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Tirumala/Tirupati

The temple town of Tirupati is situated amidst the thickly-wooded hills in the Eastern Ghats in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The Tirumala hill is 3200 feet above sea level and comprises of seven peaks that represent the seven hoods of Adishesha. Tirupati is the abode of the ‘Lord Venkateshwara’, also known as the Lord of the Seven Hills and Balaji. Tirupati is the most famous, richest and ancient temple in the South India. Not only, the divine darshan but various attractions provided by nature, serene surroundings and a pro-active administration have made this place the ideal pilgrimage and holiday destination. The town is also famous for its wooden toys, which are made from a type of red wood. Beside Venkateswara Temple, the city is known for many ancient temples, viz., Padmavathi Temple at Tiruchanur, Govindaraja Temple, Kapileswara Temple at Kapila Theertham, Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple. Tirupati is also home to many educational institutions and universities. For the year 2012-13, India's Ministry of Tourism named Tirupati as the "Best Heritage City".
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Swami Pushkarini

Swami Pushikarini is the name of the lake that is located within the temple premises of Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala. This lake has great religious importance, as the devotees believe that it is the holy Lake of Vaikuntha, where Lord Vishnu took a bath along with his wife. The Swami Pushikarini is a natural freshwater spring lake and is spread over an area of 1.5 acres. It has a mandapam in the centre which was constructed by Saluva King Narasimha Raya in 1468. The steps leading to the mandapam were built by saint-poet Tallapaka Annamacharya.

Akasa Ganga

Akasa Ganga Located on the hill of Tirumala, near the temple of Sri Venkateswara is a beautiful waterfall, which has been there since time immemorial. The devotees believe that the water of the cascade flows from the feet of Lord Vishnu. The Akasa Ganga waterfalls are considered holy because the water is used for the daily maintenance of the temples and shrines. The devotees believe that the waters of the cascade is as holy as the waters of the Ganga and can be seen sprinkling it over their heads as an act to absolve their sins. The surroundings around the waterfalls are beautiful and spellbinding.

Kapila Theertham

Kapila Theertham Temple is located at the entrance of mountain cave on a steep and near-vertical slop of one of the Tirumala Hills. The temple is unique as it is dedicated to Lord Shiva, unlike other temples in the area that are dedicated to Lord Vishnu.. At the entrance of the temple, there is a huge seated Nandi Bull, the faithful steed of Lord Shiva welcoming worshippers and devotees. It is believed that Saint Kapila Maharshi lived, meditated and worshipped Lord Shiva in the mountain cave and that is why it has been the named Kapila Theertham, where theertham stands for the holy lake formed by the waterfall.

Tiruchanoor

Goddess Alamelumangamma Temple is located at Tiruchanoor about 5 km from the Tirupati town. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi, who was the consort of Lord Venketswara. The temple was constructed during the reign of King Thondaman Chakravarthy. It is claimed that worshippers used to first visit this temple and pay homage to Goddess Padmavathi before going to the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala. Goddess Padmavathi also is known as Alamelu Manga, which means an inexhaustible source of compassion and love.

Zoological Park

Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is spread over an area of 5,500 acres and is located in Tirupati. It was established in September 1987 and is home to wide range of wildlife. The park is unique, with a theme based on Hindu mythology and Indian epics. The zoo is divided into several sections and each one is named after mythical figures. For instance, the stump-tailed macaque enclosure is known as Angadha Dweepam; the baboon enclosure is called the Nala-Neela Dweepam and the leopard enclosure is named Bhagela Vanam.
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Regional Science Centre

Regional Science Centre, Tirupati (RSCT), situated at the foothills of Tirumala, on Alipiri-Zoo Park Road, is an activity oriented non formal science education destination for all cross-sections of people.
The centre has 6 permanent exhibition galleries: ‘Fun Science’, ‘Popular Science’, ‘Our Universe’, ‘Our Senses’, ‘Illusion’ and ‘Emerging Technology’. The outdoor science park of RSCT with lush green lawns, sprawling over an area of 5 acres, houses a number of participatory exhibits, Prehistoric life park, Herbal garden & animal corner. The centre offers experience based science learning in a serene atmosphere. The 3D Theatre, Science Shows and Taramandal at the centre are some more major attractions of RSCT especially for the students. The centre also organizes many education extension programmes throughout the year focused to all ages.
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Chandragiri Fort

This fort was built on a massive rock in 1000 AD. It is located at a height of 183 m and is a testimony of the outstanding architectural expertise that prevalent during the Vijayanagar Empire. The exquisite stucco work, natural light and ventilation are the hallmarks of this fort. The fort hosts a daily sound and light show twice a day in English and Telugu which attracts many visitors. The collection of the royal family displayed in Raja Mahal is sufficient to leave visitors spellbound. There is a Hanuman Temple dominating the entrance of the fort and thereafter there are bastions leading up to the Mahals. These bastions are made from granite and mortar and have beautiful carved pillars showing humans and lions.

