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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular tourist attractions in Tirupati?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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You think that tirupati only has temples and religious site? Well, apart from those it does have a few spectacular places on interest which are a must visit. Just read on to know more about them.

  • Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park

    Founded in September 1987 and spread over an area of 506 sq km, this place has a unique touch as it is a themed park with the theme based on on the
    Hindu Mythology and the Indian epics. The entrance reads the famous quote, "I am the eternal seed of living beings" from the Bhagavad Gita while the whole park is divided into various sections for each kind of animal and the name of each section is according to the names of the mythological figures. Maintained by Andhra Pradesh Forest Development Corporation (APFDC), it is one of the most innovative zoo developed in the last three decades by India's Central Zoo Authority housing endemic flora and fauna.
    The park is open from 8 am to 6 pm in summers and from 9 am to 5 pm in winters. It remains closed on Mondays and the entry fee is INR 5 per head for adults and INR 2 per head for children below 12 years.

    Address: Pudipatla post
    Andhra Pradesh

  • Sri Venkateswara Museum

    An architectural marvel, this museum was established in 1980 and is also known as "
    Sri Venkateswara Dhyana Vignana Mandiram". The museum contains exhibits of temple arts comprising fine sculptures, beautiful pictures and other artifacts, a collection of Indian musical instruments, stone, wood and metal images, pottery, coins, inscriptions and articles used for pujas and traditional art.
    The museum also has a meditation hall functional all year around which makes for an ideal place for peaceful meditation.

    Timings: Open from 8 am to 6 pm, it has no entry fee and is open on all days.

    Address: Gandhi Road,
    Opposite Govindaraja Swamy Temple
    Andhra Pradesh

  • Silathoranam

    A must see place for nature lovers, this a popular tourist attraction is at a distance of 5 kilometres from Tirumala near Chakra Tirtha. The place is famous for its natural rock arch and it is believed to be the source of Lord Venkateswara's idol with the rocks resembling hood of a serpent, a conch and a discus. It is one of the three natural rock arches in the world, the other two being the Rainbow Arch at Utah in USA and the Arch of ‘Cut Through' in UK. With a length of 25 feet this natural wonder is of great antiquity.
    The best time to visit the arch is between 6 am to 8 am during sunrise or during sunset when the Arch looks even more striking and mystifying in the light of the sun. If you get a chance then do visit the Arch on a full moon night as the beauty of the place is even more enhanced.

    Address: Near Chakra Tirtha
    Andhra Pradesh

  • TTD gardens

    Spread over an area of 460 acres, these well maintained garden supplies 500 kilograms of flowers daily to the various temples in and around Tirumala for beautification of the temples on special occasions apart from providing the routine demands for flowers. Maintained by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, this place has a variety of colourful and fragrant flowers including hibiscus, crotons, roses, lotuses, chrysanthemums, davana, tulasi, Nerium, Tabernaemontana, Kanakambaram (Tagetes), Exora and bougainvilleas.
    The great Vaishnava acharya Sri Ramanuja and his disciple, Sri Anandalwar are believed to have been responsible for starting these gardens in the fourteenth century.
    This place forms the perfect spot for pleasurable evenings and memorable photographs.

    Address: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
    Andhra Pradesh

The religious city offers you amazing attractions which make for a complete family vacation, don't you think?

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