Sri Venkateswara Temple:
It measures 80 min-width and 123 m in length. This temple is located to the south of Sri Swami Pushkarini River and has been built in the traditional Dravidian architectural style. Sri Venkateswara Temple is one of the holy and ancient temples, which is located at the 7th peak of the Venkata Tirumala Hill.Within its total area of around 2.2 acres, the temple houses an idol of Lord Venkateswara, which is about 8 ft in height. The idol stands under the gold gilded dome, which is known as Ananda Nilaya Divya Vimana. The eyes of this idol are covered with a tilak of camphor and are ornamented with some of the precious and semi-precious stones.
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple:
Padmavathi was the daughter of Akasha Raja of Thondamandalam, who was found in a lotus, when he performed a great yagna. Since she was found in a lotus, she was named Padmavathi and was married to Lord Venkateswara. She is also called as Alamelu Manga, meaning an inexhaustible source of love and compassion. The main deity of the temple is Goddess Padmavathi, who is believed to have married Lord Venkateswara. Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple is placed in Tiruchanoor, which is about 5 kilometres from the Tirumala Hills. This temple was built during the reign of Thondaman Chakravarthy and it is believed that devotees should first visit this temple before offering prayers at Sri Venkateswara Temple.
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple:
This is a temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is a landmark temple for every Vaishnavaite. Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is a very popular temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala or Tirupati at an altitude of about 2799 feet, in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh .This temple is on the bucket list of almost all Hindus around the world. The Tirupati hill comprises of seven peaks and represents the seven heads of Adisesha, and Tirumala Venkateshwara temple is, hence, also called “the temple of the seven hills.” Constructed in Dravidian architecture, it is said that the construction started in 300 AD. It is also the richest temple in the world as it possesses most wealth and constantly gets donations from all over the world. Several devotees also walk up the hill instead of driving up as part of their extreme belief and devotion for Lord Venkateshwara.This temple has used the most gold in its construction and also has a golden entrance which is known as Bangaruvakilu.
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple:
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple is consequential shrine in Tirupati, which has traditional architectural style of Vaishnava sect. It is believed that the foundation stone of this temple was laid by Ramanuja in 1235. In addition to the Gopuram, there are two shrines inside this temple that are encircled with two outer walls.The temple complex also houses small shrines of Sri Salai Nachiyar Ammavari, Sri Manavala Mamuni, Sri Chakrathalwar, and Sri Vyasaraja Anjaneya Swamy. The southernmost shrine houses the idol of Lord Parthasarathy, while the northern one has the idol of Lord Govindaraja. Devotees can also offer prayers at other sub shrines in the temple including Sri Ramanuja, Sri Kurath Alwar, Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami, Sri Andal and Sri Mudal Alwar.
The water drops from the height of almost 270 ft, which creates it the highest waterfall in the state of Andhra Pradesh.Talakona Waterfalls is situated at about 49 km from Tirupati and is regarded as the main entrance to the Tirumala Hills. Local inhabitants believe that the water of Talakona Waterfalls possesses some medicinal values. It is placed in Sri Venkateswara National Park, which lies in the Chittoor District.Situated next to this waterfall is a small temple, which is dedicated to Lord Siddeshwara Swamy. This temple is frequently crowded during the Shivarathri festival, which is a very popular event in this region. The ideal season to see the waterfalls is between November and January, when the climatic conditions are favourable.
Sri Sri Radha Govinda temple in Tirupati, is one of the main ISKCON temples in southern India established under ISKCON. As in the case of all the other ISKCON temples, ISKCON Tirupati aims at spreading the science of Krishna consciousness with the aid of Bhagavad Gita and organises various activities where one can either participate or observe, thereby developing their Vedic knowledge.This shrine is also dedicated to Lord Krishna and his beloved Sakhi, Sri Radha. The array of beautifully adorned deities includes that of Sri Radha Govinda and their Ashta Sakhis, Sri Narsimha, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupad.The best time to visit the temple is during festivals like Sri Krishnashtami, Guru Purnima, Sri Rama Navami, Narsimha Chaturdasi, and Holi. These festivals are celebrated with gaiety and the whole family can take part in the songs and dances.The temple undertakes a project called Goseva in which it protects cows. The temple also provides free food to at least 1000 devotees every day.This tranquil temple is situated in the city and autos and buses are easily available.Tirupati being a temple town, there are numerous temples in the vicinity, the main temple being the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple which can be visited.
Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple:
Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple is the sole Lord Shiva shrine in Tirumala, which is placed approximately 3 km north of Tirupati. The famous festivals celebrated in the temple are Brahmotsavam, Annabhishekam, Maha Shivarathri and Vinayaka Chaturthi. Kapila Theertham and Alwar Theertham are also located in the same temple complex.The temple complex also houses shrines of Sri Venugopalaswamy, Sri Vinayakaswamy and Sri Lakshminarayanaswamy.
Sri Varahaswamy Temple:
The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his Varaha incarnation. Sri Varahaswamy Temple is sited on the banks of Pushkarini River, which faces the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala. Varaha is believed to be the guardian of the Tirumala Hill and Lord Venkateswara took his permission to stay at this hill.
Devotees also offer Naivedyam at this shrine before moving to the main temple at Tirumala. It is customary to offer prayers to Lord Varaha before worshipping at Sri Venkateswara Temple. Lord Varahaswamy can be worshipped in three main ways of Yajna Varaha, Adi Varaha and Pralaya Varaha.
This park can be simply visited on the way to Tirupati and is also well-known for varied bird species.The most common animal that can be spotted in the park is deer, which is very friendly with the visitors. Deer Park is placed towards the suburbs of the main city of Kandaleru, which is known for having large number of animals and scenic landscapes.
Presently, this park is managed by the Tirupati Devasthanam authorities and also houses a special children's park.
Sri Vari Museum:
Sri Vari Museum is located in the main Tirumala town, next to the Karnataka Choultry. Tourists coming to this museum can see some of the beautiful pictures, artefacts and sculptures that depict the history of the main temple. Sri Vari Museum also houses scriptures and photographs, which can be viewed by the visitors all round the year. This is a newly built museum, which has free entry for the visitors.
Chandragiri Palaces And Fort:
The Chandragiri Fort and the Raja Mahal Palace built in the 11th century are historical structures in Chandragiri, Tirupati, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Originally built under the rule of the Yadava Naidus, they came under the control of the Vijayanagara rulers about three centuries later.It is widely believed that Srikrishna Devaraya (the most famous Vijayanagara emperor) was contained within the fort as a prince all the way till the time of his coronation.Subsequently annexed under the Kingdom of Mysore rule, the fort and the palace within it are now an archaeological museum that epitomises the exquisite architecture and culture of the Vijayanagara period. Very distinctive are the crowning towers that are elements representative of Hindu architecture. This unique architecture has been well-preserved and stands tall even after nearly 400 years.
Sri Kalahasti Temple :
Nestled on the banks of the River Swarnamukhi, this ancient temple, built in devotion to the Hindu god Shiva, is one of the more important Shiva temples of Southern India. Built in the 11th century, in the Pallava period under the Chola king, the temple is a reminder of the architectural prowess and beauty of this ancient period. The temple is at a distance of 38 km from Tirupati Central, a municipality that is now at the centre of tourism and pilgrimage.So important is its significance that it has been praised in the poetic works of Nakkeerar, a Tamil poet in the Tamil Sangam Dynasty. One of the most famous features of this temple is the Vayu Linga which is said to be representative of the wind. The temple is believed to be raised at the location where Lord Shiva granted atonement and Salvation to Kannappa, one of the 63 Saivite Nayanars. Another legend has it that when Goddess Parvathi was cursed by Lord Shiva and was given a human’s form, discarding her heavenly form, she performed a long penance at this spot. Impressed by this, Shiva blessed her with a heavenly body more beautiful than before.