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Saturday, April 19, 2008

India : Tirumala Tirupati : Lord of the Seven Hills - 1

Image Source : Tirupati

The eastern ghats form a major of hills in Andhra Pradesh, starting in the southern-most district of Chittor bordering Tamilnadu and snaking up to the north coastal districs of Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. Amidst the thickly-wooded hills in Chittor lies the temple town of Tirumala and Tirupati at the foothills.

The range of hill is said to resemble a snake with Tirumala forming the hood. Lord Venkateswara known as 'Lord of the Seven Hills' and 'Balaji' is the 'Kaliyuga' incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Tirupati and Tirumala today are modern destination of pilgrim tourist. Not only the bliss of a divine 'darshan' but added attractions provided by nature as well as a pro-active administration make them the ideal pilgrimage-cum-holiday destination.

While Balaji remains the main draw, the beauties of nature and the serene surroundings, made more attractive with modern add-ons, have made Tirupati today a much visited town. A beautiful ghat road leads up across the Seven Hills to Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateshwara. The old ghat road is used for one way traffic coming down.

Tirupati Balaji Slide Show :

How to reach at Tirupati Tirumala : (For enlarge view click at the center)

In terms of connectivity, the destinations are well defined by all means of transport be it air, rail or road.

By Air :

Direct flights to Tirupati are available from Hyderabad and Chennai only.

By Rail :

Direct railway services are available from Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore.

By Road :

ASPSRTC buses rn from all the important places in the state and between Tirupati and Tirumala. TTD also runs buses between Tirupati and Tirumala, free of cost. Tirupati is well connected to Bangalore 258 kms, Chennai 137 kms, Hyderabad 562 kms and Vijayawada.

Best Season to visit :

September to February

Languages :

Telugu and English

STD Code : 0877

TIRUMALA :
Andhra Pradesh Tourism Hotel, : 2270055

TIRUPATI :
Srinivasam, TTD, Guesthouse, : 2281190
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