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Tirupati Sightseeing

Tirumala Venkateswara TempleLocated in the Seven hills town Tirumala
Sri Varahaswami Temple Located to the north of Sri Venkateswara Temple
Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple On the South of Tirupati Railway Station
Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami TemplePositioned just opposite the Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple in the center of the city
Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple Located at Yogimallavaram at the foothills of Tirumala Ranges
Sri Govindarajaswami TempleSituated in the medial part of Tirupati
Sri Kalyana Venkateshwaraswami TemplePlaced about 12 kilometers from Tirupati
Sri Prasanna Venkateswaraswami TempleLocated at Appalayagunta, about 14 kilometers from Tirupati
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari TempleSituated about 3 kilometers from Tirupati at Tiruchanur
Sri Venugopalaswami TempleEstablished at Karvetinagaram, approximately 48 km from Tirupati
Sri Veda Narayanaswami TempleLocated at Nagalapuram about 70 kilometers from Tirupati
The Papa Vinashanam TheerthamLocated about 5 kilometers north of the main temple of Sri Venkateswara at Tirumala
Kumaradhara TheerthamLocated in Tirupati
The Akashganga WaterfallPositioned about 3 kilometers north of the Sri Venkateswara Temple of Tirumala.
The Swami Pushkarini LakeLocated inside the premises of the Venkateswara Temple
Shila ThoranamLocated just 1 kilometer north of the temple
ISKCON Lord Krishna TempleLocated five kilometers from Tirupati.
Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park Located at the foothills of the Seshachalam hills in Tirupati
Regional Science CenterSituated just one km from Alipiri Toll Gate
Sri Vari MuseumLocated in the heart of the city near Karnataka Choultry
TTD GardensQuite close to the main shrine of Lord Venkateswara
Talakona WaterfallLocated in Sri Venkateswara National Park, nearly 49 kilometers from Tirupati
Pandava TheerthamLocated around Tirumala and Tirupati
Vaikuntha TheerthamSituated in the north east direction of the main temple of Tirumala

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple

Location: in the Seven hills town Tirumala
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, the shrine that has made the city of Tirupati famous in every corner of globe is an extremely auspicious abode of Lord Venkateswara. Also known by the title, 'Lord of the Seven Hills', Lord Venkateswara resides in the temple perched at the altitude of 3200 feet on the seventh peak of ‘Saptagiri’ named Venkatadri. Renowned as a foremost pilgrim destination in India, this temple beckons over 50,000 pilgrims everyday. The annual income of the temple is recorded to be over two billion rupees which renders this temple world’s richest and busiest place of worship.
The temple of Lord Venkateswara built in fine Dravidian style of architecture is spread over the total area of 2.2 acres. The majestic temple is 80 meter wide and 123 meters in length. The idol of the patron deity Lord Venkateswara placed in the sanctorum of this temple under the Ananda Nilaya Divay Vimana (a gold gilded dome) is eight feet in height. The jet black stone idol of the lord Venkateswara, also worshipped by the names Balaji, Govinda, and Srinivasa, is believed to be Swayambhoo. On the right side of this chest we can see an impression of his consort Goddess Lakshmi. The lord holds a Conch (Shankh) and a Discus (chakra) in his two upper hands. The lower left hand of the deity is turned inwards and the lower right hand is turned outwards in the position of showering blessings. The beautiful eyes of Lord Venkateswara are always covered with a tilak of camphor.
The wealthiest God Venkateswara of Tirumala is adorned with precious stones and valuable golden ornaments offered by his devotees. It is believed that Lord Venkateswara grants all your wishes if you pray with complete devotion. That’s why he is called ‘Kali Yuga Varada’, which means, 'the boon-granting Lord of Kali Yuga'. The daily Pooja of the temple is performed as per the Vaishnavite traditions. The Lord Venkateswara is worshipped 6 times a day UshaKala, Prathakala, Madhyanika, Aparahana, SandhyaKala and Ardharatri.
This temple of Lord Venkateswara is noteworthy for its practice of Tonsure wherein you cut your hair and offer them at the feet of Lord Venkateswara. Major Festivals celebrated at this temple include Vaikunta Ekadasi, Rama Navami, Janmashtami, Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam and Rathasapthami. The Laddu Prasadam distributed at the temple is famous in every quarters of the world.
Regular bus service is provided by TTD from downhill to the temple. But some devotees prefer to climb the 4000 steps on feet which take from 2 to 4 hours. Only Hindus are permitted admission in the innermost part of the temple.

