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Excursions

Sri Prasanna Venkateswaraswami Temple (4km)
Sri Prasanna Venkateswaraswami is situated in Appalayagunta, 4-km from Tirupati. It is believed that Sri Venkateswaraswami, after marrying Sri Padmavati Devi, blessed Sri Siddeswara and other sages here.

Papa Vinasanam Dam (5 km)
Located 5 km north of Tirupati, the Papa Vinasanam dam site is serene and beautiful. The dam is filled with fish.

Sri Venkateswara Sanctuary (10 km)
Occupying an area of over 506 square km of greenery, Sri Venkateswara Sanctuary and National Park at Tirupati is a nature lover’s delight and is home to an array of wildlife species.

Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple (12 km)
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami temple is located at Srinivasa Mangapuram. It is believed that Lord Venkateswara stayed here after his marriage with Sri Padmavati Devi, before proceeding to Tirumala.

Narayanavanam (35 km)
Home to several temples this is the venue of the sacred marriage between Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavati. Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple is a famous Kalyana Venkateswaraswami shrine.

Chandragiri Palaces and Fort (21 km)
Located in Chittoor district, Chandragiri once served as the capital of the mighty Vijayanagar Empire. The place is home to a fort and a number of palaces. Built on a 180 m high rock, the fort, Raja Mahal' with its romantic lily pond and the 'Rani Mahal' are magnificent. The museum in Raja Mahal contains bronze statues belonging to the Chola and Vijayanagara empires.

Srikalahasti (36 km)
The place is famous for a temple of Shiva in the form of a Vayu Linga. Legend has it that the deity was worshipped by a spider (Sri) that spun a web over it, while a snake (Kala) placed a gem at the linga and an elephant (Hasti) washed the linga with water. The temple lies on the banks of the River Swarnamukhi in a valley. There are frequent buses to Srikalahasti.

Kailasanathakona (43 km)
Situated in the valley of Nagiri hills near Puttur, this perennial waterfall originates from a fracture in a sheet rock. The water is clear and is considered sacred. Said to be of substantial mineral value, the water is believed to have curative powers.

Talakona (45 km)
This waterfall is considered the threshold of the Hills of Tirumala on which the shrine of Lord Venkateswara is located. Nestled in lush forests, the 60-metre fall is a perennial one and standing under the cascade is said to cleanse the mind and body. Local transport can be engaged from Tirupati to reach Talakona.

Kanipakam (75 km)
Located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, the place is known for its temple of Lord Ganesha. Built in in the 11th century by the Chola ruler Kullottunga I and further developed in 1336 by the Vijayanagar the rulers, the shrine attracts visitors for the ever growing size of the idol. The silver "Kawacham" that was manufactured 50 years ago is now too small for the idol.

Horsley Hills (140 km)
Situated at an elevation of 1,265 m, Horsley Hills is a famous hill station. Named after WD Horsley, the Collector of Cuddapah district, who chose this place as his summer retreat, the hill station is a favourite with the holidaymakers.


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