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Tirumala Temple
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Tirupati is in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is most famous for its Sri Venkateswara Temple dedicated to Vishnu, also known as Balaji in North India and Govinda in South India. The temple is located on top of Tirumala hills, while the town is located on the foothills. The Tirumala hill has seven peaks ("Sapthagiri"), said to represent the seven hoods of Adisesha, the serpent under whose hoods Vishnu resides in Vaikuntha.

Understand[edit]

Tirupati is situated in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh. Tirumala is located in the eastern ghats, a mountain range that runs along the south-eastern India. The temple of Lord Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak Venkatachala. The nearby town called Tiruchanoor (also known as Alamelu-Mangapuram) is covered in this page too.

History[edit]

Lord Venkateswara is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills. This temple has acquired a special sanctity in the Hindu religion. The benefits that accrue by a pilgrimage to this holy town is mentioned in the Vedas and Puranas. Hindus all over the world believe that in Kali Yuga its possible to attain mukti by worshiping Lord Venkateswara. Around 50,000 pilgrims visit the temple every day.

The Pallava, Chola, Pandaya and Vijayanagar rulers were known to give funds and jewels as temple offerings.
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Tirupati city map
Tarigonda Vengamamba Anna prasadam Kandram
Tirupathi Youth Hostel

While in Tirumala you will keep hearing most pleasant Chanting of god ("OM NAMO NARAYANAYA").

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

King Fisher operates daily flights to Hyderabad @ 08.10 Hrs; Indian Airlines operates daily flights to Hyderabad (New Delhi) @ 14.20 Hrs; Jet Air Ways operates daily flights except on Tuesdays to Hyderabad @ 13.50 Hrs; King Fisher operates daily flights except on Tuesdays to Hyderabad(Vizag) @ 13.50 Hrs

From Chennai airport to Tirupati: Use this route if you have little luggage and are comfortable walking for short distances (and want to try a cheaper, alternative route to Chennai Central). From Chennai airport, you can walk over to the local suburban railway station (Tirusulam, about 5 minutes away) and take a local train to Park Station (Rs. 7, about 30 minutes). Chennai Central is a 5-10 minute walk from Park Station. From Chennai Central, there are frequent long distance train services to Tirupati.

By train[edit]

Tirupati is a major junction in South Central Railways. Indian Railways [1] operates direct trains from near by metro cities - Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and other major Railway stations to Tirupati. Trains can be boarded at nearby cities - Renigunta (10 km from Tirupati) and Gudur (100 km) as well. Frequent bus service is available between Tirupati, Renigunta and Gudur.

By Road[edit]

National Highway NH 205 passes through Renigunta and hence is accessible from Chennai (3-4hrs), Bangalore (5+ hours), Hyderabad (10-12 hours) and other nearby cities.

  • Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation [2] (APSRTC) - from Hyderabad or from within Andhra Pradesh
  • Tamil Nadu State Express Transport Corporation [3] (SETC) - from Chennai
  • Karnataka State Road Transport Coroporation [4] (KSRTC) - from Bangalore

Package tours[edit]

It is possible to go on a package tour from various places to Tirupati, with the operator taking care of transport, accommodation and sight-seeing.

From All over India

Tirupati Tirumala Travels (Tirupati Tour Packages for Balaji Darsan), ☎ +91 9848630202 (info@tirupatitirumalatravels.com), [7]. Inquiry: 6am to 11pm. Good Car Rental services in Tirupati - there are Tirupati tour packages from across India. Fares starting Rs.1800 for within city and Rs.12.5/km for outstation.


From Chennai

Going from Chennai is not a bad idea as it is the nearest Airport which has international & Domestic connections.

  • TTD Information Centre, V V R Dharmasala, 198 & 199, Peters Road Chennai - 600 014, 2) Manager TTD Information Centre 50, VenkataNarayana Road T Nagar Chennai – 600 017.) offers a package tour, but the person going on the tour has to do the reservation personally (and submit a photograph and fingerprints!) from one of the many TTD offices around the country
  • Swarnandhra tours, from AP tourism +91 44 2433 3010, +91 44 2433 1977 (from Chennai. You will have to personally go and do the reservations.) [5] offers a two-day package tour from various places in the country, particularly from Bangalore and Chennai. Rs. 1,300 (For Chennai package tour, inclusive of accommodation and darshan at various temples.). Enquire clearly before booking because entry fee for temples other Tirumala is on your own cost.

