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OVERVIEW

Welcome to Tirupati - A City in Making.

Tirupati is a Vibrant Pilgrim town located in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, dramatically sited at the foot of bluff red sand stone that marks the Tirumala Hills. It has closed link to two metros - Chennai and Bangalore at a distance of 150 km & 258 kms. Tirupati town itself is focused on the Govindaraja swamy temple (16-17th Century) with the streets of town laid on the East- West axis, with the temple at the centre and surrounded by Sri Padmavathi Temple in Tiruchanoor, Sri Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple with Rama Chandra Pushkarini (Koneru), Kapilatheeratham, Agasthyeswara Temple (also known as Mukkoti) at Thondavada and Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Srinivasa Mangapuram. Tirupati, foothill town of Tirumala hills and the abode of Lord Venkateswara, is visited by over 180 lakh devotees annually.

With its breathtaking scenic attractions and spiritual splendor, Tirupati, the land of Lord Venkateswara, offers an exceptional spiritual retreat to its visitants. In the past, the land served as an abode to many great saints whose influence can be perceived even today in the holy shrines of the city. The magnificent temple of Tirupati Balaji, situated atop the lush green Tirumala Hills, serves as a cynosure for all eyes. Apart from the main Balaji temple, the town is dotted with several other shrines, which takes you on a spiritual ride across a string of temples. With nearly hundreds of thousands of devotees visiting this place every day, Tirupati remains a symbolic representation of India's spiritual heritage. If you want to discover the divinity and attractions of Tirupati, there is no better way than hitting the city and getting up, close and personal to your spiritual side.

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HISTORY

Although Tirupati was initially a part of Tamil Nadu under Madras Presidency, it was later made a part of Andhra Pradesh. In the year 1953, the Telugu speaking population in India protested stating that Madras should become the capital of Andhra Pradesh. The reason behind this conflict was that the place had equal Tamil and Telugu population. By then end of 1953, it was decided that Madras would remain a part of Tamil Nadu while Tirupati would go to Andhra Pradesh. The passing of the state-reorganizing act in 1956 officially confirmed the states respective boundaries.

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PLACES OF INTEREST

1. Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple


Sri Govindarajaswami is the elder brother of Lord Balaji. His temple is the main landmark of Tirupati town. It has an imposing Gopuram that can be seen from a distance. Saint Ramanujacharya consecrated the temple in 1130 AD. The festivals and functions are similar to those conducted in the Sri Venkateshwara temple. The annual Brahmotsavam in this temple is celebrated in the month of Vaisakha every year. This is a must visit this temple in Tirupati. This temple complex includes museum and a cluster of shrines like those of Sri Parthasarathy, Godadevi Aandal and Pundarikavalli. The principal deity is an impressive Sayanamurti (the Lord in a sleeping posture).

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2. Sri Kodandarama Swamy Temple

This temple is situated in the heart of Tirupati town. The presiding deities are Sita, Rama and Lakshmana. A Chola king built this temple during the tenth century AD. The temple of Anjaneyaswami, which is directly opposite, is a sub shrine of this temple. According to legend, this temple commemorates the visit of Sri Rama to Tirupati. The festivals of Ugadi and Sri Ramanavami are celebrated in this temple on a grand scale. Every year the temple celebrates the Brahmotsavams to the Lord Sri Rama.

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3. Sri Kapileswara Swamy Temple


Sri Kapileshwaraswami Temple is the only temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the pantheon of Vaishnava temples in Tirupati. It is situated about 3 km to the north of Tirupati, at the foot of the Tirumala Hills. The sacred waterfall called Kapila Teertham (also known as Alwar Teertham) is located here. Annual Brahmotsavams and festivals like Vinayaka Chavithi, Maha Shivaratri, Skhanda Shasti and Annabhishekam are performed in a grand manner. This is the only Siva Temple in Tirupati. The temple enshrines Sri Kapileswara Swamy. Waterfalls in this place are an attractive sight (especially in rainy season). One can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, as this place is located a little away from the town. City buses and autos are a means of conveyance to reach the Kapila Teertham.

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4. Gangamma Temple

Located in the centre of Tirupati is a temple dedicated to Gangamma, who is believed to be the sister of Lord Venkateswara. This temple is the site of a Jatara (7 days) during the month of May, when devotees offer Pongal to be blessed with good health and wealth.