Sri Varahaswami Temple

Location: To the north of Sri Venkateswara Temple
The holy banks of Swami Pushkarini Tank are adorned with the presence of auspicious Lord Sri Varahaswami. Varahaswami is the 3rd incarnation of Lord Vishnu who rescued the Earth and the four Vedas from Pataal Loka (nether) and destroyed a demon named Hiranyaksha. Located to the north of Sri Venkateswara Temple, this shrine of Sri Varahaswami is believed to be the original shrine of Tirumala.
As the legend goes, Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara was initially Adi Varaha Kshetra; the home of Lord Adi Varaha. Lord Venkateswara, on his arrival to Tirumala had to acquire permission from Lord Adi Varaha to be able to reside here. Brahma Purana suggests that a pilgrim who wants to pay homage at the feet of Lord Venkateswara should first visit the temple of Adi Varahaswami and offer him the Naivedyam. As cited by Atri Samhita - also known as Samurtarchanadhikara, Lord Varaha is worshipped in three forms: Adi Varaha, Pralaya Varaha and Yajna Varaha.
The deity placed in this temple of Varahaswami at Tirumala is Adi Varaha as it represents the exact description of Adi Varaha Idol given in the texts of Vaikhanasa Agama.

Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple

Location: On the South of Tirupati Railway Station
Located in the heart of the city, on the South of Tirupati Railway Station, this temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, his consort Goddess Sita and his brother Lakshmana. Lord Hanuman, the ardent devotee of Lord Rama is also placed at his feet. This ancient shrine is believed to be set up by the Kings of Chola dynasty in 10th century AD, and Maharaja Narasimharaya Mudiliyar was the one who initiated the construction. It is believed by the devotees that Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana had halted at this place for some time while returning from Shrilanka (Ceylon) after defeating Ravana.
The architecture of the temple depicts the heavy influence of Vijayanagara style. The Garbha griha and antarala are built in Vijayanagara fashion while the ceiling is adorned with Simhalalata gables. The Ekatala style of structures topped by a Phalaka festooned with lions in all four corners and vertical ribbons embellishing the Shikhara revealing the Vesara order decorate the interiors of the temple. The dome of the shrine is round in shape gilded with a metal Kalasha that amplifies the aura of this historical temple.

Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami Temple

Location: Positioned just opposite the Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple in the center of the city
Positioned just opposite the Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple in the center of the city, this shrine is dedicated to Lord Anjaneya. Anjaneya means the son of Anjani or Anjana, i.e. Lord Hanuman. The holy river Pushkarini flows alongside this temple facing the renowned shrine of Sree Venkateswara. This temple is esteemed for being a reminiscent of the childhood days of Lord Hanuman. It is said that Devi Anjani had performed a severe penance at the very site. This legendary temple is estimated to be built during the Mahant period following the traditional Vaishnavite style of presentation.
As per another myth, Lord Hanuman as a child wanted to go to Seshachalam to get himself a camel that cloud be used as a vehicle. Or, it is also said that he wanted to get a camel for Lord Venkateswara. His mother tied his hands and handcuffed him in order to prevent him from fleeing. The special Pooja and Abhishek are performed at this temple every Sunday in the honor of Lord Hanuman. Hanuman Jayanthi, the festival that marks the event of Lord Hanuman’s birth is celebrated with much pomp and gaiety every year.

Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple

Location: At Yogimallavaram at the foothills of Tirumala Ranges
Located at Yogimallavaram at the foothills of Tirumala Ranges, this is the only temple dedicated to Lord Shiva amidst the innumerous Vaishnavite shrines. Situated just 3 kilometers from the heart of the city, this temple complex is also a home to other important shrines of Tirupati like Sri Lakshminarayanaswamy Temple, Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple and Sri Vinayakaswamy Temple. Kapila Teertham, an auspicious waterfall which is reputed for washing up all your sins also adds to the divine glory of this temple premises. All the major festivals of the year namely Maha Shivaratri, Annabhishekam, Skhanda Shasthi, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Brahmotsavam, etc. are celebrated here with much reverence and devotion.