There are 5 Routes to Reach from Chennai to Tirupati by Roadh; many pilgrims would be in confuse stage on choosing the best route depending upon the travel time Tirupati trip the travelers should plan their way to Tirupati from Chennai. If you want to Have Tirupati Tirumala Trip from Chennai, to be memorable then select one route while reaching to Tirupati from Chennai so that you can visit some important places which are mentioned below and while coming towards Chennai you take other route. Plan your Trip for 2days it is advisable so that you Can visit many places and if You plan it for 3days You Can visit Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Vellore Kanchi. Route No.1- The better way from Chennai to Tirupati Balaji via Kalahasti, Chennai by car. The total distance from Chennai Airport to Tirupati is around 170KMS and from Chennai Central to Tirupati it is 151Kms, from Koymbedu Bustand is approximately 152Kms on the way to Tirupati from Chennai Via Srikalahasti there will be one tollgate, If well planned, Tirupati, Tirumala and Kalahasti, Padmavati Temple (Alamelu mangapuram) can be covered in a day's trip from Chennai To Tirupati.

Note: Plan your Trip with safe and secure Taxi services from Chennai as the trip to Tirupati is considered as the most devotional trip.

Toll & parking Innova Indica Chennai airport (Parking For 3hours) 135 135 Chennai Central Railway station (Parking) 40 40 Tada Toll Gate (Toll Charges) 60 60 Srikalahasti (Parking) 50 40 padmavathi temple (Parking) 50 30 Tirupati To Tirumala (Toll Charges) 50 25 Route No.2- If you are in eager to visit many temples while visiting Chennai to Tirupati the second way from Chennai to Tirupati via periyapalayam here you Can cover many historical Temples which makes the pilgrims astonishing the distance from Chennai Airport to Tirupati via Periyapalayam is approx 150kms and from Chennai central it is 140kms.

By going through this route you find temple at Suruattapalli, Nagalapuram, Padmavathi Temple,

Note: Due to some traffic conditions there will slightly variations in the distance part up to 5 to 10 kms

Toll &parking Innova Indica Chennai airport (Parking For 3hours) 135 135 Chennai Central Railway station (Parking) 40 40 Suruttapalli (Parking) 50 50 Nagalapuram (Parking) No Parking No Parking padmavathi temple (Parking) 50 30 Tirupati To Tirumala (Toll Charges) 50 25 Route No.3- From Chennai to Tirupati via Kanchipuram, tiruttani present the road is under construction, From Koyambedu bustand the distance it is around 170kms and from Chennai Central to Tirupati 180kms and from Chennai airport to Tirupati 170kms and the places you Can cover by travelling this road are Kanchipuram,Tiruttani and Padmavathi Temple.

Toll &parking Innova Indica Chennai airport (Parking For 3hours) 135 135 Chennai Central Railway station (Parking) 40 40 Kanchipuram (Parking) 30 30 Tiruttani (Parking) 25 25 padmavathi temple (Parking) 50 30 Tirupati To Tirumala (Toll Charges) 50 25 Route No.4- fourth way to reach Tirupati from Chennai via, Tiruvallur, Tiruttani to Tirupati and the distance from Chennai Airport 150kms, from Koyambedu bustand 148kms and from Chennai Central Railway station 160kms.

If you divert from Tiruttani Via Sholingur, You can visit Lakshmi Narashima swami temple,Ponnai Navagraha Temple, Thengul Ashram and Vara sidhi vinayaka at Kanipakam the distance from Chennai Central Railway station is 250kms, Chennai Airport 240kms, from Bus stand 240 kms.

Toll &parking Innova Indica Chennai airport (Parking For 3hours) 135 135 Chennai Central Railway station (Parking) 40 40 Tiruttani (Parking) 25 25 Narayanavanam (Parking) No Parking No Parking padmavathi temple (Parking) 50 30 Kanipakam (Parking) 50 40 Tirupati To Tirumala (Toll Charges) 50 25 Route No.5- Chennai to Tirupati distance via Kanchipuram, Vellore Golden Temple which also Known as Siripuram, Kanipakam, Srinivasa mangapuram the distance from Chennai airport to Tirupati Distance is 270Kms from Koyambedu bus stand it is 273 Kms and from Chennai Central Railway station or Egmore station around 280kms.

Many Taxi operators will be creating big confusion as there are many places to be visited in and around Tirupati and the Taxi fare will be much confusing so be clear with your trip

Toll &parking Innova Indica Chennai airport (Parking For 3hours) 135 135 Chennai Central Railway station (Parking) 40 40 Kanchipuram (Parking) 30 30 Golden Temple, Vellore (Parking) 50 50 Kanipakam (Parking) 50 40 Tirupati To Tirumala (Toll Charges) 50 25 if you are looking for Tirupati Travels, Tirupati car rentals then get for [Nithyacaars]http://www.nithyacaars.com

From Bangalore

  • TTD Information Centre 16th Cross, Vyalikavel, Bangalore - 560 003, Ph:080-23445432/23315361

