Described very often as the richest temple in the world, Tirupati Tirumala Balaji Temple, is located on a hill at Tirumala. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara and is one of the most visited sites for the pilgrims who travel all the way for the famous darshan session. Bearing the marks of past centuries, this shrine is a superb piece of art from the Dravidian architecture. The rituals in the temple were stipulated by the sage Ramanujacharya and they are followed with honour till today.
Established in the year 1163 AD by king Rudra Deva, the Thousand Pillar Temple is an excellent instance of the Kakatiya architecture and sculpture. This marvel of art is situated in the Hanamkonda - Warangal highway, that is some 150 kms from Hyderabad. As the name suggests, the highlight of the temple is the majestically engraved pillars and the Nandi bull made out of black basalt. Besides these, there are numerous Lingam sanctums scattered in the garden. Made in the form of a star, this shrine is attributed to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya.