(Last Updated on : 17/11/2014)
Chittoor is a district of the South Indian states Andhra Pradesh. This district is renowned for various ancient temples and beautiful architecture of them. Various other monuments of Chittoor have the Vijayanagara influence. Some of the watch worthy tourist places of Chittoor is given here:
Ramagiri of Chittoor
Ramagiri is a beautiful place in the South Indian states Andhra Pradesh. It is situated about 5 km from Nagalapuram. This place has a long and interesting legend associated with it. It is nestled in picturesque mountains and sylvan scenery. There are two ancient temples here, one at the foot and the other on the top of a scenic hillock.
Ramagiri is also known as 'Bhairava Kshethra', which means the abode of Bhairava. 'Lord Kalabhairava' is the presiding deity of the hill foot temple. It is one of the various forms of 'Lord Siva' in which the Lord assumes the role of commander of the hill top temple. The above temple is dedicated to 'Lord Muruga', the son of the divine couple Lord Siva and goddess Parvathi.
There is a tank here near the temple and the water of it are said to have curative powers. This water comes from a perennial sweet water spring in the above mountain. This water flows into the tank from the mouth of the Holy Nandi Bull of Lord Siva.
Kailasanadhakona in Chittoor
This is a picturesque part of the beautiful Nagiri hills of Chittoor. It is situated about 43 km from Tirupathi. There is a magnificent waterfall here, which flows along the huge mountains and its water takes the goodness of minerals and enrichments the mighty mountains. This water is believed to have curative properties. Now, this place is being regarded as a good picnic spot.
Horsley Hills in Chittoor
The Horsley hill is situated in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh state. It is the shelter for the heat affected devotees of Tirupathi in the hot season. This wonderful hill resort was discovered by W.D. Horsley in 1870. It is located along the grand ranges of Eastern Ghat and is about 150 km from Tirupathi by road via Madanapalle.
Madanapalle in Chittoor
The pleasant climate of this place all round the year makes it worth visiting. Since the time of Dr. Annie Besant, this place has been an educational and cultural centre.
Gurramkonda in Chittoor
This is one more hill station of the Chittoor district. It is situated about 17 km from the Horsley Hills and 32 km from Madanapalle on way to Cuddapah. The English meaning of the term 'Gurram' is horse and 'Konda' means Hill. Therefore, 'Gurram Konda' means Horse Hill in Telugu nomenclature. There is a magnificent fort atop the hill from where fascinating views of the low-lying area can be enjoyed. Tipu Sultan had the headquarters of the Governor in the 'Rangini Mahal' here.
Sompalle in Chittoor
This place is famous for some ancient temples. It is situated about 37 km from Horsley hills and 50 km from Madanapalle. All the temples are built following the Vijayanagara architecture. The excellent rock carvings of a nearby temple attract lots of tourists here. There is a 46-meter high monolithic pillar in front of the temple. Another attraction here is the 'Kalyanamandapam', which is carved out of stone.
Arogyavanam in Chittoor
This place is renowned for the Union Mission T.B. Sanatorium, which provides yeoman service to the suffering people here. The T.B. patients take shelter here and get treated with a minimum amount. A 'Post-Graduate Diploma' course in T.B. is also conducted here.
Kanipakkam in Chittoor
This place is well known for a number of ancient temples. It is situated about 10 km north of Chittoor. The elegant Chola architecture is quite evident in the temple structures. A temple of Lord Vinayaka can be seen here. This temple celebrates a grand Hindu festival for seven days before and after 'Vinayakachathurthi Festival'.