Sri Govindarajaswami Temple

Location: In the medial part of Tirupati
One of the most exalted Vaishnavite shrines of the city, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple is situated in the medial part of Tirupati. Basking in the glory of its auspicious background, this temple is dedicated to Lord Govinda i.e. Lord Krishna or Vishnu. It is said that the foundation of this temple was laid down by the great Vaishnavite saint Ramanujacharya himself in 1130 AD. The temple was later built by the Nayaka Rulers who succeeded the governance of Vijayanagara Emperors.
The architecture of this shrine reveals typical Vaishnava style. Actully this temple is divided into two shrines dedicated to two forms of Lord Krishna; Parthasarathy and Govindaraja. Both these shrines are encompassed by an outer wall which is topped with an imposing and impressive Gopuram. Having a look at this eye arresting tower is a banquet for the sight. The temple is very famous amongst the Vaishnavites and myriads of devotees visit this place to take the benefit of the sacred Darshana of Lord Vishnu.
Other than the two main shrines, there are sub shrines like the temples dedicated to Sri Ramanuja, Sri Kurath Alwar, Sri Mudal Alwar, Sri Andal, Sri Salai Nachiyar Ammavari, Sri Chakrathalwar, Sri Manavala Mamuni, Sri Madhurakavi Alwar, Sri Thirumangai Alwar, Sri Vedantha Desikar, etc. where devotees pay homage without fail.

Sri Kalyana Venkateshwaraswami Temple

Location: Placed about 12 kilometers from Tirupati
The temple of Sri Kalyana Venkateshwaraswami is placed about 12 kilometers from Tirupati at Srinivasa Mangapuram. Devotees believe that this temple is the very site where Lord Venkateswara had rested for a while with his consort Sri Padmavati Devi after their divine wedding before proceeding to his auspicious abode at Tirumala. The main shrine of the chief deity Sri Kalyana Venkateshwaraswami is divided into three sections namely Garbhagriha, Mahamantapa and Mukhamantapa. The walls of the temple are highly embellished with elegant carvings and ornate sculptures. The structure of this mythical shrine reveals a combination of Dvitala and Vesara order of architecture.
Other than the main temple, some sub shrines located nearby include Sri Andal Ammavari temple, Sri Padmavathi Ammavari temple, Sri Sita Lakshmana Sameta Ramulavari temple and Sri Ranganayakula Swami temple. Moreover, some modest shrines like Sri Agastheeswara Swami temple, Sri Parasareswara Swami temple, Sri Sakti Vinayaka Swami temple, Sri Avanakshamma temple and Sri Veerabhadra Swami temple are also worth visiting.

Sri Prasanna Venkateswaraswami Temple

Location: At Appalayagunta, about 14 kilometers from Tirupati
Located at Appalayagunta, about 14 kilometers from Tirupati, this temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara was constructed during the dominion of Kings of Karvetinagar. Just like the Sri Kalyana Venkateshwaraswami Temple, this place was also blessed by the holy presence of Lord Venkateswara and his consort Goddess Padmavathi. According to the prevalent myth, Lord Venkateswara had rested at this place for some time on his way to Tirumala after his wedding with Padmavathi. At that time he blessed Sri Siddeswara and many other sages here.
As the God was happy after his union with his beloved celestial companion Padmavathi, the idol at this temple is named Prasanna Venkateswaraswami. Devotees do not miss to notice the joyous mood manifested by the idol placed in the sanctum of this temple. Every Friday the statue of Lord Venkateswaraswami is showered with holy Abhishekam. The temple is packed with devotees on this occasion every week as they believe that witnessing this sacred Abhishekam will make all your dreams come true. Apart from the main temple, other sub shrines dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi, Anjaneyaswami, and Sri Andal are also important religious destinations.

Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple

Location: About 3 kilometers from Tirupati at Tiruchanur
Situated about 3 kilometers from Tirupati at Tiruchanur, this vital shrine is dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi, the better half of Lord Venkateswara. Also known by the name ‘Alamelumangapuram’- (an endless source of love), this temple is held in much esteem. It is believed that the pilgrimage to Tirumala becomes fruitful only after paying homage to this temple. This mythological temple bears an interesting tale related to the birth and matrimony of Goddess Padmavathi.
King Akasharaja of Thondamandalam had organized a great Yagna. When the ground was being dug for setting up the Yagna Kunda (the square shaped structure where Yagna is performed), they found a lovely baby girl lying in a flower of Lotus. A heavenly voice was heard who ordered the King to adopt the girl and bring her up as his own daughter. As the baby was found in lotus, the king named her Padmavathi. When she grew up and came of age, Lord Venkateswara came to ask for her hand. The King happily agreed to this celestial match and the betrothal took place in a very grand manner at this very place.
Later, during the reign of King Tondaman Chakravarthi this temple of Padmavathi Ammavari was established. As the tradition goes, devotees first visit this temple and then proceed to the Tirumala Hills to the court of Lord Venkateswara.

Sri Venugopalaswami Temple

Location: At Karvetinagaram, approximately 48 km from Tirupati
Established at Karvetinagaram, approximately 48 km from Tirupati, this ancient temple is estimated to be built in 14th century. It is believed that this temple was sanctified by the great Vaishnavite saint Ramanujacharya himself. As the name suggests, the chief deity of this temple is Sri Venugopalaswami; a heavenly form of Lord Vishnu. The idol placed in the sanctorum of this magnificent temple is sided by two of his consorts Devi Rukmini Ammavaru and Devi Satyabhama Ammavaru.
The architecture of this temple is extremely elegant and impressive. The finely detailed carvings and dazzling Gopuram reveal the artistic ingenuity of the craftsmen of yesteryears. The temple complex also houses a sub shrine dedicated to Lord Ram and Goddess Sita, named Sri Sita Ramula Pattabhishekam. Important traditional festivals of Tirupati like Brahmotsavam, Teppotsavam, Gokulashtami, Vaikuntha Ekadasi, etc. are celebrated most vigorously at this temple every year. The devotees can take the darshana of Sri Venugopalaswami from 6:00 am to 11:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Sri Veda Narayanaswami Temple

Location: At Nagalapuram about 70 kilometers from Tirupati
The Veda Narayanaswami Temple, located at Nagalapuram about 70 kilometers from Tirupati is also dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The idol placed in this temple depicts the Matsya (Fish) Incarnation of Lord Vishnu and it is flanked by Sridevi (Goddess Lakshmi) on one side and Bhudevi (Goddess Earth) on the other. The God here is seen holding the Sudarsana Chakra in his finger in such a position that it looks ready to be released. The legend that forms the background of this mythological temple suggests that Lord Vishnu in his Matsya Incarnation killed a demon named Somakudu and recovered the four Vedas from his captivity.
The temple of Sri Veda Narayanaswami was constructed by the great Vijayanagar emperor Krishnadevaraya. The architecture of this temple portrays the exquisite Vijayanagar order of designs and also reflects the wealth and prosperity of Vijayanagar Empire. The temple premises are noteworthy for housing various sub temples dedicated to several deities like Sri Sita Lakshmana Sameta Ramulavari, Sri Bhakta Anjaneyaswami, Sri Veeranjaneya Swami, Sri Vedavalli Tayaru and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami.

