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Debangana Sen Feb 19 2014

What to do on a 1 day trip to Tirupati?

Kanika Nevatia Feb 19 2014
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If you’re embarking on a one day trip to Tirupati then it is safe to assume that you are in the mood for some soul searching by indulging in godly devotion. There is quite a lot to do in Tirupati, especially owing to the number of temples in the area. But if you’re just on a one day tour to Tirupati then this itinerary should hopefully make your life easier.

The main purpose to visit Tirupati is most obviously to visit the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, which is among the richest temples in the world. In order to enjoy other activities along with it, it is advised to start your day early in the morning and taking the "Seeghra darshan" ensuring that you get into the temple immediately. Its better if you could plan your trip between Saturday and Monday because the Seeghra darshan on all three days start at 07:00 AM.

Photo of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple (by daimalu)

The temple is breathtaking from inside, leaving you in absolute awe. The darshan should take you about 2-3 hours which would mean you’re free just in time for a scrumptious breakfast (or brunch). Now since you're down south it just makes sense to have a traditional south Indian breakfast on your trip to Tirupati. You will find many local vendors selling idlis and dosas near the temple itself, one such famous one is the idli factory which you could try.

Photo of Idli Sambar (by Pratheepps)

Once you’re done with a hearty meal and gathered all your energy its time to proceed to temple number two, which is the Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple, dedicated to the elder brother of Lord Balaji, this temple is considered highly sacred by people all over the country. Try to reach after 01:00 PM and it shouldn't take you more than an hour to adore the architectural beauties of the temple.

Taking the tour to Tirupati further and having already visited two temples you could now proceed for a visit to the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park. This park is home to several exotic animals and is made on a theme based on the Hindu Mythology and the Indian epics making it rather intriguing. Exploring the entire park could take a while but since it closes at 05:00 PM in the summers and 06:00 PM in the winters you should get there early.

Photo of Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park (by Adityamadhav83)

Before doing anything else you should definitely grab a bite from one of the small eateries in the area after which you can go on another temple spree to make sure your trip to Tirupati is complete. The few other temples that are must visits before the day ends include the Sri Veda Narayana Swamy Temple which is dedicated to the Varaha incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is a very peaceful temple.

You should also pay a visit to the Sri Padmavati Samovar Temple which is dedicated to the companion of Lord Sri Venkateswara, Goddess Sri Padmavati Devi. It is believed by the locals that a visit to Tirumala is fruitful only after visiting the Sri Padmavati Devi temple, hence it is the ideal place to include towards the closing of your itinerary of Tirupati.

Photo of Tirupati (by Os Rupias)

Since both these temples close down by 08:00 PM-09:00 PM, you are left with enough time to find yourself some yummy dinner before you turn in. You could try the Hyderabad House or other places to eat in Tirupati.

Photo of Veg Thali (by GracinhaMarco Abundo)

It does sound like a lot to wrap up in a single day but when you're in a city as beautiful, serene and tranquil as Tirupati you’re bound to be full of oodles of vigour. So make your one day tour to Tirupati worth the while and go all out on sightseeing and devotional indulgence. You can also check out other popular tourist places in and around Tirupati.
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