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5. Sri Sri Radha Govinda Temple, ISKCON


In the year 1974-75, founder of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada made a visit to Tirupati and Tirumala as a special guest of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. During his stay at Tirumala, Srila Prabhupada was extremely pleased to have Darshan of Lord Sri Venkateswara. He was also pleased to see hundreds and thousands of pilgrimage devotees visiting the divine place daily. After His discussions with concerned authorities, TTD provided a beautiful, large place near Alipiri at the foot of the divine Tirumala Hills. In 1983 a small brahmachari ashram was conducted to train young missionary devotees from around the world.

On 10th April 1984, a small temple was inaugurated by installing the most beautiful ‘Archa Vigraha' of Sri Sri Radha Govinda. In Order to effectively carry out the mission of broadcasting the science of Vedic Knowledge, a master plan is made in the year 1997 with an approximate cost of Rs. 15 Crores and completed by 2007.

Visit ISKCON's website www.iskcontirupati.net for temple schedule and other details.

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6. S. V. Zoological Park

The Andhra Pradesh Forest departmenr which had two of India's best zoos to its credit at Hyderababd and Visakhapatnam, has set up its third venture at Tirupati on Alipiri-Cerlopalli by-pass road extending an area of 5532 acres and named as Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park. With a daily visitation of people from all corners of the country and a number of academic and professional educational institurions, most suited to achieve the objectives of an ideal zoological park. The Zoo has a good collection of wildlife and nature related films. They are exhibited free of cost in the visitors centre at the zoo.

Timings:

Summer --> 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Winter -----> 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Zoo remains closed for visitors on every Monday of the week except if it is a general holiday or a festive day.

Entry Fee:

Adult : Rs.30/- per head

Children (aged between 5 and 12) : 20/-

Groups of School Children : Free Entry

Website: http://www.svzoo.org/ 

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7. Regional Science Centre

Established in 1993, this central government organisation has many attractive and educative working models in the buildings and in the open lawns. Children find this centre very attractive. The centre conducts science exhibitions at least once a quarter, where in, they propogae the recent innovations in science and technology.


The Regional Science Centre is just one km away from Alipiri. Buses are available upto Alipiri. This place is covered in the Alaya Darshan tour conducted by TTD in the afternoon trips.

Timings:

Weekdays - 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Sunday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Entry Fee: Rs.10/- per head

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8. Municipal Park

Municipal Park is a beautifully maintained park abutting the Kapilatheertham by-pass road in Tirupati. This park is ideal for an evening stroll. Dancing musical fountains here are a special attraction. City buses and autos are the means of conveyance.

Entry Fee: Rs. 5/- per head

Phone: 0877-3296357   

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9. Shilparamam

The Shilparamam (Urban Haat) is located on the Tirupati-Tiruchanur road. This set up jointly by the Central and the State Tourism Departments, has been inaugurated on 24.9.2001. It has a  multipurpose auditorium to seat nearly 600 people. Recent addition to the place is a boat club. Every saturday and sunday  cultural programmes are conducted from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Urban Haat Timings: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Entry Fee: Rs.5/- per head (Free for children below 7 years)

Boat Club Timings: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Entry Fee: Rs.10/- per head

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10. GRAND WORLD - a multi-dimensional theme park

Spread over 10 acres at the foothill of Tirumala off Karakambadi road, the park has many water rides such as boldy slides, multi-lane mat slides, open and closed float slides apart from boomerang and a n aqual bowl that are available in only a few parks in the country The water park has a ramp, where the simulated waves resemble a beach.

Apart from water rides, bumper cars, bumper boats and Go Kars there are exciting video games like car racing, mobike racing, shooting skiing etc., that are a major attraction for children.

A 15,000 sq.ft air cooled indoor amusement centre with food courts has been developed, where a themed vortex titled 'Lost World' - movie simulator, provide a thrilling entertainment as the audience feel as if they are playing a role in the movie.

Entry Fee without Water Park: Rs.100/-

Entry Fee with Water Park: Rs.270/- for adults and Rs.180/- for children. Free entry for children below 90cms height.

LASER SHOW:

The laser show, developed and produced by Neil Irwin of UK based 'Amazing Lasers', is only the second such facility in the country. The show, a combination of laser graphics, musical fountains and water screen, will be screened every evening. Forty-minute short films on spiritual themes like 'Shiva Thandavam', 'Kalinga Mardhanam' and 'Srinivasa Kalyanam' will be presented at the show.

