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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 Indian and Govinda in South Indian. 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.
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.
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.
While in Tirumala you will keep hearing most pleasant Chanting of god
Chanting of God
"OM NAMO NARAYANAYA"
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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.
Tirupati is a major junction in South Central Railways. Indian Railways  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.
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.
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.
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Going from Chennai is not a bad idea as it is the nearest Airport which has international & Domestic connections.
There are 5 Routes to Reach from [Chennai to Tirupati by Road]http://www.nithyacaars.com 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 we 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
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 Tirumali 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.
While in Tirumala, DO NOT:
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.
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.
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.
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
TTD has built cottages in Tirumala that can be rented by pilgrims. There are 3 categories of accommodation, based on location:
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 
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.