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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.


Tirumala Temple

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.


Tirumala Ghat Entrance
Srinvasa face in Tirumala Hills
Tirumala footpath

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.
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]

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.

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

Through Public transport service like Trains, Bus available from nearest mega City Chennai. For hassle free and for convenient travel, people choose car rentals from Chennai. Chennai to Tirupathi travel distance is 155 KM.

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Get around[edit]

Car Rentals:

  • (Tirupati Car Rental), +91 888 023 4455 (), [5]. Inquiry: 7am to 11pm. Tirupati Car Rental services on - 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 (), [6]. 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 (), [7]. 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
  • Tripura Sundari Residency, Old Renigunta or Tiruchanur Road (Opposite road to RTC busstand), 9000933329. </sleep> 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. *Fortune Select Grand Ridge (Hotel Grand Ridge), Sy no. 571/3 Shilparamam, Tiruchannor Road (From Airport, Take Bypass road and take right on to Tiruchanoor Road), 877-222 1818, [8]. checkin: 24hrs; checkout: 24hrs. Hotel Grand Ridge is a brand new 138-room ****facility. 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. Catering. 3700. (13.62,79.43) edit ===Tirupati=== 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=== 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 [9] 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. ==Contact== ==Get out== Towards Visakhapatnam: *Seshachalam Hills *Mamanduru Trekking--25km *Irrukam Island Camping--60km *Avanigadda Boating and Camping * Lord Murugan Temples In Tamil Nadu and Travel Guide * Sri Kaalahasti * Rajahmundry * Hyderabad * Nellore

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