It was the fourth day and I was all set to kick start my day with some power punched dosage. I planned a lot early that morning and finally concluded on visiting Kalyani Dam for a change. Kalyani Dam is one of the best visiting places of Tirupati and is visited by lot of tourists. As I was there for my holidays, I didn’t want to leave any stone unturned. I took a local bus and reached near the dam with my camera to capture the best shots for memory. The place was already occupied by large number of visitors and picnickers who came in groups; small and big.
Kalyani Dam is the central reservoir for water resources for the local residents and pilgrims who visit Tirupati every now and then in the year. It is located in the Bakarapeta Forest and the catchment area of the dam is about 49 sq kilometers with the water reservoir touching to approximately 900 feet. This bewitching water reservoir is set amidst the hilly mountains and it is a treat for the eyes for all the visitors and tourists. As I traveled through the way to the dam, I experienced the rich forests and dense plantations. The walk way is immensely populated with rich flora and its abundance makes you feel like heaven. I could also feel the chirping birds as I walked through the way. Their voices were enticing and so appealing that it made the entire environment like a fresh morning every time. The roads to the dam were planted with multiple tinted flowers on both the sides. Red, yellow, pink, orange and purple colors made the area cheerful and lively.
The distance of Kalyani Dam from Tirupati is about 18 kilometers. Chittor is also well connected both by road and rail. Buses and other means of transport also follow from other places to Chittoor. The area surrounding the Kalyani Dam is an awesome place for recreation. I had a quality time near the dam and I also gathered a good bunch of knowledge about water reservoir and electricity production systems here. Overall, it was a great day and yet another contenting day for me.
Japali Theertham, Tirupati : Finally, we all friends headed for a trek to thick woods, the Japali theertham, tirupati was a treat once we reached there. The shrine seemed like a site of Hindu Mythology as seen on screen. The Hanuman shrine is one of the best among all. Overall, my friends and I enjoyed the place being calm and less crowded.
In the third day of my historic trip to Tirupati, I planned to spend some time within the natural resources and rich flora of the city. I decided to make a trip to the S.V. Zoological Park here which is well known for the rich variant of flora it has and the large number of species of animals residing here. All the animals are conserved here in their natural habitat. Established in the year 1987, the zoological park sprawls over an extensive area of 5500 acres, which is about 22 square kilometers. The park is located in the foothills of the Sheshachalam Hills and serves as an awesome place for numerous visitors. People come here for picnic and for getting together.
The S.V. Zoological Park is a home for large numbers of animals and birds from different species. Several endangered species and rare species are also found in this sanctuary. The major attractions of the park are the white tigers and white peacocks. I could also see number of giraffes, leopards, baboons, chinkara, blackbucks, nilgai, porcupines, sloth bears, Indian Munjtac, chital, hyena, wolf, lions, tigers etc. A large number of birds like parrots, peafowl, painted storks, parakeet, duck, swan, flamingo, raptors, pelicans and white ibis are also seen the zoological park.
The best time to visit the place is in the months of monsoon. Usually the time starts from January to June, as the best part of the place can be viewed during this period. The wildlife park has a growth of mixed deciduous trees which provides good tan from the sun. The best part of the zoological park is that the viewers are allowed to take in their four wheelers. People can also hire a four wheeler and take it inside the park for a view inside it. We formed a group of five people and hired a vehicle and went inside the park. I had a wonderful time within the park and enjoyed having ride. An enchanting atmosphere is created with the abundance of lush green trees and dense forests and few water bodies within the sanctuary. The water bodies flowing in the park aggravates the flow of cool breeze and creates a natural environment for ultimate satisfaction.
Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple, Tirupati : As a child, I loved hearing stories from Grand mom, especially about lord Ram – Ramayana, grand mom use to mention about Sri Kodandaramaswami temple, tirupati were all three deity Ram, Laxman and Seeta found together. Just felt so peace full here, the 10th AD built structure by King Chola until date looks so clean and attractive.
It was the second half of the first day of my journey and I was planning for some fun-filled adventures amidst nature. Tirupati is known for its vast natural resources and scenic beauties. The Talakona Waterfall is one such place in Tirupati that offers serene atmosphere to all the visitors. I was already thinking about being at the place and enjoying there. I took a bus from the nearest bus stand from my hotel and traveled near the Falls. The Waterfall is tucked up at a distance of 49 kilometers from Tirupati, near Shri Venkateswara National Park in the Chittor district. As I had spent the first half of my day at Venkateswara temple, I decided to make it to the Talakona Waterfalls on the same day itself, as it was nearer to the temple and also convenient for me to cover both places on the same day.
The Talakona Falls are surrounded by dense lush green forests and grasslands. The entire environment is a class apart from the rest of the city as the ambience is of different kind. The flora around the region is powerful and there are certain plants in the area which are believed to serve for medication purpose. The place was also declared as the Bio-Sphere Reserve in the year 1889-90 owing to the rich forests and medicated trees. While I roamed around the waterfalls, I found a temple called as Lord Siddheswara Swamy temple which is known to be built by Appa Swami in the 1811 A.D. The temple attracts large number of devotees every day and the number reaches sky high during special Hindu festive occasions like Maha Shivratri.
The best time to visit the place is from November to January, and there is no such thing like ‘peak time to visit’, although during festivals the place gathers more crowds. The Talakona Waterfalls is said to be the origin point of ‘Seshachalam Hills’ which are extended to the Tirumala Hills. There are also few adventure sports near the area, like I did a good trekking from Siddheswara Swamy temple to the falls. The trek was about 2 kilometers that are about 30 minutes walking through lush forests and slippy roads. I enjoyed a lot and came back with a contented heart.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!