Tirupati ( Andhra Pradesh , South India)
Tirupati, a famous temple of India, is 150 kms from Chennai. The famous temple town on the foot hills of Tirumala marks the location of one of the most venerated shrines of India. The famous temple of Venkateshwara, popularly known as Balaji, Tirumala is connected by a fine ghat road, with hundreds of rest houses and choultries on the top. The splendid Vimana of Balaji is completely covered with gold. There are several temples at Tirupati. Prominent among them are the Govindaraja Swamy temple, goddess Alamelu Mangammal and Kodandarama Swamy. Kapila Tirtha on the way up the hills is a natural water fall with a Shiva temple. A very well developed township, it has all the modern facilities of a big city. There are several picturesque sights around Tirumala-Tirupati. Nearby is a unique arch naturally formed in stone which is said to be the origin for making the idol of Venkateshwara. The Akasha Ganga water fall and Papavinasha water dam are serene and beautiful, Narayana Vanam situated about 36 kms. From Tirupati has an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Kalyana Venkateshwara. It is believed that this was the venue of the sacred marriage between Lord Venkateshwara and goddess Padmavati.