Hotel in Tirupati

Tirupati is an ancient holy city located in the south-eastern part of Andhra Pradesh. It is known as the abode of God Venkateswara and is located in the Chittoor district of the state. Situated at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, there are many major cities like Bengaluru, Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Chennai near the city. Tirupati is known for Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, which is one of the most important pilgrim sites in India and draws millions of devotees every year. The temple is located at the Tirumala Hills, which are one of the oldest rock mountains. It is believed that the temple even had devotees who belonged to the great erstwhile dynasties like the Pallavas, the Pandyas, the Cholas and the kings of Vijayanagara.

Geographically, the city is located at 13° 37' N / 79° 25' E. As per Census 2011, the population of Tirupati is approximately 2.9 lakh. It experiences moderate winters and extreme summers. Telugu is its official language; however, Tamil is also widely spoken in the city due to its proximity to Tamil Nadu. Besides the Hindu festivals like Diwali, Rama Navami and Janamashtami, there are other festivals that are celebrated grandly in the city. Brahmotsavam is a grand festival celebrated during the month of September in Tirumala. A temple car festival 'Rathotsavam' is also celebrated here in which the idol of Lord Venkateswara is taken in a procession on temple chariots. Gangamma Jatara is another folk festival celebrated in the city. During this festival, the devotees wear different clothes and apply colours on their bodies. They shout filthy words that are a part of the tradition to drive away the evil.

There is not only Tirumala Venkateswara temple that brings tourists but many other places of interest. There are many other prominent temples in the city like Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple, Govindaraja Swamy Temple and Alamelu Mangapuram Padmavathi Ammavari Temple to name a few. Chandragiri Fort and Palace is at a distance of few kilometres from Tirupati and is locate at a 180 m high rock. The 'Raja Mahal' and the 'Rani Mahal' are well-preserved in the fort. Situated at an altitude of more than 1200 m, there is Horsley Hills, named after the collector of the Cuddapah district, WD Horsley. Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is another tourist attraction in Tirupati that has a Mayurvani (House of Peafowls) and Mrugavani (House for Herbivores). The Papa Vinasanam Dam is situated nearby to Tirupati and is known for its serenity and beauty.

Major source of revenue in Tirupati is tourism because Tirupati is a major pilgrim destination. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams provides employment opportunities to a lot of residents of the city along with indirect revenue sources to other. Tirupati also houses APIIC Industrial Park. Many major factories like Sri Venkateswara Co-Op. Sugar Factory Ltd., Amara Raja Batteries Ltd., and Lanco Ltd. are located in Tirupati.

How to Reach?

As the city is thronged with a large number of pilgrims, the city needs to provide easy accessibility options to all the tourists. Tirupati Airport is at a distance of about 15 km from the central city that has direct flights to and fro New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and some other cities. Otherwise, Chennai International Airport is the closest airport that fulfills the national and international connectivity needs. Tirupati Railway Station is directly linked to many neighbouring cities; on the other hand, there is Reningunta Junction, which lies nearby the city, offers easy accessibility option. To reach Tirupati via road is also not difficult as most of the government-aided and private bus operators in neighbouring cities offer bus service to Tirupati.

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