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Tirupati

Tirupati

Weather

Tirupati has extreme climatic conditions. Summers, extending from the month of March to June, are very hot and dry with the maximum temperature ranging between 42°C to 45°C. Monsoons last from July to September. Medium rainfall provides relief to the city from the scorching rays of sun. The season of winter stretches from December to February. The climate is pleasant during winters and the minimum temperature remains above 15°C. The best time to visit the city of Tirupati is from the month of September to March.

How To Reach

By Road:

All the towns in Andhra Pradesh are connected to Tirupati via APSRTC buses. The Public Transport Corporation of Tamil Nadu connects most of the cities in the state with the holy city of Tirupati. Tirupati is connected by KSRTC buses to many cities in Karnataka. Tourist buses are available from Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad to Tirupati.


By Air:

The airport at Tirupati is situated at Renigunta, 15 km away from the city. Regular flights are available from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai to Tirupati. Taxi services convey tourists from the airport to the heart of the city. The international airport closest to Tirupati is Chennai (139 kms), which is connected to most of the major cities in India as well as several important cities abroad.



By Rail:

The railway junction in Tirupati is well-connected by trains to Mumbai, Vishakhapatnam, Madurai, Chennai and Bangalore. Renigunta is a major railhead located nearby at a distance of 15 km from the city, in Trivandrum-Delhi route which connects all the cities in India by rail.


Overview

The city of Tirupati, popularly know as Tirumala, is one of the most renowned temple towns in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The city is famous for the Sri Venkateshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is situated at the top of the Tirumala hill, while the town lies at the foothills. The Tirumala hill has seven peaks, collectively called Sapthagiri. The seven hills are believed to symbolize the seven hoods of Adisesha or the giant serpent which lies majestically beneath Lord Vishnu in Vaikuntha.

 

Tirupati is not just a place of religious importance but of historical significance too. The town boasts of an illustrious history that goes all the way back to the age of Sangam literature from 500 BC to 300 AD. Tirupati has been a part of the empire of various rulers belonging to several dynasties, such as the Hoysalas and the Cholas. The kings of these empires have played a crucial role in the development of the temple structure, the city is so recognized for. Geographically, the Tirumala hills in Tirupati are the world’s second oldest rock mountain formation.

 

Tirupati is a hotspot for pilgrims and devotees. People visiting the city are filled with spiritual bliss and pray mostly for good fortune. This awe-inspiring and bustling temple city provides the opportunity to pilgrims to visit Lord Vishnu, either by availing free dharma darshan (visits) or by special sevas (offerings). Visitors, especially people interested in religion and mysticism in India will enjoy Tirupati since it is considered to be the holiest among the holy lands for the Hindu religion.

 

Traditional items and souvenirs are available in Tirupati at nominal prices. Gold leaf paintings of remarkable quality, under the Thanjavur school of painting are popular here. Several figurines of gods, Kalamkari handicrafts, toys built of soft whitewood and engraved wooden articles are found throughout the city. Showrooms specializing in Lepakshi handicrafts are found throughout Tirupati.

 

The city of Tirupati, being a sacred pilgrimage spot has a pure vegetarian cuisine. But the diversity in fare and cuisine is likely to satisfy all kinds of taste buds. Dosas, idlis, upmas, pulav, pongal, vada and meal thalis are available in almost all the eateries across town. The most sought-after sweet in the city is Tirupati laddoo.