Those wishing to take a pilgrimage to India’s most-visited temples and shrines travel to the Chittoor district of Andra Pradesh and the city of Tirupati, nestled at the foot of the sacred Tirumala Hills. Here, dozens of ancient temples draw some 50,000 pilgrims annually, many coming to pray at such holy sites as Tirumala Venkateswara Temple—dedicated to Lord Vishnu—and the Alamelu Mangamma Shrine. But even the casual tourist can find lots to do and see from their hotel in Tirupati, as the city and surrounding region teems with open-air markets, museums, and natural wonders.
Aside from the many temples and shrines which dot the inner city as well as the surrounding countryside, Tirupati is also the site of several sacred rivers, holy waterfalls, and archaeological sites, all easily accessible from Tirupati cheap hotels located in and around the city's core. Be sure to pay a visit to the Regional Science Center, the S.V. Zoological Park—which houses more than a dozen rare species of tiger—Kalyani Dam, and Chandragiri Fort, all of which lie within the world's second oldest rock mountains.
Memories and Mementos
Pilgrims come to Tirupati not only pay homage to their favored deities but also to gather icons and souvenirs to remember their trip. The city is famous for its red wooden toys, copper and brass idols, framed photographs, statues, and other items hawked by vendors outside the various temples. And while visiting this unique destination, be sure to inquire at your Tiraputi hotel as to any special events taking place—the city hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, many centered around a particular god or diety.