TTD Gardens or the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam is located in the center of Tirumala city. A popular place for sightseeing in Tirupati, TTD Gardens present visitors with mesmerising landscapes, a wide variety of flowers and a refreshing environment.
Spread over an area of 460 acres, TTD Gardens provide flowers for all the temples in Tirupati and Tirumala. These gardens are from where flowers are taken for holy purpose of temples. From garlands for ornamenting the deities to flowers for beautifying temples’ mandapam, pandals and festive decoration, TTD flower Garden produces flowers for every purpose. This exquisitely designed TTD flower garden was initially constructed with the purpose of adorning the town of Tirupati along with fulfilling the requirements of flowers at various temples.
Boasting of more than 200 varieties of plants, TTD Garden was established by Sri Ramanuja and his disciple Sri Andalwar in the 14th century. According to legends, Sattada Sri Vaishnavas, under the name of dasa nambis they used to create garlands for the temples in Tirupati and Tirumala. The amount of flowers which are produced from here is also a startling fact in itself. It supplies more than 500 kg of flowers to various temples in and around Tirumala. Some of the flowers that are grown here are roses, Chrysanthemums, davana, Exora, lotuses, Kanakambaram, Tulasi, etc.
Many flower plants are also hybridized in this garden. Through the process of hybridization and mutations, hybrids varieties of flowers like hibiscus, crotons and bougainvillea, have been produced and named after varied great personalities. For example, hybrids of Crotons have been named Croton Ramanuja while varieties of bougainvillea have been named Sharada Mukherjee and Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma. There is also a germplasm collection of various flower varieties which have been brought from all around the globe; this collection is maintained by TTD Department.
Not only a wide array of flowering plants, this garden also has ponds and water tanks like Alwar Tank, Ananthapalli Gunta and Tank Mangalabhavi which serve as a source of water for pilgrims who come to visit the Tirupati balaji Temple as well as irrigation source for the plants.
Every year, on the occasion of Brahmotsavam, an annual horticulture show, named Pushpa Yagam is organized at the garden. TTD Department also allows devotees to donate flowers to the temple in the name of Sri Vari Pushpa Kainkaryam. There are government run buses which offer free services for transporting flowers in Tirumala. A delight for photographers because of its captivating landscapes, TTD Gardens allure every visitor with its incomparable beauty.