This is a dam about 18 kms from Tirupati and falls under Rangampet forest. It is a nice place to visit and is like a picnic spot for recreation. Kalyani Dam, the reservoir of drinking water for pilgrims and residents of Tirumala and Tirupati, stands in middle of the Bakarapeta Forest. The catchment area of the dam is around 48.56 sq Km and the full reservoir level touching to 900 feet.
This is a favorite picnic spot for locals and visitors. The mesmerizing water reservoir amidst the natural mountains is a rare delight to watch. The water and surroundings tranquility will take any one into contemplation of nature’s wonders and minds inquest about the hidden treasures of natural world.
The drive away to Kalyani dam from Tirupati is covered by green forests on either sides of the highway, one would experience as if the forests were traveling along with you throughout the journey. The walk way to the Kalyani dam would also entice you about the green plantation on the side lines.
The birds around there would invite you on the walkway to the dam, chirping, becoming the only musicians around to give that perfect music that’s very rare to listen in the crowded cities of today. All the while you walk you will be greeted with smiles from some beautiful wild flowers that are yellow, white, red and more colors.
One could forget clocking the time, watching and lost in this picterseque natural settings
How to reach Kalyani Dam:
All in all, for a great drive all the way and to spend a great time, this is a great escape, which is approximately around 18 Km from Tirupati.
Chittoor is well connected by road and rail. There are buses from other parts of the state as well as the neighbouring states, which take you to Chittoor.
From Chennai: Chittoor is at a distance of 155 kms from Chennai and takes about 3 hours to reach. There are buses from here and Route No.144 bus from Chennai’s Koyembedu Bus Stand (CMBT) or a train from Lalbagh takes you to Katpadi. There are plenty of buses from Katpadi to Chittoor. Boarding a government-run bus is the best option to avoid too many stops by the private buses.
The nearest airport to Chittoor is at Chennai, which has many international and domestic flights from most of the parts of the world. From here, you can reach Chittoor either by bus or train.
From Bangalore: Chittoor is at a distance of 173 kms from Bangalore and it takes nearly 3 ½ hours to reach here. You can board any KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) bus from Bangalore Majestic bus stand going to Tirupati, Nellore, Vijayawada and Guntur. Getting down near CTR is convenient as there are local transportations available, which can take you to your desired destination. Don’t take the private bus “Kalasipalya” as there are too many stops.
There is an airport at Bangalore, which is connected to many other states in India.
From Hyderabad: Chittoor is at a distance of 580 kms from Hyderabad and takes 10 hours approximately for you to reach here. There are nearly 3 buses from JBT (Jubilee Bus Terminal), the TTS Travels runs a bus from Ameerpet cross roads which usually runs every day, the APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) has 7 buses from MGBS (Mahatma Gandhi Bus Stand). There is a train, Venkatadri Express, which starts from Kachiguda at 8:05 PM and reaches Chittoor by morning at around 9:00 AM.
There are also domestic and international flights to Hyderabad from where you can travel to Chittoor either by bus or train.
From Tirupati: Tirupati is just 72 kms from Chittoor and there are APSRTC buses that ply every 10 minutes to and from Chittoor.