The Papa Vinashanam Theertham

Location: about 5 kilometers north of the main temple of Sri Venkateswara at Tirumala
Located about 5 kilometers north of the main temple of Sri Venkateswara at Tirumala, this water tank is revered a lot by the devotees. As the name suggests, it is believed that the bath in this water washes all your sins away. This water bowl surrounded by pristine hills accommodates all the water that cascading waterfalls from those hills empty into it. One of the most spectacular as well as religiously important places, Papa Vinashanam Theertham beckons number of devotees to come and wash their sins off.
Initially this water tank provided the water that was used for the Poojas and Abhisheks performed at the temple. Later, as the place was little too far, it was kind of abdicated. Yet, for some particular rituals, water from Papa Vinashanam Theertham is still fetched. The site here is extremely picturesque with captivating beauty of waterfalls gushing down the verdant green hills. The ambiance is very cool and pleasant and devotees enjoy bathing in the holy waters of this tank. Recently, the authorities have also set up changing rooms both for men and women adjacent to the Theertham. A dam is also built at this place that holds the water into the pool so as to not let it flow away. The surroundings of this vicinity are adorned with beautiful and well maintained garden and lush green scenery.

Kumaradhara Theertham

Location: Central suburb of Mumbai
In the holy land of Lord Vishnu there are many scared water pools that bear much honor and reverence in the hearts of the devotees. Taking a bath in such Theertham is believed to be very auspicious and fortunate. Kumaradhara Theertham is one such pious water tank. Two legends that prevail here elevate the veneration of this Theertham.
According to the first allegory, this is the very water tank where Lord Vishnu had bathed and then performed penance after killing a demon called Tarakasur. As per the other myth, an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu had lost his way in the dense woods that surround the Saptagiri. He started praying to the God and performed penance. Lord Vishnu appeared before him and asked him to bathe in the nearby pond. The devotee followed the order of the God and as he came out of the pond after taking a dip, he had transformed into a sixteen years old boy. Later he was also guided with the path.
The pond is known by the name ‘Kumaradhara Theertham’ to mark this miraculous incident of turning an elderly man into a Kumar of 16 years. Devotees of Lord Vishnu believe that this heavenly water pool is very scared and taking a dip into the waters of Kumaradhara Theertham will lead you towards a great fortune.

The Akashganga Waterfall

Location: Positioned about 3 kilometers north of the Sri Venkateswara Temple of Tirumala
The word Akashganga means the heavenly river or the Milky Way. The Akashganga Waterfalls are positioned about 3 kilometers north of the Sri Venkateswara Temple of Tirumala. The prestigious water of this waterfall is used for the holy bath of the deity everyday. Initially the priests of the temple had to walk all the way down the jungle to the waterfalls and fetch water. Presently, the Tirumala Tirupati Devsthanam has laid water lines from this point to the temple.
The path that leads to the Akashganga Waterfalls meanders through the rough terrains of the forest. But as you reach the waterfalls, the pristine beauty of the scene is sure to leave you flabbergasted. The vista of crystal clear waters gushing down the mountain into the deep panoramic valley is eye catching. Though deep, the valley is well paved and so we can easily access the footings of the Akashganga Waterfalls. The scenic beauty of this spot turns even more enthralling during monsoon due to the profuse water and lush greenery everywhere.

The Swami Pushkarini Lake

Location: Inside the premises of the Venkateswara Temple
This sublime lake located inside the premises of the Venkateswara Temple holds immeasurable religious significance. It is believed that this lake represents the holy pleasure lake of Lord Vishnu in his heavenly abode Vaikuntha. Lord Vishnu enjoys Jal Krida (pleasure bath) in that heavenly lake along with his consorts. Devotees say that Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu brought the Theertham from that lake to the earth which today exists in the form of The Swami Pushkarini Lake. It is believed to be very scared and blessed lake and even taking the darshana of this holy water tank brings you good fortune.
The lake is held in so high esteem that it is put at the same level of credential with the sacred Ganges. It is believed that the water of Pushkarini Lake is miraculous and it also heals physical abnormalities. Moreover, this water wipes out all your sins and evils and leaves you as pure and clear as itself. The water of this lake is used for the daily rituals inside the temple. At the times of festivals and some special occasions, the deity of the temple and other idols and images are carried in a temple boat to Pushkarini Lake and given a grand bath. The water of this tank is purified by recycling facility set up there.

