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Tirumala
Distance: 20 Kms.

This holiest of the 108 pilgrim centers, Tirumala Hills snugly nestles in the Eastern Ghats surrounded by hills. Mystical vibration surrounds everyone in the chanting of the dawn invocation known as "Suprabhatham" to the Lord, in the twinkling of the temple bells, in the fragrance of sandal paste and camphor, in the heavy, smoky scent of incense - all these blending together to raise the restless mind to an experience of intense spiritual awareness. The origin of the deity is said to be pre-historic, but the central shrine was build in the 4th century A.D. by the Greater Pallavas. The Lord of the Seven Hills has been referred to in the Rig Veda, the oldest literature - extent. The Venkatachala Mahathyam contains lore from twelve Mahapuranas.

 
Tiruchanur Padmavati Temple, Tiruchanur
Distance 4 kms

Tiruchanoor, also known as Alamelumangapuram, is about 5 km from Tirupati. The temple of Sri Padmavathi Devi, the consort of Lord Sri Venkateswara is situated here. It is said that a visit to Tirumala is fruitful only after visiting the Sri Padmavathi Devi temple. You may wonder why Sri Padmavathi Devi's temple is away from Lord Sri Venkateswara's. Legend has it that the Lord (Sri Maha Vishnu, who later took on the incarnation of Sri Venkateswara) showed his reverence towards the sage, Bhrigu Maharshi, even though the sage had insulted Vishnu by kicking Him on the chest. In anger, Sri Maha Lakshmi (the Lord's consort) reached Patala Loka, where she heard a divine voice stating that a pushkarini was dug on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi, and here She immersed herself in penance for 12 years. In the 13th year (during the month of Karteeka, on Panchami day in the last fortnight, highlighted by the nakshathram Uttarashadha), Sri Padmavathi emerged from a golden lotus. It is believed that Goddess MahaLakshmi herself emerged as Sri Padmavathi.



Tirupati Govindaraja Swamy Temple
Distance 0.4 kms

The founder of Govindarajaswami Temple was the famous Vaishnava teacher Ramanuja. This temple is situated in the heart of the temple town. The earliest records belongs to the year 1235 A.D. ascribe the foundation of the shrine to Ramanuja. An inscription of 1456 AD states that Govindaraja, Sridevi and Bhudevi were given a holy bath with water obtained from a tank built by Ramanuja. We learn from epigraph of 1475 AD that oil and betel leaves offered to Lord Venkateswara were being bought down from Tirumala to be offered to Govindaraja at the time of his Tirumanjanam Abishekam on the the day of Krittika star in the month of Krittika. The Govindaraja temple received wider attention with the advent of Vijayanagara rule over Tondamandalam. The Govindaraja temple came in for greater patronage during the rule of the Saluva dynasty of Vijayanagara. A certain Appapillai built a mantapa in front of the kitchen in 1506 AD where the devotees drop their offerings.

 
Kapilatheertham
Distance: 3.5 Kms.

This is a small temple situated about two miles to the north of Tirupati town on the eastern bank of the Kapiltheertham tank, which is also known as Alwar Theertham. The structures were erected by certain Rayan - Rajendrasolan alias Brahmrayan the head of the village Kottu, in ancient times Tirupati is called as Kottur. The last inscription dated 1865 AD mentions that Mahanth Dharma Das renovated the steps and mantaps of the Kapilatheertham tank. The earliest of the records mentioned above does not mention the name of the God. Kapileswara and his temple as such comes to be mentioned for the first time in 1563 AD. This is much sought after the largely visited saivate temple in Tirupati. The sight of archamurthi sivalinga with its diamond studded triple lines on the forehead standing for vibhuti marks raises the hands in reverence instantly on entering the mukha mantapa. This is the only saiva temple in Tirupati. The temple enshrines Sri. Kapileshwaraswamy. 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 the means of conveyance to reach Kapilatheertham.



Kanipakkam
Distance: 56 Kms.

The renowned Varasiddi Vinayaka Temple is situated here. The temple is 1000 years old. It is believed that Vinayaka incarnated as ‘Swayambu’ here. According to Stalapurana, three brothers who were deaf, dumb and blind were digging a well. At that time blood came from a black stone. That blank stone is Vinayaka idol. Due to touch of blood, the three brother lost their deformities. The idol is growing every year which is manifested in change of ornaments every year. There is a strong belief that the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled and hence called Varasiddi. The temple is famous for pramanams. Many of the people perform 'Pooja' for their new vehicles here to avoid untoward incidents.

