Tirupati temple is located in the hill town of Tirumala at the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is also the most visited place of worship in the world. Tirupati is one of the hottest tourist destinations for culture enthusiasts, especially a lot of devotees from Chennai travel to Tirupati on a daily basis. There are several things that need to be planned for a comfortable and safe visit to Tirupathi Temple for Darshan.
Some of the most important things are detailed below:
Firstly, we have to start with booking a ticket for Tirupathi Darshan. There are several ways to book a ticket such as online ticket booking, getting the ticket from TTDC, and also from the counter setup at Tirumala.
ONLINE TICKET BOOKING
Sign up as a new user entering your details such as Name, Mobile Number, Email Address, Residential Address, and set a password.
Once the registration is completed, the user is allowed to avail the e-services offered by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. This online portal allows the devotees to avail better user experience in terms of safe and hassle free darshan.
There are several TTDC (Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Centres) available throughout Tamil Nadu. Tickets can be booked from these centres (For Chennai, TTD Centre is in Venkatanarayana Road, T Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017)
Walking up the steps, pilgrims can avail a ticket on the way.
Secondly, it is to decide the best way to reach Tirupati from Chennai. There are three most prominent ways to reach Tirupati such as Bus, Car, and Train.
- Chennai to Tirupati distance is around 163 kilometres. There is a bus for every other hour from Chennai city to Tirupati.
- The duration for the bus travel varies between 3 to 5 hours depending on the route taken.
- This is considered to be one of the easiest ways to reach Tirupati from Chennai.
- Volvo Busses operated by TTDC and APSRTC.
- Chennai to Tirupati distance is around 163 kilometres. It is very clear that travelling by road in car is very simple and quick.
- Travelling from Chennai to Tirupati by car will take one around 3 hours 35 minutes to complete.
- The roads are good and highly convenient for a family to reach Tirupathi in a safe way.
- It takes about 3 Hrs to reach Tirupati Town, and then another 30 minutes drive to Tirumala Hill.
- Cars and Tempo Travelers operated by Agarwal Travel Links, Chennai. Tel no. 9840052593 / 9840077650.
- Train journey is considered to be comfortable and highly safe.
- There is lot of devotees from Chennai travel to Tirupati on a daily basis.
- Trains: Sapthagiri Express in the morning; Tirupathi Express in the afternoon.
ACCOMMODATION/STAY IN TIRUPATHI OR TIRUMALA
- At Tirupathi town, the old and renowned ones are Mayura, Bhima Residency, Bliss etc.
- There are also some premium hotels of Fortune Kences, Fortune Grand Ridge, Sarovar Premier etc.
- The rates vary between 2000/- to 5000/- per room. Most of these hotels are centrally located, and serve good food.
- At Tirumala Hill, there are various cottages, rooms and guest houses, mostly controlled by Tirumala Devasthanam board.
- For bookings and details, you may visit ttdsevaonline.com
How to walk up the Hill?
- To walk up from Tirupati town, there are 2 routes – the 1st one starts near the foothill tollgate place, and it takes about 3 to 4 Hrs to reach the top.
- There are many shops enroute selling fruits, snacks, soft drinks, water etc. There are about 4000 steps.
- There is also another route opened recently, from the backside (Srivari Mettu). This is apparently shorter than the main route, less than 3000 steps, and less crowded.
- Darshan tickets can be collected on the way to the top.
When is the best time to visit Tirupati?
- Tirupati is crowded throughout the year.
- Advisable to avoid festival seasons including Pongal, Dussera, Navrathri, etc.
- Highest peak season apparently is October to January.
- If possible, avoid weekends. Tuesdays and Thursdays are generally less crowded.