Shila Thoranam

Location: Just 1 kilometer north of the temple
Shila Thoranam; a rare geological wonder is a must visit place in Tirupati which is located just 1 kilometer north of the temple. Discovered in the year 1980 during an excavation, this natural arch is believed to be older than the Jurassic Age. It is 25 feet in length and 10 feet in height. This arch is an extremely rare spectacle and such pattern is found only in Texas and Australia other than this place. In this formation two independent sets of massive rocks are linked together with a thin rocky line creating a structure of an arch. Along with this formation, two frameworks that were found are a conch and a discus (chakra).
Devotees of Lord Venkateswara or Vishnu believe that the Lord himself has turned into the rare geological arch. This belief is supported by the conch and chakra found here which are not carved but naturally formed and the height of the arch is same as the height of the deity in the temple. No buses are available to reach this exceptional site. But one can take a private vehicle or enjoy a small walk of just 20 minutes from the temple of Sri Varahaswamy that will reach you to this extraordinary marvel of nature.

ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple

Location: Five kilometers from Tirupati
Adding to the cluster of legendary ancient temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the ISKCON temple of Tirupati makes a mark for its arresting architectural grandeur. The towers that crown the temple are painted in the typical combination of golden and white. The marvelous carvings depicting various incidents of Krishna Leela and the figures of Lord Varaha Swamy and Lord Narasimha Swamy reveal the artistic dexterity of the master craftsmanship. The fascinating glass paintings that embellish the windows illustrate the playful acts of Lord Krishna as a child in an absolutely creative manner. The ceilings of the temple are adorned with Tanjore style of paintings – the colorful masterpiece of Indian artistry, that present the adroitness of our artisans.
Each pillar of the temple is decorated with the portrayal of ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The sanctum of the temple is no less enticing. The charming idol of Lord Krishna beautifully dressed and accompanied by graceful Gopis wins the hearts of the beholders. The magnificent temple is embroidered with a beautiful garden that encompasses it. A lot of flowers releasing sweet and pleasing fragrance, ponds ornamented with delicate lotuses and water lilies, colorful fountains illuminated with twinkling lights and manifold idols depicting Krishna Leela gives you an Arcadian feeling. The ISKCON temple can be visited on the way to Tirumala Hills.

Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park

Location: At the foothills of the Seshachalam hills in Tirupati
Located at the foothills of the Seshachalam hills in Tirupati, this is the third Zoological Park of the state of Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam. Inaugurated on September 29th, 1987, this park is established with the purpose of spreading the message of conservation of nature. Spread over the massive area of about 5,532 acres, the theme of this zoological park suggests the importance of animals and trees in Indian Culture and their role in the unique cycle of life. The peculiar aspect of this zoological park is that it only houses the animals that found reference in the ancient epics and treaties like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Hitopadesha, Panchtantra etc. Foreign species of animals have been strictly avoided.
The wildlife that can be observed here moving about freely in their natural habitat include animals like Rhesus macaque, Bonnet macaque, Stump tailed macaque, Lion, Tiger, Leopard, Indian fox, Hyena, Wolf, Jackal, Chinkara, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Sloth bear, Porcupine, Elephant, etc. birds like Peacocks, Cranes, Pelican, White – Necked Stork, Purple Heron, White Ibis, Goose, Brahminy Duck, Pintail, Common Teal, Cotton Teal, White breasted water hen, Purple moorhen, quail, Grey Partridge, Silver pheasant etc, and reptiles like crocodile, tortoise, snakes and a wide range of flora decorating the surroundings of the zoo.
Another remarkable feature of Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is that the main sections of the zoo are named after famous personalities and locations mentioned in Indian epics, for example, Kishkintha, Airavata-van, Jambavantha-van, etc. the entrance of the zoo is marked by an inscription in Sanskrit "Beejam maam sarvabhootanam” – meaning – I (God) is at the root of all living beings.
Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is located about 12 kilometers from the central railway station. The park is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm during summer and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during winter. Monday is a weekly off but it remains open even on Mondays if it falls on a public holiday. An entry to the park charges very nominal fees like 5 Rs per head for adults and 2 Rs per head for children. The park even gives free entry to the school groups.

