Tirupati is a major pilgrimage city located in the Chittoor district and seventh biggest city of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats at a distance of 550 kilometres south of Hyderabad, the capital of the state, 250 kilometres east of Bangalore, and 150 kilometres north of Chennai.
Tirupati is famous for the Venkateswara Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, located about 10 kilometres north west of Tirupati in the Tirumala hills at an elevation of 853 metres. One of the most important pilgrimage centers in India, the temple draws millions of pilgrims and is the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world.
Pondicherry is rich in architectural and cultural wealth. The major tourist attraction in Pondicherry is Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where Sri Aurobindo and the Mother lived for the most part of their life. The ashram houses the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the mother. Pondicherry also has a pleasant beach alongside Promenade and historical monuments. Some of the other interesting sites include the Bharti and Bharthidasan Memorial museum, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Auroville.
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