 
Sri Kalahasti
Distance: 34 Kms.

'Sri Kalahasti' is one of the ancient sacred places of our country. It is believed that many saints and holy persons attained ' mukthi' at this unique and important Siva Kshetra, which is well known for its religious importance and philosophical greatness. It is claimed that a visit to this holy shrine by a devotee would earn him the 'peace', 'happiness' and 'prosperity' with the blessings and divine grace of Lord Siva. This religious centre is situated in beautiful and natural setting. The presiding deity of the 'puniya' kshetra is 'Sri Kalahasteswara'. The Siva linga of Sri Kalahasti is one of the five supreme Lingas representing the five great fundamental ' Elements' namely (Appu) Water, (Tejos) Fire, (Vayu) Air, (Akash) Sky, (Prithvi) Earth. Lord Siva has taken the form of 'Vayu-Linga' in this temple to bless devotees during all four 'yougas'.



Vaikuntha Teertham
Distance: 0.4 Kms.

Yet another holy teertham that boast of Lord Vishnu’s greatness and benevolence, Vaikuntha teertham in the temple city gains remarkable significance in pilgrim’s itinery. Vaikuntha teertham is situated in the pretty surroundings of a lovely cave that lies north east to the main shrine. This teertham is associated with Vishnu’s incarnation of Sri Rama. It is believed that the some of the monkeys in the monkey brigade of Sri Ram saw Lord Vishnu’s Vaikuntha here in this water fall and hence it became known as Vaikuntha Teertham. Legends say that, a dip in this holy teertham would bestow goodness and fortune so during your tour never miss to visit the holy Vaikuntha Teertham.

 
Vellore Golden Temple
Distance: 106 Kms.

The religious center of Sripuram, famous golden temple is located among the small green mountains in an area called Malaikodi at Vellore city in Tamil Nadu state, India. It is located at the south part of Vellore city, at the place of Tirumalaikodi. The significance characteristics of Sripuram are temple of Mahalakshmi or temple of Lakshmi Narayan who is Ardha Mandapam and Vimanam is coated with pure gold including both interior as well as exterior. Renowned temple of Sri Lakshmi, prevalently called Golden temple, is recently constructed temple as well as Spiritual Park at the place of Thirumalaikodi in Vellore city. The temple is about 8 kilometers far from old bus stand of Vellore, close to fort. It is spread about 100 acres of land, built by Vellore’s Sri Narayani-Peedam lead by religious Guru Sakthi Amma. Golden temple has complicated statues, created by hundreds of expert gold decorators; those have specialization in temple decoration. the exterior part of gold temple is covered with gold plates and sheets, with made considered to have total cost of about 300 crore ( 65 million US $). The total gold was used in this temple is around 1,500 kilograms which is the biggest amount even in entire world.



Ardhagiri Hanuman Temple (or) Aragonda Hanuman Temple
Distance: 75 Kms.

That, Faith can move the mountains, is proved at this temple. 15 kms away from Kanipakkam is Sri Veeranjaneya swamy temple of Ardhagiri. This famous temple that attracts devotees from far and wide has a legend. It seems in Tretayuga during a battle Lakshmana went unconscious. In order to save his life Lord Hanuman carried Sanjeevani Parvatha. During the journey a piece of Sanjeevani Parvatha fell here. Later that place was called Aragonda. It is a belief that, the Sanjeevaraya Pushkarini (Tank) water here never gets dried up. Devotees carry water from this pond for intake as it is said to cure all diseases and it stays fresh for a longer period. Consuming the holy water has cured more than 1860 diseases. It is the belief that cures acute cases. This has been proved in the cases of Psoriasis, initial stages of TB, asthma, cancer & joint pains. The experiences of the patients who were cured have been recorded and they stand as testimony to it.

 
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram
Distance: 12 Kms.

Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami temple is at Srinivasa Mangapuram situated 12 km to the west of Tirupati. According to legend, Lord Venkateswara stayed here after his marriage with Sri Padmavathi Devi, before proceeding to Tirumala. Annual Brahmotsavam and Sakshatkara Vaibhavam are celebrated in grand manner.

Grand World - WATER PARk
Distance: 5 Kms.