Entry Fee: Rs.100/- per head

Phone: 0877-2282549  Fax: 2282548 Website: www.grandworld.in

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ACCOMMODATION

TTD ensures that comfortable accommodation is provided to pilgrims at a reasonable cost. It has constructed over 5000 cottages, guest houses and choultries both at Tirupati and Tirumala. TTD provides accommodation free of cost to pilgrims who cannot afford to pay for their stay in Tirupati and Tirumala. Further, to ease the ever growing demand for accommodation, TTD has built Public Amenities Complexes at both Tirupati and Tirumala, which provide dormitory-type accommodation with lockers, free of cost.

  

Free Accommodation

Name Contact No. of Rooms
Sri Govindaraja Dharmasala
(situated on the southern side of the Tirupati East Railway Station)
The Superintendent
Central Reception Office
233
Sri Kodandarama Dharmasala
(situated on the southern side of the Tirupati East Railway Station)
The Superintendent
Central Reception Office
127
Sri Venkateswara Dharmasala (First New Choultry)
(opposite the Tirupathi Railway Station)
The Superintendent 94

Paid Accommodation

Name Contact Rent per day
Sreenivasam Complex (Opposite to R.T.C bus Stand in Tirupati) The Superintendent
Phone: 0877-2264541
Non A.C.Rooms: Rs.200.00
A/C Rooms: Rs.400.00
A/C Deluxe Rooms: Rs.600.00
Vishnu Nivasam Complex (to the North of Tirupati Railway Station) 1) Receiption(for allotment): 0877-2264462
2) Dispensary: 0877-2264465
3) Deputy Executive Officer: 0877-2264466
4) AEO: 0877-2264469
5) Deputy E.E.(Maintenance): 0877-2264464
Non AC Room: Rs. 300
Non AC Suite Room: Rs. 500
3) AC Room: Rs. 800
4) AC Suite Room: Rs. 1300
Madhavam Guest House (adjacent to Srinivasm complex in Tirupati) The Superintendent,
Phone:0877-2264541
A.C.Ordinary Suits: Rs. 800.00
A.C.Deluxe Suits: Rs.1,000.00
Sri Venkateswara Dharmasala (opposite the Tirupati Railway Station) The Superintendent
Phone: 0877-2225144
Single : Rs.50.00
Double : Rs.100.00
Four Bed : Rs.100.00
Sri Venkateswara Guest House(to the north of the Tirupati Railway Station)(Non-AC) Deputy Executive Officer (Reception)
Phone : 0877-2264507
51 rooms @ Rs.150.00
Sri Padmavathi Guest House (AC), Chittoor Road Deputy Executive Officer (Reception)
Phone : 0877-2264510; 2264511
4 Suites @ Rs.500.00
3 Suites @ Rs.300.00
2 Suites @ Rs.200.00
1 Suite @ Rs. 400.00
9 Suites @ Rs.250.00
Meeting Hall @ Rs.1400 (Including Telephone)
TTD Alipiri Guest House (at the foot of the seven hills)(Non A.C.) Phone : 0877-2264502 32 rooms @ Rs.100.00
Sri Kodandarama Dharmasala (to the south of the Tirupati Railway Station) The Superintendent,
Central Reception Office,
Tirupati.
74 double rooms @ Rs.30 each.

Apart from TTD, many private hotels and choultries are providing paid accommodation facilities in Tirupati.

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TRANSPORTATION

Travelling around Tirupati is not very difficult as the temple town is actually a very small location. You can travel around the temple town of Tirupati through buses and rented cars or cabs. These are the only modes of travel available that you can opt for while travelling within Tirupati.

Bus

Buses are the cheapest mode of travel within the temple town of Tirupati. By taking a bus to the top of the hill, you can minimize your expenditure as the ticket fares are only around Rs 10 to 20. You can opt for deluxe buses too, and this may cost you a wee bit more but nothing extravagant. By taking a bus, you can reach the top of the hill within an hour or so. Buses are also regularly available, and opting for one shouldn’t pose a big problem.

Taxi

Another mode of travel available within Tirupati is rented cars and automobiles. You can rent out a car for travelling to the hill and back for a day, and rental charges for a day will range around Rs 1500 to 2000 INR. You will need to bear the fuel expenses in this type of rental.

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WEBSITE

http://www.tirupaticorporation.org.in

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