Tirupati is not only famous for its temple, but also for the wide species of flora and fauna. The place has dense forests with a large species of plants that inhabit a number of animals and various species of birds. On the way from Tirumala to Tirupati there is a Deer Park which is a must visit place that you will enjoy.
The park is open to the public from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. I went to visit the park one evening and was amazed at the friendliness of the deer in the park. There were about 50 deer in the park and they were often seen together. I saw many people standing and admiring the beautiful deer. The children looked very happy to touch the deer and feed them.
I saw that a wide area of the park was fenced and the deer were inside the fence. All were spotted deer and the male deer had branched horns. The number of male deer was less than the female deer. There were vendors selling cucumbers, which people bought by paying Rs.10 and fed them to the deer. I too bought the cucumbers and went near the fence. As I reached near the fence I saw some deer coming near to me. I held out my hands with the cucumbers and they took it from my hands. It shows how they trusted the visitors.
Deer were usually shy creatures that ran away from the people. But here they came to you and allowed you to touch them. All the visitors were touching them and feeding them with whatever eatables they had with them like bananas, mangoes, biscuits etc. There was no instruction in the park as to what to feed the deer and what not to. So the visitors fed them whatever they felt like.
I stood and admired the deer for a long time. Most of them stood near the fences in the hope of getting titbits from the visitors. It was a beautiful park and a perfect place to relax, watching the deer and feeding them. If you ever visit Tirupati, never forget to visit the park and feed the tamed deer.