Hotels in Tirupati


The town of temples, Tirupati is located at the foot hills of Tirumala in Chittoor district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Tirumala is the abode of Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy, one of the Avataras of Lord Vishnu,  located on the  Seshachala hills often called as "Yedu Kondalu" (seven hills).The Hindu temple is  the most visited religious center in the world followed by the Vatican.

The town is also home to Sri Venkateswara University, one of the three major universities in Andhra Pradesh. Although, Tirupati has been a city for many years, the Andhra Pradesh state government had not recognized it officially until recently. Effective from March 2, 2007, the city is a municipal corporation not a municipality.

Geography

Tirupati is located in southern part of Andhra Pradesh. It has an average elevation of 162 metres (531 feet).

Tirumala

The Tirumala Hill is 3200 ft above sea level, and is about 10.33 sq miles in area. It comprises seven peaks, representing the seven hoods of Adisesha, thus earning the name, Seshachalam. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri.

 

Climate

In summer, temperatures may go up to 42 to 45 degrees Celsius (107.6 F to 113 F),and in winter the minimum temperatures will be between 10 and 18 degrees Celsius ( 50 F to 64.4 F). Usually summer lasts from March to June, with the advent of rainy season in July, followed by winter which lasts till the end of February.

Economy
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Being a pilgrimage centre, the floating population appears to be the main source of economy but is not. Off late tirupati is becoming the education hub for the nearby areas because of the presence of educational institutions and universities offering almost all fields of studies at all levels. Trade and industry are burgeoning and business is flourishing. Revenues generated by travel sector is also high. The developmental activities, including infrastructure, are mainly taken care by the temple board, called TTD.

 
Government
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Tirupati was a municipal corporation, recently (in 2007) converted to corporation in Andhra Pradesh state. It contributes a member in Central Parliament and a member in state legislature in Indian politics.

Transport
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Tirupati is well connected with all three major cities Hyderabad (555km), Chennai (140 km) and Bangalore (240 km) in South India by air, road or rail. AP Tourism and SETC Operates Buses to Coimbatore. The distance between Tirumla and Tirupati down hills is 22 km. From the foothills, the Pilgrims are provided the shuttle buses by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (T.T.D) and Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Service (A.P.S.R.T.C) with as frequent as one bus in every 1-2 minutes throughout the day.

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The bus journey to Tirumala is approximately 45 minutes. It is also very common practice among the devotees to walk from Tirupati to Tirumala. The walk takes around four hours on a well-laid out foot path.

Tirupati Airport  is located is situated 14km from Tirupati city.
The closest International airport is at Chennai (140 km), the closest railway junction is at Renigunta [10 km] and the closest major railway station is at Chennai (140 km).There is also a railway station in Tirupati which is well connected to Hyderabad,Chennai and Bangalore.

Darshan booking

For darshanam The TTD has the "Sudarshan Booking" counters at Tirupati near the railway station and  bus stand.

Demographics

As of 2001 India census,[3] Tirupati had a population of 227,657. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Tirupati has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 69%. In Tirupati, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age. The local language is Telugu, however Tamil is widely spoken and understood in Tirupati because of a significant Tamil population and its proximity to Tamil Nadu.

 
Culture

The people of Tirupati speak mostly Telugu and Tamil though Hindi, Kannada and English are understood. The residents and visitors can be seen in both traditional attire like Dhoti, Lungi and Sari and modern attire. Practices of Tonsure and using Tilak are commonly seen. Songs and prayers of Lord Venkateswara like Annamacharya kirtanas can be heard all over the town.

 

Festivals

The town celebrates most of the hindu festivals including Vaikunta Ekadasi, Rama Navami and janmashtami with great splendor, while the Brahmotsavam celebrated every year during September is the most important festivals in Tirumala, when it receives millions of devotees over a short span of a week. Rathasapthami (Magha Shuddha Saptami) is another festival, celebrated during February, when Lord Venkateswara idol will be taken procession around the temple chariots.

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Another local festival Gangamma Jathara is also celebrated as a major festival. The Goddess Gangamma is offered animal sacrifices and also pongal and other offerings by the devotees. She is considered as the sister of The Lord Almighty,Govinda.

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Religious Attractions
 
KodhandaRamaSwamy Temple at Tirupathi

There are many temples in Tirupati and Tirumala. Some of them are:

Alamelumangapuram also called Thiruchanoor.

Padmavati Temple

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Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple:

Kapila Theertham Temple

Kalyanavenkateshwara Swamy Temple

Kapila Theertham

ISCKON Temple at Tirupati

Akasha Ganga in Tirumala

Hanuman Temple at Tirumala is where Hanuman's mother Anjana did penance.

Museum in Tirumala

Avanakshamma Temple

Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple,

Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy Temple

 

Hospitals
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Some of the hospitals at Tirupati

S.V.R.Ruia Hospital government general hospital(known as Ruia hospital)

S.V.Ayurveda college hospital run by TTD,


Balaji Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Disabled (BIRRD)

 

Education
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Tirupati is not only a piligrimage center but an educational hub. It is home to Several universities, including Sri Venkateswara University and Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam ( one among two women universities in India), Sanskrit Vidhyapeeth,S.V.Ayurvedic medical College, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (New) etc. Apart from these universities, it has state government sponsored medical, agricultural colleges and also an engineering college.

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