Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
Sri Varahaswami Temple
Chandragiri Palaces and Fort
Sri Venkatesvara Museum
Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple
Vellore Golden Temple
This temple is situated around 110 kms from Tirupati. It is a unique temple where the Vimanam’ and the ‘Ardha Mandapam’ have been coated with gold both in the interior and exterior. One-and-a-half tonnes of gold have gone into the design of the Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple, which has been built at a cost of Rs.300 crore. Even the Satari, a crown with feet of the lord engraved on it, is made of solid gold weighing. Sri Narayani Peedam, a private religious charitable organisation, built the temple. And the glittering monument also boasts of some glittering figures. This is the first golden temple in Tamilnadu.
Kanipakam is a small village on the bank of Bahuda River. Located 65 kms from Tirupati, Kanipakam is famous for the ever growing idol of ‘Swayambu’ Varasidhi Vinayaka. The Swayambhu idol of Kanipakam is the up-holder of truth. Day to day disputes between people is resolved by taking a ‘special oath’. The people in the dispute take a holy dip in the temple tank and swear before the lord. It is taken as gospel truth.
Srikalahasti is a holy town 35kms from Tirupati. It is located on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi, a tributary of the river Pennar. It is one of the important ancient Shiva Kshetras (Shiva Temples) of South India. The temple occupies the area between the river bank and the foot of the hills and is popularly known as Dakshina Kailasam. The three lofty Gopurams of the temple are remarkable for their architecture. This temple was built during the period of King Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar. A huge hundred pillared mantapam is another important feature of this shrine.
The temple is an architectural marvel where the Lingam is known as Vayulingam and the famous Rahu-kethu poojas are performed here. Kalahasti is also the place of origin of the popular textile painting art called kalamkari.
The name of the place comes from three animals, Sri (spider), Kala (snake) and Hasti (elephant) who worshipped Shiva and gained salvation here. A statue that shows all three animals is situated in the main shrine.
This town is host to the ancient temple dedicated to Padmavati, the consort of Sri Venkateswara who resides at Tirumala-Tirupati, one of the most popular pilgrimage resorts in India. Tiruchanur is about four kms (2 miles) from Tirupati Railway station .
Offering a pooja at Tirupati is incomplete without offering a pooja to Sri Padmavati Devi at Trichanur. This temple is one of the most famous Mahalakshmi temples in India and frequented by millions of pilgrims throughout the year after visiting the famous Balaji temple at Tirumala.
This temple town is at the banks of River Swarnamukhi.
Chandragiri Fort lies about 14 km south of the temple town of Tirupati, and you come face-to-face with history by stepping into the fort. Within its cyclopean walls and corbelled structures, you feel history breathe and push its way steadily into the present.
The Raja Mahal Palace is now an archeological museum. The palace is three storeyed, is an example of Indo-Sarcen architecture of Vijayanagar period. The crowning towers represent the Hindu architectural elements. The palace was constructed using stone, brick, lime mortar and devoid of timber.
A visit to Chandragiri Fort would be incomplete without witnessing the light and sound shows that are conducted here at nightfall. In a whirling hypnotic motion, the two shows, one with a Telugu commentary, and the other, with an English commentary, wove pictures from a past that dwelt on the Chandragiri Fort.