Get around[edit]

Car Rentals:

  • taxiGUIDE.in (Tirupati Car Rental), +91 888 023 4455 (), [6]. Inquiry: 7am to 11pm. Tirupati Car Rental services on taxiGUIDE.in - there are Tirupati packages from Bangalore & Chennai. Fares starting Rs.2342 for within city and Rs.14.5/km for outstation.  edit
  • Tirupati Tirumala Travels (Tirupati Car Rental), +91 9848630202 (), [7]. Inquiry: 6am to 11pm. Good Car Rental services in Tirupati - there are Tirupati tour packages from across India. Fares starting Rs.1800 for within city and Rs.12.5/km for outstation.  edit
  • Nithya Cars (Tirupati Car Rental), +91 9394959595 (), [8]. Inquiry: 24 hours. Taxi for Hire, Car Rental services in Tirupati - there are Tirupati tour packages from across India. Fares starting Rs.1600 for within city and Rs.12.5/km for outstation.  edit

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Tirumala[edit]

Tirumala is a world in itself, millions of pilgrims from all over India and abroad visit the temple of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala round the year. In addition to various shrines scattered all over Tirumala and beyond there are holy water falls, sacred rivers and archaeological wonders. It is regarded as one of the most ancient temples which were mentioned in Puranas and Sastras.

The temple is patronized by the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Rulers and the later kings of Mysore. Hastakalaramam, Papanasanam, Akasganga, Gogarbham, Shilathoranam, View Point, S.V. Museum are the other places worth seeing at Tirumala. Kapilatheetham, Hare Rama Hare Kishna Mandir, Regional Science Centre, S.V.Zoological Park, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Kalyani Dam, Chandragiri Fort, Tiruchanur, Govindaraja Swamy Temple are the other places worth seeing in and around Tirupathi.

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  • Visit the Sri Varahaswami temple before taking the darshan of Sri Venkateswaraswami. As per traditions and legend, Varahaswami owned the seven hills and agreed to give them to Sri Venkateswaraswami with the stipulation that he too is worshiped. Therefore, Sri Venkateswaraswami asked his pilgrims to visit the Sri Varahaswami temple before visiting him.


  • Carry Extra locks for your vehicle as well as rooms.

Respect[edit]

While in Tirumala, DO NOT:

  • Wear inappropriate clothing.
  • Consume alcohol.
  • Eat Meat, Egg and Fish (non-vegetarian food) Considered as Meat in Hindu religion.
  • Wear flowers - all flowers are for the Lord only.
  • Spit or litter or create any kind of nuisance.
  • Carry mobile phone/camera/pager/video camera etc. while going for darshan. They are banned inside the temple (inner) sanctum.

Ladies will need to wear traditional Indian sarees, or failing that, should bring a dupatta (long scarf) to wear across the neck. Basic white dupattas can be bought at the temple entrance for 80 rupees (April 2014).

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The local markets here, like in most other temple towns of India, sell photos of the deity idol in frames of various sizes, statues and other items considered sacred & symolic of the deity.

Many Tirupati related articles/souvenirs can also be purchased and a shopkeeper shall be only too happy to assist you with that.

The SAPTHAGIRI magazine was started as a TTD bulletin in 1949. Currently, it is circulated all over the country as an illustrated, religious magazine It is a monthly edition and available in five languages - Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and English.

After seeking the darshan of Lord Venkateshwara, you get free meal coupons at the SriVari temple. The simple meal consists of rice, sambhar (heavily dal/lentil veg soup), chutney, rasam (light soup), and vegetable curry.

Hotel Lakshmi Narayana Bhavan: This pure vegetarian hotel is located @ the tirupathi central bus stand(CBS) and is reachable in a 5 minute drive from the tirupati railway station. Food is good at reasonable rates and cleanliness would be 4 in a scale of 5. Opt this if you want a quick lunch,save time to roam around Tirupathi and like to finish off the food job at cheap rates. Hotel Bhimas Paradise: A luxury hotel with high priced food. You get continental items here. a 5-10 min drive from the CBS and the tirupathi railway station. Hotel Udayee International: a Hi fi hotel with yummy food. Nice varieties. a 5-10 min drive from the CBS and the tirupathi railway station.

Add to visit Gajendra Juice palace situated at Bhavani Nagar in Tirupathi, to your eat list. The chat services are really good, but be aware! the area wouldn't be that neat.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Tirupathi and Tirumala is a pilgrimage town. People on pilgrimage don't drink or eat Meat (non-vegetarian food) including Egg and Fish. Consumption of liquor is prohibited in Tirumala. Smoking is also not allowed in Tirumala.

For Drinking it is advisable to use bottled mineral water only as the water available here might be sour in taste. As mentioned in the later section, the laddu of Tirupati is considered to be "nearly" as famous as the deity himself.

