Pedestrian path (Foot way) to Tirumala

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
– Lao Tzu

Lord Venkateswara swami temple

Tirumala is a home town of lord Sri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple located in Chittoor district in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

It comprises seven peaks representing the seven hoods of Adisesha, thus earning the name Seshachalam. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatadri (Venkata Hill), and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini.The temple of Lord Balaji is located atop one of a range of seven hills – Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri.


For those of you who would like to climb the hills to Tirumala to fulfil a vow, there are two well-laid stone footpaths leading to Tirumala. These paths are called sopanamargas.One is Alipiri footway, and the other one is Srivari mettu footway.

ALIPIRI FOOTWAY:


Alipiri

Alipiri footway is the most used footway. It is of 9 km in length with well laid steps and shelters. There are 3350 steps. It takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to climb depending on your fitness.

Pilgrims can keep their luggage at Alipiri luggage center and can proceed to Tirumala. The luggage will reach Tirumala in less than 2 hours usually and the same can be collected by the pilgrims once they reach the hilltop upon producing the receipt obtained while depositing the luggage.

Foot way Route map from Alipiri ti Tirumala

As in the case of the Alipiri footpath, "Padala Mandapam" is the base of this footpath to let pilgrims start their trek with a pooja at the Mandapam.


On the way there are many interesting places amidst the forest range. Few to name include the deer park and the tall statue of lord Hanuman. If you wish, you can feed the deers with carrots.

TTD runs two free buses from the Tirupati Railway station to Alipiri, with a frequency of 30 minutes. Pilgrims who intend to walk up the hills to Tirumala can use these buses. Apart from buses there are many auto rickshaws to Alipiri from Bus stand, Railway station.


In the way to Tirumala there is a place called Gaali Gopuram where Divya Darshanam tokens are issued for pedestrians.

SRIVARI METTU:


Srivari mettu temple

The centuries-old Srivari Mettu footpath, known as the second flight of steps to the abode of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala.


The Srivari mettu foot way is located at a village called Srinivasa mangapuram , which is at a distance of 15 kms from Tirupati. The footpath spanning 2.1 km, is the shortest to reach Tirumala hills, compared to the regular and popular route starting from Alipiri. though, is a short cut to Tirumala, devotees by and large use only the conventional Alipiri footpath.


This as an alternate route to reach Tirumala. It is mostly used by local people and traders. The foot way was once used by sages, including Annamacharya, and others.

A view from the Srivari mettu foot way

APSRTC runs buses to this place from Tirupati central bus station. TTD also runs free buses from the Tirupati Railway station to Srivari mettu, at a frequency of every 2 hours. Pilgrims who intend to walk up the hills to Tirumala can use these buses. Apart from buses there are many auto rickshaws to Srivari mettu from Bus stand, Railway station.

DIVYA DARSHANAM:


Divya Darshanam is newly introduced. Divya darshanam is a special darshanam for the piligrims who go to Tirumala by foot either through Alipiri or Srivari mettu.

TTD has established Bio-metric counters on these foot paths, to facilitate free darshan, It also provides free accommodation (P.A.C) and free food facilities at Tirumala for pedestrian.


DIVYA DARSHANAM - TIMINGS:


Divya Darshan facility is provided for only the pedestrian who come on foot to Tirumala from Alipiri or Srivari Mettu.

  • The distance is 7 km ie 3650 steps. This way is opened almost 24 hours. Divya Darshanam tickets are issue at “Gali Gopuram”.
  • Distance for Tirupati to Srivari Padalu is 12 km . The total distance is 4 Km i.e 2025 steps only. This way is opened from morning 6.00 AM to evening 6.00 PM only. Divya Darshanam tickets are issued near at the 1050th step.

CAUTION FOR PEDESTRIANS:

Pilgrims suffering from chronic illness like BP, Heart and Lung diseases are advised not to climb up the hills on foot. Drinking water and toilets are available all along the foot path. Pilgrims are advised to go in groups and avoid going on foot between 10.00 PM and 4.00 AM.

Now reach Tirumala

HOW TO REACH TIRUPATI?

  • Tirupati is well connected city to the major parts of Indian cities.
  • You can reach Tirupati by Bus, Train, or Air.


23 comments:

  1. Thanks for this article. Can you please share more details on Srivari Mettu ? Is it safe since not many people go by it?

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  2. Hi Sree,
    There is no problem in this way. Now a days lot of pilgrims used to Srivarimettu to climb Tirumala hills. I advise to go in groups and in day time.

