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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Amit  Rao
  • Amit Rao
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 28 Reviews

"Good to see god after a loooooong wait. But got just a glimpse........" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The place has a very mystic feel. It is lord Venkateshwara everywhere. We went on a day where there was not much of crowd, and thought that we will get to see god very fast. We entered the complex at 2:30 pm and were asked to wait in a compartment ( it is a caged room where you wait for your turn to go to the temple). We were allotted a time at 11:30 pm. It was a shock as we were sure there was no crowd on that day ( this is because we went 3 days after the Chitoor killing of wood smugglers). The temple took good care of the person waiting in the compartments, but the hygiene and cleanliness of the place went for a toss.

The lunch, tea and dinner given in the compartment to the waiting persons were spilt all over and we had no place to sit. Luckily we were allowed to see God at 8:30 pm. We came out of the temple at 10:00 pm. The best part of the stay in the compartment was we were not allowed to carry our mobiles or tab inside. This gives us a lot of free time with our family and cuts us off from our routine day to day worries. The only complaint is that after waiting for such a long time the time give to see the God is hardly a few fraction of a second. If this can be improved, it is worth the wait.

I every time complain of this and promise not to come back here again, but and sure will return back soon. Only waiting for his call.
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Madhan  Kumar
  • Madhan Kumar
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 6 Reviews

"A good place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Tirupathi is all well know for the tirumala temple, from here its 25 km to Balaji darshan. Having lots of hotels and lodges to stay for your budget. Tirupathi is well connected bus, train and flight from various cities in South-India.

For local sight seeing local buses and autos are available in cheap rate bargain is necessary. You can book taxi during summer to beat the heat.

A must visit place for all Hindus to get the blessing of Lord balaji.
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Rajesh
  • Rajesh
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews

"A holy destination" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I went to Tirupati last Month by flight with my friends. We travelled to Tirupati by Shamshabad Airport. I enjoyed my Journey alot by flight. We enjoyed in Tirupati also. Lord Venkateshwara Darshan was done within 2 hours. Best powerful God (Venkateshwara Swamy) in tirumala. Every body can visit and Take Darshan from Venkateshwara. It was very good trip for us.
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Mayur Jadhav
  • Mayur Jadhav
  • Lives in Nashik
  • 1 Review

"Very clen and neat place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We know that the Tirupati is a place where God Tirupati Balaji's temple situated. This temple is fully plated with gold and surrounding environment is so clean and attractive. It is a good destination in south but there is some difficulty to communicate with people because they only know their mother tongue.
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Venkat Sai
  • Venkat Sai
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews

"Destiny Of Spirituality - Tirupati" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Tirupati is located in Chithoor district in the state of A. P. The world's richest god is located here. As you enter this destination u sense an excellent feeling. There are many holy places in & around the area. Kanipakam an other important place is located near by. All means of transport & hotel facilities are available. Daily lakhs of people visit Tirupati. For a tourist who loves historical and religious destinations Tirupati is a place which u couldn't miss.
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Rakesh Cheruvu
  • Rakesh Cheruvu
  • Lives in Khammam
  • 7 Reviews

"Holistic destination - Tirupati" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Tirupati is located around 150 km from chennai, 270 km from Bangalore and 580 km from Hyderabad, best way of transportation is by train and bus but book in advance.

I've visited Tirumala Venkateshwara temple, alimelu manga Puram, Chandra giri Kota, Venkateswara zoological park in 2 days.

We tasted some authentic Telugu and Tamil food like Sambar, kanda chutney and daddojanam(made of curd and rice).

Took 1 full day for devotional places visit and another day for Chandra giri and Venkateshwara zoo visit. But it's better if you visit Tirupati during summer and monsoon season as it s cool place to stay but be sure to book hotels in advance.
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Ganesh Surve
  • Ganesh Surve
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"A holy place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
In Andhra Pradesh state tirumalla destination is very natural and Indian god gift place. Tirupati balaji is one of the richest trust of god in the world. Near by this place mountain is beautiful and we get wonderful food in tirumalla.
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Mayank Khare
  • Mayank Khare
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Pilgrimage Darshan - Avoid during rainy season"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
a) Why Should Travelers Visit: Spiritual people should must visit a great holy place to be in for darshan.

b) Which Places are must Visits :

Tirumala Main temple
Padmavati Temple
Holy bath at pap vinashnam.

c) Local Food & Shopping : I would not suggest to do shopping but still you can give a try at Mysore silk shop in Tirupati
South Indian Thali at hotel Minerva Grand for people who are not from South India.

d) How you can keep yourself Busy on an ideal day: If you have much time visit temples in Tirupati/Deer park in Tirumala etc.

e) Advice to Travelers:

Make sure you have all bookings done well in advance & you have ethnic wears for darshan.
Photography is not allowed in most of the area inside the temple premises so better leave your phones etc at the hotel or in your car only.
Travelling by taxi or by your own car is a different fun so enjoy the road trip if you can afford that budget,if you are by your own car also you can go to tirumala but 35 km journey is on hills.
Try maintaining the time to reach else you may be fined for fast driving.
Can be covered in Weekend Trips
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Sekhar reddy K
  • Sekhar reddy K
  • Lives in Kadiri
  • 1 Review

"A nice place to see with cool climate"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's an amazing and wonderful place with cool climate and it was an amazing experience. It's a very good place to see and I recommend strongly to visit the place with family. Cool weather, beautiful hills and Lord Venkateswara. Beautiful zoo, nice laddoos and nice people.
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  • 14 votes

Prakash
  • Prakash
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"Good destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have been planning to go to tirupati for a long time and finally executed the plan and really nice place to go with family and especially the food was awesome in the resort and as well the nearby hotels where my family had a wonderful time. It will be a memorable experience to us.
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