Tirupati, located in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, is a major pilgrimage city of South India. Situated along the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, Tirupati lies in proximity to other important cities of the region like Bengaluru and Chennai while the state capital Hyderabad is 550 km away. The Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, one of the most frequented temples in the world, alone is enough to speak scores about Tirupati. Located 20 km to the northwest of the city, this holy site consecrated to Lord Vishnu is frequented by 30 to 40 million people every year. The Swami Pushkarini Lake located within the expanse of the temple is said to contain holy water. For years, this temple has been giving a boost to Tirupati tourism by the name of Tirupati Balaji Temple.
A Tirupati tour can take devotees to various other popular temples that give this city immense cultural and spiritual value. Such magnificent temples include Alamelu Mangamma (Thiruchanoor), Padmavati Temple, Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple dedicated to Rama, Sita and Lakshmana and the ISCKON Temple. Besides religiously significant sites, the city boasts archaeological masterpieces, such as Silathoranam and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Gardens, and cultural attractions like Sri Vari Museum and Regional Science Centre. Places of tourist interest further include Sri Venkateswara National Park, which is the second largest zoological park in Asia, Deer Park and Talakona Waterfall where travellers can explore the city’s rich flora and fauna.
The week-long Brahmotsavam, celebrated in the month of September, is the most important festival of the town and receives millions of devotees from across the globe. Another famous festival of Tirupati is Rathasapthami that is celebrated during February. Those who travel Tirupati can also enjoy Vaishnava festivals like Rama Navami, Janmashtami and Vaikunta Ekadasi.