Srikalahasthi

Srikalahasti is located close to Tirupati, on the banks of Swarnamukhi River. The ancient Shiva temple in this town is one of the most sacred sites for pilgrims and is also referred to as Dakshina Kailasam. The temple has three majestic towers, which can leave visitors spellbound with the ornate and beautiful architecture. The original temple was constructed during the Pallava Dynasty and the temple that visitors see today was built in the 11th century during the reign of the Chola Dynasty. The massive 100-pillared mandapam was constructed in the 16th century by Krishnadevaraya .
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Narayanavanam

The fortified town of Narayanavanam is located in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, about 35 km from Tirupati. It used to be the capital of Karvetinagar Suryavanshi kingdom. The town is surrounded by mountains, giving it a peaceful and serene ambience. Narayanavanam is known for its ancient statues, which are collectively referred to as Akasha Maharaju Kota. The town is famous for its manufacture of shirts, handloom, lungis and churidhars. The town is home to the Sri Padmavathi Sametha Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple and hence is considered holy by devotees. It is believed that this was the site where Lord Venkateswara Swamy wedded Goddess Padmavathi. While the wedding was going on, Padmavathi's brother built two temples – one in Tirumala and one in Narayanavanam. This is one of the few temples in India where visitors can see both Venkateswara Swamy and Padmavathi enshrined in the same premises

Kailasanathakona

Kailasanathakona is a beautiful waterfall in the Valley of Nagari Hills, close to the town of Puttur. The water of the cascade is crystal clear and locals believe that it is sacred. The waters are said to be rich in minerals and have curative properties. The Puranas mention that Lord Kailasanatheswara Swamy attended the wedding of Lord Venkateswara Swamy and Goddess Padmavathi at Narayanavam and decided to use the water from this waterfall for meditation. The locale is extremely picturesque and makes an ideal spot for picnicking. Vehicles can approach the foot of the falls; and visitors also can visit the beautiful, albeit small, temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. Kailasanathakona is surrounded by large trees and verdant foliage, which is home to monkeys. The un-spoilt beauty of the falls can be extremely serene and invigorating.

Kanipakam

The village of Kanipakam is located in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, on the banks of Bahuda River. This village is famous for its Lord Ganesha temple, which is known as Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple. According to archaeological and historical evidence, the temple was built in the early part of the 11th century by King Kulothunga Chola I and was expanded subsequently by the kings of the Vijayanagar Dynasty. Devotees strongly believe that the idol of Lord Ganesha housed in the temple grows continuously. It is believed that the temple was constructed after a self-manifested idol of Lord Vinayaka made an appearance in the local well waters. Even today, the idol is housed in this well and the water in the well is perennial. During the rainy season, the holy water from the well overflows.
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Talakona Waterfalls

Water element has always been important for soothing the mind. When people venture into Sri Venkateswara wild sanctuary, which is about 60 km from the temple town of Tirupati, they will be able to witness one of the most amazing water elements – Talakona Waterfalls. Cascading down from a height of 272 feet, the area around the waterfalls is a haven for many plant species, some extremely rare. Locals claim that the waters of the cascade have healing properties and this attracts many people.

Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills is a beautiful and scenic hill station in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Located at an altitude of 4,100 feet, this popular hill station is about 144 km from Tirupati and offers a wonderful escape. The road leading to the town is extremely scenic and panoramic, with Mahogany, Jacaranda, Sandalwood, Gulmohar and Eucalyptus trees lining the road in the form of a dense and verdant forest. The town is a paradise for adventure sports lovers, as they can experience the thrills of zorbing, rappelling, rock climbing and trekking. Horsley Hills is the perfect destination to commune with nature and lose oneself to the untouched natural beauty that Mother Nature has bestowed on this town.

Golden Temple

The golden temple complex inside the Sripuram spiritual park is situated at the foot of a small range of green hills at Thirumalaikodi (or simply Malaikodi) village, 8 km from Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India. It is 120 km from Tirupati, 145 km from Chennai, and 200 km from Bengaluru. This temple is gilded with 1500 kg pure gold, twice more than the 750 kg gilding of another Golden Temple at Amritsar. The salient feature of 'Sripuram' is the Lakshmi Narayani temple whose Vimanam and Ardha Mandapam is covered with pure gold, housing the deity Sri Lakshmi Narayani (female consort of Vishnu Narayana). The temple is located on 100 acres of land and has been constructed by the Vellore-based charitable trust, Sri Narayani Peedam, headed by its spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma also known as 'Narayani Amma'.
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