Shopping in TirupatiTirupati is a part of Chitoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The city is surrounded with seven hills. The place is a well known Hindu pilgrimage in south of India.
Popular things to buy from Tirupati are Hindu religious items, handicrafts, wood-cravings, Kalamkari, whitewood items, Tanjore style Gold Leaf paintings, etc. Mandapalli is a famous town near Tirupati, known for mythological motifs and themed Tanjore paintings.
One of the most popular things, visitors pick while shopping in Tirupati is a religious book. Religious books by different writers are published and sold here. Books and CDs or DVDs on Itihas, Vedas, Strotam, Sankirtanas can be purchased from this place.
The religious items mostly purchased here are lockets of deity, brass lamps, rangoli stickers, replica of idols of deity, photographs, frames, kumkum/sindoor, etc. The things that attract kids here are piggy banks made up of mud, and wooden toys.
The local people prefer shopping in the local shop rather than in a mall. The localities have their fixed shop for fixed items. While shopping on the streets of Tirupati one may come across many local buyers.
Places for shopping in TirupatiThe famous shopping area in Tirupati is the Bazaar Street in Chandragiri. The shops that can be located in this area are general store, medical stores, book shops, cloth shops, etc. TTD central reception has a place named Lepakshi Emporium near it where one can buy handicraft items. Many items get exported from the city.
The famous areas and shops for purchase of items are shops in front of Govinda Raja Swamy Temple, and the clay bangle shops on the streets behind Govind Raja Swamy Temple.
The famous cotton weaving and exporting of dress materials is done at Ekambrakuppam & Narayanavanam. The small village is at a distance of 48kms from Tirupati. The dress material woven by the weaver sold by the merchant costs a minimum of Rs. 200/-.