Tirupati is a holy city of India lies in the state of Andhra Pradesh in
India. It is located in southern part of India in the Chittoor District
of Andhra Pradesh in the Eastern Ghats. The city has
been rated as fourth largest growing city of Andhra Pradesh. The city
also houses many business activities.
Meaning of Tirupati
The name of the holy city “Tirupati” means “Lord of Lakshmi” which lies on the foot hill of Tirumala (lord hill) hill.
Importance of Tirupati
The place is well known for twelve centuries old Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Venkateswara is visited by more than 180 lakh devotees a year. The temple is located on the Tirumala hill at about 20kms from the Tirupati city.
History of Tirupati
There are no evidences of origin of this historical place. The history of this holy place can be found in literature and epics. Sri Krishnadevaraya, Pallavas of Kancheepuram (9th century AD), Cholas of Thanjavur, the Pandyas of Madurai and the kings and captains of Vijayanagar (14th – 15th Century AD) played a very good role in making the place rich in business and temple. They competed in making offerings to GOD which made the Tirumala temple the richest temple in the world. After the end of Hindu dynasty rule the region was ruled by Muslim Dynasty and later by Britishers.
Later in 1933, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Committee was given the power by the Madras Legislature of administration and to control a group of temple under the supervision of Commissioner appointed by Madras Government. Later the act was amended and was than entrusted to a Board of Trustees, and an Executive Officer was appointed by the Government.
Weather of Tirupati
Summers are hot, monsoon in the city comes with south monsoon winds making the weather pleasant and winters are not that cold. The pleasant evenings of the city will make you enjoy the landscape and natural scenery.
Climate of the city- Tropical Summer - 35o C (min) and 45o C (max) – March to June Winter -10o C (min) and 18o C (max) – November to February Monsoon - Irregular intervals - July – October
Tirupati houses various temples. Millions of devotees visit this famous Tirupati Balaji Temple from different parts of the world. It is known as the world's richest temple. The journey to this spiritual land surrounded with natural beauty will make you feel relaxed. There are numerous temples in Tirupati-Tirumala region which includes Tirupati Temple, Chandragiri Fort, Prasanthi Nilayam, Belum Caves, Sri Govindrajaswamy Temple, Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple, Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple, Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, and Tiruchanur. Also Read:Tirupati Tourism
Temples in Tirupati
Tirupati known as the richest temple of the world lies in the foot of the Trimula hill which is the house of Lord Shri Venkateshwara. Many of the Lord Venkateshwara worshipers believe that for complete darshan, after visiting Lord Venkateshwara temple it is compulsory to visit Sri Padmavati Temple (wife of Lord Venkateshwara). Balaji temple is made up if gold sheet well crafted over the stone walls and pillars. The temple is surrounded by high walls.
Driving expertise is required to drive on the hilly road that leads to Tirupati and from Tirupati to Tirumala. During the rainy season the luxury buses are not permitted to drive upwards on the slant roads of hill. The government buses are arranged for the travelers to get transferred from the bottom of the hill to top. The pilgrimage site has preserved many natural scenarios and modern amenities for devotees and visitors.
Tirupati, the holy place is known for the old temples of Govindaraja Swamy temple (16th-17th Century), Sri Padmavati Temple, Tiruchanoor, Sri Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple and Rama Chandra Koneru, Kapilatheeratham, Agastheeswara Temple at Thondavada (Mukkoti), and Srinivasa Mangapuram.
Tirupati lies on the foothill of Tirumala hill. It is surrounded by seven peaks, representing the seven hoods of Adisesha, thus earning the name, Seshachalam. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The nearby attraction includes historical sites, wildlife parks and primeval temples like Sri Venkateswara National Park, Chandragiri, Kalahasti, Narayanavanam, Nagalapuram, Ramagiri, and Suruttappalli.
Shopping in Tirupati
Tourists can make their visits memorable by shopping in Tirupati. The shopping attraction in and near the city includes Thiruvallur city at a distance of 47 km from Tirupati and many local shops and malls in Chennai at a distance of 69 km. The most popular shopping malls include Spencer Plaza (Thiruvallur) and Abhirami Mega Mall (Chennai). Local made wooden items, clothes, etc can be purchased from this place.
Hotels and Lodges in Tirupati
As Tirupati witnesses huge crowd round the year, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has taken initiative to help the crowd better accommodation. Andhra Pradesh government has developed and maintained numerous guest houses and lodges.
The city has private hotels and guest houses too. The types of hotels include luxury hotels, budget hotels, economy hotels, guest houses and lodges. Most of the hotels in the city are centrally located. Many of the hotels have tourist desk.
Few Hotels in Tirupati include: Luxury Hotels-Hotel Bliss (3 Star), Hotel Kalyan Residency (3 Star), Hotel Guestline (3 Star), Hotel Mayura (3 Star), etc, Budget Hotels- Bhimas Deluxe Hotel, Hotel Bhimas Paradise, Bhimas Residency, etc, Guest Houses-Sri Padmavathi Guest House, etc, and Lodges-Sri Kodandarama Dharmasala, etc.
How to reach Tirupati
Tirupati is well connected via air, rail as well as road to other parts of India. It lies at a distance of 555 km from Hyderabad, 140 km from Chennai and 280 km from Bangalore. Tourists can travel from Tirupati to Tirumala Hill by using free shuttle bus services provided by T.T.D and A.P.S.R.T.C.
Airport is Located at Renigunta, at a distance of approximately 15 km from the city. There are frequent flights to Tirupati Airport from Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. The prepaid taxi service is available at the Tirupati Airport. Nearest international airport is Chennai Airport.
Tirupati is directly connected via rail to Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Madurai, Puri and Hyderabad. Other nearest railway station includes Renigunta railway station (at a distance of 15 km) and Gudur (at a distance of 100 km). There are direct overnight trains from Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.
There is direct and regular intercity bus service from other cities and towns of Andhra Pradesh for Tirupati. The nearby places connected via road to Tirupati includes Ahobolam (272 km), Bangalore (280 km), Horsley Hill (145 km), Hyderabad (555 km), Kalahasti (36 km), Lepakshi (379 km), Chennai (140 km), Srisailam (436 km), Vijayawada (380 km) and Renigunta (55 km). Private and government taxi services are available throughout Andhra Pradesh and neighboring states to reach Tirupathi. Click here to read more on transport services in Tirupati