Tirupati, also known as “the spiritual capital of Andhra Pradesh”, witnesses numerous devotees every day walking in and out of the city. You can see people from different places and avenues of life coming in this city with prayers and wishes to offer and to take blessings from the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.
The city was awarded as the ‘Best Heritage City’ by India’s Ministry of Tourism for the year 2012-13. The city not only offers you different religious places for your spiritual rejuvenation but also offers a wide range of natural beauty. It is an ideal weekend destination for families wherein, the elders can indulge in the devotion and the younger ones can spend some time with nature and the greenery. Tirupati is also very close to Chennai (163kms) wherein, one can hire a Chennai to Tirupati cabs to travel.
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple: Located on the seventh peak (Venkatachalam) among all the other Tirupati Hills, it has been one of the most sacred holy places for Hindus all across the world. Built as an excellent example of Dravidian style architecture, this temple has an eight-foot-tall idol of Lord Venkateswara. People from across the globe come to catch a glimpse of the idol and offer their prayers.
Getting to this place is convenient as mostly all important means of transportation is available for all the devotees and all the tourists. For people planning on a weekend trip from Chennai, you can book a Chennai to Tirupati car rental.
ISKCON Tirupati: ISKCON has been a popular site for all. It has gained a reputation for being a spiritual place for all the devotees across the world and today is very famous among the scholars and the theologians.
Papavinasam Teertham: Devotees across the world come here with the strong belief that one dip in the holy water of Papavinasam would cleanse them of all their sins. The devotion of people in this place cannot be put into words; one has to go and experience for oneself.
The place is an ideal family getaway and one can book a Chennai outstation cab for the commute.
Sitamma Theertham: This is another water body that is very famous among all the devotees. It is found near the main temple of Tirupati and is of great significance to all the devotees. It is said that in that place Lord Brahma had observed his penance and it was Lord Vishnu who had plunged the Sudarshana Chakram to cleanse it. Since then, this place observes many visitors more specifically devotees.
Tirupati bears a lot of significance with respect to its religious history, therefore; in several instances, the people tend to overlook the natural and scenic beauty that it offers to everyone visiting the place.
Talakona Waterfalls: It is the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh with the height of 270 feet. One can see a wide range of flora and fauna there and because of this, it was declared as a biosphere reserve in the year 1989-90.
Rock Garden: This garden is situated near the Chakra Tirtham i.e. Sitamma Theertham. The garden consists of natural rocks forming a shape of an arch.
One can hire a Chennai car rental and drive through this area on the way to the temple and the lake, and make a full day outing of it.
If you want to spiritually renew your soul over the weekend, you can book a taxi from Chennai to Tirupati and be comfortable through the journey of it.