The water park with body slides, open float rides, closed float rides, wave pool, boomerang, aqua bowl and ladies & Kids pool. 'GRAND WORLD' is a Multi Dimensional Theme Park where you can unwind yourself along with your dear and near ones by enjoying the numerous water rides and several other indoor & outdoor amusements. The beautiful landscaping and the Egyption theming are a treat to the eyes. A visit at Grandworld will be truly enjoyable and refreshing and we are sure that you will carry back fond memories.

The Sri Venkateswara Zoological park
Distance : 6 Kms

The Sri Venkateswara Zoological park is located in the outskirts of the world famous temple town of Tirupati. It is well connected by both road and rail. The nearest airstrip is in Renigunta and the nearest international airport is in Chennai The message of conservation of nature with all its diversity is conveyed by highlighting the role of animal and plant life in Indian culture, mythology and literature. It also reminds the modern man of the importance given to wild life by our ancestors. The unique aspect of this zoo is that all the animals that have been exhibited in this zoo are those mentioned in our ancient epics and manuscripts such as the Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Panchatantra etc. The main areas and enclosures in the zoo have been named after famous locations and personalities mentioned in Indian mythology and epics like the Ramayana & the Mahabharata Few other parks can boast of such a scenic location and a diversity of endemic flora and fauna in vast natural and simulated enclosures.

Sila Thoranam
Distance: 25 Kms.

This is a rare Geological Rock Arch. This is only one of its kind in the whole of Asia. Only two other such Arches are known to exist in the world, namely the Rain Bow Arch of Utah in U.S.A. and Arch cut through the Radiant Quartzsite in U.K. This is one of the rarest Geological facts of our country and the age of the rock is estimated to be 2500 million years and Geologists compute the age of arch as 1500 million years. This is also a rare Geological feature called Eparchean Unconformity. This natural arch is supposed to have formed due the intensified weathering and erosion of stream along and has withstood the torque of nature. This is a Natural Geological phenomenon. Its length is 25 feet and height is 10 feet. Devotees believe that Lord Venkateshwara the presiding deity of this sacred hill appeared through this as a swayambhu and took up his abode at the temple, which is past a kilometer away. Pilgrims must make it a point to visit the wonder of the world during their Tirumala trip. No buses are available, a private vehicle or a 20 minute walk from Sri Varahaswamy Temple brings you there.

 
Chandragiri
Distance: 15.2 Kms.

This historic place is 12 kms from Tirupati. A beautiful fort was built in 1000AD and was developed by Saluva Kings of the Vijanagara Empire. Raja Mahal and Rani Mahal are fine specimens of architecture (no timber is used in the entire construction). Emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya, who distinguished himself by his invaluable offerings to Sri Venkateswara was a frequent visitor to Chandragiri. The replicas of the statues of Sri Krishnadevaraya and his consorts (originals inside Tirumala Temple) are kept here. The museum inside Raja Mahal has fine collections of bronze and granite sculptures. Town buses are available from Tirupati Bus Stand every ten minutes. Be prepared for a 20 minutes walk from Chandragiri town center to the fort. The sound and light shown is another added attractive at the fort.

Regional Science Centre, Tirupathi
Distance: 4 Kms.

The Regional Science Centre called the 'Scientific Temple' is a pleasant deviation on the Tirumala Trip. 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. Taramandal Show and the Children's Gallery are added attractions. The Regional Science Centre is just one kilometre away from Alipiri Toll Gate. Entrance fee is Rs. 2/-. Timings are from 11.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Monday is a holiday. Buses are available upto Alipiri. This place is covered in the Alaya Darshan conducted tour of TTD in the afternoon trips

 
Indian Space Research Organisation
Distance: 40 Kms.

NARL at Gadanki near Tirupati is an autonomous society supported by Department of Space. NARL has now become one of the prime centers for atmospheric research in the country specializes in basic atmospheric research, indigenous technology development for atmospheric probing and weather and climate modeling. NARL regularly operates a state-of-the-art MST radar, Rayleigh / Mie Lidar, Boundary Layer Lidar, Sodium Lidar, Lower Atmospheric Wind Profiler, Sodar, Disdrometer, Optical Rain Gauge, Dual frequency GPS receiver, Automatic Weather Station apart from regular launching of the GPS balloon sonde. Being relatively young, NARL's research facilities are available for national and international scientists to conduct atmospheric research