An Amalgam of Nature and Creator of Nature
Need some time to unwind yourself? Seek guidance? Get a bit relaxed and get lost in natural bounties? Well, Chittoor for sure is the answer for you. It is without a doubt one of the holiest and sacred sites of India. Every year thousands of tourists visit Chittoor to get immersed in its flavors. It boasts of having one of the most revered holy sites- Tirupati Balaji. With the Balaji temple itself, it attracts lakhs of devotees annually. It has some of the most important temples including the Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple, and Sri Kalahasti temple. It gives everyone a chance to indulge in the real elixir of life- devotion towards God.
Apart from being very religious in nature, lying on the banks of Ponnai/Penna river, the city is full of natural beauty too with the beautiful waterfalls and hills speaking for it. Loaded with mother nature's blessing, it is every on backpacker's checklist. It has hills with a really good elevation of around 4300 meters, providing a view like no other. Bird-watching, trekking, shooting, swimming are some of the activities very popular among visitors. The waterfalls in the area are no less than a treat for eyes, full of medicinal properties, giving our bodies a natural detox. It often makes one wonder, how can a place be so religious and yet so much fun at the same time, but yes, That is Chittoor for you! Full of Magic.
Top things do in Chittoor
How to reach
It is quite easy to reach Chittoor from any part of the country by either flights, trains or buses. Nearest joints are in Tirupati, Vellore, Chennai, and Hyderabad. After reaching any of these places, getting to Chittoor is not a big deal.
How to Reach by Flight
Chittoor doesn't have its own Airport. The nearest is in Tirupati, Tirupati International Airport, 55-60 kms away. Next, to reach Chittoor, a taxi or bus can be taken.
How to Reach by Train
There is a railway station in Chittoor(CTO), well connected with major cities.
How to Reach by Bus
A bus can be taken from Tirupati, Vellore or any major city in Andhra Pradesh.
How to Reach by Road
It is well connected with major cities and can be reached by roadways quite easily.
How to travel within
To travel within Chittoor, one can use the local buses, autorickshaws or can even get private cabs depending upon their comfort. Though city buses are a great choice as they commute between the tourist locations.
A Cultural Paradise
Apart from being religiously and naturally rich, Chittoor leaves no stone unturned when it comes to culture and food. Like a typical Andhra city, Chittoor too is rich in spices and grains, making culinary section heavenly. Not just spices, Chittoor is also famous for its mangoes which get exported internationally as well. The best meal to indulge in is rice and selecting from an array of gravies. Carnatic music is quite famous in Chittoor to and it can be definitely heard to get to experience something different. Overall, visiting Chittoor at least once must be on every backpacker's checklist as such a beautiful amalgam of nature, religion and culture cannot be found elsewhere.
- Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple
- Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple
- Sri Venkateshwara National Park
- Horsley Hill
- Kailasakonda Waterfall
- Sri Kalahasti Temple
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