Tirupati is one of the ancient and popular pilgrimage centres in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated at the bottom of the Tirumala Hills. This place is famous for the Temple of Lord Sri Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
As such there is no evidence on the origin of the temple of Lord Venkateshwara, but its maintenance was done by various kingdoms including the Pallava kingdom, Chola Kingdom and the latest is the Vijayanagar Empire. The temple received major contributions during the reign of Vijayanagar Empire.
Tirupti is considered to be one of the protected shrines in the world as it survived the Muslim invasions as well as Britishers from South India two times.
A religious city known for its spirituality and art and culture
Tirupati is considered to be a city of pilgrims. The temples are the major source of attraction among the tourist. The tourists are attracted by the art and culture of this place which is engraved on the temples of Tirupati. The place is also famous for its zoological garden and planetarium.
The official language of the state is Telugu, though Tamil is also spoken here. Hinduism is practiced here and the traditional attire of the people is dhoti and sari. Dravidian architecture is encrypted on the temples of Tirupati. Today also you will hear the prayers of Lord Venkateshwara in each and every house of Tirupati.
This city is a major hub of educational institutions in South India. Various universities like Sri Venkateshwara University, Sri Padmavati mahila Vishwavidyalaya offers quality education in terms of medicine, engineering and technology. Some of the universities have been built 50 yrs ago imparting quality education.
Tirupati Tourist Department also take care of the spiritual and cultural activities happening in this place and for this purpose, they have established Sri Mahati Auditorium which is exclusively owned by TTD.
Climate and best time to visit
Tirupati experiences extremes of climate. It has hot summers, moderate monsoons and pleasant winters. The best time to visit this place is from September to March.
- Tirupathi Venkateshwara Temple
- Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
- ISKCON Tirupati
- Sri Chennakesavaswami Temple
- Sri Venkateswara Temple
- Talakona Waterfalls
- Japali Teertham
- TTD Gardens
- Deer Park
- Rock Garden