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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K satyanarayana  Murthy

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  • K satyanarayana Murthy
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Not a good experience" new review

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
My wife and I went to have Lord Balaji's darshan on 19. 6. 2015 at Tirumala. It is Bhooloka Vaikuntam. Heaven on earth.

But, queue management is very pathetic. TTD management should come out of ivory tower and address problems of pilgrims, to avoid stampedes etc.

Volunteers misguide you more than guide. People manning information centres are on mobile and not bothered to reply.

We had a tough time even in Rs. 300/- Special darshan queue. I have written to TTD authorities suggesting certain steps to be followed to avoid unpleasant situation in the holy land. Including the EO, but, all have chosen to just ignore my mails.

Please beware. The situation is JISKI LATHI USKI BHAINS. MIGHT IS RIGHT.

Only succor is the punctuality of APSRTC buses from Tirupati to Tirumala.
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Rahul Kr

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  • Rahul Kr
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"Excellent place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Visited in the month of September. Crowd was heavy, booked our room with TTD. After getting the room, we freshed up and walked around. We went to darshanam at 3 pm and came back at 6 pm. Darshanam was very good. After darshanam we brought laddus and came out of temple. Morning we visited papanasam. Overall, a better trip. Still there were plenty of places but we had no time to visit if possible will cover in the next visit.
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"A nice darshan at Tirupati" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Tirumala sri venkateswara temple is a famous vedic temple in the hill town of Tirumala near Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the richest temple in the world in terms of donations and wealth. Daily 50, 000 to 80, 000 pilgrims visits. If you wish to visit there book accommodation, darshan, in advance. Tirupati is well connected with air and rail. Nearest railway station is tirupati. You can stay at tirupati or tirumala. Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam accommodation facility available from Rs100 to 2000 at Tirumala and 200 to 1000 at Tirupati. From tirupati to tirumala distance is 21 kilometres. APSRTC buses available from railway station or Bus Stand for rs 45/- There are several type of Darshans. Suryadarshan: This is free cost. Sudarsanam: this is for rs 50/- darshan at 5 pm only. Seeghra darshan: this most popular for Rs 300/-. 2 ladoos for every seeker darshan ticket. Divya darshan: pilgrims who walks to tirumala from srivari mettu or alipiri is enabled for this free coupon. One who walks from alipiri can leave luggage there and collect at Tirumala.

At tirumala there is various other temples. First go to souparnika theertham and go to Varaha swami temple. Then visit main temple. After darshan collect famous ladoos. You can visit 5 temples at tirumala for a single bus ticket for Rs. 35/-. Japali hanuman temple, Venugopala swami, Akasa Ganga, Papanasini etc.

Famous temples at Tirupati are

* SRIKALAHASTI

This a famous Shiva temple This is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva situated on the banks of river Swarnamukhi. The renowned devotee of Lord Shiva, Kannappa, attained salvation here. This temple is 38 Kilometers away from Tirupati and famous for Rahu Kethu Poojas well connected by bus.

* ALAMELU MANGAPURAM

This is a an important temple which is visited by every pilgrim who visits Tirupati. It is located 4 kilometers south of Tirupati. This temple houses the spouses of the Lord, Sri Padmavathi devi(Alamelu Mangamma) and Thayaru. According to the legends, Goddess Padmavathi was born in a tank called Pushkarini at this place. The temples of Sri Krishna Swamy and Sri Sundara raja Swamy are also inside the complex.

* GOVINDARAJA SWAMI TEMPLE

This temple is in Tirupati and quite near from the railway station. The highlight of the temple is its outer pinnacle(Gaali Gopuram) which is visible from a quite a distance

The TTD administration runs package tours as well as local buses to all the important temples. The details of the tours can be had from the tourism information counter at Tirumala.
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Ashok sai Dasari

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  • Ashok sai Dasari
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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a little cool better than other places. Summer is the right time to go. Nature feeling travellers would like. Sri venkateswara temple, alipiri ghat road, papavinasanam, aakasha ganga, zoological park, museum in tirumala must visited places. Food itself is good. Nice restaurants in Tirupati. Sapthagiri in Tirumala is very good for meals, sweet magic in Tirupati is nice. There are street bazaars in Tirumala. We can walk to Tirumala is activity. No other more activities are there. There is a grand world in tirupati which is some what nice. People should visit the by road only because the road is very nice to travel.
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Souvik Banerjee

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"One of the finest holy places in India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Tirupati darshan is one of the holiest darshans in India located at Tirumala hill at Tirupati. It is so much clean and too disciplined place I have seen ever. Trusty board have been doing an excellent job. No vandalism is seen anywhere unlike other religious places in india. Anna Prasad centre gives pilgrims lunch and dinner. Two big laddus are allotted per darshan ticket. Darshan will be booked on spot or online. Online tickets are cost of 50 rupees. For kolkata online ticket are available from kalighat andhra public school from 10am to 4pm except tuesday. Free buses available for giving round at tirumala. Overall I overwhelmed by the tirupati darshan. But last but not the least don't forget to visit padmabati at tirupati which is not upon the hills. She is ma laxmi. God bless the pilgrims.
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"An excellent experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a very good visit. As the temple of Lord Balaji is on 'Tirumala Hills'. Whole temple is covered by mountains. But everyone can view it from Tirupati town in daytime as well night. On road, view is great in daytime and night also. Entering the main temple is time taking but it's enjoyable. The Laddus' are awesome, 180 grams each. It's tasty too. Lots of free bus are moving around to take visitors to temple from main bus stands. In summer it's a lot of heat and humid, but lots of free sevas as well cold water, butter milks, prasad's, waiting halls with fans and many mores will keeps you cool. It is a place that no one can understand without seeing by own eyes.
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"An excellent experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It was very holy feeling to visit sri tirupati balaji temple. Whole of temple area on the mountain was very neat and clean, it is impressive. Actually, I was going to attend a conference in Chennai. And when I saw that the train route passes through a very near station from Tirupati i. e. Gudur junction we decided to visit tirupati. And I feel it was an excellent decision we made and enjoyed.
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Vishali Telu

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"Solace under the heaven with lord" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
One of the best place to visit in life. The air of the holy place contains lord venkateswara in it. The holy place is bestowed with blessings of lord in very minute part of it.

Regarding every single task for the pilgrims and devotees TTD Tirumala tirupathi devasthanams have provided each and every facility for happy and devotional darshan of lord venkateswara.

You will have free ashrams and satrams for the stay and free annadanam by TTD. Best devotional place in South-India
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"Good destination to visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
In a life time you have to visit once to Tirupati temple. The temple is built on the hills & very neat and tidy on the hills. Would recommend do a online booking for lord dharshan & go. You don't have to wait long in the queue if you are visiting the place with advance booking of tickets.
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Anil Kumar

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"Holy Place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Tirupati so many times. Still I want to go to feel the holiness. Everybody should go & feel the holiness. In Tirupati, Lord Venkateswara gives blessings to pilgrims. Daily 60000 pilgrims visits to Tirupati. We can go to tirumala by walk too. Here, TTD provides free campaign to devotees is ANNA PRASADA. Once say loudly Govinda Govinda!!!
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