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Chittoor Tourism

Steeped in religion, devotion and architecture, Chittoor is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Also blessed with scenic beauty, cascading waterfalls and a beautiful hill station, Chittoor is not a disappointment to the traveller who seeks redemption from the busy metro life. Also known as the Mango City, Chittoor offers myriad varities of heavenly mangoes to please its visitors.

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The Mango City

Located in the Poini River Valley, Chittoor is one of the richest temple towns in South India. Nestled in the hills, with cascading waterfalls, Chittor is home to several divine shrines.
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Apart from its religious importance, Chittoor is also famous for its multiple varieties of mangoes. A perfect getaway from the hustle-bustle of city life, Chittoor has a rich history and legends ranging from the Cholas to the Sultans and thus has something in store for each traveller visiting the city.

History of Chittoor

A contemporary district situated on the banks of Ponnai River has a remarkable history of ancient tales engraved in its beauty. Chittoor Is a Tamil word which means ‘a small town’ as it was a part of the Tamil constituency ‘Thondai Nadu’. The rich historical evidence of this district has been found in Paleolithic tools of Tirupathi, Mesolithic tools in Chinthaparthi and Neolithic tools in Bangarupalem.
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Tirupati Temple in Chittoor
Komandu Kurumba Prabhu was the first ruler who fortified this place and divided the region into 24 parts. After facing defeat in the 8th and 9th century by the Cholas, Komandu was only left with the eastern region, the rest taken over by Ballal in the 11th century and then by Vijaynagar in the 13th century. The progressive battles left the city with numerous engravings and evidence of its rulers, which are now popular sites for visitors.
Chandragiri Fort in Chittoor
In later years, Bahmani ruled the region and then conquered by Mughals on 23rd January 1565. In 1713 Marathas and Nizams fought for the region and a treaty was signed between them in 1804 which asked for aid in the return of governance. Few years’ later British military took over and ruled until independence in 1947.

Restaurants and Local Food in Chittoor

A staple and tradiotinal meal here, will generally consisit of of a helping of plain rice to go with a variety of gravies and dry meat. Ragi Mudde is also a popular alternate to simple white rice. Other than this there are countless options available if you wish to enjoy local and traditional Andhra cuisine.
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Suggested Itinerary for Chittoor

Day 1: Start your day off by savouring scrumptious South Indian breakfast. Breakfast cafes or street vendors serve some of the classic Idli/Vada with tangy Sambhar which is a local breakfast dish. Post breakfast, take a cab/bus to Horsely Hills, a picturesque hill station in Chittoor. Sign up for the trek and spend your day strolling around in parks along with making a trip to the zoo. Have lunch and take a cab ride to Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary for the evening. Have some coffee and end your day with the evening aarti/prayer ceremony in Sri Venkateshwara Temple. Situated at a height of 853 m, it is a popular holy pilgrimage.

Day 2: Start your second day with a popular Andhra style breakfast in Hotel Sindhu Towers. Take a stroll outside for some savoury street food to compliment your breakfast. Take a bus ride from the nearest bus stop to Nagari Hills. Carry your trekking gear and clothing as its highest cliff is a popular trek circuit. After the climb, you can have a supper and head out for a calm evening in the coastal village of Mogili. Located at a distance of 25 kilometres from Chittoor, it is famous for Mogileeswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sea winds and a cup of ‘kadak chai’ is the best combination to relax and end your trip in this cultural city.

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How to Reach Chittoor

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Chittoor is connected to the rest of the country via a good network of roads and railways. The city has no airport.

How to reach Chittoor by flight

The nearest airport is Tirupati Airport which is about 57 km from Chittoor. Chennai airport is about 130 km away. One can hire a private taxi or take the bus connecting Tirupati and Chennai to Chittoor.

How to reach Chittoor by road

Chittoor is located on NH 4, which connects Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai and hence, has good road connectivity to these places. Andhra Pradesh State Tourism Corporation(APSRTC) provides regular buses from different states of Andhra Pradesh to Chittoor.

How to reach Chittoor by train

Chittoor has a railway station and it is connected to major cities like Hyderabad, Tirupati, Chennai etc. by rail.

Local transport in Chittoor

Chittoor has good intra city commuting bus services which are offered by Andhra Pradesh Tourism. There are many cab facilities which can be booked. In order to visit places like Kailasakonda waterfalls, it is better to hire a private cab.

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Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh
Kailasakonda Waterfalls - Also Called as Kailasa Kona Waterfalls
Chandragiri Fort - Built in 11th Century by Yadava Rulers
Panoramic View of Tirupati Temple

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FAQs on Chittoor

What is famous about Chittoor?

Rich history, culture, tradition, and architecture.

What is not so good about Chittoor?

Extremely hot and humid in summers.

Who should visit Chittoor?

Known for the gorgeous temples in the region, Chittoor has a perfect blend of various elements to satisfy spiritual, religious and artistic tastes of tourists including those of historians.

What is the best time to visit Chittoor?

Chittoor experiences hot and dry climate throughout the year. The summers are scorching, and with temperatures soaring up to 40 degrees Celcius, it is not advisable to visit the town in summers. Monsoon is mild, and rainfall is spread over June-September. One can consider visiting the place during this period for the temperatures are mild, and rainfall is not heavy. However, the best time to visit is between September and February when the temperature is moderate and the weather, overall pleasant.
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What is the local food in Chittoor?

A staple and traditional meal here will generally consist of a helping of plain rice to go with a variety of gravies and dry meat. Ragi Mudde is also a popular alternative to simple white rice. Other than this there are countless options available if you wish to enjoy local and traditional Andhra cuisine.
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What is the best way to reach Chittoor?

Chittoor is connected to the rest of the country via a good network of roads and railways. The city has no airport.
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What are the things to do in Chittoor?

The top things to do in Chittoor are Horsley Hills, Kailasakonda Waterfalls, Kanipakam Vinayaka temple, Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple, Market yard-Bangarupalyam and Penumur Mandals and Damalcheruvu, Shopping in Chittoor. You can see all the places to visit in Chittoor here

What are the places near Chittoor?

The top places near to Chittoor are Tirupati which is 57 km from Chittoor, Kanchipuram which is located 78 km from Chittoor, Javadi hills which is located 76 km from Chittoor, Pondicherry which is located 164 km from Chittoor, Chennai which is located 125 km from Chittoor

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Atul Kumar Sao

on Horsley Hills 5 years ago
First of all thanks for Nice post & picture you submitted... Here also some amazing places of india... "Name Hidden"

Hemanth kumar

2 years ago
awsome place to visit in summer as its good place ... must visit in summer and rainy seasons.. and also take care of childrens as it is falls

Pallavi Siddhanta

5 years ago
- If you are visiting in the summer months, take proper precautions such as carry a sun block etc as it can get very hot.
- There are mild showers in the monsoons, so carry raincoats and umbrellas (Read More) if you are visiting during this season.
- Make sure you have enough information beforehand of wherever you go sightseeing or have a guide with you.
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