Welcome to Chittoor
Chittoor,The Temple City Of Andhra Pradesh
Chittoor is a city and district headquarters in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Chittoor is known for its proximity with the popular Tirupati Balaji Temple, enthralling wildlife sanctuaries and Horsley Hills. Besides peerless beauty of the city, Chittoor is known for its sugarcanes, peanuts, grain and jaggery. The city is blessed with flourishing wildlife, agriculture, art and divinity. Chittoor also known as Chittur derives its name from two Tamil words,which means small town. The city is located on the banks of Ponnai River and so the city is rich in agricultural products and vegetation. It mainly produces grain, sugarcane, peanuts, jaggery, mango, tamarind, etc. It has also rich history, scriptures, etc. It is a main producer of steatite or soapstone which is mainly found on the Horsey Hills. The places sited in the district as producer are Gandikota, Jyothi, Pushpagiri, Ardhagiri, Chandragiri and Vontimitta. Apart from this, Chittoor is also home to a number of temples. It is the place you must visit when you wish to have a holiday amid tranquility and natural beauty. The city has something for every traveler with its numerous attractions like Horsley Hills, Nagari Hills, Durgambika Temple and Talakona Waterfall.
The history of the city dates back to 4th century BC. The city has been ruled by many dynasties. Komandu Kurumba Prabhu was the first ruler who divided the area in 24 parts. He built forts in every part. Kurumba was defeated by the Cholas in 8th and 9th centuries. The Kurumba King was left with only the eastern part of the region. The other dynasties that ruled the region were Ballal in 11th century, Vijaynagar in 13th century, Dravidian Kingdom, etc. In later years the region was ruled by Bahmani rulers. On 23rd January 1565 Mughal rulers conquered Vijaynagar kingdom. An invitation to the superintendent of the East India Company at Armegaum was sent by the ruler of Chittoor for settlement. The first Indian region under British was granted by the ruler of Chittoor in 1640. During 1713 Marathas and Nizams struggled for the area. A treaty was signed between Nizams and British for offering aid in return of land and governance in 1804. The rebellions were tackled in harsh manner. The region finally was under British Military in 1884 and they ruled Chittoor until independence in 1947.
The tourism of Chittoor centres around not only the city but the whole district as well. Chittoor is known for Tirupati, Kanipakam and Sri Kalahasti temple. Chittoor receives the maximum number of tourist both national and international all through the year. Some of the popular tourist places in Chittoor and Chittoor district are Narayanavanam, Surutupalle, Bokkasam Palam, Srinivasa Mangapuram and Srikalahasti, Gudimallam, Chandragiri Fort, Srivari Mettu, and Kanipakkam temple. It also has Forest reserve, Deer park, Masonics Chittoor sports stadium, Sugar Factory, temples, etc. Trekking can also be enjoyed in Chittoor at Chase pillar, Bodi Konda, Yelampalli forest, Puligundu and Turtle Neck Hill. Apart from this, the city has numerous attractive places and sightseeing, which makes it an ideal tourist spot for travellers.
Places To Visit
Sri Venkateswara Temple
Sri Venkateswara Temple is one of the most famous temple located in Chittoor district. It is believed that the temple was built in 12th century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, who is popularly known by the names, Balaji, Govinda, Srinivasa, Venkitarama and Venkateswara.
Pulicat Lake is one of the most beautiful lake located in the city of Chittoor district. The lake has rich diversity of flora and fauna, which support activities like fishing and birdwatching. Tourists are attracted here as many migratory shore birds pass through the lake.
Guntipalle is a small village located on the Chitoor-Penumuru Road. The village is known for embracing Puligunda, which literally means Tiger Hill. This tiger hill is a rock-pillar with height of 213 meters and makes an important place to see in the village.
Nagari is a small town located on the banks of Kusasthali River in Chittoor district. This place is popular for Nagari hills and has many well established textile industries and numerous temples. Tourists visit this place for picnic, expedition and mountaineering activities that has gradually become popular traveller's destination.
Kalavagunta is situated at a distance of 8 kms in the north-east direction of Chittoor City. It is a small town located on the merging point of the rivers Aragonda and Ponnai. This place is known for temples of Mukkantisvara and Lakshminarayana, which date back to the 9th century. Both of these temples represent the Chola style of architecture.