Kani” means wetland and “Pakam” means flow of water into wetland.

English: Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayakaswamy

English: Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayakaswamy

Kanipakam is a small village popular for temple of Lord Ganesha called as Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple. It was constructed in the early 1000 Years  ago  by the Chola king Kulothunga Chola I and was expanded further in 1336 by the Emperors of Vijayanagara dynasty. Local legends claim that the idol of Ganesha continuously grows in size. The temple was too small to be patronized by Chola and Vijayanagara kings. The temples of Cholas and Vijayanagaras are normally magnificent in size and grandeur. Most of the present structures are of recent origin and the present major developmental and construction activities of the temple are well supported by offerings given to the temple by the devotees.

This temple became widely known only in the past 10–15 years. Prior to this it was popular only in and around the Chittoor district, but the AP government has been promoting tourism. In addition, the number of buses which run between Tirupati and the local temples allows pilgrims greater transportation flexibility.

You can reach chittoor by air, rail or road.

There are trains that travel via Katpadi or tirupati, but do not touch Chittoor. In such cases, Katpadi (just 35km from Chittoor) or Tirupati (70 km from Chittoor), are convenient points to alight. From Katpadi/Tirupati, you can reach Chittoor by train or bus.


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