Tirupti is a great place for a family vacation. Located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh at a distance of only 150 Kms from Chennai, the city is home to some of the most iconic and famous temples in all of India along with a vibrant culture and an evolved cuisine. The overall vibe in the city is spiritual and cultural and visitors usually enjoy their stay here.
Tirupati is easy to reach as it serviced by major national highways and also has an airport about 9 Kms away from the city. The Tirupati Main train station is also very effective and connects the city to most major cities. Once in Tirupati, you will have no problems getting around as public transportation is very good and many taxis and rickshaws are easily available.
The name Tirupati comes from the word “Tiru,” which means “sacred” in the Tamil language and “Pati,” which means “abode.” Thus, the city of Tirupati has been a “sacred abode” since it founding. The origin of the name and the city go far beyond written records as it is said to have seen the rise and fall of many great empires around it.
Tirupati has a long history of being a sacred place and a city of temples. The Tirumala Venkateshvara Temple is perhaps the most famous temple here and is considered to be one of the world’s richest temples. Besides this landmark, there are also many other temples here such as the Padmavathi Temple, Govindaraja Temple, Kapileswara Temple, Kalyana Venkateshwara Temple, Srinivasamangapuram Temple, Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple and many more.
A large number of people come here to visit these temples due to their spiritual, cultural and archaeological significance. In fact, Tirumala is considered to be the most visited place on earth and the Tirumala Temple is said to be the most visited temple in the world. The incoming tourists make up a large part of the local economy and give the town a touristy, metropolitan feel.
Besides Temples, there are a lot of other interesting sites here as well. The Chandragiri Fort is a fascinating and beautiful fort that was built before the 11th century AD. The fort has an interesting architecture along with a serene setting and is conveniently located only 11 Kms from the Tirupati Temple with an old footpath connecting them.
The Sri Venkateshvara Zoological Park in Tirupati is also worth checking out. Established in 1987, it is spread over 5500 acres and is worth visiting for its rich biodiversity and the presence of some rare and interesting species of plant and animal life. It is home to a famous leopard called Balaji that weighed in as the largest Leopard every recorded.
Another great site to visit with family is Talakona Waterfall. Located a short trek away from the main road, this waterfall has a small lake with clear water at its base and is surrounded by beautiful natural forests infested with birds and monkeys. Families like to come here to spend time in nature, explore the surroundings, have a picnic and take pictures. The environment here is very wholesome and safe for children.
As discussed, the most important and most famous reason why people come to Tirupati is to visit its temples. During your trip, you should check out at least the main temples in this city where you can pay respects to various gods and pray but also admire the wonderful architecture and building styles of India’s past. There are many good guides here that can assist you in your journey of discovery.
In Tirupati, you can also simple walk around and immerse yourself in the culture of the place. The sights, smells and sounds of Tirupati can be intoxicating and interesting while the local cuisine is simply divine. With an old tradition of making food for the gods and a ready supply of fresh ingredients, every dish is a masterpiece that must be experienced.
Where to stay
If you are planning on travelling to Tirupati and looking for a good resort in Tirupati, the Lake Valley Resort here is an exceptional property. Newly built with luxurious rooms, ample parking, in-house restaurant, in-room dining and a picturesque garden, this resort is the perfect place to stay with family when visiting Tirupati. The fully functional Spa is an added advantage and a great way to rejuvenate during your holiday.
The Lake Valley Resort also has a great location for exploring the region, as it is only about 26 Kms from NTR Stadium and 40 Kms from Tirupati Airport while the old Tirchanoor Road is about 30 Kms away. In the serene and peaceful setting of the resort, you can soak in the spiritual vibe of this ancient place and enjoy your vacation to the fullest.