At the base of the Tirumalai Hills in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, lies Tirupati, one of the most ancient and sacred pilgrimages in India. The main attraction here is the world renowned Sri Venkateswara temple believed to receive more pilgrims than Jerusalem and Mecca. Great dynasties like the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Pandyas and the kings and chieftains of Vijayanagar, were believed to have been devotees at this shrine. The shrine is presently under the administration of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Committee managed by a Board of Trustees. Summers here are hot and humid but winters are warm and pleasant and are the best time to visit Tirupati.
• Area 10.33 sq. miles
• Population 1,91,000
• Altitude 152 metres above sea level
• Languages Telugu, English
• STD Code 08574
• Best time to visit September to February
Tourist Attractions in Tirupati
One of the major attractions is the Sri Venkateswara Temple with a large number of devotees visiting it everyday..Other shrines that can be visited are Sri Govindrajaswamy Temple, Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple, Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple,and Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple. You can also visit Tiruchanur, which has the temple of Sri Padmavathi Devi is situated.
Tourist Attractions around Tirupati
Besides religious sites, excursions around Tirupati take you to some really beautiful picnic spots. A trip to Chandragiri will take you to the famous Chandragiri Fort while Kalyani Dam, Horsley hills or Kailasakona Waterfalls are goodoptions for enjoying the natural beauty. Some other well-known temples are Sri Kalahasthi, Sri Vedanarayana Swamy Temple, Agastyaswamy Temple and a shrine dedicated to Kalyana Venkateswara at Narayanavanam.