Travel Guide For Tirupati
Air : Direct flights to Tirupati are available from Hyderabad and Chennai only.
Rail : Tirupati is the nearest railway station. There are trains that travel via Renigunta or Gudur, but do not touch Tirupati. In such cases, Renigunta or Gudur, are convenient points to alight. From Renigunta / Gudur one can reach Tirupati by train, bus, or taxi.
Road : Buses run from all the important places in the state and between Tirupati and Tirumala. Buses also ply between Tirupati and Tirumala, free of cost.
There are trains that travel via Renigunta or Gudur, but do not touch Tirupati. In such cases, Renigunta (just 10 km from Tirupati) or Gudur (100 km from Tirupati), are convenient points to alight. From Renigunta/Gudur, you can reach Tirupati by train or bus.Tirupati Railway Station is connected by trains from Bangalore, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Madurai and Mumbai. A major railhead nearby is Renigunta, which is 15 km away. Renigunta is located in Trivandrum Delhi route, which is connected to all cities in India by rail.
Tirupati airport is located at Renigunta, which is about 15 km away from the city. Regular flights are available from Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore to Tirupati. Taxi services are available from the airport to the city centre and it charges about Rs 300. Nearest International airport is Chennai, which is connected to all major cities in India and many cities abroad.
Tirupati, located about 130 kms from Chennai, 704 kms from Hyderabad, has one of the richest temples in the country. It is the most revered Vaishnavite shrine of Lord Venkateswara. It was ruled by the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Vijayanagar kings. This temple is located in the southern Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. 'Tiru' of the word Tirupati, means `Sri' in Tamil. Hence Tirupati translates to Sripati or Sri Maha Vishnu.
Travel To Tirumala Shrine
· Free Bus Free bus services that pass through cottages, choultries, temples and other places in Tirumala are provided at prescribed timings.
· Airline Coach
· APSRTC runs Bus Services for the convenience of air passengers from the airport to Tirumala and back.
· Railway Booking Office
· The Railway Booking Office is located at the Central Reception Office building, and issue tickets for trains and road cum rail journeys.
Note: In case of vehicle breakdowns on the ghat roads, please contact the Toll Gates either at Tirupati or at Tirumala. A mechanic will be sent in a mobile van equipped with spares, to attend to the problem. Charges are on a case-to-case basis.
The way to Tirumala Temple by climb It is a 3600 steps, 8 km long climb, with the steps not uniformly distributed. The initial stage is a 2000 step climb, in a space of 1km. Following that is a 7 km long walk, with a few steps in-between here and there and a 2km long walk along the road included, and then a 500 step climb after that. And then u reach the top. Average time is about 3 and a half to 4 hours (if elders are there). We reckoned it would take 2 to 2 and a half hours. You will have to carry atleast 3 bottles of Mineral Water & a Towel as it sweats a lot
The Brahmotsavam is the most important temple festival celebrated at Tirupati-Balaji and is celebrated annually in September. This festival is especially grand every third year when it is called Navratri Brahmotsavam. On the third day of the Brahmotsavam, the temple car festival called Rathotsavam is held. Both the temple chariot and the Lord are beautifully decorated and taken around the streets of Tirumala.
· Thus, Tirupati along with its natural beauty and religious significance attracts innumerable tourists.
· Tourist Attractions in Tirupati
· Tirupati Tirumala Balaji Temple
· This ancient temple is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the Tirupati Hill, and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini.
· Padmavati Devi Temple
· In Tiruchanur, 5-km from Tirupati , is this large temple dedicated to goddess Padmavati, the spouse of Lord Venkateswara or Venkateshwara (Balaji). It is also known as "Alamelumangapuram" and it is believed that a visit to Tirumala is fruitful only after visiting the Sri Padmavati Devi temple.
· Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
· It is one of the very important temples in Tirupati , Sri Govindarajaswami Temple was consecrated by Saint Ramanujacharya in 1130 AD and is located in the heart of the Tirupati.
· Kodandaramaswami Temple
Located in the centre of the Tirupati town, the presiding deities over here are Sita, Rama and Lakshmana. It was built by the Chola during the 10th century AD. The temple of Anjaneyaswami, which is directly opposite, is a sub-shrine of this temple.
Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple
Situated about 3-km to the north of Tirupati, at the foot of the Tirumala Hills, is the only temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, in Tirupati. The sacred waterfall called "Kapila Teertham " (also known as "Alwar Teertham") is located here. It is also the venue of many festivals.
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple
This sacred temple is located 12-km to the west of Tirupati at Srinivasa Mangapuram and it is believed that Lord Venkateswara stayed here after his marriage with Sri Padmavati Devi, before proceeding to Tirumala.