  • Bhimas
  • Mayura: Mayura, right opposite APSRTC Bus Stand, is by far the best restaurant for authentic Andhra Veg Food; though costly. Next is the Restaurant at Hotel Minerva Grand, that is opened recently.
  • Grand Ridge hotel (grandridgehotel.com), Sy no. 571/3, Shilparamam, tiruchanoor Road (From Airport, new by-pass road to tiruchanoor road), 0877-222-1818, [9]. 24. Brand new four star hotel that is best in Tirupati. Pricess are very affordable. They are running grand opening specials. From Airport take new by-pass road and take tiruchanoor road into town. it is 50 meter from the junction. It is 1.5 miles from railway station and APSRTC bus stand. This hotel serves the best food that you can imagine. 3000.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Tripura Sundari Residency, Old Renigunta or Tiruchanur Road (Opposite road to RTC busstand), 9000933329.  edit

Hotel Minerva Grand is the best hotel in the town. This is a brand new hotel, right next to Reliance Retail Market and a considerable walk from the main bus stand. Hotel Fortune Kences is another good option, which is right opposite APSRTC Main bus stand.

  • Grand Ridge Hotel (Hotel Grand Ridge), Sy no. 571/3 Shilparamam, Tiruchannor Road, Tirupati (From Airport, Take Bypass road and take right on to Tiruchanoor Road), 877-222 1818, [10]. checkin: 24hrs; checkout: 24hrs. Hotel Grand Ridge is a brand new 138 room facility. This is the best star hotel in Tirupati, built to international standards. This is in a very quite area and yet very close to city center. It is on the way to Airport from Tirumala. 3700. (13.62,79.43) edit

Tirupati[edit]

Private Accommodation is available in Tirupati city with numerous hotels catering to the pilgrims. TTD provides for paid and free accommodation in Tirupati for pilgrims

Paid: Sri Venkateswara Dharmasala (Opp. Tirupati Railway Station), Sri Venkateswara Guest House (North of Railway Station), Sri Kodandarama Dharmasala (South of Railway Station), Srinivasam (near Bus Station) and TTD Alipiri Guest House (near foothills) offer non air-conditioned accommodation. Sri Padmavathi Guest House (on Chittor Road) offer air-conditioned accommodation

Free: Sri Govindaraja Dharmasala, Sri Kodanda Rama Dharmasala and Sr

Tirumala[edit]

TTD has built cottages in Tirumala that can be rented by pilgrims. There are 3 categories of accommodation, based on location:

  • Sri Padmavathi Guest House Area (Rs 100 to Rs 250 for Non-AC accommodation, Rs. 500 to Rs. 2500 for AC accommodation, )
  • Sri Venkateswara Guest House Area (Rs. 100 to Rs. Rs. 250 for Non AC accommodation, Rs 600 to Rs 750 for AC accommodation)
  • Sr Varahaswami Guest House, Rambagicha, HUDC, Travellers Bungalows Cottages Area (Rs. 15 to Rs 150 for Non AC accommodation).

TTD also provides free accommodation in choultries. Pilgrims can contact Central Reception Office near Bus Stand for free accommodation.

Reservation for AC accommodation and Non-AC accommodation above Rs 100 per day can be made only at the Central Reception Office, Tirumala. For reservation of Non-AC accommodation upto Rs. 100 per day, Pilgrims can make reservations upto 30 days in advance. Reservations can be made in person at TTD Information Centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pondicherry, Visakhapatnam and other district Head Quarters in AP, by paying the requisite amount.

Alternately reservation can be made by sending a Demand Draft (DD) for Rs. 100 drawn on any Indian nationalised bank in favor of 'Assistant Executive Officer'. The DD has to be posted to Assistant Executive Officer (Reception-I) TTD, Tirumala - 517504. For multiple rooms, it is advised to take multiple DDs for Rs 100 each.

TTD online booking details [11]

Be warned that at times of the year, and around festive occasions you have to book in advance. If you are travelling budget, your best bet is to stay with the TTD, the rooms tend to be clean, well lit and the housekeeping facilities are acceptable. Suggested places, , Kanchi Mutt amother than TTD lodges are the Kashi Mutt, Ahobila Mutt among several others (all are close to each other on a ring road, and can be approached by foot from the temple). Be warned though that priority is given to people associated with the mutt's community and you will neither get room service nor air conditioned rooms - but the rooms are well maintained, clean and come with clean beds and sheets. For the Mutt maintained lodges, prior registration is strongly advised. However, do not have high expectations on cleanliness when staying in these mutts. Some of the examples by various travelers that cleanliness of these mutts aren't guaranteed.

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