"At Tirupetty (Tirupati), about fifty miles from Madras, there is an old temple much frequented by pilgrims, and very interesting to the student of Indian architecture. Pursuing the path up the hill, we go through three towers curiously carved. The hill is two thousand five hundred feet high, and has seven summits, on the last of which is the pagoda. Along the top are ruined houses, forming a quadrangle, with stone wall inclosure. A tower rises above these, and around is a broad belt of mango, tamarind, and sandal trees. It is said to be one of the oldest Dravidian temples."
India Illustrated with Pen and Pencil
By William Urwick and Edward Payson Thwing
Published by Hurst & Company, New York - 1891