Regional Science Center

Location: Just one km from Alipiri Toll Gate
The Regional Science Centre, also known as the 'Scientific Temple' is a delectable deviation in the religious city of Tirupati. Set up in the year 1993, this organization is run by central government. Chief attraction of this science center is various educative working models put up in open lawns. Taramandal Show run in the planetarium here and the Children's Gallery beckon both kids and adults. The Regional Science Centre is situated just one km from Alipiri Toll Gate. They charge Rs. 2 as the Entrance fee. The center is open for the visits from 11.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Monday is a weekly holiday. To reach this place one can board Buses to Alipiri. The Alaya Darshan tour conducted by TTD covers the Regional Science Centre in their afternoon trips.

Sri Vari Museum

Location: In the heart of the city near Karnataka Choultry
Sri Vari Museum, located in the heart of the city near Karnataka Choultry is a recent addition to the temple city of Tirupati. This museum is a genuine effort to reveal the important benchmarks in the history of this legendary city - Tirupati and the world famous temple of Lord Venkateswara. An assortment of beautiful pictures, priceless scriptures, rare photographs, artistic sculptures and other artifacts displayed in this museum give deep insight into the history of Tirumala and Tirupati. The museum is visited by myriads of tourists everyday. It is open all round the year and there is no entry fee charged.

TTD Gardens

Location: Quite close to the main shrine of Lord Venkateswara
TTD Gardens, nestled quite close to the main shrine of Lord Venkateswara is a flamboyant location in Tirumala of Tirupati one can’t miss visiting. Spread over an extensive area of 460 acres, this ostentatious garden is maintained by TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam). TTD garden, decorated with ornamental flowers, verdant landscapes, lovely streams and attractive ponds full of lotuses supplies more than 500 kilograms of flowers to various temples of the city every day. This garden too bears a legendary background.
It is believed that Vaishnavite saint Ramanujacharya and his ardent disciple Sri Anandalwar together paved the pathway of this garden in 14th century. As per the other legend, Sattada Sri Vaishnavas cultivated the Tirumala flower gardens under the name of Dasa Nambis. Today this garden has four nurseries in Divyaramam area, Gogarbham Dam area, Travelers Bungalow area and Sri Padmavathi Guest House area. These nurseries annually produce over ten lakh plants. The main varieties of flowers cultivated in TTD Garden include hibiscus, bougainvilleas, crotons, and many more.

Talakona Waterfall

Location: In Sri Venkateswara National Park, nearly 49 kilometers from Tirupati
Talakona Waterfalls, located in Sri Venkateswara National Park, nearly 49 kilometers from Tirupati are the highest waterfalls of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Acknowledged as the entrance to the Tirumala Hills, these waterfalls are revered by natives for having medicinal healing qualities. Water drops from the height of over 270 feet here. A small shrine dedicated to Lord Siddeshwara Swamy is placed adjacent to this waterfall. At the time of Shivarathri festival this temple is thronged by the devotees who want to pay homage at the feet of Lord Siddeshwara Swamy. The best season to pay a visit to these waterfalls is from November to January when water in abundant and climate is favorable.

Pandava Theertham

Location: Around Tirumala and Tirupati
Amongst all the holy water tanks located around Tirumala and Tirupati, Pandava Theertham is hailed for its interesting mythological background. This pool of water is located at the footings of Tirumala hills facing the Narishma Hill. This water bowl is believed to be as ancient as Mahabharata period. As per the legend, two of the five Pandava brothers; Yudhisthira and Arjuna took bath here during their exile. Devotees eagerly visit this tank and bathe in the sacred waters of Pandava Theertham.

Vaikuntha Theertham

Location: In the north east direction of the main temple of Tirumala
Vaikuntha Theertham is yet another blessed destination in the sacred abode of Lord Venkateswara. Situated in the north east direction of the main temple of Tirumala, this holy water is found inside a cave. The mythological background of this site is associated with the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu – i.e. Lord Ram. When Lord Ram was marching towards Lanka with his Vanar Sena (an army of monkeys) to rescue Sita from the clutches of Ravana, the monkeys witnessed a divine vision at this place. Near the waterfalls that can be seen here, they saw a glimpse of Vaikuntha – the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu. From that time onwards this place came to be known as Vaikuntha Theertham. Devotees make it a point to visit this place and have an immersion in this holy water.