    You can reach Srivarimettu by TTD buses which is started from Tirupati Bus stand. If you wish to visit Srinivasa Mangapuram, go to Srinivasa Mangapuram by bus or local transportation. From there, you can reach Srivari mettu by sharing auto-rickshaw.

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  3. Thanks Sunil. If you don't mind, I have 2 more questions about Srivari mettu.
    Is there luggage transportation facility like in Alipiri ?
    Also, at which place in Tirumala does the steps of Srivari mettu terminate?

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  4. Hi Sree,
    Unfortunately, there is no luggage transportation facility just like in Alipiri. And Srivarimettu foot ways are terminated near to Vaikuntam Q complex.

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  5. hi i had already taken e-sudarsanam ticket(3-4pm) and would like to go by pedestrian path to tirumala,does divya darshanam give better view of swamy or sudarshanam ticket?does divya darshanam ticket gives any other benifits.moreover i had taken e-sudarshanam ticket and had taken printouts of it ,do i need to have any other procedure other than that to have darshan on scheduled time....

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  6. Hi Govardhan,
    I'm not sure which one is best. As per my knowledge both are same.

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  7. @Govardhan: You need to carry ID proof along with printout of your e-sudarsanam ticket.
    Divya darsanam and e-sudarsanam will give the same darshan. The entry point into the queue complex may differ.
    You can call TTD 24X7 call center 0877-2277777 for further clarifications.

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  8. Please give me approximate time to reach tirumala
    from Srivari mettu and Alipiri by foot

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  9. There is luggage collection centre near srinivasa managapuram [just 100mtr away from the entrance of the kalayana venkateshwara temple]and the same can be coolected once you are on hill top of the tirumala and the collection centre just right side of the exit point near the park

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  10. It took 100mts for us [we both 40plus parents and my 2sons aged 12 and 8yrs]

    we had enough rest en-route srivari mettu.

    I am quite surprised about the travel time and it is a excellent route to reach tirumala

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  11. In my view, srivari mettu is good and nice route compared to alipiri because not much rush and not so many deviation because you dont see any shop and good to trek with devotion of GOD VENKATESHWARA.

    In fact, Srivari Mettu is a much older pedestrian path to the hill shrine than from Alipiri and is believed to have been used by legendary emperor Srikrishnadevaraya in the 16th century.
    However, it had remained defunct for many years before TTD had renovated it a couple of years ago and started encouraging pilgrims to use that path.

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  12. sir, please let me know the cost of autorickshaws from tirupati bus station to srivari mettu

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  13. Thank you for the useful info..Is the luggage collection centre at Srinivasa Mangapuram is active or not??

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  14. I am not sure about whether the luggage collection center at Srivari mettu is active or not. Please enquire at Bus stand or Railway station in Tirupati. I hope it will be there..

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  15. Hi,
    Can anyone tell me the approx. time to climb the hill using Alipiri route as well as the Srivari mettu route...

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  16. Hi Suneel,
    Can i know at what time they'll leave us to climb the hill early in the morning..???

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  17. You can climb up the hill will take minimum 3-5 hours from Alipiri and 1–2 hours hour from Srivari Mettu.

    Any way its depending upon the persons.

    Its better to start 4 to 5 am in the early morning.

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  18. Hi Suneel garu,

    Could you please say from where to obtain Divya Darshan tickets if we go through Srivari Mettu?

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  19. You can get tickets in the middle of the way that is at the 1050 step from Srivari mettu. Note that the way is opened from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM only. It is also note that the Divya Darshan facility is provided for only the pedestrian who come on foot to Tirumala from Alipiri or Srivari Mettu.

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  20. hi suneel garu thanks for the article and information. i have a doubt about divya darshanam. at what time we can have divya darshanam. can we go for darshanam immediately after climbing alipiri or srivari mettu steps?? or will there be specific time for darshanam. if so wht is the approximate delay for darshanam after climbing the steps???

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  21. Are the pedestrians to Thirumala expected to walk bare foot?
    Since fewer people walk, compared to those who take the bus, is the Divya Darshan a faster way to have Darshan compared to buying a ticket?
    Thanks

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  22. Yes Prabakaran! Devotees belive to walk bare foot.
    Most of the times the Divya Darshan is faster way to have Darshan compared to buying tickets

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  23. Thanks for sharing all this information. I have been to Tirupati 2 times but don't think all this that you have shared. Now, i am in Hyderabad for some time and will go by walking because otherwise, it is very problematic to do the Darshan if you reach directly at the top. And also, if I go by walk, i would be able to spend the more time in that serene environment.

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