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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular tourist places near Tirupati?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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If you thought Tirupati was only about visiting Balaji Temple, take a look at the scenic tourist places near Tirupati. You will be surprised to know that the religious town of Tirupati is not only abundant in temples but also in places rich in natural and architectural beauty. If you don't believe, just take a look at these amazing places to visit near Tirupati which are really worth a visit.

Kalyani Dam

The main source of water supply for Tirupati and Tirumala, Kalyani Dam is a popular tourist place near Tirupati (18 km). Set across a breathtaking valley in the Seshachalam hills, the scenic beauty and picturesque landscape make for an ideal picnic spot and the best part is that the drive to the dam itself is quite beautiful with lush green forests on all sides. The place is a serene sight with a wide variety of flora and fauna which is truly a delight for nature lovers.

Talakona Waterfall

The cascading waterfalls and its surroundings just refreshes you, doesn't it? If yes, then you will be delighted to know that there are excellent waterfalls around which make for beautiful places to visit near Tirupati. The Talakona waterfall is the highest in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Talakona, located just 4 kilometres from Tirupati, is a site of a 270-feet waterfall. It is located within Sri Venkateswara National Park and the area is enriched with exquisite flora and fauna.

Photo by Vinoth Chandar

Gurramkonda Fort

One of the heritage sites of India, it is a 500 year old architectural masterpiece. Located at a distance of 72 kilometres from Tirupati, the place is well connected and can be reached by road and rail. Originally a mud and rock construction under the control of the Vijayanagara kingdom, it was later passed through the hands of the Golconda sultans who strengthened the fortifications with rock walls.

The fort was later taken over by the Marathas, the Cuddapah Nawabs, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan and then eventually by the British. This place is famous for fort ramparts, the Rangin Mahal palace and the tomb of Mir Raza Ali Khan, who was Tipu Sultan's maternal uncle.

Chandragiri Fort

Located in Chandragiri, the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire, the fort dates back to 1000 AD. Do not confuse it with with a similar named fort in Kerala as this fort is on the Bangalore-Tirupati route, located about 20 kilometres before Tirupati.

Divided into two buildings named Raja Mahal and Rani Mahal, the former has been converted into a museum which has a small collection of ancient artefacts, idols and literature, related to regions ranging from Mysore Empire to the Golcondas. Keep in mind that photography is not allowed inside and that the first and second floors of Rani Mahal are closed and kept out of bound from tourists. There is a sound and light show for the tourists which is organized during weekends, 7 pm onwards with an entry fee of INR 40 for adults and INR 30 for children.

Photo by Kamesh Sai

There are numerous hotels near Chandragiri Fort to rest for the night after an exhausting day of exploring the fort.

Satisfied yet? Well, you must be and we are sure you must have planned to visit these beautiful places nearby Tirupati along with offering your prayers in the Sri Balaji Temple.

The information is very much useful for the pilgrims who vist Tirupati & Tirumala. Thank you very much.
thanx brother...
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