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Tirupati Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is a major pilgrimage city located in a stunning position and surrounded by wooded hills. Tirupati is located at the foothills of Eastern Ghats. Tirupati is basically known for its religious values and famous temples. There are several temples in Tirupati in which Shri Venkateshvara temple at Tirumala is the most famous. This temple is located at the height of 700 m up in the Venkata hills. This temple is the most popular place of pilgrimage in the World and also draws most of the devotees from all over the world. This temple is also the richest pilgrimage place of the World. Tirupati has also some more temples which are famous for its red wooden toys, copper and brass idols.

There are lots of tourist places which are visited by thousands of visitors every month. There is a temple named as Govindarajaswamy which is worth watching. Modern gray gopura of this temple is easily visible from most of the parts of the city. Although there are several temples in Tirupati which are must watch places but some of the famous temples of Tirupati are Shri Venkateshvara temple, Venkateshvara Museum of Temple Arts, Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple and Tiruchanur Padmavati temple. There is a fort known as Chandragiri Fort which is also very popular.

Tourist Attractions in Tirupati
Tirumala Hill : Tirumala Hill is a popular place in the city of Tirupati. The journey up to this hill is very difficult. Trail to Tirumala hills starts from Alipuri. During the journey you will watch large Garuda statue and the soaring gopura of the first temple. There are several beautiful and amazing points which will be found during the trip.

Venkateshwara Temple : This is the most famous and popular pilgrimage place not of only India but the whole world. This temple is the richest pilgrimage place of the World and most visited place of the World. Temple is dedicated to Vishnu and constructed in the tenth century. Recently this temple is renovated and several unique facilities are added here for visitors. Thousands of devotees come here every day for prayers.

Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple : Sri Kapileswaraswami temple is also a famous temple of Tirupati. This temple is located at the bottom of the hill at Kapilateertham. This is the only Tirumala temple devoted to Shiva. There is a beautiful garden at the entrance and a sacred waterfall which crashes into a large tank surrounded by colonnades, where pilgrims pile in for a bath.

Chandragiri Fort : Chandragiri Fort was built in sixteenth century in Tirupati. A small museum of sculpture, weapons and memorabilia is housed in the main building of Chandragiri Fort. Another famous part of the fort is Rani Mahal which stands close by. There is a little temple and a freshwater tank behind the Raja Mahal.

Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple : Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple in Tirupati is dedicated to Lord Rama, Sita and his younger brother Lakshmana. This temple is located in the heart of the city. Lord Anjaneya Swamy is seen near the foot of Lord Rama.

ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple : This is a beautiful temple of its own style of architecture with the towers which are colored in gold and white. There are marvelous carvings of Lord Narasimha Swamy, Lord Varaha Swamy and Krishna Leela in the temple. Work of glass painting of windows is also very unique and different. Ceilings of this temple are decorated like Tanjore art showing Lord Krishna's playing acts. Each pillar of this temple is decorated with ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. There is a beautiful park surrounded with lot of flowers, ponds, fountains and with Krishna Leela idols.

Other Famous Temples in Tirupati : There are some more famous tourist attractions in Tirupati which are known as Thiruchanoor, Padmavati Temple, Govindaraja Swamy Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Lord Shiva temple at Yogimallavaram, Hanuman temple at Tirumala, Avanakshamma temple, Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple in Karvetinagaram, Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple and Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy Temple.

Festivals in Tirupati
As Tirupati is a holy city and known as a major pilgrimage centre, it celebrates almost all the famous Hindu festivals. But in Tirupati you will also find that some of the festivals which are celebrated here are not celebrated in other states. Town celebrates some festivals known as Vaishnava festivals including Vaikunta Ekadasi, Rama Navami and Janmashtami with great splendor. There is a festival known as Brahmotsavam which is celebrated every year during the month of September. This is the most important festival in Tirumala when it receives millions of devotees over a short span of a week. Rathasapthami (Magha Shuddha Saptami) is another festival, celebrated during February. There is one more festival known as Gangamma Jathra which is celebrated as a major local festival.

How to Reach Tirupati
By Air : Tirupati has a domestic airport known as Tirupati Airport which has direct flights to Hyderabad, Vizag, Chennai, New Delhi and Bangalore. Tirupati Airport is located around 15 km from the city centre. Chennai International Airport is the nearest international airport near to Tirupati which is 130 km away from Tirupati.

By Rail : Tirupati has its own major railway station which is well connected with all the major cities and states of India. This platform is much modernized with 10 platforms. Tirupati is well connected to major cities across India, esp. Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

By Road : Tirupati is well connected with all the famous cities of South India. You can easily reach to any other major city through bus, private cars and autos. A number of buses are operated by the government-run APSRTC and private operators connecting Tirupati to other major cities and towns directly.