This place is in the Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh in India. This place is very famous for the Sri Venkateshwara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple in located on the top of the Tirumala hills while on the other hand the town is on the foothills. The hills of Tirumala consist of seven peaks which resemble the seven hoods of the serpent under the hoods of whose Vishnu resides. This temple has a very special sanctity amongst the Hindus. Lots of visitors come here throughout the year.
Hyderabad and Chennai are well connected with airlines from across the globe. These two places are well connected with Tirupati via trains and roadways. There are many travel operators across the world that facilitates package tours here for transportation, sightseeing and accommodation. A person can rent a car or hire a taxi to move about in the place.
Tourist places in Tirumala
This place witnesses a large number of pilgrims who come to visit the Lord Venkateshwara temple all-round the year. There are many sacred shrines, holy water falls, holy rivers and many other archaeological wonders here. This temple is mentioned in the Sastras and Puranas and is one of the oldest temples. There are many other Tourist places here – Hastakalaramam Papanasanam, Gogarbham, Akashganga, S.V. Museum, View Point, Shilathoranam, Kapilathhetham, Regional Science Centre, Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir, Kalyani Dam, Srinivisa Mangapuram, S.V. Zoological Park, Chandragiri Fort and Tiruchanur.
Things to do in Tirumala
The Sri Varahaswami temple should be visited before visiting the Sri Venkateshwara temple. As per legends and traditions, the seven hills were owned by Varahswami and this was a condition for allowing the worship of Sri Venkateshwara. The person should carry extra locks and take adequate safety measures here because of the high density of the people. It is important that the person respects the place and there are some things that have to be avoided like wearing of improper clothing, consuming alcohol, eating non-vegetarian food, wearing of flowers (as all flowers are for the Lord only), creating a nuisance, spitting, and carrying phones,cameras, etc. inside the temple premises (as it is strictly banned in).
The local markets sell various items related to the deities. Tirupati related items can also be purchased here. A person can get free meal coupons at the Sri Vari temple. This meal is although simple but really delicious and filled with the sanctity of the place.
Accommodation in Tirumala
The Hotel Minerava Grand is one of the best hotels in the town. Another good hotel is the Hotel Fortune Kences. There are many private accommodations available to the people here. There are various free accommodations known as Dharmashalas here. The other guest houses charge a very nominal fee/ rent that is just negligible compared to the service.
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Article Added on Thursday, May 2, 2013
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