Nestled among the foothills of the Eastern Ghats and the Tirumala Hills is the quaint, religious town of Tirupati. Best known for its highly revered and extremely pious Lord Venkateshwara Temple, Tirupati can even make the nonreligious feel a connection with the divine, with her luscious green hills, long, winding roads, clear, gushing waterfalls and homely village-esque feel
The main attraction here is the temple, of course, and the town sees thousands of devotees flocking for darshan and to pay respects to the deity every day. These numbers swell even further during times of festivals, such as Navratri and Brahmotsavam.Despite the crowds, which are efficiently managed and controlled by the temple board, who have over 20,000 people in their employ just for this purpose, you won’t feel the rush or claustrophobia generally associated with crowded places. In fact, once you enter Tirupati, you will find yourself bathed in a serene, holy light, you’ll be able to enjoy nature’s magnanimity all around. A number of other temples dot the town, and you can simply walk around to discover everything it has to offer. There are other attractions as well, so don’t feel compelled to make it just a pilgrimage trip. Once you’ve made it through the serpentine queues and seen the gorgeously exquisite deity, you are bound to feel a sense of awe.The foremost reason anyone travels to Tirupati is to visit the Lord Venkateshwara temple. It is a long climb up, whether on foot, by car or bus. Also be prepared to stand in queue for hours before getting a glimpse of the idol.There are also many more temples, small and large, in the town that you can visit. If you're not a pilgrim or a religious traveler, you can choose from many of nature's offerings, with a picnic by the waterfalls, a visit to the deer park or a trip to the famous arch, which is truly one of nature's marvels. You can take a walk around one of the parks in the town or visit the palace and fort. For the interested tourist, there is no dearth of things to do in this holy city.Walking around Tirupati is your best bet. However, if you’d rather not, then there are a number of buses that ply around town as well. If you’re traveling with someone older it would be best to hire a car to take you around the various temples because traversing the terrain on foot can be a little strenuous.There will be tour guides willing to take you up to the temples and other areas, but most are out to fleece tourists. Explore the city yourself or ask your hosts about reasonable rates before deciding on a guide or driver.Tirupati always draws huge crowds, so take care of your belongings and yourself.Women should always be wary of lecherous men and it is safest to travel in a group rather than on your own
Tirupati is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
Airports: Tirupati Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Tirupati from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Tirupati