Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Situated at the foothills of the Eastren Ghats, Tirupati is one of the most famous and richest pilgrimage cities in the world. About 65 kms away from Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is famous for the Venkateswara Swamy Temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara in the Tirumala hills at an elevation of about 853m. One of the busiest pilgrimage center in the world, Tirupati is also a major economical and educational hub in Southern India.
Tirupati is well connected by road, rail and air transport. Sri Hari bus station is well connected to all the major cities and towns in south India. The nearest bus terminal is Alipiri and have buses plying to Tirumala. Tirupati Main is a major railway station well connected to all the major cities across the country and is also connected to the Chennai sub-urban raliways in the North. The airport is about 15kms from the heart of the city and offers flights to all the cities in the country. The Chennai International Airport is also well connected and is about 130kms away.
Tirupati experiences hot summers and not so very cold winters. The climate in winters is usually pleasant. The monsoons are generally moderate.
Tirupati has many attractions apart from the famous temple of Lord Venkateswara. There are many temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati like the Alamelu Mangapuram Temple, Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Govindaraja Swamy Temple, Kapila Theertham and there is also an ISKCON temple in the city. Other key attractions inlude Chandragiri Fort and Archeological museum, Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park which is the second largest in Asia, and the Regional Science Centre and Planetarium.