A seat of the Dravidian rulers for several centuries, Chittoor is on the holiday list of every traveler to South India. Along with Vellore, it consists of a significant tourism cluster in the state of Andhra Pradesh
Religion has dominated this region since ancient times and a massive crowd of devotees gathers during the religious festivals at revered temples like Tirupati, Sri Kalahasti, Kanipakam and Tirumala. Its deciduous and tropical forests preserve some of Andhra’s richest flora and fauna. The luxuriant greenery of Chittoor’s landscape has created a number of summer retreats. Horsley Hills, with its shaded slopes and pleasant climate, is among the most visited retreats in Chittoor.Horsley Hills is popularly called as ‘Andhra’s Ooty’. Relax near the lush slopes of this summer retreat and enjoy the pleasant weather. You can take up a number of activities here including archery and swimming. Trekking could be a bit of a challenge.Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is located amidst the beautiful landscape of the region’s hills and valleys. The enchanting streams of Kaigal and Kaundinya pass through this thick and thriving natural preserve.The ‘temple of seven hills’ or Sri Venkateswara Temple was established in the 12th century. The presiding deity here is Lord Balaji. Present at an altitude of over 800 meters from the sea level, the temple’s design reflects a mixed influence of the Pallava, Pandya and Chola traditions. The main shrine has a gold dome.Near the confluence of the Aragonda and Ponnai rivers sits Kalavagunta. Not far from Chittoor, Kalavagunta is home to numerous ancient Hindu temples. Among the most famous temples are the ones that belong to the 9th century Chola dynasty.Gurramkonda Fort is perched on top of a high hill. Built during the times of Vijayanagara Empire, this fort came under the control of the Golconda sultans. It is believed that the famous Mysore rulers, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, once occupied Gurramkonda Fort, too.Private luxury buses provide comfortable journeys to neighboring Anantapur, Cuddapah, Nellore, Dharmapuri and Kolar. Travelers can easily board special buses plying from all major city points during prominent religious festivals. Auto-rickshaws and private taxis can be hired for travel within the city.While festivals are the time for dressing up your best, female travelers must avoid indulging in an overt display of valuables such as jewelry.Avoid touring the forested areas and wildlife sanctuary alone
Chittoor is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Tirupati at a distance of 67kms.
Airports: Tirupati Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Chittoor from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Chittor