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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Anja Tan

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good place to visit!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Tirupathi is a good religious place and also good place for sightseeing and it is a very clean. Last week me and my family went to Tirupathi for sri balaji darshan and we had a good experience visiting the place and went by. Train. There you will get lots of facilities available. Like we will get a room from the trust itself and they will provide us food while moving in darshan and also there is a free bus facility. And lastly it is a good place to visit.
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Kavleshwar  Petani

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"Divine, holy, peaceful" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Anything said about Tirupati is less. One of the important pilgrim place for Hindus around the world. All the temples in Tirupati are must visit. Sri venkateshwara temple in Tirumala. Padmavati temple in Tiruchanoor, is confidential in Tirupati and many more. Do book your viper tickets online if planning to visit Tirupati, as there will be rush 24x7, one should visit at least once in lifetime. If travelling with children under 2 years, then no need of advance booking as there is a separate queue for the deserved. Make plan for staying at least a night in Tirumala, you will feel the divine thing. Visit all the temples if possible.
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Sandeep sharma

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  • Lives in Virar
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"Rich, joyful and blessed tour" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was a call from the Lord Balaji who gave darshan on 22nd January, 2016. Tirumala hills was awesome. The journey from the foothills to the top was amazing. Lot of photo opportunities available while travelling to the top. Photo enthusiasts keep your camera moving.

Tirumala hills is well maintained by TTD. Lot of discipline was found in the Queue execution. With online booking for the darshan and accomodation in place, it is advisable to visit Tirupati. Morning archana seva booking which was done at Vijaya Bank is no more. You have to do it online months in advance.

The moment you are in the temple premises you feel positive energy all around and bliss of God is felt. In modern times in the name of security we have put lot of structures before the temple and barricades and fabricated stuff. This actually is degrading the architecture of the original premises and looking ugly.

At Kapiltirtham where Lord Shiva gave darshan to Kapil Muni, the natural beauty of the hills is marred by ugly looking pipeline. Photo opportunities are lost because of the modern ugly fabricated steel structures in front of the original ones.

Found lots of people who would try to squeeze money from you right in the temple premises itself. When you visit Maa Padmavati's temple in Trichanoor you will have to take extra care when some hawkers/vendors would try to force on you their wares and literally make you run from there. Genuine beggars are few and cause no harm but there are those who are fit enough to work. They would make your life hell in and out of the temple premises. The best way would be not to entertain any of them or they would surround you like honey bee.

I don't why the Tourism Police and the TTD administration is not paying attention to this aspect. One is ready to help those who are needy and genuine and donation is always voluntary. You can't force people to donate. Visiting Govindaswamy temple makes you feel complete. Those who could not get rich darshan of Lord Balaji at Tirumal are advised to visit Abhay Hasta Balaji temple near Tirupati. Your wishes will be fulfilled and Lord Balaji image giving blessings would rule your memory forever.

Overall it was a rich and blessed journey to Tirupati. I wish the same for all those who intend to meet the Lord. Go there with purity of thoughts and heart, Lord will make the way for you.
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Vamshi Apuri

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  • Vamshi Apuri
  • Lives in Warangal
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"Overall it was a nice tour to Tirupati" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
When I went to Tirupati it was amazing. With family I enjoy a lot for that destination helped me a lot for all destination will help a lot I advise to use this destination. The places which we went is fort and local lake. The food which we eaten in the evening it was awesome. All of the travellers like this not only one. In presence of my mind it's excellent. I advise to the traveller some what improvement like quality assurance to travellers.
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Dhamodhar Reddy

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"Beautiful Temples to go" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Tirumala is famous for Venkateswara temple and I have never seen such a place because every day people coming to this place is increased and from world wide people are coming to Tirumala. Their maintenance also very good. Here park is also present and if you wanna go patience is important because of queue.
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Karthik Naidu

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  • Karthik Naidu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Overall a nice place to go" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
What a destination it is. Cool, calm and awesome place to visit. What else can we say about it. Its simply superb. As there is lord Venkateswara. Its awesome visiting place with family. Last but not the least laddu was good.
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Gopi Chowdary

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"Sacred place to go" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Very good devotional place. It cannot be described in words. A very peaceful and sacred place to be visited and I feel it as if I was in a heaven. So I wish you also visit such a great sacred place.
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R Shekhar

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  • R Shekhar
  • Lives in Sangareddy
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"Its a holy place to go" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nice place to visit with family once in a year. Here lord Venkateshwara swamy temple is famous all over India. Nice temperature and holy place with peaceful nature. There are lot of temples around Thirupathi to be very famous like Govindaraja swamy temple, Kalahasthi, Kanipakam Etc.
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Inthiaz Basha

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  • Inthiaz Basha
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Tirupati, nice destination" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Very nice in India I have seen before. The devotional things inspires me more. The facilities which are provided are very nice. The hills in Tirupati is so nice. The food and water facilities are very good. The Tirupati laddu was very tasty. Every must go to Tirumala.
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Akshay Jagani

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  • Akshay Jagani
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"Divine place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
What a divine place it is. This was my 4th trip to Tirupati & I must say like every time I loved visiting the place. This time tried climbing the Tirumala via steps. 2388 steps, took around 1 hours of time. But it was great feeling once you're up there. A must try for everyone.
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