around an hour. Car rentals are also available and typically charge around INR1500-INR2000 for a whole day with additional charges for fuel.

Travel Tips for Tirupati

Since Tirupati is a holy destination, there are certain rules which should be kept in mind. Wearing inappropriate clothing, covering the head with caps, hats, turbans etc. should be avoided. Also, flowers should not be worn as all flowers are for the Lord. Eating non-vegetarian food and consuming alcohol and chewing betel leaf are not encouraged. Cell phones, cameras and any type of gadgets are not allowed inside the temple premises.

Tirupati experiences extreme climate, with summer temperatures ranging from 40-43° Celsius while the winter temperatures hover around 15-18° Celsius.
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Shivam Pandit
  • Shivam Pandit
  • 8 Reviews

"A religious place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
This is a awesome place as balaji temple is on the hill which is home to many endangered animals which you could probably see when you travel up the hill. Also the place is very clean and food is also quite great. There are also some locations up the hill like a dam and couple of temples which you can only see if hired a private cab.
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Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
  • Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Punalur
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  • 113 Reviews

"A pleasant happy tour" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Tirupati tour is really a happy & pleasant tour to have a darshan of god venkatajalapathy. The temple is on tirumala on the top of a hill at a distance of 25 kms from the main tirupati bus stand. Enough state buses are arranged by the andhra state transport corporation to facilitate the passengers for venkatajalapathy darshan. The journey through the high hill is very interesting & enjoyable.

The tirumala temple complex area is well planned & well-maintained. For getting darshan we reached there very early. Rs 50/- & Rs 300/- tickets are there for darshan. Thousands of people from all over the nation are assembling there for darshan. As a formality before entering the main temple darshan in the near varaha kshetra is a must. Since the visiting people are in large scale tight security is exercised. Full hair removal is an accepted custom of tirupati. Tirupati darshan is considered as a holy aspect in life.
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Sarada Kantam
  • Sarada Kantam
  • 4 Reviews

"Well connected by air from many cities"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Earlier there use to be only one are two planes from Hyderabad. Recently with many new air services, this city is connected with lot of other cities like Bangalore, Vizag etc. the road from airport to city is newly formed highway. It only took 20 min from airport to the hotel we are staying (Fortune Select Grand Ridge) witch is with in the city and on the way to Tirumala. Overall there is a huge improvement in air and road connectivity to Tirupati.
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Dhanunjaya Srisailam
  • Dhanunjaya Srisailam
  • 8 Reviews

"December is the good season"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
In December the weather is too cool in Tirupati. As it is located in mountains, that place will be raining throughout the year. During this month, there is a heavy fog. The places that everyone should visit near Tirupati are Akashaganga, Papavinasanam, Sila Thoranam, Srivari padalu.
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Karthick Vijayblood
  • Karthick Vijayblood
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"Good places around, safe travel in bus"

  • 3/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Tirupati is a must visit place, not only the temple, here also some good places like parks, falls are there, which are really worth of sightseeing. There is something you need to know, the hole Tirupati is fully vegetarian and you will get really tasty food, so dont worry and there is many road side shops are there to go for shopping but the problem is, you have to bargain. No airways are here, train root is available till under the mountain, you have to go up, only bus and car's. My suggestion is use buses, which is really safe there.
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Sai Kiran
  • Sai Kiran
  • 11 Reviews

"Good devotional place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
ONE OF THE POWERFUL DIETY IN HINDU, famous for solving. Money, sorrow, danger and protection. One who believes him his life is happy fortune. The Temple built on seven hills so he is called 7hill god. If you see hill in reverse god can be seen as Sehavatara (sleeping) posture. Lot rooms food darshan arrange ments are all very professional, comfort if you plan trip by booking room and darshan tickets. Online.
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Ramesh Subramanian
  • Ramesh Subramanian
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"A place with cool climate"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A trip to one of the most religious places in India! We first started by train from Chennai to tirupati through the Sapthagiri Express. It was a three hour journey after which we reached the station of the Wealthiest God's place(Tirupathi). As it was already night. We decided to take a hotel at tirupati itself. As it was winter season, the place was so cool and the climate was awesome! The next day we started from tirupati to tirumala through the Andhra Pradesh Government Transport service(bus), it was 40 min journey up hill, We were absolutely awestruck with such beautiful views from above the hill, got Goosebumps all over. And the climate was too cold there too as we were in the hills. We decided to visit the tirumala swami's temple. We have to wait for a while in the queue but it worth the wait! You get to see the God himself! Huge amount of people visit the temple every year.It is considered to be one of the Wealth's of India.The return was through the same train the next day! Everybody must visit the place at least once in their lifetime. May God Bless All!
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Bhaskar Reddy
  • Bhaskar Reddy
  • 3 Reviews

"Worth going every year to this destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I make it a point to go there every year. There is no place on earth like Tirupati. I stay in Tirupati and walk up to Tirumala. It is a bit long and need to be fit to walk up, but it is worth the walk. It is getting cleaner every year compared to previous year. Debastansm is spending money to develop this area to be safe and present for visitors. Except for one KM in between, most of the walkway is very nice.
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Pradeep Gupta
  • Pradeep Gupta
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Good devotional place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Tirupati the heavenly abode, is located in Andhra Pradesh. You can feel faith tingling within your body, making you feel more composed and calm. The icing factor about Tirupati is firstly Tirumala, where the main tourist attraction, Balaji Temple is located. It takes you not more than an hour to reach there and what you find there is cleanliness at its best. You can see temples and figures of god’s almost at every corner and even the best hotel in Tirumala cost you 2000. The best thing about Tirumala is you feel dignified and equal among all as we say, everyone is equal before god's eyes. Talking about food, you can get the best delicacies only at dhabas or stalls. They provide you with the best of idli, vadas and not to forget parota with korma. If you are interested in artefacts and museum, even then it is the perfect place for you. The evening aarti in the temple premises is also a sight to behold. Tirumala doesn't experience extreme temperatures so you don't need too many clothes but a sweater in winters is a must. And ya! Even the best hotels can't do away with cockroaches and lizards, so don't forget to carry pesticides!! But it is recommended not to kill them. Ahimsa Parmo Dharma. Last but not the least you should not be carrying any sort of drug, tobacco etc. as it is not allowed in Tirumala and a thorough checking is also done before leaving Tirupati. Enjoy your trip. This place deserves at least a one-time visit.
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Balamani Rajendran
  • Balamani Rajendran
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Mesmerism experience at this devotional place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Full of devotion, happiness and relaxation of mind. Everyone get confident to achieve new thing after visiting Tirupati. Get good messages from elders. Why Tirupati is good in October month. Because October month is more grand for Venteshvara Perumal. Its good for children to learning new things. How adjust to visit the god importance for patience and waiting. Memorable holly things walking long distance. Take photos with background full of nature. Train journey is another wonderful part of joy to visit Tirupati. Family together as pious so wonderful place is Tirupathi. After watching Vishnu get fulfilment in life.
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